Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A DREAMY PATIO WOOD DISC WALL


Anyone who is reading today who is also a blogger totally understands when I say that one of the best things about blogging is meeting and establishing a connection with new friends.  Especially when you have a chance to meet those friends in real life!

Lisa is one of those friends for me.  She's a fellow ministry (pastor's) wife who stumbled across my blog a while back.  She reached out and contacted me and we've enjoyed an e-mail friendship ever since.  It was a happy day last March when we had the privilege of meeting her family and spending a little bit of time together at their church (which was so much fun and inspiring!).  Since I had already been following her on Instagram, I knew she was in the middle of a fantastic project, which we chatted a little bit about that evening.

After our time together was over, I anxiously kept an eye out for her to post her finished project, and when she did, it took my breath away!  Lisa graciously allowed me to share it with you today, too...I knew you all would love it as much as I do!  So here's the result of many hours, many hands working together, and lots of muscle and patience!


Can you even believe it?  Is that not one of the most amazing feature walls you've ever seen?!?

Lisa also kindly offered to share a description of the process to create this wall, so here's what she said:

I consider myself a "crafter" and minor home "DIY" participant, so when I got an idea on Pinterest for a Wood Disc wall, I knew I would need some help in making it happen.  I gathered my idea possibilities and recruited a friend who is skilled with tools and we went to work.

1.  Get logs that are varied in size and discarded in the woods.  Ours came from East Texas when a forester discarded some pieces. We used Pine and Oak because I liked the look.

2.  Set up saw horses or a platform to cut the logs with a Miter/Chop saw (14", I definitely had to have help with this).  A chain saw can be used for smaller pieces but doesn't work evenly on larger ones.


3.  Dip wood in a bucket of sealer.  We used Polycrylic.  This keeps wood from being invaded by insects and keeps the color consistent.

4.  Allow wood to dry propped up.  We got hasty and hung some that were wet and it was fine, but watch for drips on your patio.  This sealer is water based, so it will wash up but can be a hassle.

5.  Hang 3/4" pre-painted treated plywood backer on stucco wall, secured using 2 1/2" screws. Wood discs will mount more easily to the plywood.

6.  Nail wood discs to wall starting at the floor and moving up.  We had 5 distinct sections and did a section at a time.  We used a nail gun for speed, with18 gauge 2" nails.  I highly recommend this as it makes the project go more quickly.


7.  Fill in gaps with smaller pieces as desired.


Lessons learned:

You need more wood than you think.  If you work in stages you can prepare the wood and let it cure.  We worked quickly and the wood shrunk, leaving gaps in between.  It doesn't bother me but my friend would still like to rework the pieces.  Since we painted the plywood dark underneath the gaps aren't an eyesore.

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Lisa, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful patio with us, and thanks to EJ for the wonderful photos!  If you all have questions, leave them in the comments and I'll see if Lisa can try to reply there with answers.


My one and only attempt at a project like this was very short lived (bugs!), but I've had a wood disc project in mind for some time.  Maybe some day I'll get around to it!


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Monday, July 21, 2014

BRIGHTENING UP MUTED GOLD: SPRAY PAINT OR RUB 'N BUFF?


I recently had a few gold-ish pieces that I wanted to brighten up, so I thought I'd share my process with you.  First up, these pinecone lamps.  I've had them for several years and they're still a favorite, but they were starting to seem a little blah...too dark.


I wasn't sure if I wanted to use spray paint, which I knew would give a more solid, uniform look, or Rub 'n Buff (R&B), which would leave some variation in the color.  I started with the R&B, because I could always spray later if it wasn't the look I wanted.

Here's how it turned out:


I did like the little bit of variation, but it wasn't brightening it up as much as I wanted it to.  So, I opted to spray them after all (Rustoleum Metallic Gold).  I've fallen in love with these lamps all over again!



I've also had an eye on my peacock mirror (from Pier One a few years ago) for a while...the gold finish was beginning to seem a bit Old World to me, and I wanted to freshen it up too.  However, I knew on this piece that I did NOT want it to have a flat, solid, spray painted look, and that R&B would be the way to go.


Here's my tip, which I think I shared before with my kitchen chalkboard calendar, but it's worth repeating.  On heavily textured surfaces, I like to use an old toothbrush to apply the R&B.  Just the tiniest amount on the brush will spread over a good area before you need to apply more.


Here you can see the difference in the gold tones (I was using "Gold Leaf" R&B this time):


And here's a sneak peek of it all finished up (and I just noticed looking at the photo a few spots I need to touch up!):


I'll show you all of it a little later when I share my summer tour.


So, it's really a personal preference and depends on the look you're going for as to which is better.  Do you prefer one over the other?

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

A ROYAL TABLE INSPIRED BY PRINCESS DIANA {SUMMER STYLE SOIREE}


This summer is flying right by!  We're already to our third installment of the Summer Style Soiree today, and this project was inspired by none other than Princess Diana.  Many thanks to the lovely Heather (who has a darling new baby boy!) from Southern State of Mind for organizing our party!

When I think of Princess Di, the first thing that comes to mind is that classic sapphire ring, followed by all of the royal dinner parties that she must have hosted and attended.  So, for my project this month I combined those two thoughts into a tablescape.


I set a royal table.  Well, as royal as a busy, thrifty, suburban housewife mom can get!


I borrowed a few pieces of this gorgeous richly colored china from a friend,


and just happened to have some giant "ring" napkin rings.  I altered the center stone (with some nail polish!) to give the illusion of a sapphire.



I had a large, low, candlelit centerpiece in mind, and achieved a similar look with fewer flowers by spreading 3 bunches out into multiple small glasses used as vases.



My newly refinished brass tray acted as a good base to pull the centerpiece together.



Start thinking about next month, when our style inspiration will be James Dean.  Hmmm....  

Be sure to check out the projects from my co-hosts today!


Amy from Blissful Bee
Amanda from Dixie Delights
Angela from Life in Velvet
Carmel from Our Fifth House
Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
Heather from Southern State of Mind

Now, did any of you have a project inspired by Princess Di?  We'd love to see them!




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