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Garage Sign Up

If you have been following along, you know that we have done some pretty big projects around here lately.  The garage workbench, the patio, the rock wall

And some of the smaller projects were interrupted.

Like the signs my son and I made for grandpa and dad for Father’s Day.

Here is one, finally, up on the wall where it belongs, with the tools and the saw blade clock, and the Robin Hood arrows (one shot through the other- my husband would prefer if this was over our fireplace…).

Now we just have to work on getting Grandpa’s up in his garage.

This, and hopefully all of the other unfinished projects in my life, will reach a conclusion, soon.  Here’s to hoping!

Mother- Son DIY

This is just kind of how we roll around here.

New pellet gun heaven.

There’s a lot of this going on too.

Mostly I just stand around and screetch at everyone to be careful.  ‘Cause that totally helps.  And works.

When we went to the Cabelas near Spokane a couple of years ago on holidays, I was informed, by both of the men in my life, that this was “the happiest place on earth.”  And you thought it was Disney World.  Silly you.

It was the exact opposite universe from the mall.  Everywhere, women were hanging onto the backs of carts, rolling their eyes and sighing heavily, while men romped from area to area with delight, bringing armfuls of stuff back.  I spent 3 and a half hours in that Cabelas.  And got to spend an hour in downtown Spokane, including at the Pottery Barn, to look for stuff I liked.  Sigh.  I’m so outnumbered here.  The above pellet gun was purchased this very day.  I was scared to bring it back across the border.  I’m a scardy cat.

So when your son asks you to do a craft with him, you check that you heard it right, and then you come running.  Even if it is a totally male craft.  A leather quiver for his arrows.

First take a heavy piece of saddle leather and, using a nail, hammer, and a block of wood, pound holes all the way around it for the lacing.  You can see we already had the leather piece cut and laces for the sides of the quiver (we just measured what would fit the best on his back- accounting for astounding growth spurts…).

It’s a lot of pounding!

We laced the sides (the tube) to the bottom piece and then attached a strap at the front according to how he wanted to carry it (he shoots left).

One happy little bowman.

Target practice is thirsty work apparently.

Even though we stayed up until 1:00 am one morning making his quiver, it was totally worth it and fun.  I mean, how can you argue with this?

Do you think next time he’ll want to paint furniture with me?

No.  Me neither.

Fringe-y Scarf DIY

I love finding ways to DIY, on the cheap, some of the fashion trends.  Fringe is really hot right now, and I loooove how it looks.

But these looks are really strong statements, and usually pretty costly.  Sooo….

For yesterday’s post, I showed you my version of a sunglasses holder/ organizer done at Etcetorize.  Talented girl. Here is my version of the copycat scarf she made using an old t-shirt.

Her tutorial is awesome, so there is no point in me rewriting it here, but this is how my version turned out.

Here it is looped around twice.

And once.

It is a great cheap way to incorporate some of the fringe-y look that is so in right now without spending a lot of money.

Happy fringe-ing!!

Curio Cabinet

One of the items we received from my in-laws for our housewarming gift was an art deco type curio cabinet.  We hauled it home along with a few other items and some supplies for our garage revamp project.

We were in desperate need of a sideboard for our eating area, and it was perfect.

Well, not perfect.  Here it is before.

A little bit on the beat up side.  A little bit on the orange side.

But it had great lines and details.

And we loved the doors.

So I had big plans for it with some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I decided on Old White for the outside with Primer Red interior.

The painting started out ok, but we had a disaster part way through when, during the crazy garage revamp extravaganza, along with doing about six other projects in the garage at the same time, one of the doors got broken!

Of course it was the one I already had put a coat of paint on.  So…. we decided that it would be impossible to match the pattern exactly, so we took the doors to a glass shop and had the glass in both doors replaced.  Then hubs got to work replicating the pattern and painting it on.

We had the glass shop save the unbroken glass and he painstakingly traced the pattern onto the new glass using painter’s tape which he then cut out using a razor.

The tape then got peeled off, carefully, after about 4 coats of the Annie Sloan in Primer Red on the glass.  A little more work to touch up…

Meanwhile, the rest of the painting was going smoothly, thank goodness!

Both interior and exterior took two coats of paint.  This is after only one on the inside.

I also recovered the cloth in the little silverware case built in at the top of the cabinet.  It was a kind of hideous blue velvet to begin with.

So I took it all apart, repainted the dividers, and recovered the base.

Painter’s drop cloth, of course.

Here it is all finished and beautiful…

The lovely shape and detailing on the curio made it perfect to catch all of that dark wax.  I waxed first with the clear and then used a mix of dark and clear to give it some texture.  It’s really easy to darken or lighten to your heart’s content if you use the clear first.

A little distressing on the edges…

The top is too pretty to even have to put anything on.  Good thing.  Vignettes aren’t my strong suit (yet!).

The recovered silverware cubby.

The painstakingly repainted doors.  I think they were worth it!

And there you have it!  Orange and blue and DIY disaster to vintage beauty!

Linking to Shades of Amber’s Chalk Party!

Husband’s Dream Garage

This week is officially going to be garage week at Stone and Rose.  We will start with workbench building DIY and move onto storage and organization, and finally have a post on DIY signs for a dad or grandpa’s garage.

Since we moved into our house last fall, and the school year had started for me, I didn’t have time to organize the way I would have liked, and the garage became a bit of a disaster.  And that’s not good.  A dad has a lot of things to do in a garage.  Bikes and Razers need fixing.  Dog houses need building.  Plans for new wooden swords are left as subtle hints.

It’s hard to get all those important chores done when a guy’s garage looks like this.

My husband designed the garage so that it would fit both vehicles and then have room for a workbench on the side.  By the time we got to building the workbench, I was blogging and working a lot of DIY projects around the house, so I requested a little workbench of my own.  We’ll just say that it’s probably better if we don’t have to share tools or space.  We’ll just say that…we organize things….differently.

I have a lot of ideas for things to do.  For example, here’s the leftover barn wood (fir) from our floor.

I have soooo many ideas for projects with this wood!

The first step was to get the wood for the bench.

Since it was wider than what we needed, we had to rip it down the length.  That way, we would have a work surface (not too deep) as well as a bench for storage underneath.

Then we had to get the walls ready to attach the bench to.  This first involved cleaning all of the junk stuff out of the way.  Then we attached 2 by 4 pieces all along the walls to act as supports.  For our house, because we used ICF styrofoam blocks and concrete to build, that means we don’t have ‘studs’ like a stick frame construction house.  Instead, we have ‘webbing’ that you have to find behind certain marks on the styrofoam in order to bear weight.

We also used posts to support the fronts of the bench.

Very, very carefully, we then lifted the shelf part of the workbench up onto its supports on the wall and put the posts (cut to size) under.  Used brackets and a lot of screws to attach everything nice and secure.

Then the top portion of the shelf went up.

But, the best part, for me anyway, was my own, much deeper workspace at the end of the garage.  We thought deeper so that I would have more room when I paint furniture or get into whatever mess I am making at that point!

Come back to see what we did behind the benches (yes, those flimsy and ugly shelves got the boot) and to see the finished garage and one happy husband!

Funky Junk Inspired

Here is a special little post for Donna’s Funky Junk Inspired Saturday Nite Special.  Donna is one of my favourites.  I love pretty much everything she does.

First, we have the copper double boiler that also doubles as art.  I bought this double boiler to use for firewood in our living room.

Cool, right?  But it also came with a lid.  Now usually we have this thing heaped with wood and I knew when I bought it that the lid wouldn’t work for what it was going to be used for.  Hmmm.  What to do with it?  What would Donna do?

Of course.  Obviously a rusty double boiler lid is…art!  So I used it for layering on my mantle.  Love the rusty goodness and the colour.

Next up, we have a watering can that was leaking and useless.

Or is it?


I haven’t decided where it is going, yet.  Hopefully it won’t sit on the stairs for too long.  I’m sure I’ll find a home for it.  And something to put in it.

Finally, my mom had these old sock stretchers in our yard sale a while back.  I rescued them immediately and knew exactly what to do with them.  A little painter’s drop cloth and… more art!  This time for the laundry room wall.

Look what I have waiting for me in the backyard, too.  I don’t know what it will be yet, but, thanks to Donna and her funky junk ways, I know that it will be something good.

If you make your way through the weeds and quack grass in the back, I’m pretty sure there is also a giant pile of pallets and old wood from our build.  Hmmm.  Wonder what those will be.  I’ll just keep checking with Donna.  She’ll think of something.






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