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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Beach Cottage Inspired Upcycle

Hey guys! It's me Kimberly again. Thought I'd share the newest piece for the Prairie Sisters booth. It's a side table from the Goodwill. All wood, dovetailed, granite ( I think?) on top, and in perfect condition. The price...$15. Yes, I know right???? Such a score. I went to Lowes picked up a color I've been lusting after and spent the entire day working on it. I'm so pleased at how it turned out. If my house was done in this beautiful color I'd probably keep it but......this beauty is going in the booth. It reminds me of  something you'd find at a lovely little beach cottage. I was there, on the sand, with my cute little white knitted sweater reading the latest romance novel as I painted this (in my head of course.) : )

Here's the breakdown............

Sneak Peak...

The before...Great bones, just horribly ugly.

The Process.... Sandpaper, Valspar paint in Woodlawn Valley Haze in Satin. By far my favorite color I've used. I took apart the drawer pulls and added some new ones, gutted it all, cleaned it up and sanded it down. I then primed it and painted every inch. I mean top, bottoms, sides, insides, sides you'll probably never see in your life if you purchase it, but I painted it. Oh yes, yes I did. Why? I got a little excited.
Oops...I started the entire process out on the driveway ( I promise honey) until it started to rain, so I pulled it inside the garage where my husband stores his precious babies. I hope he does not see that this happened.... next to his car. LOL.
 The color...Valspar, Woodlawn Valley Haze in Satin. Far right.
 Before I sanded it. I had to give it some warmth and lived life look. ; )
7 hours and a back ache later this beauty showed up with her glass slippers and all.
The Details...

Cinderella...Yes, I named her. I just so happened to be her Fairy Godmother for the day.
I almost burlapped the top of this but I decided that the (what I think is granite?) was to pretty to cover and it went beautifully with the color I used for the table.
Is that granite? I don't know but it sure looks pretty and it weighs a ton.
Do I have to sell this???? I don't want to but I have no place for it.
I sure am going to shed some tears when this one sells. : ( This is my proudest piece. I'm just so in love with this color and the way the details on the wood came out after sanding it that I can't help but want to keep it. Look for it soon at the PSB booth.

Hope this inspires you all to give a little love to those ugly pieces.

Until Next Time...........

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Vintage Buttons, Burlap, and Chalk Paint Oh My.......

Hey everyone! It's Kimberly from Prairie Sisters, thought I'd share with all of you a little craft project I did with some vintage buttons, burlap, chalkboard paint, and lots of hot glue. LOL. It was a messy project and my craft room now needs some major cleaning. I don't know what happened but it's a disaster and there are shreds of burlap..........EVERYWHERE! Anyway besides being messy it was an easy project. Check it out...............

Sneak Peak...

We had recently gone to an antique auction and picked up these vintage buttons. Which are great for an assortment of crafty projects and even jewelry. I decided to make a few burlap flowers with this project and they came out so adorable. I think I could burlap and chalkboard paint my entire house and I'd love it. LOL.

Basket of vintage buttons...

Burlap, shabby chic flower....

A glass jar I had laying around. I just sprayed it with chalkboard paint along with a Kerr jar for the smaller one.
Here's how they turned out...So cute. I think they could be used as decorative or even storing cookies or small flowers from one's garden. As I always say with most projects the possibilities are endless. I also had a frame laying around that I scuffed up and glued the remaining flowers on, covered the inside with burlap and then cut out LOVE for an accent. You could just take that out if you didn't like it and use it as a picture frame but I had no pictures that large so I improvised.

Well I hope you all enjoyed that little craft project with my two favorite materials right now.....Burlap and Chalk paint and that it inspires you to make something beautiful out of such simple materials and items as these. Until next time............

Never look over the ugly, the old, or the used...If given a chance and a little TLC they can be works of art.
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Flea Market Booth

Well it's May! Hopefully this hot weather will finally show itself here in the Wild West. The Prairie Sisters have been working hard to get the booth up an running. We have finally got it pretty full and still have more to add.

We will be adding a Kollege Korner. Kristy from Prairie Sisters came up with the idea, which is fabulous since the Flea Market is located in Laramie where the University of Wyoming is located and we get tons of college kids all year round. So....If you are around the Laramie area and are attending college at UW go check out our Kollege Korner  at Barts Flea Market inside the adorable Prairie Sisters Boutique. It will be coming soon. Until then, check out what we've accomplished so far. You can go back to one of our earlier posts http://prairiesistersboutique.blogspot.com/2013/04/our-journeypart-1.html and check out what we started with.

The shelves that took FOREVER to paint but boy do they look much better white and filled with some auction finds.
Two upcycled side tables painted and stenciled. So cute!

The Blush colored wall hanging piece is made from old ugly shutters that were purchased from Habitat for Humanity. The Paris hanging piece was upcycled from an old scrap of wood.

 Our little garden inspired corner...

Our sign...Mad from old pieces of barn wood. Painted, crackled, stenciled and turned into an adorable sign. We can custom make one for you too.....Just ask. ; )

Come and check out BARTS Flea Market. It's HUGE and has some great finds.
So there it is. Great progress in the first month we've had it. We can not wait until the weather gets warm. So many more projects to work on, opportunity and shoppers that come out in warm weather. ; )

Until Next Time...........
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