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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Refurbished Picnic Table on: July 29, 2016 06:37:54 PM
Aaagggh! I was hoping you'd use them to paint a sign of sorts.

I'm sure I'll get over it. Eventually.

I do have such a project mulling around in my head, but these are 2x6 and a little thick (and heavy) for what I have in mind. Luckily, there is other distressed lumber around here!
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Refurbished Picnic Table on: July 29, 2016 01:58:57 PM
Thanks all!

Your "new" table looks great. Please tell me you're going to do something great with the distressed boards you removed!

Nice job transforming/renewing this piece.  I hope that you can use the discarded wood for another project or for burning (campfire?) or something too. Yogi Bear sez, "Let the pic-a-nics commence!"

Wellllllll, "great" is subjective right? We're hosting The ManFlesh's employees for a BBQ on Saturday and one of them is bringing his throwing knives and hatchets, so we're going to use them for a backer board for the target.
43  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Refurbished Picnic Table on: July 29, 2016 07:50:54 AM
by "Refurbished" I assume you meant "remade", ya?
Looks gorgeous!

Hehe. Thanks!  I had a hard time deciding on a word for what I did. Not "upcycled" or "reconned" for sure.
44  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Refurbished Picnic Table on: July 28, 2016 08:21:32 PM



The last owners of our place left this picnic table. They also "spruced up" several things for show using low-quality, poorly-installed, pre-mixed red barn paint. They included the picnic table in this for some reason. Here are some of the seat and table boards that I removed. The base/legs were in good structural condition, it just needed some tightening and a little reinforcement.





I replaced all the table top and seat surface boards with new ones and sanded the base/legs down to bare wood. Then, I used Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Deck & Siding Stain (semi-solid) to finish the whole thing. The color is Imperial Gray from the gray-green section of their color chart, but in our light it plays a little more to the blue. That's fine as it still coordinates nicely with the fabrics in our patio chairs and table covers. And it matches pretty close to a native grass on the property and in the adjacent forest. YEY!





I just used framing lumber, so it's not perfectly flat or anything, but it is no longer splintery, "squishy," peeling, or creaking. It felt good to reuse what was still good.
45  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dish- and Hand Towels Housewarming Gift on: July 28, 2016 02:47:32 PM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

WOW! Thank you!

[scampers off to look at my featuredness!]
46  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Tsum Tsum Hoopla on: July 28, 2016 02:06:18 PM
Adorable!
47  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dish- and Hand Towels Housewarming Gift on: July 23, 2016 06:36:21 PM
Thanks, y'all!
48  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dish- and Hand Towels Housewarming Gift on: July 23, 2016 03:43:43 PM
Well, the first time I ever traveled with a required passport, I happened to run out of toothpaste and had to buy some. I thought it was neat that the Colgate was labeled in Spanish. So the next time I vacationed abroad I had a look and began to realize how culturally specific toothpaste tubes could look, how inexpensive and ubiquitous toothpaste is. On top of that it's useful (I display just the empty tubes), no one cares at customs, and one can even empty the tubes prior to returning! And finally, there is something about visiting a place as mundane as a pharmacy or grocery store in a foreign land that feels like a bit more of an immersion into that land.

Unexpectedly thoughtful.  Smiley

I forgot to mention that friends and family tend to get into it and will bring me toothpaste from their travels or even hit up their friends and family to pick some up for me! I'm a lucky lady!
49  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dish- and Hand Towels Housewarming Gift on: July 23, 2016 01:18:33 PM
Thanks everyone!

The toothpaste fabric is epic! (love the wood grain, too, of course!)

That toothpaste print came from Japan and cost a pretty penny, but how could I resist? Poorly or not at all, that's how.

Great stuff, the Mexican sugar skulls bath towel is by far my favorite and the toothpaste hand towel is great too (and a wonderful choice considering that she's a dentist).  I like that wood grain fabric too, I've never seen material with that motif before.

If you don't mind my asking, what about foreign toothpaste attracts you as a collector? (I'm not judging, I accumulate all sorts of things myself, and I regularly read the blog of a guy that collects ancient expired food.)

All but the toothpaste towel are dishtowels, actually. I wonder how cotton print/linen would work as a bath towel?

Well, the first time I ever traveled with a required passport, I happened to run out of toothpaste and had to buy some. I thought it was neat that the Colgate was labeled in Spanish. So the next time I vacationed abroad I had a look and began to realize how culturally specific toothpaste tubes could look, how inexpensive and ubiquitous toothpaste is. On top of that it's useful (I display just the empty tubes), no one cares at customs, and one can even empty the tubes prior to returning! And finally, there is something about visiting a place as mundane as a pharmacy or grocery store in a foreign land that feels like a bit more of an immersion into that land.
50  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dish- and Hand Towels Housewarming Gift on: July 22, 2016 03:22:18 PM
My SIL and her family moved into a new house a couple months ago. I've been trying to pry color or theme information out of my MIL who lives near them without much luck. The ManFlesh got to visit them and told me that "there is literally no decoration at all" yet, so I guess no one was holding out on me, after all! So I took the opportunity to use some fun fabrics and trims from my stash in whatever colors struck my fancy and I did it while he was still visiting, hoping that I can get them mailed off before they can be "wrong"!  Tongue and  Wink

Three kitchen towels:



The one hint I was given was that my SIL likes green, which I was already told was her favorite color, so I used it in all the trim selections.







And one bathroom hand towel. My SIL is a dentist and she gets a big kick out of my foreign toothpaste collection, so hopefully she get a giggle out of this.



I will be making one off these for myself with slightly different trims! Well, that's the case for most of these, actually.



The backs of all the towels are white linen.

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