Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Upcycled Wall Photo Holders...

Let me start this post by saying that I LOVE photos.
I love to have them surrounding me in my home.
I strive to have them in every room.
I just love photos. The feelings they evoke. The smile they put on your face.
The memories they stir up when you see them. I simply love photos.
Another reason that I love photos is that they are free art work!
Photo displays are better than any art work you can buy because they are near and dear to your heart.
 Knowing my love of photos, I am always trying to come up with creative ways to display them aside from the basic frame.
I am so excited about these upcycled wall photo holders!
I LOVE them!!

First, I started with some old cabinet doors that I got at a salvage store. (Sorry, I had already started to paint it when I realized I should take a picture!!)

I gave them a light sanding and then painted them a slightly off-white.

After the painted dried, I rubbed a dark cherry stain over the white.

After the stain dried, I dry brushed another coat of the white paint on all of the doors.

I going to have to apologize for the lack of pictures for the next fews steps...It was quite the hectic week!
Once the doors were dry, I sanded the edges for the distressed look. I then applied a brown glaze to the whole door.
I bought some magnetic clips from the office section at Walmart and spray painted them black. I created an "easel" effect using a piece of small trim from the hardware store cut to the length of the middle plank of each door.
With my love of photos, comes my love of mat board. I LOVE the finished look that mat board gives a photo. So, for each clip, I cut a piece of mat board large enough to hold a 5x7 photo leaving edge on all sides.

Once all of the pieces were cut, I attached them to the door using E600 glue. Once those were dry, I stenciled and distressed a design on the top of the door and applied picture hangers to the back.

I'm super excited about these frames! I'm hoping to have them for sale at Chartruese and Co. for this coming tag sale, but to be honest, they might end up staying in my house!!

Beans and Buttons would also like to welcome it's newest addition! Rylie Mae was born on July 14, 2010.

Monday, July 12, 2010

July is a HOT at Chartreuse!

It may be hot outside, but Chatreuse and Co. is full of some cooooool stuff!
Beans and Buttons has some beauties this month!
Those beautiful Martha Stewart wing chairs (they retail for $1199 a piece, but see what a steal you can get them for from Beans and Buttons!!) Look at that great color combination in front of that awesome white buffet!

A beautifully painted china closet. What great size and detail!

A tall waterfall dresser with original hardware. You won't believe the patina!

A pair of great sitting chairs next to a black drop leaf table. This table is in incredible shape!

This dresser has already sold, but it's too beautiful not to mention anyway! Look at the three top drawers and the incredible detail on the middle drawer....I had a hard time parting with this one!!

Come see what Beans and Buttons and Chartreuse and Co have to offer at this month's tag sale! July 16th-18th! See you there!!

Also, Beans and Buttons will be making a special announcement this week! Stay Tuned!!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Much Ado About Nothing....

One of the things we like most about being Junk girls is seeing the potential in things that most others would see as worthless or boring....
Here are some projects that I just finished up....

I got these old cheese boxes at a flea market. They were boring, just plain unfinished wood. I saw potential for something cool! So I stained them a dark cherry stain, dry-brushed white paint over them, then stenciled and distressed numbers on the top and side. What awesome rustic storage!

I also picked these canisters up at a flea market. They were just a set of 4 glass canisters with wood tops in a wood rack. Not bad the way they were, but somewhat boring. I white-washed the rack and canister lids then stenciled numbers on the lids. What fun! You can even use these as fun office storage or even in the bathroom to hold cotton balls! Remember to always think outside the box when it involves function and design!

I picked this planter box up at a yard sale a while back knowing something cool could come of it. First, I dry-brushed it with white paint. I then attached old casters to the bottom. I used textured spray paint to make some awesome handles for the side and then used chalkboard paint on a craft-store piece of wood for a decorative finish. What a cool, functional piece!! Use vases to hold fresh flowers as a great centerpiece.

Use the box for holding drinks at a picnic....What fun!! There a million uses for such a cool item! 

Don't forget the upcoming Chartreuse and Co. tag Sale! July 16-18. Watch for a preview of some awesome Beans and Buttons items!