Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Homemade and Handcrafted Cancelled

I must apologize for no party this week. A family member passed away and it's not possible to create a new link up at this time as we deal with the arrangements and our loss.

I'll make every effort to post from the last party for features and invite for more next week in the regular consecutive order.

Please excuse me.

Thank you for understanding.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Affordable Farmhouse Decor

It's time for some farmhouse fun! I love to scout around finding amazing deals for farmhouse decor that I can't make myself. With that, I'm excited to share them with you!

I bought this chalkboard pig and love how I can write anything on it to be functional or leave it plain as an accent piece. It's a good size, measuring 12L x 7.25H x 4.5W and it looks cute peeking from the shelf ledge or on the countertop as a memo board. 

I have included a link below, (affiliate) in case you want one too. I also discovered several other affordable items that would add a nice touch of farmhouse style around the house. 

Rustic Windmill Wall Clock

Mason's Jars Salt and Pepper Caddy with Wood Handle

(So stinkin' cute!!!! This is on my wishlist!)

Boxwood Wreath - 14" Round

(indoor or outdoor use!!!)

Classic Kitchen Towels, Pack of 15, 14 x 25-Inch, 

White with Blue Stripe

(15 pack!!!! Yesssss!)

Ceramic Berry Containers 3 Assorted - 3.5" x 4.5"

(Awesome for the fridge!!!)

8 Piece Mason Jar Drink Dispenser Set With Stand

(love the wide mouth for easy cleaning!)

Resin Chalkboard Pig 

(this is the guy I bought!)

Farmhouse Chicken Wire Baskets

(love these!)

Dozen Wooden Chicken Faux Eggs 

(perfect for the baskets)

Vintage Home Metal Jar - Set of 3

Aren't they all fun???? I love this stuff! 

For more product information and quick ordering, click on the  (affiliate) links below. You can read my full disclosure > here<.

Pinnbellish, A Pinning Celebration Farewell and Thank You!

Welcome to Pinbellish!

The first Pinbellish Pin Party was held on the 4th September 2015 and this months party will see us celebrating a year of pinning!

It's been fun filling up my Pinterest boards with all your awesome creations and I want to thank all of you for sharing them with us. I also want to thank my amazing co-hosts who have been fantastic at every turn.

This months Pinbellish is the final periodical pin party, instead we will be switching to a perpetual pin party. To Celebrate the new #Pinbellish format with us I would like to invite each of you to link not only the pins you would like shared and re-shared but also your Pinterest profile and your blog home page. 

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  1. Link to your pinterest pin (not your blog - only links to pins get featured)
    Your links should look like this:
  2. Add up to 7 pins old or new (one for each day of the week!)
  3. Repin 2 pins for every link you add
  4. Follow your hosts on your favourite social media platform
At Pinbellish Pin Party please repin pins in Pinterest to promote Pinterest prioritising your pins to purfylle your Pinterest pinning pleasure. 

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Stella : Purfylle | Google+  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest  |  Instagram  |  Facebook  
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Stella's Favs

Chalk Paint Furniture Makeover

Sarah's Favs

Robs Favs

Gina's Favs

How to do shibori dyeing on your old clothes. It's easy!

How to sew with twin needle and get the best result

Follow Purfylle's board Pinbellish Features on Pinterest.

Remember, if you ever miss a party you can check the Features Board to see if you've been featured in the past.

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Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us! It's been an incredible year! 

Disclosures: By submitting a link to the Pinbellish Link Up you are giving the party hosts permission to feature your image on our blogs, across social media and future round up posts.  Pinbellish hosts respect you and your work; everything will be properly linked back to you and credit given where credit is due.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cedar Chest Restoration

In the day of painting furniture, I'm one of the fortunate ones that can paint or remove paint for clients. Most of my local business is primarily stripping and restorations. It's not as popular to share as painting is. But, it's always a long and tedious job while I take pride in my work and try to make the project better than asked for.

This job is the sweetest by far and I must share it.

The customer is an elderly gentleman who found my card at another local business. He called me "secretly" and asked me to strip and refinish his wife's trunk. "It must be done without her knowing. It's our anniversary and I have to get it to you when she goes to lunch this month and get it back to hide it before the big day". Then, with two jobs ahead of his, he calls again in a minor panic. "She may only go out once and I'm not sure what day. Is it possible to have it done earlier?" I assured him I'd work consistently to get it done as soon as possible so when that next opportunity for him to sneak away came, he will have his gift ready.

I love doing jobs like this. It just yanks my heart. I low-balled the quote, but I didn't mind because of the reason for the job.

That was before I knew what I was getting into. You know... looks like a simple sand and refinish.

But missing veneer, set in stains, and dinged up, (probably why it was painted to begin with)... the paint was decades old with layers of enamel aaaaand topped with a clear finish... it was a really big chore. Hard as rock finishing and I'm the lucky one to remove all of it. Of course, the Mr. had no idea what I was getting into either. I didn't have it in me to call him and tell him this is bigger than we thought. Not to mention, the Mrs. could be there and he would have some explaining to do.

But the good news is, it's a well built Lane cedar chest and the interior was untouched. Not in pristine condition, but easy to clean up. The light fixture was cut from the exterior, obviously not a concern for repair. The lining needed cleaning. And to liven up the cedar aroma, a very light hand sanding over the interior wasn't bad at all.

Hand sanding was impossible.
I was worried about stripping chemicals rippling the veneer, but after several hours of pouring and wiping, most of the layers of paint came off.

 Then I used a palm sander to get more of it off.

I was able to trim and glue new veneer onto the missing areas. Then hand sand the entire chest. Finally, applied the stain on the new veneer to match. 

I used coconut oil to condition the wood, then after sitting and drying, a natural clear wax to seal it.

It's very vintage.

After being in a basement for 30 years, this refreshed piece is going to be reused in the couple's new home.

The gentleman was pleased with the job and successfully surprised his bride.

It was a beast to work on, but it finally came back to life.

It was ready for the big day. Such a sweet thought, isn't it?

Homemade and Handcrafted No. 38

Every Wednesday 6 a.m. - Sunday 11:30 p.m.
Welcome to the Homemade and Handcrafted party!

Feel free to link up your posts (new or old ones). We love seeing what you've been up to! Share your crafts, recipes, DIY, and inspirations! We love to visit other parties and enter giveaways; so you can link those up too!

So many wonderful posts were linked up again last week! Let's check out the top viewed favorites from last week! 

Ethan Allen Bench Makeover

A Few New Things

Victorian Table Makeover

Cucumber Salad

Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles

Thank you for linking up your creations!

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