Barn Door Project Part II

So I realize I have failed as a blogger over the past two weeks.  I let things get away from me and have seriously neglected my vast audience of readers.  In the past two weeks I have been crafting and been busy though I promise.  For instance, last weekend, we traveled up to Columbia, SC for the USC vs Kentucky basketball game. Let me just say, “GO BIG BLUE!” It was quite a game.  But lets get back to business.

The barn door is in! It slides and works. We love it.  After sealing the side I stripped the paint off of, I painted the other side trim white.  That way from the outside it looks fairly normal.

The track itself went in fairly easily. All of the bolts found their way into a stud except the far right one. I had to replace it with the world’s largest toggle bolt and then paint the head to look black like the rest of the hardware.

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We love it and would not have it any other way. We simply do not miss the old builder’s grade double doors that were falling apart.

 

I promise I will be posting more often.  I have jewelry updates, more craft room photos to share, and many posts about things to come.  There will be a week in March when we will be in Mexico for a trip, but we will have posts about that when we get back home too. Until then, keep an eye out for more posts on a more regular basis!

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Wifey Wednesday: An exhausted wife tries out the Cameo…

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I’m not going to lie.

I intentionally chose something less complicated than a skirt because… 1) It’s Wednesday and 2) It’s February. I’m not sure if other teachers share this feeling, but February has always been a bit of a doozy for me. In January, I’m still somewhat rested from having 1-2 weeks off, and March brings the promise of spring break. February, though, just has some bad weather. And Valentine’s Day. It’s only the third… oy.IMG_0241.JPG

Anyway, this is the test of a new blade for our Silhouette Cameo- one for fabric! I obviously decided to cut out a brontosaurus. The flower is just to take a little more advantage of the space.

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Interface is a go

1) If you want to use the Cameo to cut out fabric, it needs interfacing. Silhouette makes its own, but I used leftovers from an old project without any trouble.

 

2) Make sure you have the adhesive side of the interfacing touching the wrong side of the fabric, and iron the smooth side of the interfacing (glue dots facing the board). 

 

3) Attach the fabric and interfacing to the cutting mat.

4) Make sure you have swapped out the normal blade for the blue fabric one, and line up the mat.

5) Use the fancy cameo program to choose a design. I would go into more detail here, but Max did it for me tonight.

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6) Watch it go! It’s more fun than it sounds. 

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What’s left after the shapes were taken out

Look at them! Aren’t they precious? Now I just have to go find something to put them on…IMG_0243.JPG

Barn Door Project Part I

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My latest ongoing home improvement project is replacing the builders grade double doors into the master bedroom with a sliding barn door type setup. The original doors were maddening. They were falling apart, and took up too much floor space when open.  They also stuck some when closed which made opening them a loud procedure.

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This is the hardware I chose from Amazon. It is affordable and has free shipping, which is great when you think about how much it likely weighs.  It will work well with the 36″ opening I am working with.

This post is mainly though about preparing the door itself, and there will be a separate entry about installation.  I had a few old heart pine Charleston doors in the garage. I picked one out, and this is to be my sliding door.

 

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Door before any work done next to Pie Safe in bedroom.

I love chippy old lead based paint. The issue is, I already have a focal point piece in the master that has it- my old pie safe. It is one of my most favorite pieces of furniture. I picked it up at a country auction a few years back, and it is gorgeous. The door, though also beautiful, has green and pink chippy paint and it was too much of the look so close together.  So the decision to strip it was made.

IMG_7544 The stripper I used was Klean Strip Premium Stripper. Folks, this is an outdoor project. One must wear thick chemical gloves, a mask, and eye protection as this will likely burn your skin. The good news is, it works.  You slather it on the door, wait 15 minutes, and scrape with a plastic scraper.  I had to do this 4 or 5 times, as the door had so many coats of old paint on it.  It had Green-> Pink-> Yellow-> Turquoise and finally the wood was underneath.

This is what it looks like as the paint starts bubbling up with the chemical stripper on top.

Here is the progression from coat one to five.  The final picture is how I have left it. I didn’t want to take away all of the paint. The step after stripping is to wipe it all down with mineral spirits to remove any traces of the chemical.  I also then wiped down the door with tung oil (my favorite reclaimed wood finish).  IMG_7546

The wood underneath is beautiful.  I can’t wait to show you all how it looks on its track and being used. I have to modify the door frame some, and then paint the other side of the door. I am painting it a solid semi gloss white to match the trim in the house, so that from outside the room, it does’t look out of place. It will be nice once it is all complete, so we can have a bedroom door again rather than the old curtain we are currently using. The Wifey will certainly appreciate it.  Thats all for now– Look out for part two of this project!

China, China, and More China

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In my business, I use china. All of the china I craft with comes from Historic Downtown Charleston, SC. The picture above is but a sample of what I have at my disposal.  I would guess its 1% of my total stockpile. Now when I say it comes from Charleston, I mean thats where I find it.  More specifically, I dig it out of the ground. I go under houses and in their yards to find my pieces of history.

In the times before curbside pickup, people really only had one option for their household garbage and debris. That option? The Yard.  They would have pits where they would dump their trash.  A nice word for the area of dumping is called a “Midden.” This is where I find the china. What are some other things I have found in various middens? I have found bottles, buttons, coins, doll parts, animal bones, oyster shells, tools, silverware, and even once a Megalodon tooth! It is amazing what is just under the surface. The other thing that blows my mind is the immense variety of patterned china that surfaces.  So many seemingly unique styles.

China is my prize.  Almost all of it is 19th Century. I have even found some from the 18th Century: All just in the dirt.

The reason I have all the china out in the first picture is because it is about time to ramp up production again.  I go through periods where I need to replenish finished products and now is that time.  I will be making necklaces, bracelets, rings, cufflinks, hairpins etc. all over the next week or two.  I can’t wait to show you all the completed projects.  Thanks for reading!

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Mid 1700’s Piece with Mark of King George

Another New Toy! The Silhouette Cameo!

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A quick post for tonight-

Just received my new Silhouette Cameo! It is one heck of a machine. I have only tinkered a bit with it so far but I can’t wait to get cracking with it.  I will be able to do so many new projects. I bought it through Amazon.com and it came with many bonuses. It came with the vinyl starter kit and a whole mess of tool accessories.

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First Cutout

As you can tell, I need to practice.  I was a bit off center when I was playing around, but I am amazed at how precise the Cameo is.  I read that with the deep cutting blade, I can cut leather. I have 50 pounds or so of upholstery  leather samples. Should keep me busy. The tool review will come at a later date as I haven’t done much of anything with this machine yet.

Thanks for reading and sorry for the brevity! Till next time-

Wifey Wednesday

Hello all!

I’m here to kick off my weekly Wednesday post. I’ll do my best to hold my own, although Max is really the ‘man with the plan.’ In my real life, I teach fourth grade- and absolutely adore it. It doesn’t hurt that my commute comes with views like this:

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Teaching on the island has its perks!

I’m going to write up the first installment about our one-room renovation of the room above our garage, or ‘FROG.’ While it was quite an adventure- including flooring, yards of shelving, and possibly the largest craft table known to mankind- I would like to talk to you about my happy spot, my sewing station.

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There are several things that I love about this spot. It is large enough to really spread out. Also, it has some personality. I’d love to be someone who could sit down and focus no matter where I was, but that just isn’t the case. Even with larger sewing projects, I have more than enough space. Finally, I have storage coming out of my ears!

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We were really able to take advantage of the space by opting to create a desk rather than buying one. The base of my workstation is two IKEA Kallax shelving units on their sides- one a 2×2, the other 4×2. Laying across them is an IKEA tabletop- so not only is there a lot of workspace, but it’s even on top of shelving.

The pegboard is an essential piece, and made more of a difference than I thought it would. It has a dual purpose- storage and aesthetic. Now this may seem obvious to other people (I wouldn’t have gotten there by myself, I’m not going to lie), but… the boards are attached to the studs on the wall, and the pegboard is attached to them. This lets them actually be functional! sewing station

For the chevron pattern, Handmade Utah (@2crafty4myskirt) has the best tutorial. Really, it’s easiest to tape out overlapping diagonals, and then use a razor to cut out the chevron pattern. I used a roller, and the extra paint from our front door.

I am so thankful storage is ‘in’ these days- it made the finishing touches so much more fun!

Did y’all see these at Michaels? They had some in their little ‘bargain’ section.

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They’re magnetic storage bins- so I have them on the same strip as my good scissors. Pins of various sorts, price tags, paper clips, and bindtilt out binser clips all have their place. I LOVE them! Just as exciting was their tilt out bins, which I have mounted on the side of the table. 

Target also had some great bins in their bargain section— Do you see a theme here?

I have one for stamps and sparkly things, one has my punches, and then the other has ribbon.Baskets

I could seriously go on about all that I have here for days… and probably will 🙂 I’ll be putting more of a focus on the actual sewing side next time! Thanks for reading 🙂

My New Toy: The Taurus 3 Ring Saw

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This, my friends, is my new toy. The Taurus 3 Ring Saw from the Gemini Saw Company.  Let me tell you, this is a beast.  Up to this point, to shape any broken pieces of porcelain, I would use clippers that risked cracking things in half.  Now, I can cut out any shape I want! It changes everything. I am going from circles and triangles, to dogs and whales!

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Look at my little whale!

I am so excited! Now, I make stencils and trace them out directly on the china with a paint pen. For those of you who don’t know what the ring saw is-it’s a diamond saw blade that can cut in any direction because of its round design. It is also a wet saw which keeps everything cool.  These types of saws are made for the stained glass world, but it is quite useful for porcelain.  I feel much better cutting things now, and I waste less material by cutting out instead of destroying all the bits around it. This allows me to use the leftover bits of china for jewelry projects like bracelet charms.

I decided to see if I could cut out the shape of a Brittany Spaniel…

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It could be my Hank or Sadie!

I give this machine a big thumbs up. It revolutionizes my production abilities. I am going to create a rating system to use now and in the future. Five Hammers =Perfect. One Hammer= Don’t Bother.

So The Taurus 3 Ring Saw is awarded…..(drumroll)…..

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Five Hammers out of Five! It is amazing!

Thanks for reading and remember tomorrow is Wednesday. That means it is the first edition of “Wifey Wednesdays.”  Alli will be taking the helm and posting tomorrow!

 

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Framed Up!