Monday, September 30, 2013

Vintage China Cabinet - Refinished

 Vintage China Cabinet:

Refinished & Refreshed!

Love the contrast of the vintage hardware against this new paint color!

I removed the center door and painted the entire cabinet with what I'll call antique-white oops paint. I love the dramatic change this fresh paint job made and can't wait to showcase my pottery collection along with a few family quilts.

A Few DIY Tips:
Don't rush! Using two or three thinner coats of paint makes for a prettier finish. Don't overload your paint brush; it can cause the paint to glob and make drips. Take off hardware and doors before painting. Prepping your piece will make painting it easier; for example, light sanding and primingAlways give paint plenty of time to dry. After you've let your paint cure for several days, use Minwax Polycrylic or wax paste to seal and protect the finish.  

MOST IMPORTANTLY!! Don't be afraid to dive-in and experiment! I am totally new to this and having fun exploring other bloggers' successes and failures while experimenting with my own

Happy Painting...

Saturday, September 28, 2013

My Mirror Makeover!

My Mirror Makeover

I was tempted to donate this older mirror to Goodwill when we moved into the farm. Luckily, my mom-in-law had the great idea to re-purpose this hanging mirror into a coffee table or ottoman tray! I have to give credit for this project to her; thanks for the idea, Momma D!

 Do It Yourself

What you'll need:
Painter's Tape



Minwax Polycrylic 
You can use Minwax paste or Johnson's wax, but for this project I used Minwax Polycrylic.

I am using "oops" paint for most of my projects. You find this reduced price paint at local hardware stores, Walmart, anyplace that mixes paint! It is usually just at a reduced price because the color didn't get mixed quite right. If you don't have to have a specific color, then you can find your project paint for a FRACTION of the price! 



Tape off and cover the mirror with the newspaper.  

Be careful to get your tape all the way to the edge for a clean paint job.

Putting in a little prep work goes a long way. Taking the time to tape off the mirror and lightly sanding the wood makes a world of difference. You'll notice that after the first coat you'll probably need at least two coats of paint to make your project look polished. I ended up using three coats of paint on this project and then let the piece dry before flipping it over to do the back. 

 Again, painters tape is awesome. 

I didn't want to paint the entire bottom because the mirror was only held in with cardboard material. So, I taped off around the bottom so that I could quickly and easily paint the back edge. It took a couple of coats on the bottom edge too, even though it will be less visible than the top. 

Protective Finish

I used Minwax Polycrylic on this project. It's important to wait a few days for the paint to completely dry. It is dry to the touch quickly but before you brush on a finish you'll need to wait for the paint to cure. I used a couple of coats of Minwax Polycrylic on this piece because I like that it has a low odor, water clean up, and, well, that's the finish I had on hand.


And Ta-Da! 


I love how this turned out! The mirrored surface adds depth and I love the reflection of my glass bowl on the tray!

So glad my mom-in-law 
saved this piece from the giveaway pile! 
Thanks again for your inspiration!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Thank Goodness for Great Neighbors!


Thank Goodness for Great Neighbors! 

This week at the Farm: Raising the House & 
Meeting Miss Jilli

Pretty soon you'll notice that we have some very special neighbors here at Wold Farm. We are surrounded by loving, good-hearted people who are always willing to lend an ear, smile, and a helping hand!

For example, would you believe I couldn't raise our house by myself while Zach was off at work?! Don't worry, not something I would ever dream of attempting without our awesome neighbor Keith, who happens to be an architect! (Whew!) You'll be hearing more about Keith as our laundry room renovation progresses, too; you know I wouldn't try to do anything too crazy without a professional!

Back to Raising the House, you may be wondering why I would want to "raise the house" anyway! Well, in a 100-year-old house, nothing is "straight" and sometimes the floors can be not quite level So in order to help level the floors, our awesome neighbor came over with his hydraulic jack and pole to raise beams and place shims on top of the columns. (That's how I'll phrase all of this since I'm not sure the technical terminology!)  
The Process:
If you are new to this whole home-makeover thing too, let me just point out that the "jack & pole thingy" (blue pole on the ground) is supposed to support many tons of weight and 
it's supposed to be STRAIGHT! Apparently our house weighs A LOT.
As you can see, the pole-thingy completely gave out and bent!! Just as our house was sitting 1 inch higher than at the start of the project... BOOM, house lowered back down! Thankfully, nothing was damaged and nobody was hurt!


What do "we" do now without our pole-thingy?! 
Well, when your neighbor architect is also a farmer it makes sense that he goes to find an old fence post!


But of course! So he left for five minutes and came back with an old fence post and continued to raise our house 3/4 of an inch with this handy fence post. That was about all we could do with the fence post so our little project will be continued next week. 

Raising a house 
not enough for one day on the farm?

As "we" finished up with the project for the day, Keith's lovely wife, Glenda, called with big news! A calf had been born and I was invited to come meet her!

Obviously, I said "Yipppee" and grabbed my camera for a cow pasture adventure! 

Note: I've taken a few photos of these beauties out in the backyard but every time I got close they would all stop and stare at me through what appears to be an invisible fence! So, naturally I would freak out and run back into the house! This particular cow pasture adventure (alongside the owners) afforded me the courage to get up-close and personal!  

In The Pasture!

Our amazing neighbor and farmer at Forest Hill Farm
pointing to Momma Cow as the newborn baby calf rests at her feet. HOW SWEET! 

If I learned one thing about Forest Hill Farm... these people genuinely love their animals.

Cow Poo-- Not as gross as you'd think... it didn't STINK!

AND...I learned organic cow poop really doesn't stink! I was in shock, trust me!! Apparently dung beetles are able to thrive in organic manure (because they aren't killed off from pesticides) and they actually eat the manure and use it to feed their offspring. They cause the manure to become very dry and almost odorless. It sounds crazy but I even stepped in some and it didn't stick to my shoe!


And now...Meet Miss Jilli! 

I'm calling this new calf "my cow" since they let me help name her! All of the Forest Hill Farm heifers are named formally with the prefix Miss, so please meet lucky number 318: "Miss Jilli"!

After Miss Jilli received her vitamins and "earring," all of the other cows wanted to meet her! It was quite adorable.

After this meeting, the momma cow will lead Miss Jilli away from the other cows and hide her away from the herd for three days. 

I think she is too cute and I look forward to watching her grow and graze out in the pasture for years to come.  

A few more of my favorite images from a day spent with Forest Hill Farm:


I call this one.. "A farmer and his ladies" :)


 Forest Hill Farm

Thanks so much for sharing this amazing day with me! I officially love your cows, too!