Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

A first attempt

So, like many people I am obsessed with this chevron pattern that has been popping up everywhere recently. I love it in all shapes and sizes! It's so fun and youthful! I attempted to created the pattern on a table top... here's how it went...

I bought this table at Goodwill (of course of half price Saturday). It only cost $6! What a steal! I started by sanding it down a bit, with my handy dandy hand sander (LOVE this thing!)

After dusting off, it was time to paint! I choose Saratoga Blue from Olde Centruy Milk Paint. I really love this color! I did 3 coats total over the period of an entire weekend. I really like the coats to be dry before I add another layer.

Like I said, this was my first attempt at creating the chevron so it was a bit rough! I used blue painters tape and measured the best I could. I am sure there is a brilliant way to do this... I will find one and let you know! After taping was complete, I choose a white as my accent color. I did 2 coats of the white.  Here are some pics of the process.

I let it dry for a bit, but not too long... I wanted to get that tape off and see how I did! Here's what it looked like! Not too shabby for my first time.... what you can't see (or maybe you can!) in this strategically far off picture is the undefined edges at some of the points. What you can see is a a decent chevron print.
Now if you know me at all, you know I can't leave anything alone for too long. So after letting my white dry overnight, I took the sander to my little table again! I also did some hand sanding and added a soft brown glaze. The final product turned out awesome! I can't believe it's the same table!

Happy painting friends!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A favorite project

As I was thinking about what I wanted to share on the blog, I kept going back to one of my favorite (and easy!) projects!

I bought this great oval shaped table at Goodwill on half price Saturday! $10 steal! Although it was a great piece on its own, and it stayed like this in my living room for quite some time, I walked by it one day and realized it needed some love!

So I cleaned it off, grabbed an old copy of one of my favorite books (Wuthering Heights), and Modge Podge. I started ripping pages out of the book (which kinda made me cry because I love it so much, but I have it on my Nook now so I can read it over and over again!) As I ripped, I laid the pages out on the table until it was covered.

When it was covered, I took one page off and put the Modge Podge directly on the table, then placed the page on top. I repeated this until the table top was covered. The edges were a bit tricky, but all you have to do is carefully (and I mean carefully) bend them under. Then I took Modge Podge to the top of the pages as well. After all that dried I also covered the top with a layer of polyurethane for protection.

I just loved how it turned out! Have you done any projects with Modge Podge that you would like to share?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Start blogging they said.....

Over the last 24 hours I have been obsessing about blogs... Eat, sleep, dream about them. Ok maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration. (Shocking for anyone who knows me!) Either way, I am total amazed by these crafty, DIY, home decor, amazing women who do it all, blogs I have come across on my search for my own path to blogging happiness. Now I would consider myself to be pretty tech savvy, but these daily blog posts and all the sponsoring is throwing me for a loop! Maybe it will come to me with time, so bear with me as I figure out this new world!

For now I just want to say thank you to those awesome blogs that I have started following! There are WAY too many to list, but you can find them on our blogroll!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Time to blog!

So you know when you start a new project and your mind is completely consumed with getting it finished? Yeah, that was me when I decided LAST NIGHT to create a blog for The Tattered Trunk! I really had no idea what I was getting into. After about 10 hours and formatting, adding and deleting gadgets, and finally liking the way it looks I sat back and reveled in my success!

Without further ado, here is my first official Tattered Trunk blogpost (insert cheering fans here!)

When we started thinking about starting this little project, my mom and I only really knew 2 things: we wanted it to be fun and we wanted it to be inspiring. We know how much we love to make things and create fun things, but also know that not everyone feels as comfortable with their creative juices as we do. After attending a wonderful workshop, we decided that we wanted to give our friends and their friends (and maybe even their friends) a comfortable place to come and feel successful, a place to meet new people and have a great time! The Tattered Trunk was born! Although we wrestled with the idea of opening a storefront, we ultimately decided that we wanted to start slow. But just watch, someday you will see our name in lights!

Our official launch date was just over 2 weeks ago and we have been completely overwhelmed by the support of our friends and family! Although we didn't give them too much information about what we will be doing exactly, they followed us anyway! We can't say thank you enough!