Rustic Stenciled Sign

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Good day friends! Hope you are enjoying your summer. I have been working on a number of projects behind the scenes, but have finally completed one of them. This Rustic Stenciled Sign is just the thing to personalize your garage or barn.

Here in Wisconsin we often see personalized Barn Quilts as you drive though the countryside. I decided to make my own version. It’s a little different because it’s long and narrow instead of square, but I felt like this shape has more of a unique character.

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The sign was made from some old cedar fence boards that a friend gave me. We used three fencing boards, two on the front and one to hold them together on the back side. The boards were trimmed to 36″ long, nailed and glued together. We used a bit of old chain to hang the sign on the wall.

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The wood was very dry and rough, so the first thing I did was to sand it down a bit with a sanding block. Then the boards were stained with an English Ironstone White Stain to give them uniform color.

Generally, you aren’t supposed to use stencils on rough surfaces. However, my first rule of blogging is to break all the rules, so I did it anyway. I like the weathered appearance the rough texture gives the pattern. I used acrylic paints and a stencil brush to apply the design with the stencil. This pattern is Cutting Edge Augusta Tile Stencil.

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A final coat of satin polyurethane protects the sign from the elements. Hummmm, I may have to move it inside so I can see it more often.

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Off to work on some more fun projects!

 

 

 

What To Do With An Old Bicycle

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I love bike riding. We used to bike for miles and miles during the summer months. I especially loved riding the long trails that are refurbished old railroad beds here in Wisconsin. You can bike through the entire state on those flat, groomed trails. They are well maintained and take you through some of the pretty countryside in the Midwest. There is no better way to see the state than to bike through it.

However, it’s been years since I owned a bike, and even longer since I took the time to go for a ride. Until now. #Iamcheap

 

bicycle before painting

One of my girl friends passed this bike on to me. She doesn’t ride it anymore and it was just collecting dust in her garage. It was over all in good shape, but had a bit of rust here and there. I loved the old fashioned character of it. However, it was just sort of a blah color. It needed PIZAZZ.

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You know me, I have a basement full of PIZAZZ fixers, including a ton of spray paint. I rummaged around and came up with some Rustoleum Spray paint in Gloss Key Lime Green and Seaside Blue. By the way, if you spray paint at all, you simply must have one of these Comfort Grip tools to add to your spray can, it makes a nice even coat and saves your fingers from getting tired. It also gives you a very streamlined jet of paint, which is a lifesaver for doing fine detail work on such as this bike. Trust me, you need it! I also use plastic gloves to protect my hands when I paint, it’s so much easier than scraping your hands til they are raw!

Time to DIY!

bicycle in progress

The first step was to cover the larger parts of the bike that I didn’t want to paint with plastic grocery bags. I covered the seat, the handle bars, the pedals and the basket on the back of the bike with bags. It’s not scientific, but it works.

3M Scotch Blue Tape

Then I started covering the finer details with 3M Scotch Blue Painters Tape. I covered the break pads, the fenders, the brake wires and a few things that I have no idea what they are but they looked important.

I found some cardboard circles in my basement that were just laying around, and used those inside the tire and wheel spokes to keep paint from getting on them.

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The next step was to rough up the paint with a 3M Sandblaster sponge. This coarse sponge is the best tool ever, it easily fit between the smaller parts of the bike and made the sanding go really fast. Then I wiped the grit off with a dry towel and I was ready to paint.

painting the bike

I laid the bike down to paint, then waited for it to dry before turning it over. The spray paint made the painting go really fast, and it covered in one coat. How awesome is that??

I painted the basket at the very end, using the cardboard to shield the rest of the bike from the sprayer. I chose the Key Lime color for the basket, I love it!

It looks rather silly, but it worked quite well. I would say 98% of what I didn’t want to paint stayed clean, there were one or two areas that I had to scrape paint off in the end with the sanding block, but you can’t really tell where they are in the finished product.

After I started I also realized that the front wheel of the bike could come off, so I ended up removing that completely. I am sure that you can remove the back one too, but I don’t know how to do it and it seemed too complicated to bother with. #Iamnotmechanical

Blue bike finished

The blue color makes me HAPPY!

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The new color reminds me of the good old days when bikes were all the rage. Yes, I am that old! Now, I need is a tune up and I will be on the road! I can’t wait!

See you on the trail!

DIY Glow in the Dark Shoes

 I decided to jazz up some old shoes into something new and fancy.  DIY Glow in the Dark Shoes! I can’t wait to wear these out dancing.
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It’s been years since we went out dancing. In college we would put on our dancing clothes and go out to the disco every Friday night after work. I always wore heels, and I don’t remember ever having sore feet.Glow in the dark shoes before

My how things have changed! I have no idea where to go dancing, I never wear heels, and going out on Fridays just doesn’t happen any more.

Glow in the dark paint from Folk Art

I found these beautiful red pumps in my size at a thrift store last summer. I loved them immediately, and they actually fit really well.

I have put them on two or three times to wear to different events, somehow they never make it out the door, I feel conspicuous in them for some reason. So, I decided to paint them. I came across these great glow in the dark paints,from Folk Art. How fun! There might be a dance floor in my future after all.

Painting shoes in progress

 

painted pink heels

I gave the shoes two coats of paint, letting them dry completely in between coats.

glow in the dark shoes after

The paint has a matte finish so they aren’t quite as shines as they were before, but I can’t wait to wear them.

See you on the dance floor!

 

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How to Use a Professional Paint Sprayer

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This post is sponsored by Homeright for which I was compensated to write. Any opinions given are completely my own.

I am completely in favor of technology. The faster I can do something, the better. That goes for everything in my life including painting. More speed gives me more time for important things like cuddling with our kitty, feeding my children or taking a nap on the couch. I am sure you understand the need for speed!

finished pallet planter

I recently used Homeright’s Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer to complete my Pallet Planter and Privacy Screen. This type of rough wood is a bear to paint with a brush. I wasn’t even going to attempt it, because I know it would have taken FOREVER to paint.

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The Homeright paint sprayer made short work of it this large project. Spraying the paint into all the crevices on this piece saved me a ton of time. I used an exterior latex paint for this project to protect the wood from the elements.

white pallet planter with flowers

I love how it turned out. You can read the DIY tutorial here for this project.

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This deck railing is another project that I used the sprayer on. All those slats were too close together to use a paint brush. The sprayer worked great on them.

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Just don’t forget to screw the paint cup on to the sprayer VERY SECURELY.

I was not so careful and I had a bit of an accident. Whoops!

The best thing about this product is that you can use it over and over again. Can you imagine how many little cans of spray paint this would take if you had to buy them individually? A crazy amount!

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The Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer works great with latex paint, provided that the paint passes the viscosity test. I didn’t know this, but every brand of paint is a little different. Some are thicker than others, so you have to repeat the test each time you use a different brand of paint to get the right proportions. If the paint is too thick it will clog the sprayer and won’t spray efficiently.

This little blue cup that comes with the sprayer has a hole in the bottom, as the paint runs through it, you time how long it takes to empty. If the paint is too thick and runs too slow, you will need to add water. For my projects, I used 3 paint to one part water.

white pallet planter with flowers

I gave this piece two coats of paint. I did not use a primer because I liked the rustic look of the wood showing through the paint. Time to find another project to paint!

 

Thanks to Homeright for sponsoring this post!

 

Rental Before and After

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While I am waiting for our next move, I thought it would be fun to revisit a few of our other Rental Before and After renovation projects. Seems like we have had quite a few!

Okay, we have had a LOT!

The Cape Cod Project was the most recent.

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One of the first things I tackled was the hideous basement bar. Yikes!

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It was so much fun to make a Tiki Bar out of it!

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The Closet Home Office was next. It was an under used space and this little office worked great for our son’s homework station.

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The dining room had good bones, but was very, very dark.

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A fresh coat of paint did wonders! Read about it here.

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The upstairs hallway in this house was so dark and narrow it made me claustrophobic. The halls felt so much bigger with fresh paint! Here’s the info on this project.

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The downstairs hallway got the same treatment!  I was so glad to leave that home behind, I just never felt comfortable there!

 

Our previous rental home was great. We loved this house, inside and out. The yard was huge and we spent a lot of time outdoors both in summer and winter. This was in my early blogging days, looking back I have grown so much as a blogger since then!

The house was wonderful, however the pictures, not so much. Be forgiving, okay? I realize now that I don’t post many things from my early blogging days, I just hate most of the photography. Perhaps I am too picky.

Here’s the “before” home tour.

designerssweetspot.comI did only a few interior upgrades to this home, our son’s Teen Bedroom was one of them.

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The other fun project was painting removable stripes on our master bedroom wall. Click here to see how I did it!

I loved this bedroom, I can’t wait to paint more stripes in our new location, but this time they can be permanent! You have no idea how exciting that is for me!

 

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Because there wasn’t a lot of things for me to do inside that home, I spent a lot of time outdoors. We had the best garden I’ve ever had at that location, see the full garden tour here.

Hard to believe it’s only been a few years, yet we have accomplished so much! Blogging has become second nature to me, I love it more than ever. I look forward to having lots more things so share at our new location, coming soon!

I am counting down the days, and am super impatient!