Friday, January 31, 2014

Upcycled Mermaid Trunk

Here is a trunk transformation I did for a client... It will be going into a pink room...
Base is Sea Glass with Turks and Caicos drybrush.  No distressing, Sealed with Liquid Steel.  All Coastal Colors Beach Chic Paint products!
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MyTime Woman's Show

WE ARE READY!  
Fabric is hung, Coastal Colors Beach Chic paint cans are arranged, the GIVEAWAY 
(actually there will be TWO) are ready to be won and excitement is in the air!
The MyTime Woman's Show is tomorrow Feb 1 from 10am-4pm.  When Chaffin Interiors asked me to come and be a part of their booth... well to put it honestly... I was and am so honored.  
Chaffin is an established Interior Design company... serving our area for over 50 years. 
 And to take the risk of having some crazy, roadkill painting furniture flipping lady in their booth... buddy let me tell you they have GUTS!
So if you are local to Hampton, VA - come on out!  We are located directly across from the fashion stage.  And if I can squeeze in the room...YES I WILL BE PAINTING!
GIVEAWAY #1 -  I will be holding a drawing for a quart of Coastal Colors Beach Chic paint and a VOID proformtech paintbrush!!
AND... make sure you LIKE me on Facebook... 
I will be announcing GIVEAWAY #2 in the morning.  *HINT--- make sure you are early!

Some sneak peeks:
Chaffin professionals at work... (see a giveaway???)

Chaffin Interiors (only slightly overrun with Coastal Star items )


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mytime Woman's Show Prep

Taking advantage of these snow days to create some new designs for the Mytime Woman's Show this weekend in Hampton, VA.  One of my retailers, Chaffin Interiors has asked me to be a part of their booth so off I will go!  I will be selling my Coastal Colors Beach Chic paint... and some small items/artwork.  Make sure you come to see me! 
What I did today... if you can't make the show I can custom make these items for you!  Even in this snow I am in a beach state of mind... wishin' I was a mermaid as usual...

Midnight Mermaid on salvaged wood


Carolina Beach scene on pedestal table.

Midnight Mermaid on salvaged wood

Mermaid on wood panel

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Upcycled Skateboard Dresser

I received a custom order for a very high end quality dresser.  I love to not have to repair a piece, but then I worry the whole time I am going to mess up a nice item.  I have a much lower stress level when I am flipping trash to treasure!  The owner is a teenage boy with an urban style decorated room.  Think xbox... concrete...brick... and SKATEBOARDS!  Ok, skateboards are part of my language so after I got the green light to do what I wanted... I found myself falling back to the skateboard theme.

So I got him home and gave it a light cleaning and sanding.  Even though I don't have to sand to use Coastal Colors Beach Chic paint... it does help with the cleaning process.
I didn't know what I was going to do for handles, but knew I wasn't going to keep what was there... so I filled in the existing drawer pull holes and sanded them down.

I decide to go with a broken asphalt look... so I started with Summer's Fog in certain areas that I knew I was going for the "chippy" look.
diy_chippy_look
 I then used a chip brush and added vaseline to the areas that I wanted the grey to show through...
Then I applied two coats of Summer Nite painting directly over the vaselined areas as if they weren't there.

While that dried I got to work on my pulls.  And no, I did not have any idea what I was going to do, but I had some old skateboards that were roadkill I had collected.  So I pulled them out and while I gave them a good looking over the trucks just stared at me like, "DUH USE THESE!"
After some WD40 applications, wrenches, vice grips and a socket set later... I finally had all of the trucks removed and the wheels off.  I can destroy anything ;)  I sanded down the excess rust and cleaned my parts and set them aside.

When the Summer Nite dried I took steel wool and rubbed over the dresser... so wherever I had applied vaseline it gave me a beautiful chippy look!
diy_chippy_distressing
 I went back through with a fine grit sandpaper and lightly distressed the rest.  
This really gave me the concrete look I was going for...

 I then took the skateboard parts and arranged them, figuring out what I wanted to use for each drawer.  The tricky part was figuring the sizes of the blots that would be needed for each truck and wheel so that there would be minimal overage inside the drawer.  After a quick trip to the hardware store,  I figured out the center of each drawer and marked it using my chalk.  Then my trusty drill and I worked on each one, taking my time.  I always drill in error when I rush ;)



After all of the pulls were in place I gave the entire piece a coat of Coastal Color's Liquid Steel to help bring out the shine and to protect and seal the finish... and we're done! 
 The perfect dresser for a skateboarder...  Or for anyone who likes fun unique pieces...
 And as a bonus I now have a go to box of skateboard parts for my next project!

DIY Skateboard Dresser





 
 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Coastal Star Snow Day Meal - Crock Pot Chili Recipe

This recipe is one I received many years ago, when a co-worker of mine used to make it for our officemates every year when it got cold.  It has become my go-to crock pot chili recipe and quickly became a favorite of ours... especially me BECAUSE IT IS SO DANG EASY!  And lots of bang for the buck!

Cowboy Beans
Take 5 cans of beans.  Any variations.  I usually use 2 cans of kidney beans, 1 black, 1 great northern, and 1 navy.  But any 5 works...seriously.  Empty each can including liquid directly into the crock pot.   Brown 1 lb of ground beef (I add an onion) drain and layer on top of the beans.  Add 1 bottle of barbecue sauce.  I use Sweet Baby Ray's- it gives that sweet flavor twist to it that we love.  That's it.  Don't stir it together.  Just layer and wait.
crock pot chili
Cook on high for four hours.
crock pot chili
 
And here is what you get.  We like a corn muffin with it.... you can add cheese and sour cream if you like as well.
Hope you enjoy this quick and easy chili recipe!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Wish I Could Be Part Of Your World... Another use for an old picture frame!



We all have those seasons in our life where we wake up in the morning and think... 
What in the world just happened?
What am I doing?
or just plain 
Why?

I am in one of those seasons now... 
winter does this to me every year...
 and this year I am combining this with some other circumstances in my life.

And it's ok.  It's a part of growth and maturity, and we all have these seasons.

Out of the Sea,
Wish I could be,
Part of that world

Meet Maris - my newest mermaid
This Maris is painted on a repurposed picture frame!  
Let me know if you would like for me to make a Maris for you!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Nantucket Night Stand

The night stand is probably one of the most solid pieces I have worked on.  No injuries... nothing.

My first paint job... I liked... but never loved.



So I decided it was time for a re-do...  and now I am in love. 
I painted a top coat of Nantucket Red.  Did a light distressing all over.  I then added one layer of clear wax, and then worked in antiquing dark wax. 
So charming!!!




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Monday, January 13, 2014

DIY Tile- The Kitchen tile is done!

Thanks for hanging in there Coastal friends, and thank you for all of your kind words about my DIY tile project!  We think we are done in the kitchen floor... 
we did run into a snag when placing the thresholds. 
On purpose, we ended the ceramic tile where the kitchen subfloor ended and where the HARDWOOD FLOOR begins.  However, in previous years, the linoleum crept past the threshold and that is where we laid the carpet ten years ago. So now we have a gap.  Which leads us to the next project -- I convinced Mr Star we NEEDED to pull up the carpet!  Of course there is a patch of linoleum where the previous owners had carried it into the foyer... but a Friday night later, a heat gun and a hot chisel later that is gone!
We will refinish the floors later... let's finish the kitchen tiles first! 


The final project cost came in right under $400 at $352.  
I did not get a contractor estimate and now I kind of regret it...
 would like to know how much we saved by DIY. 
 And to wrap it up... here is the obligatory before and after...

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Odyssey of the Kitchen Tile - Day 8 How to Remove Grout Haze!

Still waiting for the grout to cure... tick tock tick tock... We have purchased the new quarter round, the appliances are waiting patiently to move back to their homes, and I have confirmed that I AM NOT VERY PATIENT! 
So I tackled the grout haze on the tile today.  I still had that fine glaze that most inexperienced tile layers experience.  I scrubbed and scrubbed but whenever it would dry that chalky haze just reappeared. 
So here is the recipe that I discovered that WORKS!  Yes, I know there is a glaze cleaner that works, but I am cheap thrifty remember?  And my car is being inspected so I couldn't get to the store...

How to remove grout haze.
 So here it is... the Coastal Star endorsed Grout Haze cleaner... 
1/3 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup ammonia and 6 cups of warm water.



 I scrubbed each tile with cheesecloth.
Right side of tile is scrubbed with the cleaner, left side still has haze.  See the difference?
Haze free!

How closely are you looking at my pictures? Can you see the shoe print I left? 
I also went back over the tiles with an old towel to dry and buff. 
Tomorrow I get to seal the tile and hopefully move my appliances back in!!!! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Odyssey of the Kitchen Tile - Day 6 AND 7

Thank you for your kind messages Coastal readers!  Sorry I missed posting yesterday but we decided to celebrate the New Year's arrival with my BFF... remember her from our Edisto Island trip?
 We had to usher out 2013 beating our men in one last game of Hand & Feet  ;)

Ok, back to business...yesterday we got up and went right to work with the grout.
Mr Star and I took turns grouting the tile... using a "cushioned" trowel for it.
I took advantage of having one trowel by taking down Christmas decorations!

 Here is the floor with completed grout.  We did find that the grout "settled" and we had to apply it twice.  Also - I highly recommend the sponges with the rough side to them.  I used one old sponge to wipe away the bulk of the excess grout... and then used the rough sided sponge to remove the final "glaze" that was left.

Here is where we are today.  
 
We are much closer to a finished floor!  We did get a surprise... apparently it only takes 3 hours for the grout we used to dry... but takes 3 DAYS TO CURE!!!  Make sure you take this time into account when you plan your tiling job!  So instead of moving back in the kitchen today, we will not be able to apply our grout sealer until Friday!  No worries, we want to do things the right way, and I am terrified to move our appliances in on the floor before it is ready.  So we will continue to live in chaos for a while longer.

And it gives me time to clean up our tile graveyard on my work table out back!  Isn't this funny! 
 The tiles that didn't make the "cut"  
Anyone know any good projects to use ceramic tile pieces?  Let me hear from you! 
 

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