Sunday, February 24, 2013

Frame Up a Bulletin Board

When I was a kid I had a giant bulletin board that my grandfather made for me.  I remember thinking it was the coolest thing that he could make a bulletin board.  Now I know how easy it is!

I found this awesome frame at Ikea and decided I'd use it for a bulletin board.  You could use any frame you have on hand.  I had my husband cut a piece of thin plywood to fit the frame.  Cardboard could also work.

I bought cork squares at Lowe's.  You might find a roll of cork.  My Lowe's didn't carry it any more.

I traced the opening of the frame onto the plywood so I'd know where to end the cork.  

I used spray adhesive to attach the cork to the plywood, then used a razor blade knife to trim the cork to the size of the frame opening.

You can see where the seams from the cork squares are.  It's not going to show since I plan to cover it with fabric.

I trimmed the cork as close to my pencil line as I could get it.

I found this awesome fabric at Calico Corners and fell in love.  It reminded me of a grain sack at a fraction of the price.

This would be perfect in this frame!  So I used my staple gun to wrap it around the board and attach it to the back.  If you used cardboard, you could probably duck tape the fabric on the back!

I'm liking it!

Then I just had to pop it into the frame.

Next I need to make some cute thumb tacks for it.
Any ideas?

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Big Moving Sale

I've had a booth at a local antique mall for about 10 years.  I started with a small booth and expanded to fill an entire room.  I've loved having a shop space and have had fun over the years developing my "look" and attracting a steady clientele.  

Well, my day job is very time consuming and I've found it harder lately to keep up at the shop!

So while praying about how to handle the dilema, my friend called and asked me to join her in a new antique mall.

Turns out it was the perfect solution to my challenges!  Funny how God works things out sometimes!

So next weekend I'm loading up everything from the old mall and moving it to my new space at the new mall.

You know I'm thrilled about having to pack it all up and move it!

So everything you see here (and hundreds more) are going on sale this week!

Everything priced over $10 is on sale 25% off.
And lots of items with red dots are 50% off!

So if you're in Abilene (or want to make a road trip), 
stop by Classic Collections on Butternut to take advantage of the sale.

These treasures won't last long.

Next Saturday they'll be moving to their new home.

And the special sale price won't be going with them!

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Here's to the Union Jack

A few years ago a sweet friend of mine invited me to go with her to London.  We had a great time shopping the London markets and seeing the sights.  Ever since then, I've been smitten by all things British.  It seems that others have, too.  The Union Jack has appeared on furniture all over Pinterest.

I bought this blue cabinet a while back at an auction.  I wasn't sure I was crazy about the color, so it's been sitting in my garage waiting on inspiration.  

Last week it came to me.  It's already blue. Just add some red and white stripes!  Now taping off the stripes is more complicated than you might think.  I found this tutorial to help me with the spacing.  While I didn't follow it to a t, I think I got the gist of it.  

I recently won some Frog Tape from Christie at Carter's Cottage.
Perfect timing!

First I taped off for the white stripes.  This photo shows the tape before I trimmed it to just the painting areas.  I gave it two coats of  ASCP Old White.

The best part is always peeling the tape away!

Next, I taped off for the red paint.  This was a little bit easier.

I used ASCP Emperors Silk for the red.

This took three coats and then I peeled away the tape.
I distressed it a bit and applied clear wax and some glass knobs.

And Bob's your uncle!

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