Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Remove Veneer with Just a Little Elbow Grease

Ahhhhh... Removing that unsightly thin strip of glued on wood that HAS TO GO. What a daunting task. Am I right or am I right? So how do you remove it effectively without breaking your wrist in the process? The answer is moisture and heat. 

This is my next project that needs be stripped: 



Here is what you need:

Towel 
Iron
Putty Knife

Let's get started! 

Step One:
Dampen your towel. It does not need to be dripping wet, but it does need to be pretty damp.

Step Two:
Place your towel on the portion you are removing. I like to let it sit for about an hour before I move on to the next step. 



Step Three:
Set your iron to the cotton setting. Make sure you have water in there for added steam. Firmly iron the towel. I like to work in a circular motion and hover over each area for a few seconds.



Step Four:
Take your putty knife and gently slide under the edge. Move it slowly as you strip away the veneer. 



Step Five:
Repeat the ironing process as necessary. 


Voila!!! Veneer Free!


HAPPY STRIPPING!
(See what I did there?)

Squeeze - Liz

Monday, August 11, 2014

Two Sweet Tables get a Makeover



Remember the Fabulous Blue Chair I did a while back for Sarah? Well, she had another project for me!!! 


I love Sarah, because she knows exactly what she wants. She shot me a message and told me what color (Hemlock by Benjamin Moore) to use and how she wanted it to look. It is really nice to know exactly what a customer wants so that we are on the same page. 

I LOVE the color and how clean they turned out! What are your thoughts?! 

Thank you Sarah for allowing me to complete another piece for you in your home!


Squeeze - Liz




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Feeling Americana

Hi All! Do you ever just get in a mood and just go with it? I do and did yesterday. I had a wooden box and a lid to a wine barrel and wanted to do some Americana inspired items! I had a lot of fun with these projects. I think the thing I love the most is the imperfection of it. Uneven lines, misshapen stars, distressed, antiqued, ahhhh... it is so fun! Here we go!



I LOVE hanging items with old chain!


So uneven! Imperfection is beautiful. 


Wine Barrel Sign: $60
Wooden Box: $25

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Hope you all are having a great day!!!

Squeeze - Liz

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Guest Bedroom Gets a Makeover (Finally)



Confession: I leave my project stuff EVERYWHERE. I mean, everywhere. I have taken over quite a few spaces in our home with projects that I am working on. The guest room was no exception. For the past month, (or more) the guest room has become a mecca of craft supplies. Last week, Lucas dropped a bomb on me... He asked if I could put the room back together! Seriously?! Here is the thing... I knew that he had a surprise weekend in store for me, but why does it matter what the room looks like? He claimed it was because he was tired of looking at all the crap; however, that is not really a Lucas thing to say. Hmmm.... did this mean someone was visiting? Oh no oh no oh nooooo noooo noooo.... This was not a room for people to stay in. And who was coming? Have they been here before? Is it someone I needed to impress? (you know, like my dad?) My mind started racing and I knew the only way that I could relax was to make the room as comfortable and welcoming as possible. Off to work I went!

When we moved in, the walls were a dark purple. So, I changed them to a bluish grey and plopped a bed in it. Voila! Guest room. (I tried looking for photos of the before and I have nothing. Go figure.)

I didn't have much time, so I worked with items I had around my house. The only thing I purchased for the room were the pillows. (Ross, $12 for both!)

The floating headboard is the back of an old porch swing. I painted it and chipped it up to keep it looking old and weathered.

 

I had a potting bench that I wanted to use in the house and found that it worked beautifully as a side table. This may very well be my favorite use of space in our home right now!



I had found this at the ranch: 



So, add a little chain, a dairy jar and dried lavender and you have yourself a cute corner vignette. 



I have been wanting to display old family photos in a unique way and didn't want a family wall. Again, these display hooks were found out at the ranch and create a perfect display for old photos. Eventually, I would like to get small antique frames for the remainder of the photographs. 



This picture of the boy and girl was in my room growing up. There is something about it that fills me with comfort and I love the way it looks with some candle holders next to it. 



Finally, the Bonne Nuit sign. This means Good Night in French. I used an old fence board to create this sign. I simply love it!



So far, I feel I have made great progress, though I do have a little ways to go. 

Was it worth it?! 

Heck yes! My surprise was these two visiting me!!!! 


This is my brother (Tommy) and sister (Jehn) and they could not have come at a better time! What a treat to have Lucas and my siblings surprise me!!!!! I loved every minute of the weekend.  

Tommy, Lucas, Me and Jehn


Thank you Lucas!!!! Thank you Tommy!!!! Thank you Jehn!!!! I love you all soooooo much!


Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all are doing well!


Squeeze - Liz     

Monday, June 30, 2014

Can I Please Have S'more Gooey Goodness!



Ahh, the Fourth of July is just around the corner and I wanted to make something really delicious. The Fourth is one of those days that screams BBQs and campfires. And what is a campfire must have? S'mores of course! So here it is, the delicious ooey and gooey cupcake for the Fourth of July!


Here is what you need:


1 package brownie mix *check the box for ingredients
(usually requires 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of oil and 1/4 cup water)

1 box of Graham Crackers

12 tablespoons of Butter 

2/3 cup of White Sugar

2 jars of Marshmallow Cream Puff

1 Hershey Chocolate Bar

1 small package of Mini Marshmallows


Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. (this may vary, follow the instructions for your brownie mix)  

Step 2: 

Melt the 12 tablespoons of butter. While the butter is melting grind 2 packages of graham crackers. This should equate to 2.5 cups. 

Step 3: 

Mix the butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs until blended. 

Step 4:

Insert your baking cups into your cupcake pan. Firmly press the graham cracker mix on the bottom of the baking cup. 

Step 5: 

Add your brownie mix until the cup is just a little over half full.

Step 6: 

Pop in the oven for the amount of time stated on the box. For me, this was 26 minutes. They will be done when a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. 

Step 7: 

Let cool. Once cool, take off the cupcake wrappers and apply the marshmallow cream. 

Step 8:

Add some crumbled graham cracker, a mini marshmallow, a chuck of chocolate and graham and Voila! Delicious cupcakes!!!   

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!!!!

Squeeze - Liz

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summertime Pasta Salad


Summer may very well be one of my favorite times of year! I just love the warm air, the cool drinks and the delicious food. Lucas and I are HUGE fans of pasta salad and I wanted to create something fresh and tasty for BBQs and evenings on the porch.  

Here is what you need:

1 lb Tri-Color Rotini

1 Small Red Onion

1 Jar of Sun Dried Tomatoes

1 Jar of Marinated Artichoke Hearts

1/3 cup of Sugar

Bernstein's Restaurant Italian Dressing

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1. Cook the Pasta in Boiling Water for 8 minutes or until pasta is tender. 

2. Drain Pasta and cool down with running cold water and ice. 

3. Chop the Onion. Drain the Sun Dried Tomatoes and Artichokes and set to side. 

4. Pour 3/4 of the Italian Dressing in a Bowl and stir in the sugar. Add the onion, artichoke and sun dried tomatoes. 

5. Add mixture to the pasta and toss. Refrigerate until served.


That is it! A simple, delicious pasta salad! Happy Summer!

Squeeze - Liz

Saturday, June 21, 2014

DIY: Rustic Bath Box



A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of a vintage crate I had redone on my Facebook Page. I loved it so much and those who have come by our home always compliment it; so I figured, I would show you how to make this simple charming bath box. 


Here is the Bath Box I made for our home:


  

I usually hand paint all of my projects, but for this one, I wanted to use a gel transfer. The reason I chose to use a gel transfer for the letters was because I could get a big, chunky font on the box without worrying about me painting it wrong. I really wanted a specific look and was worried that I couldn't do it on my own. So, a gel transfer it was! Also, this technique is so very practical and helps save a lot of time and energy. Let us get to it, shall we?

Here is what you need:

A wood box or crate

Paint (color of your choice)

Steel Wool

Fine Sanding Sponge or Sand Paper

Computer and Printer

Soft Gel

Danish Oil 

Step One:

Get yourself a good old fashioned wood box. I found these out at our ranch, but it doesn't need to be old. In fact, you can purchase wood boxes from any craft store and those will do just fine. 



Step Two: 

Paint your box. I always do at least two coats, but play with it! Paint it in any way you would like! 



Step Three: 

Pick a font you like on your computer and type out what word or phrase you want to use. Get playful here! Make sure your font is large enough to cover the area you want the letters on. I printed out a few sizes and styles before making my final decision. 

This is the VERY important part. When you have decided on the font and size, and you go for your final print, you NEED to mirror your image. On my computer, this is done through the properties tab under print.



Step Four:
*Make sure your box is dry before starting this part*  

Cut your paper around the letters, like so:



Apply your soft gel to the inked portion ONLY. Once applied simply lay your lettering down and press lightly to remove any bubbles. 









Let dry overnight. 

Step Five:

This is the really fun part! Lightly dampen the lettering with a wet paper towel or cloth. Once dampened, start rolling your finger over the letters (very gently) and watch the paper come off and the ink stay!!!!




You want to make sure this part is done slowly and gently. It is very fragile and while we are going for a distressed, worn look, if you get too rough, you will lose your ink. Some smearing of the ink is normal and you can clean it right off with a damp towel. 

Let this dry. (30 minutes is sufficient)

Step Six:

Take your project outside and start rubbing it down with steel wool. 


You can sand it too, but I like steel wool for a more distressed look that just scratches the paint a little. Do this to the entire piece. 

The surface will be rough, so I like to use a fine sanding sponge to finish off the piece. 



Step Seven: 

I like to bring out the distressed area and antique the color by using Danish Oil. 

I use this brand in Dark Walnut:


Apply the Oil all over the piece using a lint free cloth. 

Let Dry. 

That is it!!! You have yourself a rustic box for whatever your heart desires!





Squeeze - Liz