Friday, June 29, 2012

fIlling in the holes

After a long day of traveling yesterday (but totally worth it!) I am working on the chairs for the ikat desk

Original on right and 6" shorter on the left. These chairs are HEAVY so I was glad to get rid of some extra weight!

The chairs came in pieces so the rods slipped out once unscrewed, but left some pretty hefty holes ...

I wonder how long the wood filler will take to dry? I'll keep you posted!

Up next sanding, priming, painting and adding a little cushion to make them a little more comfy!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Delta Faucet blogger event

I'm in Indianapolis for the Delta Faucet blogger event and the past two days have been great! I've always known Delta to be an industry leader, but after learning more about the brand, I am truly impressed! I can't wait to share more soon!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


No, not the show on the Food Network ... my table!

I finished stenciling the desk/table yesterday and I am loving the bright addition to our office/living room (floorplan to come shortly!)

We started with a counter height table

and cut off 6" so it would be a standard dining table height

David said that it would be difficult, ok IMPOSSIBLE to get a straight cut (kinda important so that everything ends up the right height) with the jigsaw so we decided to add a chop saw to our power tool arsenal ...

David has wanted one of these bad boys for a long time ... and with a lot of projects coming up, this will save a lot of time and energy for years to come!

We removed the legs from the table, measured 6" and chopped the legs off :)

David cut all the table legs and chairs down (after taking them apart), while I sanded, primed and painted.

After I lightly sanded (directions say that you don't need to, but I thought it would still be a good idea). I primed with Zinsser 1-2-3 - the coverage wasn't great but it did dry without brush marks which is a plus in my book!

I gave it two coats of SW ProClassic Mega Greige in semi-gloss with XIM extender.

Primer and paint were rolled on with a foam roller (the key to no roller marks is to not over roll!)

I copied an image of the fabric used for the draperies in the room, decided on sizing and layout in Photoshop (ended up looking very close to the fabric layout) 

The image above is divided in three even sections (accounting for the center table leaf). It was designed so that the pattern would line up with or without the leaf.

I printed one on two pieces of 8.5x11, and taped them together.

On top of a self healing mat, the paper and stencil film were taped down and the pattern was cut out with an X-Acto knife (center was made white in Photoshop to save ink when printing because we were only cutting the outside)

X-Acto knifes allow detail cutting because the blade (no. 11) is slightly flexible.

We left a few guide lines with vinyl art tape and marked the center lines on the stencil for lining it up - this was much easier to layout than my trellis stencil because the pattern is not overlapping

The key to getting clean lines is having very little paint on the brush (I dip a stencil brush in paint and dab off extra on a paper towel - I then painted with light sweeping motions to mimic the Ikat pattern (pulling away from the stencil line)

About an hour or two later I was done! 

SW anew gray was used for the ikat 

love the repetition of the draperies which were made shortly before I started my blog, so no formal post, but I cut bands of ivory linen and Duralee Kalah and sewed them together (pretty easy :)

You may be wondering why I refer to this as a desk/table ... our desk is converted to a dining table when needed, which isn't too often - good thing because that computer is heavy!

The leaf was painted so that the pattern would line up when it was used

 and a glimpse of a project I was working on this morning - an adorable Westie :) 

I'll be showing pictures of the whole table once the chairs are finished, but first I am off Indianapolis to attend the Delta Faucet 2012 Blogger Event!

It sounds like it is going to be a really fun event - I am looking forward to seeing some of Delta's new products and meeting the people of Delta and other bloggers!!

TDC Before and After

Monday, June 25, 2012

I finally caved ...

and got an iphone!

Yes, I realize that I am probably just about the last person to get a smart phone ... I was holding off, trying to save a little more each month. But it was too tempting to have everything at your fingertips where ever you go!

I am loving synced contacts, music, calender ... I could go on and on!

Also, Instagram is kinda AMAZING ... if you are interested in seeing some day to day snapshots of my life,  you can find me at sarahmdorseydesigns

and finally I love my Otterbox case, it is the commuter series in teal (purchased on Amazon). It isn't too bulky, but seems to protect the phone. The silicon interior with plastic shell makes it easy to slide into a pocket or purse without grabbing everything in its way!

I've only had the phone for a week or so, but it feels like forever ... I think it's safe to say that this is a match!


Also, David liked my idea for painting the desk/table ... here's a peek at what it is looking like! (black is tape for lining up the stencil)

Check back soon for finished photos!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stenciled Moroccan Table

Yesterday I finished painting this little table that I found on Craigslist a few months ago ...

I sanded, primed, and painted it with SW Big Chill (a good neutral gray that is not too blue or brown)

I then taped it off and spray painted the drawer with Rustoleum Gloss White 

Lastly I stenciled the top with a Martha Stewart stencil purchased at Michaels (same one I used on the bookshelf) - I mixed SW Big Chill with a little white

I have no place to put this little guy ... so it will be put up for sale on Craigslist

Love the shelf below! Perfect for storing magazines ... the right basket would look fab inside too!

I started stenciling in the center so that the stencil would end at the same point on the outer edges

Aren't peonies the perfect flower? Love them!

I'm going to be sad to see this one go ... but more room in the garage to  hoard hold my finds :)

While I was stenciling, I decided what I wanted to do with our table/desk seen in the background of the stenciled moroccan rug post ... hopefully David will be on board ... I'll let you know!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

this little table of mine ...I'm going to paint it!

A few months ago, I found this little table on craigslist ...

and I've finally come to the conclusion that I have no where to put it (I know, you would think that I could fit a tiny table somewhere ... but there really is no place!), so I've decided to fix it up and sell

I'm using SW Big Chill and will be stenciling the top, check back to see what it looks like finished!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Today I'm at Remodelaholic!

Today I super excited to be at Remodelaholic, guest blogging about my Stenciled Moroccan Rug! Justin and Cassity are crazy talented, if you haven't already, you will love browsing through their amazing projects.

 I hope you'll stop by!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Summer Beach Themed Bookshelf

Yesterday we gave the bookshelf a summer makeover! We went with a beach theme ... naturally since we are currently living at the beach :) We made a welcome to Pismo Beach sign, added sand, beach rocks, drift wood and some summer themed prints!

A few months ago I found a piece of bark that had fallen off of a tree nearby, loved the texture and decided that we could use it for something. Over the weekend we found its purpose ...

We used two rows of bark putting them closely together and adhered (using craft glue) them to 3/8" plywood (leftover from the headboard)

We filled in the larger cracks with little pieces of bark, and let the whole piece dry for an hour or so

Created a design ... and printed on several 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper so that it was the same size as our plywood.

The sheets of 8.5x11 paper were taped together - then the text was cut out of contact paper (I'd recommend flattening the contact paper first by cutting off a piece and laying heavy books etc on top)

We squared up the edges and cut with a jigsaw ... to keep the line straight we attached a straight piece of wood to run the saw along

The temporary board was screwed into place outside of the area to be used - once the cut was made the board was removed - a great solution for someone without a table saw!

Once the contact paper was adhered - we spray painted with Rustoleum Heirloom White 

Removed the contact paper and painted the edges with Benjamin Moore Citron 

Let it dry and then attached it to the wall over the bookshelf with 3M Command picture hanging strips

and there you have it, a custom beach sign!

We collected driftwood from a beach when coming back from a trip up north ...

added some local sand ...

I love the texture!

One of my favorite photos of Annabelle sticking her tongue out "sandy toes and salty kisses"

Love how a quick coat of citron paint finishes the edges!

"Summer Sun Makes Me Smile"

The best part about this sign is that I only had to buy a can of spray paint ... pretty good for $3!

I'm loving the summer addition to our house!

The Lettered Cottage
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