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Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Hello everyone…I know it’s been awhile since I last posted but it’s been a tough month of very icy weather leaving Hello I Live Here to complete painted furniture pieces inside.  I love doing painted furniture pieces, but truly I want to get back to building and using my tools, so enough Mother Nature with the icy weather already – it’s time for you to go.

Today I will share with you some of my custom painted pieces all completed with Annie Sloan Paints I think you will like.  I have been upping my game to come up with new designs my clients will love.  Here are a few I think you will like.

Small Night Stand

Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Waxing Furniture

Painted Pieces

It’s looking like better weather for next week so I am hoping to return to the shop and crank out some rather great projects.  Until then enjoy the painted furniture pieces we have selected to show you.  If you have a favorite, make a comment.  And, if you have some of your own painted furniture pieces, post them on our Comments Section.  We love to share projects with our readers.

Waxing Furniture

Also, find us on Facebook, Pinterest and Hometalk where we also share loads of photos from our own collection of painted pieces and the great shops and bloggers we work with every day.  We would love for you to follow us and share us with your friends. Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Here’s to winter ending quickly – I envy everyone with great weather today 🙂

Linda

Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

Waxing furniture, we all, who work with painted pieces have to do it!  I have loads of people asking me how to get the wax to shine after using Annie Sloan Wax applications.  I hear things like, the wax is too stiff, there is wax left on my furniture, and the furniture does not shine up like it should. I also hear, I give up – I used poly over my Annie Sloan Chalk paint – Noooooo – don’t – why – because every brush stroke shows through from the chalk paint and chalk paint is made to go with the wax for a reason.  Just get the right tools – I do not know about you, but when waxing furniture, Hello I Live Here uses the exclusive help of RYOBI TOOLS.

 Waxing Furniture

That’s right – Ryobi makes the best tool around when it comes to waxing furniture for Hello I Live Here.  We use the Ryobi Orbital Buffer.  This awesome tool offers smooth, random orbital action at 4,000 RPM speed which attain a professional, swirl-free finish. This UL-listed buffer is double insulated to help protect metal parts from internal metal motor components and has fully-contained bearings for maintenance-free applications. The tool features a 100% terry cloth application bonnet and a synthetic-tufted polishing bonnet that are reusable and has a textured, soft spray on the housing for a comfortable grip.  Check it out over at Ryobi Nation.

Waxing Furniture

Though intended for auto use, if waxing furniture the right way, you will come out with an awesome shine.  People have said, it removes the paint on my product.  If it is removing the paint you are not letting the tool do the job, the paint is not fully dry, or you did not use enough paint.

sloan wax kit
sloan wax kit
Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint

After painting, I let my Annie Sloan paint color set up overnight (harden so to speak) I never rush a project just to get done.  Once set, I apply the wax with my AS wax brush – let set for a bit.  Once done, I go over the piece with the Ryobi Terry towel first, add additional wax if necessary, then buff it to a shine with the buffing pad. The secret, I never push down when using this tool – I let the buffer do the work – which is why I purchased the tool in the first place 😉 – See our waxed pieces below – What do you think?

Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

With the Ryobi buffing tool, I have no wax left behind, all paint is intact and my furniture has that shinny just bought it in the store waxed finished I desire.  I paint loads of furniture to make sure my pieces are right for my clients, I want to use the best tools for the job, and I don’t know about you, but my arm would give out waxing furniture all day before the Ryobi Orbital Buffer would!   Look at it shine!

Waxing Furniture

Make it easy on yourself, and use the tools designed to help.  Stop past Ryobi Nation and see what tools they have that can help you out with your project.  Waxing Furniture is a tough job, why not purchase a tough employee to help you!  You can find Ryobi Tools exclusively at The Home Depot or at Amazon.  I am glad I invested the $26.00 on this tool.  You will be too 🙂

Happy waxing furniture everyone!

Linda

Lumens Lighting

Lumens Lighting or Lumens.com

Have you been to Lumens.com yet? I am in the process of looking for a new chandy for my crafts room. I need something that provides great light, but still gets my style. I love lighting and as most of you know, I would hang a chandy anywhere if I had more ceilings 😉 This would be for my new crafts room space – you know me – I want this:

spriral chandy

But, because it’s a crafts room, I want to keep it simple yet elegant. I am looking to go with a strong Restoration design, the Quorum Hinge Pendant No. 804 which is a wide metal shade that has a broad spread of light via a White Tiffany glass shade. The swivel canopy means it’s adaptable for use on sloped ceilings, and various rod lengths make it easy to adjust for different ceiling heights giving me the perfect light I will need over my crafts table.  Isn’t she beautiful!  Shinny and bright – just like I like.

Lumens Lighting

Now that I narrowed it down, I started looking at other choices for you know, the time I may need something else 😉 Here are some great ones I just love, all can be ordered from Lumens and delivered right to the door. You have to love that kind of service!

The Schonbek Lighting Trilliane Chandelier is a Schonbek signature, with a classic form well-suited to contemporary or eclectic settings. This is due to its unique configuration of inverted clear Swarovski ELEMENTS or SPECTRA crystal pendalogues, an innovative design element that suggests the growth of natural mineral crystal. Available in two sizes.

Lumens Lighting

Faceted crystals surround an inner chandelier frame like necklaces accenting a woman dressed to the nines. Available with 3 or 6 lights, the Feiss Leila Chandelier elegantly illuminates a room and sparkles with confidence whether on or off. A Burnished Silver finish completes the look.

Lumens Lighting

The James R. Moder Broadway Linear Crystal Chandelier is old-world, crystal magnificence in a contemporary setting. Crystals hang from both ends of multiple strands that can be wound around the central fixture. Truly, no two Broadway chandeliers are the same, as the strands can be positioned randomly, creating a unique layer of crystal on both sides of the Candelabra lamps.

Lumens Lighting

Sleek and sophisticated with twisted tubing. The shade of the ET2 Spiral Drum Pendant is comprised of numerous aluminum tubes, which have been twisted into refractive spirals that create a diamond-like sparkle. The impact of this jewel-like shimmer is further enhanced by strands of K9 crystals within. Available in two sizes from Lumens Lighting

spriral chandy

Even though I dream about the extra ones posted, I am in love with the simple pendent that should arrive soon for my crafts space we are in the middle of designing. Well, I just thought I would share my findings with you guys incase you are looking for that special something. Having options like Lumens Lighting is a gift in my book. Until we finish up our storage for the kitchen we are working on – Have an awesome time looking for some great lighting for your nest.

Thanks for stopping by Hello I Liver Here – may the chandy be with you! 😉

Linda

(all photos in this post are complements of Lumens.com – Please stop by and show them some love)

How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

Hello everyone – Happy Thursday 🙂 Let’s talk about how to make trivets.

How to Make Trivets

When serving hot dishes, these little hunks of iron, can be both functional and pretty.  You can use them for the hot pot, or as a decorative feature on a side table like we did.  Trivets are functional kitchen items that can protect your dining table, or your expensive kitchen counters!

Today, I decided to use up some more scrap wood and make a quick project where I could show you how to make trivets. Yesterday, our DIY Picture Frame was made from the same scrap wood pile, and featured on Bob Vila Nation.  We always find it a great thing when you can use up scraps and make something functional at the same time. 🙂

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

We simple took a small piece of wood, 3/4″ PureBond furniture grade scrap that was already the perfect size and shape. We added some of our left over planking from our DIY Bench project and attached after trimming the wood with our Ryobi Miter Saw, and using our Ryobi nail gun, and Titebond wood glue.  We added a small piece of left over square scrap to the inside, the added a left over piece of decorative molding from the Home Depot around the outside cutting on 45 degree angels.

How to Make Trivets

Hello I Live Here - attaching brace

Using Annie Sloan Chalk paint in, Old White, French Linen, and Versailles complementing each other in a stripped pattern, followed by the old white on the outside ring.  I then added three decorative iron keys I purchased for $3.00 each when I visited the Bug Store on one of our Hello I Live Here field trips.

Annie Sloan paint

Look at this great piece?  It’s pretty stunning if I do say so myself 😉  Functional, fun, and beautiful piece of art all at once.  But the best thing, we made this project completely from scraps and I got to use the keys I bought over 3 months ago!  How great is that 🙂

How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

I hope you enjoyed our post tonight on how to make trivets.  Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – We love when you visit and Leave us comments.  See ya next post!

Linda 🙂

DIY Picture Frame

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

DIY Picture Frame

Hi everyone!  Today we are going to show you how to make DIY picture frame from your old scrap wood.  This is a pretty easy project.  It cost us nothing to make since we had all the scraps in our garage wood storage box (our scraps always become a DIY something 😉 ).

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

A DIY picture frame is fun, but even better with they can be made with left over craft or wood scraps you just can’t toss away.  We used all the left over scrap we had from framing our bathroom mirror post which was featured on Bob Vila Nation, wood left from a cabinet build, and tile left over from our tile project in the master bathroom.  You can pretty much use anything to make a good DIY picture frame, so don’t be afraid to be creative.

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

Here’s what we did to create our DIY picture frame:

First, I cut the frame pieces to my desired length on 45 degree angels using my Ryboi Miter Saw to start my DIY Picture Frame.  Then we glued the 45 degree angels together and added a small brad nail using our Ryobi nail gun to form our DIY picture frame.

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

Once done, we trimmed down a small piece of wood for the center of the DIY picture frame and installed by using our Kreg jig to make 4 Kreg pocket holes, our Ridge power driver, and 4 pan head screws as show in the 3rd photo above.  We secured the flat board to the sides of the frame.

Master bathroom Storage - tools we used

After we were done we painted the board the color of our choice, we used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in French Linen.

Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint
sloan wax kit
sloan wax kit

Once we painted the board we added our left over tile around the edge of the frame.  The pieces left over were perfect and we slid them into place like a puzzle making sure we did not have to cut any of the tile. We then added grout from The Home Depot.

DIY picture frame

On the side of the DIY picture frame, we used wood icing product and a stencil to get our raised decor on the frame.  We simple spread the wood icing product on like peanut butter, and let it sit a couple minutes, then lifted the stencil to get our effect.

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

When the stencil dried, we painted the center ring of the DIY picture frame with our AS Chalk paint in French Linen to match our center board, following the rest of the frame in an old white color.

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

We added a white cloths pin clip purchased from Joann’s Crafts into the center of the board with our glue for our picture to hang in the center, and hung on the wall to share with our family and guests.  We used a cloths pin because we like to change out our photos as they arrive from family.

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

This really was an easy project to create your own DIY picture frame.  If you do not have a saw to cut the 45 degree angles, you can use a compound miter box and hand saw, or have a handy neighbor cut the angels for you.   Once done, stand back and enjoy your DIY picture frame handy work!

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

We hope you enjoyed our post on making a DIY picture frame today.  We love that you stopped by to read our post.  Stay warm and safe out there if you live in a bad weather area.  If you are in the sun, absorb a little for me – Vitamin D is starting to become a food group here in Missouri and I can use all I can get! 😉

Until tomorrow’s post!

Linda 🙂

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