Wednesday, April 23, 2014

lbefore and after stools

I had four stools that were in bad shape but didn't want to get rid of them. This is a very cheap and easy way to renew.  Paper bags, stain , polyurethane , glue and white enamel paint. You start by tearing the bag in pieces in all different shapes. Then crush them in to a ball. . 

Flatten each piece and cover with paste. These tops were very porous so had to use a lot of paste. The paste you can mix flour and water like you would for wall paper. I like to start with the large pieces and use the cut ends to fold under the seat.

This was the before picture. It has one spindle missing so will use it as a plant stand on the deck.


You can see here the prick marks. I cleaned the legs good and sanded them. I painted an under coat to fill any dents and cracks.


Have you got a small space that needs new flooring?What is good about it is that it wears great.You  can use in bathrooms, kitchens, and closet floor. You can mop it and if it starts to wear you can coat it with more polyurethane. Mine is in an entrance and has been there for over 3 years. I suggest you start with a small project. The color stain you use will determine the final color.This was done with manila envelopes. You can see the torn areas took it darker to look like stones. You also can do it on counter tops and make it look like granite .
This was the hardest part for me to get out all the staples.The cover is made of to look like fake leather.

This was my big mistake as I didn't have a paper bag. I used printer paper which is fine but I wanted to see what color the stain would look like. Wrong. It wouldn't dry. So 12 am I was washing it with vinegar,. success. I have done a lot of paper bagging without a problem.
I like to start in the center and save the cut ends to fold under seat
The inside of the cover icky.

Here you can see it is made of chip board.




Materials you would need. I would buy a better brand of white paint as this one didn't cover well. For how simple this could have been it turned out to be annoying.





The torn pieces all different shapes.







It needs another coat of white, Don't let this stop you from trying it on something, There will be hundreds of ways of using this process.Like to see what you come up with.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

my breakfast Easter morning.

I needed to pamper myself this Easter morning so made a quick simple table just for me. I will later go to my family dinner. I quickly made the Easter eggs and bunny out of  of  scrap paper. Kitty is sleeping in his bed by me waiting for a treat.

Nothing fancy , just cereal with strawberries  and sweetener.My blue and white corelle dishes.A glass of orange juice and hot coffee .
Found my my funny bunny at the thrift store. He is proud to be chosen for my center piece.  He loves his sweet egg.African violet for me. I am going to propagate some leaves. It takes 6 weeks to root. It takes a long time to flower but It will be fun watching it grow.

My cute bunny as a name tag. 

Crispie cereal with strawberries and sugar.

My everyday dishes. The blue is perfect for my pastel table.The sun is shining but still chilly and drab out. Have a great day .You need to click on comment toe comment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

sunny table

It's a dreary day and cold up north . I am looking out the window and  it is snowing. Tulips are pushing up through the frozen ground. One day it would be 69 and the night 32. A few more days and it will be May. I felt I needed a happy table. Yellow makes me happy.I used a bright yellow table cloth with gold stripes . Today was 39.Everything looks ugly brown with just patches of green.
I wanted to use some pretty dishes so chose these  Mikasa plates.

The green leaves the color of leaves on the place mats. I set the table for two.

The  salad is is with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Dessert is fresh fruit topped with a cherry.

Main dish is  garlic chicken breast

It is making me hungry.

Table setting with my acrylic silverware.

What is he crowing about? Oops that could be his brother I am eating.

A cup of steaming coffee.

The flowers I used porcelain liquid on them to make them feel like porcelain.
I love Spring if it ever gets here.

Bread holder.





My cocky rooster looks mad too. Mother Nature please no more .http://betweennapsontheporch.net/ I am seriously pondering over  whether I should keep doing tablescapes. Comments I don't care page views yes. It seems I am dropping in status. It has been  fun and disappointing at the same time. Any help on what I am doing wrong to help me to decide.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

kid.s Easter table

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Today feels more like spring. It is in the 60's. I thought I would do a breakfast table for the kids so they can go egg hunting. If it is anything like my kids they would wake us up at the crack of dawn. Sleepy eyed I would have to make something quick to eat before they could find their baskets of treats.

View of what it looks like. Yes there is sweet treats on the table. I think a nice hot egg and toast would be a good start.I made fruit with bananas, oranges and apples with strawberries on the top, plus some frozen berries with sugar to suck on. A glass of orange juice and milk to top it off.

Frozen strawberries with sugar.yum


A little basket of chocolate malt eggs.

peeper bird on nest.

bunny place card.



Fluffy walking chick.


Chick on candle

More goodies



I think the bunny was a bit much on the sweets. This should be the time to celebrated the reason for the season. Tell a brief story about the birth of our Lord. Have a Happy Easter.

Centerpiece. Tree lights up

Basket of painted eggs

Soft bunny and chick that winds up and walks.

Fruit on skewer. Now lets go Easter egg hunting.
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