Friday, August 29, 2014

Gray Foyer Table

This piece belonged to my husband before we got married. Once I moved in, and we got new furniture, it went into storage. I pulled it out recently to give it a makeover. 

I used some "oops" paint from Lowe's to give it a coat of a nice gray color. I dry brushed some dark gray over the top and distressed it heavily. Then I blended some timetable glaze with some of the dark gray and antiqued it, really focusing on the crevices. 

I found a buyer within a week, and she will be picking it up on Labor Day! I joked with my husband that perhaps if I had done this sooner, we would have used the piece ourselves when we first got married! It's a pretty piece, and I'm glad it will be going to a new home!

Flat Jacks

My students have been learning about the Flat Stanley book series this week. We are going to make a Flat Stanley of our very own to mail out next week. He will be traveling to Japan, Germany, and Brazil, in addition to many different states! In honor of Flat Stanley, we made "Flat Jacks" this morning for breakfast! They were a huge hit and very easy to make. We used peach slices for ears and a mouth, banana slices for eyes and nose, chocolate chips for pupils, and syrup for hair.  I made one as an example, and the kids used their following-directions skills to make their pancakes look like mine. They did an awesome job matching the toppings and enjoyed eating their creations!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Parmesan Pork Chops with Cream of Mushroom Sauce

This recipe was a bit of a surprise. I never cook pork chops. However...

I am so sick of chicken. 

I must make some kind if chicken 5 nights a week. It's quick. It's versatile. I'm sick of it. 

So today, while finishing grocery shopping, I grabbed a couple pounds of thin cut pork chops. I had no idea what to do with it, but I'm pretty good at making things up. So here is my recipe for the pork chops. 

Panko breadcrumbs
Parmesan cheese
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
Onion powder
4 thin cut pork chops
Olive oil

Combine the first 6 ingredients and coat the pork chops well on both sides. 

Pan fry chops in olive oil over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side. I like to cover mine while they cook. 

Once they are golden brown, bake them at 350 for 30 minutes. 

While the chops are baking, boil noodles and make your sauce. 

I make sauces like my mom does- throw stuff together until it tastes good. For this sauce I used a can of cream of mushroom as a base. I added a tbs of butter, a big scoop of sour cream, a splash of hot sauce, and seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste. You can add or leave out whatever you want. I also added a few small splashes of milk to make it thinner. It was delicious over the chops and noodles! 

I will make this easy, yummy recipe again soon!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Little Gray Writing Desk

I must admit- I am in love with the sleek lines on this desk.  Nothing fancy; just smooth and symmetrical.  It makes me happy.

This was another custom painted piece.  It started out like this:

Now, I'm not exactly sure what this desk is made out of.  I had assumed wood... until I took it outside to start sanding it.  POWDER flew off EVERYWHERE! Seriously, it looked like I poured a bag of powdered sugar all over the place.  And really, the desk didn't look any different. It anyone cares to venture a guess as to the material, I'd love to hear it.  

So after my quite unsuccessful attempt to strip it, I painted over it.  I used my very favorite light gray that was left in the utility room by the previous homeowners and covered the whole desk.  I knew I wanted to distress the edges eventually, but also that there was nothing really to distress down to.  No wood, no dark undercoat, nothing! So I brushed some dark gray paint over the edges.  Then I applied another coat of light gray completely covering the dark places.  I dry brushed some white over the whole thing, and then I sanded the edges just enough for the top coat to rub off enough to reveal to dark paint underneath.  I touched up just a little with some more dark gray. After that, I sealed it with polycrylic to give it just a bit of sheen.

Oh! I also replaced the knobs on the two drawers.  They were a dark bronze that did not match the new paint at all.  I found some really sweet crystal knobs at Hobby Lobby, and they really gave the desk its finishing touch!

As much as I love creating pieces of my own, I really love doing custom pieces for specific people.  It is such a joy to create something for someone.  Hopefully I can keep doing it!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A spot to sit

This adorable little stool began its life as an unfinished piece. Somewhere along the line, it was spray painted. Purple. I bought it at a children's consignment store for next to nothing. It had too much potential to pass up. 

I stripped it of its "purple-ness" and painted it white, leaving some of the raw wood showing underneath. Then I sanded it down on the edges and applied my antiquing glaze. 

It is going to make an adorable prop for photography! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Antiqued Old English Table

This is another favorite! It started out so beautiful, even as plain wood. 

The woman who wanted it painted asked for a beige color with distressing. I started with a very thin coat of the beige, leaving the wood still showing. 

Even this was pretty! I added another coat and covered it completely to meet the client's wishes. The color was really pretty and silky smooth. 

I took it outside and sanded it down on the edges and legs. After that, I tried something I hadn't used before: antiquing glaze. Here you can see the glaze on the left and without glaze on the right. 

You can see that the glaze just added a richness and really made the distressed areas stand out. I absolutely love the tone it added. It was really simple to apply.  I used a sponge brush to apply a thin coat and wiped off the excess with a slightly damp cloth.  

It is such a gorgeous piece! I am thankful to have been able to create it!