Revival of the Adirondack!

Let me start off by saying, I have no affiliation with Behr or Home Depot and am not promoting this product on their behalf. I'm just sharing with my peeps a new product I tried for the first time and am very impressed with the results. When I started this project I didn't intend on posting about it - hence the reason for the photos of the can after I messed it up.

This is my Adirondack tete-e-tete after I removed the flaking paint with a wire brush and Behr All-In-One Wood Cleaner. Unfortunately I don't have a Before picture with the flaking paint and damaged wood (again, because I didn't plan on posting this project). Trust me, it was in pretty bad condition - you can get an idea of what it looked like by the foot stool. I was impressed how the cleaner immediately treated the wood and removed any mold and mildew. I'm not going to lie, this was a heck of a lot of work but well worth the elbow grease in the end!

Here is a better close up of the foot stool. I purchased two Adirondack chairs and assembled them. You can see the difference between the new and old wood. That's my little helper on the chair - he takes far too many breaks!

This DeckOver solid stain not only revives old wood but it conceals splinters and cracks up to 1/4".  My tete-e-tete was full of cracks and splinters that are now completely concealed. I got pretty good coverage with just one coat but here is one of the new chairs after two coats. The finish has a slight texture to it which I don't mind because we use cushions but the texture is fine enough that you could comfortably sit on them without. It's great for outside furniture because it is mildew resistant. I love the Sage color too!

Here is a close-up of the texture.  You can brush or roll this stuff on - I brushed mine.

You can't see any difference between the old wood and the new wood.  I just love the results!

Geez, another coffee break followed by a siesta.  Good help is hard to come by!

I'm looking forward to many summer afternoons on these chairs enjoying a good book and a nice cold glass of....oh look at that...a well deserved cold one is already waiting for me on the side table!
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Fun scrapbook paper mini bunting flag banner!

I was inspired by Gina's bunting flag tutorial at The Shabby Creek Cottage. As soon as I saw her post I knew exactly where I wanted one in my home. But truthfully, it was so much fun to make that I don't think I can stop at just one!

I made my mini bunting flag banner with vintage scrapbooking paper, some twine, and a few cute little embellishments I found at Michael's.

So let the fun begin, shall we...


I choose two scrapbook paper designs that reminded me of summer.  Doesn't the red checkered paper remind you of a tablecloth?  The other is a song sheet which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes written by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), "In Summer, the song sings itself"

I wanted my flags to be 3" long so using a paper cutter, I sliced the paper in 3" wide strips.  I then cut the strips in 6" lengths (which conveniently worked out to be exactly in half as the paper was 12" long).

Next I folded each piece in half.  Yes, Mama was enjoying a nice cold glass of soda while I played!

After measuring twine to fit loosely across my chalkboard, I folded it in half to find the center.  This is where I will attach the first flag.  There's that cold glass of soda again!

I placed a strip of glue along the fold with an Elmer's Tape Runner and attached the twine.  I then applied a few more strips of adhesive across the middle and bottom of the paper and carefully folded the paper together, ensuring the edges lined up properly.

And there they are!  I was too lazy to measure the distance between each flag and just eyeballed it.

Next cut out whatever shape you prefer for each flag.  I lightly folded each flag in half to get a perfectly symmetrical triangle but you can just freehand the cutting if you choose.

Here I used some fun embellishments I found on sale at Michaels.  

Don't you just love these cute mini clothespins!

Ta Da!  I couldn't resist adding these glittered self-adhesive letters to each flag spelling out the word S U M M E R !

So cute!  Chalkboards are fun but sometimes using them as a To Do List can be daunting every time you walk by it.  That's why I added "have fun" to the bottom as a reminder of what really matters in life!

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Easy Kitchen & Back Landing Organization

Hello and greetings from my rainy neck of the woods!  I made an escape for a few days to the sunny Niagara region of Ontario and had an amazing time.  I was reminded just how much I would love to live in a community that wasn't landlocked.

Anyway, back home to reality.  Before I left I had some DIY fun with a couple of small projects.  One for the kitchen and the other for our back landing.  The best part of this project is that while shopping for another project I stumbled upon these...

I didn't care who saw me, I did the Happy Dance in the middle of the aisle when I saw that these babies were regularly $32.00 and in a clearance bin for....drum roll please...$3.20!!!!  Yes, I bought every darn one of them and would have traveled to each of their stores to buy up the entire stock in the Greater Edmonton area.


And so it began, my easy 2-hour project that has helped organize a few things around the house.  I mixed up a batch of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Ironstone and Homestead House milk paint in Upper Canada green.

Let's start with the kitchen project first.

After two coats of Upper Canada milk paint and a light sanding to remove lumps.

Next I dry brushed a coat of Ironstone milk paint and once dry lightly sanded to reveal the Upper Canada green.

Then I gave it a coat of clear soft wax followed by dark wax inside the grooves, medallion and randomly over the entire surface.

Kitchen Apron Hooks

Added three glass knobs and ta da!

Kitchen Apron Hooks

A pretty little spot to hang my apron!  

Project 2 - Back Landing

After a couple of coats of Ironstone milk paint.

Two coats of Upper Canada milk paint.

A coat of clear soft wax followed by dark wax inside the grooves and medallion.

Key Rack

Looks a little odd with all these hooks and handles but wait until you see how amazingly functional they will be in the back landing.

Key Rack

No more looking for sunglasses and car keys - love it!
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Big Girl Chalkboard Wall

Mama has been having so much fun learning Chalkography that she needed a bigger canvas!
Read further to see how you too can create a chalkboard and how the baby chalkboard was transformed.

Voilà...time to play!
Chalkboard Wall

I picked this little gem up at the Dollar Store.  It was the green color on the right.  I applied two coats of chalk paint in Graphite.  The top coat was dry brushed with Old White chalk paint followed by a thin coat of soft wax.  An interesting vessel to hold the chalk and brush and I think it looks great attached to the bottom of the chalkboard!
I hope this inspires you to create your own chalkboard. Who says chalk is just for teachers and kids! With the abundance of Chalkography fonts available online, the fun is endless.

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Salvaged Newel Post Solar Outdoor Welcome Sign

Are you like me and walk into a store on a mission and walk out with something completely different? Such was the case during a recent trip to my favorite salvage yard in search of an old door. My eyes were diverted by a large bin full of mismatched newel posts. Mr. Frugalista gave me one of those what the heck do we need a post for looks but that didn't stop me because I had a plan. The plan was to turn that salvaged newel post into a solar outdoor welcome sign for our front yard.

Newel Post Repurposed Into Outdoor Welcome Sign

Salvaged Newel Post Solar Outdoor Welcome Sign

I should mention that I did find the perfect door during that trip too and turned it into a gorgeous headboard and you can see it here in my post How to Turn An Old Door Into A Headboard.

These are the supplies used to make the Welcome Sign Post.

Salvaged Newel Post Outdoor Welcome Sign Materials

Materials List

Wooden Newel Post (Salvage Yard)
Metal Plant Hanger (Dollar Store)
Solar Light Fence Post Cap (Home Depot)
Scrap Wood for sign
Graphite Chalk Paint
White Exterior Latex Paint (or stain)
Exterior Polyurethane
Self-adhesive letters (Dollar Store)
Plastic Coated Wire 
Router with Cover Router Bit

Painting the post

Salvaged Newel Post Outdoor Welcome Sign Painted

I chose to paint the newel post so it stood out in our large flower bed. You could stain the wood instead if that is your personal preference.

It was painted with white Behr Exterior Latex Paint that we had on hand. The grooves were painted with two coats of chalk paint in the color Graphite, a dark charcoal gray that matches the large flower pots flanking our front door. Two coats of exterior polyurethane were brushed on to protect the finish.

Salvaged Newel Post Outdoor Welcome Sign With Solar Light

Attaching the Metal Hanger and Solar Light fence post cap

I didn't notice when taking the photo above that the wire was tangled and therefore the sign is hanging crooked. Talk about asleep at the wheel!

Attach the metal plant hanger onto whichever side of the newel post that works best for where the sign will be situated outside. We attached ours about 6-inches from the top of the post.

Instead of a decorative wooden post cap, we decided to use a solar light cap so the sign would be illuminated at night. Attach it to the top of the post following package directions.

Making the Welcome sign

Lucky for me I had the perfect size piece of wood leftover from another project to use for the sign. While I got busy working on a makeshift reverse stencil, Mr. Frugalista ran the router along the edge with a cove router bit.

When you don't have a Silhouette machine to make custom stencils, you find creative ways to add words or images onto a surface. Now I could have used letter stencils to form the word WELCOME but I didn't have any the size I needed.

I had heard of a reverse stencil technique and I did have the supplies on hand to give it a try.

Reverse stencil technique

You'll need self-adhesive letters, a square, scissors, painter's tape, chalk, and tweezers for this step.

Salvaged Newel Post Outdoor Welcome Reverse Stencil 1

Cut out the individual letters from a sheet of self-adhesive letters. Line the bottom of the letters along a square to keep them straight and run a piece of painters tape across the top to hold them in place.

Paint 1-2 coats of dark paint on both sides of your sign. I used the same Graphite color that I painted the grooves on the post. Once the board is completely dry move on to the next step.

Find the center of your sign both vertically and horizontally and mark it with chalk. Place your strip of taped letters so they are centered with your chalk mark.

Salvaged Newel Post Outdoor Welcome Reverse Stencil 2

One-by-one remove the adhesive backing on the bottom of each letter, rubbing with your fingers for a tight seal. Remove the painter's tape and the rest of the self-adhesive backing on the letters, again rubbing your fingers along each letter for a tight seal.

If your signpost can be seen on both sides, repeat the steps above on the opposite side as well.

Salvaged Newel Post Outdoor Welcome Reverse Stencil 3

Protect the routered sides of the sign with painter's tape. Because my paint was fairly fresh I used yellow Frog Tape for delicate surfaces.

Paint the sign with two coats of white exterior latex paint (as pictured below).

Salvaged Newel Post Outdoor Welcome Reverse Stencil 4

Before the second coat of paint dries, carefully remove each letter using tweezers. Also while the paint is wet, carefully remove the yellow frog tape from the sides.

Salvaged Newel Post Outdoor Welcome Reverse Stencil 5

Outline the letters with a black fine point permanent marker to make them even more visible. I added a couple of self-adhesive appliques to the corners to dress it up a bit. Once the marker ink is completely dry (I suggest overnight) brush two coats of exterior polyurethane to protect the finish and seal in the appliques.

Salvaged Newel Post Outdoor Welcome Reverse Stencil 6

Hanging the sign to the newel post

Measure 1-inch from the top and side of the sign and mark with a pencil. With a small bit, drill holes for the wire hanger. Note: You could skip this step and use eye hooks on the top instead.

Hold the sign underneath the metal bracket mounted on the post and line it up so it's centered. Mark where the holes on the sign line up. Using a small spade drill bit, drill holes to accommodate the wire.

Slip the plastic coated wire through the holes on the sign and into the holes on the metal bracket and tighten the wire to secure in place. Cut any excess wire and you're ready to install the Welcome Sign Post outside.

Initially, we placed ours near our front door (as pictured below).

Salvaged Newel Post Outdoor Solar Welcome Sign Post

It has since been moved to our front flower bed so it can be seen from the driveway. If you look at the picture below, you can see our Flower Pot Water Fountain peeking behind the welcome sign. It wasn't running at the time this photo was taken because we had a solar water pump on order.

My goal is to inspire others to look at the potential in found and foraged finds and give them a new purpose. If you were inspired by this project, please share it with a friend or save it on Pinterest.

Salvaged Newel Post to Solar Outdoor Welcome Sign
You never know when inspiration will strike. You may end up walking out the door carrying something totally different than you intended walking in.

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