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Barrel-of-Fun

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I’ve started collecting yard sticks, because one day I want to have enough to cover the top of a table.  I always see them, but the size is never what I need.  So being the true DIY’ers that we are, we just say “We will just do our own”.

As I was looking for something to keep these in I came across this little gem that I used in our son’s room to store toys. (Here’s when I realize time flies because that was 15 years ago.)

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His room was done in a western theme, because he was all about the bull riding and Walker Texas Ranger back then.  However, this is not what the style I was looking for now.  But hey, nothing a little paint job can’t fix.  So out comes the chalk paint.  I decided on white because I knew exactly what was going on there.

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After it was painted and waxed, I gathered up a few things we’ve been buying as we see awesome Texas Country Music Artist, go to a cool store, or just find something that speaks to us.  So here is what I gathered up.

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Oh yea, you know we are huge Junk Gypsy  fans (our daughter has a true gypsy heart already at age 14) and Casey Donahew fans.  Plus we love listening to lots of Texas Country Artists (Matt Stell for one), Miranda Lambert, Dierks, Blake, Luke, and tons of other country artists.  I decided to put these stickers all over this little barrel to represent all the fun times we’ve had.   I just realized we didn’t get a Pink Pistol sticker to put on there.  I guess it’s another mom and daughter trip to go back there.  You can read about our trip there here.

I put the stickers on with Modge Podge.  I had two that were made out of a material that was a little stubborn about sticking, so I just applied a little tacky glue to the back.

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Once the Modge Podge dried it was ready to hold the yard sticks I’ve accumulated so far.  So here it is all finished, reminding us fun family times, and storing my yard sticks.

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(Sorry these pictures look a little blurry, but when I pull them up individually on the computer they look fine.  Not sure what I’m doing wrong here.)

Hopefully one day I’ll have this sucker covered in stickers.  I better start hitting the Texas Artist trail a little more!  Plus I still have a whole lotta yard sticks to gather up.  If you have any extra’s at your house that you’re not using send them my way for another project to see.

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Dandelion Chair

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Spring is finally here in Texas, well outside of this 2 day cool spell we just had.  However it should be close to 80 this weekend.  One of my most favorite things about spring is this…..

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Dandelions!  I love these.  I love to pick them and watch them blow in the wind.  So this was my inspiration for a recent chair project.

My Nana passed away almost 4 years ago, and I got this old chair when we were cleaning out her house.  She used this on her small patio.  I love the look of this chair, wanted to do something special with it, but never knew exactly were to go with it.  Is it in perfect condition – No.  Does it have character – Yes.  Is it special to me – Yes!

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The first thing I did was sand it down to remove the paint.  The back thin wood was a little warped from being outside, but I didn’t want to repair it and mess it up.  So we used wood glue and tried to smooth the back out the best we could.

I went shopping looking for a beautiful blue paint color that reminded me of the sky.  As I was looking at paint chips at Home Depot, I walked past the mis-tint shelf.  I looked over all the paint cans, and there it was, a quart of the perfect blue paint.  How lucky I was because it was also at the perfect price of $2.  Thanks Home Depot for such a beautiful mis-tint.

Once the glue was dried, I began painting the chair.

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I then let it dry overnight as I tried to figure out how I would paint the dandelions on it.  The next day, I finally came up with a pattern and lightly drew it on the back with a piece of white chalk.  I tried to tint this picture so that you could see the very light pattern I drew.

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Yes the wood is a little bumpy, but we were afraid removing that would really mess up the chair back due to how it was attached.  So we left it for added character, and to remind me of how Nana used it outside on her patio.

Then I took a bottle of white acrylic paint I already had and began painting over my pattern.

chairpaintingAs I painted I had great support from my entertaining daughter.  This girl makes me laugh! I painted as she recited Ag questions to me to study for her test.

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Here is the finished chair.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!  It has that look of spring, and now just needs the perfect spot.  Hope it makes you think of those fun times of being outside picking dandelions, and watching them blow in the wind.

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