November 16, 2017

Cutting Board Makeover




Cutting Board Makeover


When I found this cutting board at the thrift store, I knew it wouldn't take a lot to restore and update it.


Cutting Board Makeover


It wasn't in bad shape, but it was dirty and there was a build-up of grease on it.



Cutting Board Makeover


It had plain, utilitarian white feet.  The bottom of the board was dirty from the hands that had used it.

I used a palm sander with 80 Grit sandpaper to remove all the old dirt and grease.

I used bleach in a sink of water and then let the board soak for an hour.

I rinsed the board and let it dry overnight.

I then used 220 Grit sandpaper to finish off the sanding.

The end result, as shown below, was very smooth, exposed raw wood.




Cutting Board Makeover



I used four unfinished wood drawer pulls as feet.   I found them here: Wood Drawer Pulls

I fastened my new feet with Hanger Bolts that I found here:  HERE.

I had to drill out the holes in the board and in the drawer pulls in order to make them large enough to accommodate the hanger bolts.

I screwed the bolts into the board and then screwed the feet on to the bolts.



Cutting Board Makeover


Next, I waxed the board and feet with Board wax as shown below.

You can find the same wax.  It is called Orange Wax at Lee Valley Tools.


Cutting Board Makeover


I left the wax on overnight to soak in.  In the morning the board was buffed with a soft cloth.


Cutting Board Makeover


Finally, ceramic drawer pulls were added as handles.  They were marked down to $1.98 each and found HERE

The bolts on the ceramic drawer pulls were replaced with long wood screws. The exposed ends of the screws were painted with Antique Brass paint.


 Cutting Board Makeover



Almost all of the knife marks were removed with sanding.

I could have used a wood stain and sealer, but, I decided that I wanted to put food directly on the surface of the board.

Non-toxic wood wax for use on boards and bowls was the perfect solution.



Cutting Board Makeover



The board has a new life.

It can be used as either a serving piece, as I am using it, or it could be used as a chopping block for meat or vegetables.


Cutting Board Makeover


I do believe I will enjoy this board for many years.


Cutting Board Makeover



The cost of the project was a fraction of the cost of a new board.



Cutting Board Makeover



Here is the Link for information about The Care & Cleaning of Wood Boards & Bowls.



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November 09, 2017

Collecting & Using Pinecones



Collecting & Using Pinecones


Fall is the perfect time of year to collect pinecones.  Most of them have fallen from the trees making it easy to collect them.

When it comes to debugging the pinecones, I never wash them.  If it is damp or the ground is wet, the pinecones will close up.  Similarly, once they are placed in water, they will close.  The bugs will stay inside until the cones open again.

I wash them only if they are dirty.


Collecting & Using Pinecones


All of the collected pinecones are placed on a foil-lined or parchment-lined baking sheet and put in a 200-degree oven for approximately two hours.  Two hours are usually enough, but they can stay in longer if necessary.

I don't believe any bug can live beyond a good baking.


Collecting & Using Pinecones


I open the oven from time to time to check on them.  As the cones start to open, I stand them upright so that they bake more evenly.



Collecting & Using Pinecones


Some cones will not open or only partially open.  I can't explain why that happens.   If it does happen that some don't open remember that pinecones make good mulch in the garden.  


Collecting & Using Pinecones


The green pinecone opened.  It has a slightly lighter colour than the others.



Collecting & Using Pinecones


Different trees produce differently shaped cones.

The cone at the top left was one I found on a trip to the Caribbean.  The tree appeared to be some sort of pine tree, but when I brought the cone home and checked to find out what it was, it turned out not to be a pine tree at all.  It is a Casuarina tree.

I will still be using these small and unusual cones in my seasonal decorating, though.

Spruce trees, cedar trees, as well as different varieties of pine trees produce cones.  They are worth checking out.


Collecting & Using Pinecones


In another post, I will be talking about my method for frosting pinecones and ways to incorporate them into your seasonal decor.



Collecting & Using Pinecones


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October 17, 2017

Set the Table - Skulls, Scavengers, & Spooky Things



Halloween will soon be here.

Come in and join us for a Halloween feast.







Don't mind the guests.  Some of them are quite dead.



Do you see what I mean?

This fellow keeps his head under a jar.









Crows and rats and spiders.

All are welcome at our table.






















         
                   



 I hope you have a spooky Halloween.



Some Table Elements

Skull Salada Plates - The Victorian English Pottery 
Dinner Plates - Ciroa, Losange
Goblets - Home Sense
Skulls, Crows & Rats - Special guests.



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October 12, 2017

Fall Vignettes


Fall Vignettes


Autumn is a season of beautiful colours and textures.  Putting together a few vignettes, both inside and outside, is never easier.

I use whatever natural material I can find which includes the following:
Leaves of any colour 
Pumpkins,  squash, and gourds
Sticks, branches, and plants  
Bittersweet is a particular favourite and we have started growing it.
Tree bark including birch bark if I can find it on the ground. 
For fillers: Pine cones, Spruce cones, Acorns and Chestnuts.  We have black walnut trees and harvest the walnuts for fillers.
We use feathers and deer sheds for a bit of pizazz, and interesting rocks and stones. 

It is okay to mix faux and natural elements.



Fall Vignettes



A few pumpkins, both faux and real, placed on a tray with some fall berries and leaves is all it takes.

The faux pumpkins have been painted and dried pumpkin stems have been added.  The stems give the pumpkins a more realistic look.



Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes


For a front entryway fill a dough bowl with squash and pumpkins.  Add some bittersweet in a vase or jug alongside a couple of lanterns



Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes


A few Fall-themed pillows and a warm throw or two makes a house feel cosy.



Fall Vignettes




Pile squash and pumpkins next to a rocker.

Add some cut branches to an existing plant.


Fall Vignettes


The wool throw is from Scotland and it is in the Maple Leaf Tartan.
The orange and white pumpkin in the foreground is called 'One too Many'.



Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes


Sometimes a vignette is totally un-contrived.  The squash, gourds, and pumpkins are straight from the garden, mud and all, and simply piled up.


Fall Vignettes


A pot of geraniums was right next to the pumpkins and provided some nice contrast.



Fall Vignettes


Use a tray to corral a stack of plates, autumn-themed jug, placemats, napkins, and an old crockery jug.
The painting in the background is a fall scene.


Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes


a plant, faux pumpkins, a berry pick, and pheasant feathers.


Fall Vignettes


I will supply a list of resources at the end of the post.  
The pheasant feathers arrived a little dishevelled.  By the look of them, it appears that there may have been a bit of a curfuffle when the time came for the little fellow to give up his feathers.


Fall Vignettes



Don't forget the mantel.  
Here we used a collection of blue and white pottery dressed for fall with some branches and cloth pumpkins.
That's me taking the picture.


Fall Vignettes



Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes


I had nothing to do with this last picture.  It was just there and I captured it.



Sources

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Pillow cover with blue pumpkin and bittersweet HERE

Pillow cover with three pumpkins, blue and white HERE

Large orange pumpkin pillow cover HERE

Gold velvet cushion cover. HERE

Dark orange plates are from Pottery Barn.  I believe this colour is no longer available, though.

Pheasant feathers HERE  

Blue and White Pottery has been collected over a few years.  Some has come from Bombay Company and the decorative Carpet Balls are from Pier 1 Imports HERE

The tutorial for Velvet Pumpkins is HERE




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