Thursday, January 19, 2012

From ugly to chic..

I inherited this wood bookshelf from my father-in-law.   He used it when he was a kid and it served its purpose holding my kids' books and stuffed animals in my family room.  But, then I rearranged my family room and when the love seat wasn't blocking it, I realized how BLAH it was.

So I decided to get all crafty and try to make it cuter.   I first spray painted it espresso brown, but it was really a chocolate brown (not a dark chocolate-- more like a Hershey's bar).   Not a fan.

So then I brushed on this glaze.   The problem is that there's not any nooks or crannies for the glaze to stick to.  I found a big dry brush and after painting on the glaze with a foam brush, I ran the big coarse brush over it to create a subtle finish.   Be warned-- it takes 2 days for the glaze to dry this way.

I then decided to paint the back and then stencil it, but I think I realized how much work that would be.  So then I thought I would modge podge scrapbook paper, but I didn't find any paper I liked.   But, then I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby.  It was on sale for $15 a yard.

I then used spray adhesive to spray it to the hard board backing and then I snuck in a few staples around the edges.    And I had my hubby nail it to the back of the bookshelf. 
And here it is! (with the sunlight streaming in on it)...  



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My first refinishing job!

I decided to give refinishing some nesting tables of mine a try!   I received from freecycle 2 oak nesting tables.    They don't have much going for them in the design department, but I loved that they were free.  I spraypainted them a glossy black and enjoyed them for the last few months.  Until the finger prints started.  The glossy finish kept a running record of each time my kids touched it.

I then decided to get crafty!  I found some robin egg blue paint in my garage and I realized what I needed to do!   I painted the tables with a crappy brush and didn't even prime them first.   After two coats, I added a dark brown/black glaze from Lowe's with a foam brush.   I then used a damp rag (or old t-shirt) to remove the glaze from where I didn't want it and voila!  Some very cool tables that actually accent my living room now!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Upcoming DFW Craft Fairs

I had a few customers ask about Tanner's Touch upcoming craft fair schedule.  Here's what we have on  the calendar for the rest of 2011. 

Saturday, October 29th
Keller Timber Creek High School
12350 Timberland Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 

Sky Dance Craft Fair

Saturday, November 5th  9 - 5
Sunday, November 6th  11 - 5
Southlake Carroll PTO Craft Fair
1501 Southlake Blvd.  Southlake, TX
Admission: $3 adults, $1 children

Saturday, November 12
Argyle High School Craft Fair
191 Hwy 377 S
Argyle, TX 76226

Sunday, November 13th
Coppell High School Holiday House
185 West Parkway Boulevard  Coppell, TX
10 - 4:30

Saturday, December 3
Hebron High School Silver Wings Gift Galleria
4207 Plano Parkway   Carrollton, TX


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Craft Show Season...

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

The DFW craft show season starts this Saturday, September 24th!

Come look for me at Trietsch United Methodist Church's Fall on the Mound!

This is a HUGE craft fair-- HUGE!   I'll be in the Family Life Center, so come look for me!  Tell me you saw this on my blog and you'll get 10% off your order!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ball Jar Glasses

One of my favorite customers, John, found my glasses on Ebay and ordered a set for his wife as a 51st  anniversary gift for his wife, Grace.  Grace went to Ball State Teachers College (now Ball State University) where the Ball Jar in made in Muncie, Indiana.   Grace liked the glasses so much that she gave four of them to her college girlfriends.   They were a big hit and they sent me this picture! 

I love my customers!

Here are ladies with their glasses!

Here's Grace (on the left) with her college friends!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Another Giveaway

My friend Robin is launching a new etsy store for her mom's super cute creations (if you like owls, you need to check out the store). 

You can win some really cute stuff including 2 of my Texas wine glasses!
Visit​​designs-launch-party-prize.htm​l for the details!