Girl on Horse Coat Rack

I am posting some of my work that is currently for sale either through me here at my blog, or through my etsy shop.

This is a coat rack (or it could be used as a jewelry hanger) made of reclaimed pallet wood.

I cut a half circle for the top part and left a straight board on the bottom where the pegs are.  I glued three boards side by side to make this piece.

This is my own design, the background is routered out.  This leaves the top edging as a frame and the girl on the horse, protruding out from the background.  The horseshoes, as well as the frame and the rider and her horse, are painted black. The bottom board is also painted black and the rest is stained.

Three 5/8″ diameter wooden dowels are wrapped with twine to add to the rustic look.

This coat rack is 24 1/2″ long and 9 3/4″ high.  The back has two triangle hooks for hanging.

There are a few holes in the wood because it was previously a pallet. I think it adds to the character of the piece. The price is $125 plus shipping.

Here are some other items I’ve made by routering out a design:

Golf Motif Box

Bar Sign

Seek Peace

I don’t talk about my life much on my blog but I have been in need of PEACE in my life for many years.  I saw the words “Seek Peace” somewhere recently and knew I had to put them on a sign.

I found a rough, worn out piece of wood, waiting to be burned in our outdoor wood stove until I saved it…

It’s 15″ X 6″ and the script is hand painted in white. I didn’t do anything to the board at all, it has it’s own character.

Everything I make is for sale, can I make one for you?

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Our Faith Can Move Mountains – unique shaped sign

This is another sign I recently made using the same technique as my bracket shaped sign.

First I find rough pallet wood and glue the pieces together side by side. For this sign I chose to use uneven lengths of wood.

Then I paint the sign solidly, getting into all the crevices.  This sign was painted black first:

Once this is dry, the sign is sanded which leaves paint in the low spots but bare wood in the high spots.

Now the magic, brush a dark stain over the whole sign:

Then paint a beautiful saying on the wood:

This “Faith” sign is 12″ wide and 17 1/2″ tall with a sawtooth hanger on the back.  It is available through me by email, or at my etsy shop for $40.

I was featured at My RePurposed Life, thanks Gail!

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Bracket Shaped Sign – I will be Grateful for this day

Bracket shapes seem to be quite popular these days.  I’ve made a bracket shaped blackboard before, it was basically square in overall shape.  You can see it here.

Recently I saw a post at Sawdust and Embryos where they made a beautiful bracket shaped sign which was more rectangular in shape.  I even emailed Beth to ask if it was okay to copy the idea and she said “sure!”

This is what I came up with:

Beth’s sign had the wood running vertically, mine was horizontal, here’s her beautiful work:

As well, mine is smaller, but I am going to make more, using the wood vertically and making some larger.  I just had some pallet wood that I liked the rough graining of, so this was the maximum size I could get out of it.  I’ll show you the steps.
While I didn’t take a photo of this glue up, I do glue the edges of my pieces together.  No screws, no back slats, just glue.  Here’s a different glue up, not this sign, but the way I glue up all my signs:

Once the glue dried I traced out a bracket shape that would fit the wood I had, 17 1/2″ long was the longest I could go with this particular wood, so the width is 17 1/2″.  I used 5 pieces which came to 13 1/2″ in height.

I put a solid coat of turquoise paint all over the sign:

Now, I purposely picked a rough wood, this way when you sand it, your paint will stay in the lower/deeper recesses and you will sand away the paint on the higher spots.  (If your wood is smooth to start with, you will just sand most of it away and not have such a contrast)

After this, I paint on a coat of dark stain and then wipe off most of it:

I love this look, it’s the same I did with my pallet table:

Then I printed out a nice saying on my computer and hand painted it with white craft paint:

Here’s another way to use this bracket shaped sign, more like the original one, which uses a family name:

Thanks to Beth at Sawdust and Embryos for the inspiration and for being so generous in saying I could copy her idea. Check out her blog, she has some creative projects there.

Everything I make is for sale, please contact me if you’d like this sign or any others, or if you’d like me to make you something personalized.

This “Grateful” sign is 17 1/2″ wide and 13 1/2″ tall with a sawtooth hanger on the back. This sign is sold, but I can make a similar one for you. It is available through me by email, or at my etsy shop for $40.

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Shutter Shelves Take Two Two

When blogging last week about making two turquoise shutter shelves I did it so quickly that I forgot to add photos I had taken before I sent the shelves to Florida.

While going through hundreds of unorganized photos, I found these:

Full instructions available here at my original posting.

Tomorrow, see what I made for a special giveaway at one of my favourite blogs, simply vintageous… by Suzan

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Shutter Shelves Take Two

I have been pleased to get orders from all over, including three recently from Florida.

Now, in case you didn’t realize I’m in Northern Ontario, Canada, so people are finding me on the internet and that is exciting!

I did a guest post for Gail at My Repurposed Life on making a shutter shelf  (“Shutter Repurposed Into Shelves”) and when I posted it here as well, it became my top viewed post. I’m quite sure that it being seen on Gail’s blog led to quite a few “pins” on Pinterest.  Thanks Gail, because that is where this Florida buyer found me.

Tarah liked my Shutter Shelf idea but wanted me to make her two, in the turquoise colour ASCP “Provence.” I did exactly that and mailed them to her and here they are in her laundry room:

>>More photos here in an updated blog posting<<

In case you want to try making one, here’s the original one, I give a tutorial on how I made it here:

If you make one, please share it with me, I’ll post it on my blog.
Thanks again, Tarah, for your purchase!

Cabinet Door Chalkboards

I found two nicely shaped cabinet doors for $2 each at a local resale place.

I removed the hinges and patched the holes for those and two holes in the middle panel that must have been used for a handle at some point.

I painted the panel with chalkboard paint.  For one of the doors I used turquoise chalk paint, the other I left white since the paint was in good condition and I was going to distress it anyway.

I added an upside-down cup shaped handle, which I spray painted black, to hold the chalk.

I distressed the doors by sanding in places, the white one more, the turquoise one I splashed some stain on to make it look old. (Someone at the Farmers’ Market, looking at my wares said that it looked like someone splashed some coffee on it, and wondered if it would come off – NO, it was meant to be that way and it has a clear coat of polycrylic over it!)

I usually make my own frames for chalkboards, but these were so cheap, I couldn’t make them for that.  Plus they have a nice shape to them.

We’ll see if they sell… $40

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Flower Crate from Pallet Wood

I made this crate from pallet wood I had and 3 Mason type jars that I bought at the grocery store, that once contained spaghetti sauce.
To get the correct length to cut, I put the jars right on a piece of wood and put some scraps between to represent the dividers, allowing just enough space to fit the jars in with a bit of room on each side. For my jars the length was 12 1/2″.

I used the full width of my wood (it is 3 5/8″) so that is the height of the crate as well as the inside bottom width.

I placed one board on the bottom and the two upright sides and measured to get the size of the end pieces.  I cut those and also the middle dividers which fit between the sides. I used a pin nailer to attach the parts together.

I applied a quick coat of my vinegar and steel wool mixture and let that dry, then I dry brushed white paint over the top. After that I hand painted “Les Fleurs” on one side and “Flowers” on the other.

I sold this crate, along with the jars and the flowers shown, at the first Farmers’ Market I took it to.  So many of my items have gone to the market and home again many times and this sold only a few days after I made it.  Wish I could figure out what people want… I’m not sure if I should make another one?


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