Sunday, 27 January 2013

Barnwood Wall Art

As promised I wanted to show you another use for the barnwood frame.  Originally this project started because of my brother who had made himself a metal Oilers sign and wanted to feature it on a wood background.  

The first attempt was a little to light to really make this sign pop so I kept it for myself and created this one.  I distressed this wood a little bit more than the last one and added darker stain to it.  

What I love about this piece is how it is very versatile and can be used for two different themes.  If you want to check out how I created these pop over to my original post.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The Laundry Room Is In Full Swing

Source: via Susan on Pinterest

Laundry for me is one of those chores that just drives me bonkers.  It is one of those chores that is so unforgiving, never lets up and doesn't take holidays.

I am one mean washer and dryer but when it comes to actually hanging everything and putting it away that is where I lack.  So I have decided to blame it on the laundry room and its oh so non-functional space.

Just a few of my inspirational sources


One of my least favorite projects is muding and sanding but at least there was only a little bit left to do in this room 

With a fresh coat of paint she is starting to look good.  My hubby starting to build the shelving unit, I know it doesn't look like anything yet but she is going to be pretty when it is done. 

I also bought a stacking kit for the washer and dryer to give us more space to work with, which meant moving some electrical and the duct work which is one of the perks of having an electrician for a husband. 

I am so excited that this project is in full swing and can't wait to show you the finished product. 

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Barnwood Wall Art

This was a fun project to do because it allowed me to use a new tool and create something I have not done before and use new techniques that I am sure to use again. 

A big part of this was coming up with a pattern of sizes and colors that I wanted to to.  First I started by laying out the sizes for this I used three different sizes

I wanted each piece to have a rustic look to them and to look worn and used so I went to town on banging, cutting and scrapping the wood.  Once that was finished I sanded it to insure there were no pieces sticking out. Then I finished each piece by staining them.  For this I wanted to the wood to look like old barnwood so I did a nice coat of water on each board first before staining.  Once the pieces were stained the imperfections I made stood out on each piece.

Here comes the fun part, prepping to use the biscuit joiner.  My dad lent me his to use and I loved it so much that my hubby bought me one for Christmas.
Each piece needed to line up so we taped each one and put a matching number on each side to make sure they all went back together the same way. Thanks to my hubby for this idea otherwise things might of gotten a little crazy.

Each piece joint got a biscuit put in it with glue and then the planks were glued together and once clamped sat for the night to dry. 

Originally this was created for my brother to put a metal Oilers sign on it but once it was all done he decided the wood wasn't dark enough to highlight it so I put it to work in  my basement for myself and boy was I sad about that, lol. 

When my husband and me went to Aruba in September I had come across this Rat Land sign which I took a picture of.  I sent it off to shutterfly to have them enlarge it onto a board.  

To finish it off we added a set of license plates we had also picked up from Aruba.

Once my brother gets his sign attached he is going to send me a picture so I can show you another way to use this. 

Friday, 4 January 2013

Creative Raisins Top 5 of 2012

Wow 2012 has flown by, I can't believe we are already into the first week of January and the kiddies are almost back to school.  How crazy is that!!! I don't know about you but I have had a hard time getting projects done but have been busy getting rid of the clutter and cleaning off the cobwebs that have been bothering me.  

After reflecting on all the fun I had in 2012 I wanted to share with you five of my favorite posts from the year. 

I hope your 2013 has started off as good as mine has and wishing you a fabulous weekend.