Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mailbox Makeover

My father-in-law (John Leible) is an awesome master practitioner in decorative iron. He has been working on ornamental iron since he was 11 years old! 
While we were in Missouri earlier this year we stopped by his shop.
He and Janet Sanders owns a decorative iron company called Perpetua Iron.

Here's an image of their sign out front (of course made by them!)

 And a view of their front office entrance (designed and made by them!)

While we were visiting he was kind enough to let us design our own custom iron mailbox. He let us pick out all the details and he welded it together for us right then and there!

 Here he is creating the bracket that will hold the actual box.

Then he welded the bracket to the post.
It's hard to see what's going on here but I love the way the light from the welding is caught.
We couldn't look directly at the light, but I could look through my phone's camera.

 Now he's adding the decorative detail to the post.
I got to go down to the basement and look through all the options until I found the one I liked! I was thrilled to be able to have so many options to choose from!

Close up!


The decorative post is now being welded to the main post.

He was able to prime the mailbox while we were there. We loaded it into the back of the truck and brought it back to Texas with us!

Next we had to paint it. I really wanted it oil-rubbed bronze color, so we had to find a Rustoleum outdoor paint that would keep it protected. My Father-in-law also recommended that we use a brush on, as it would give us better coverage/thickness. 
(If we spray painted we would need to do a lot of coats.)

So we found this paint at Lowe's: (sorry for the very blurry photos...I probably had a paint brush in my hand!!)
  

Here you can see the reddish primer color up on the left, and I'm adding the beautiful oil-rubbed bronze color.

Just to show you the before, this WAS our mailbox . . .

It's not terrible, but the rusty looking colors with the faded boring wood, it just wasn't anything special.
 

 So next was the instalation . . . 
Corey dug the hole.

 Then  we poured the dry concrete into the hole, added water, placed mailbox post into the hole, and stirred a little.
I can't remember exactly, but I think it was a pretty quick drying concrete so we held it for a few minutes and then it was set.

Drilling holes to add the number sign.

 And. . . .

. . . .

TA - DA!!!!
 




I'm so happy with our new mailbox! Thanks so much to a wonderful father-in-law!! 

If you live in the St. Louis area or Mid-MO and need any iron work done or are just curious -  check out his website!


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Grain Sack Stool Makeover


Last fall we moved in to our new house. The kitchen had a counter height bar. We wanted stool that would match our dark wood, so we searched for some darker saddle stools (on a budget) We thought we found a dark color, but ended up with a sort of medium wood color that was less than inspiring.

I forgot to take a picture of the before so this is similar to how they looked:

 My first thought was to paint them my favorite shade of white, Careless Whisper.


I liked the color but thought it was a bit plain. So I decided to add a grain sack stripe to the stools! 
I marked my stool using my clear plastic grid ruler. 
It is pliable and was able to bend to the stool shape for a clean line.
I opted for a 7/8" wide stripe. The best part about this is that you can customize your stripes exactly how you like them!


Then I taped off the edges and starting painting! I just grabbed a small bottle of craft paint for this part.


After painting the middle stripe I took off the paint and marked the skinny stripes.
-3/16" away from the big stripe
-1/4" wide.

When pulling off the painters tape it took some of the paint with it. At first this made me VERY upset!
 Then I realized, I love that! It adds to the aged distressed look! I put the tape back on and pulled more paint off!



I'm so happy with my new stools, they bring a little more farmhouse into my kitchen!



Now I just need to make myself some grain sack towels!
I found the perfect blank towels at Walmart so I'll have to go back and buy them soon! 

Just wondering if this blue shade is right or not?

The blue color looks good for the authenticity, however I don't have this color in my house. I have more aqua, turquoise shades. What to do?!?
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Lastly, I want to leave you with some art I re-created! 
I found this art from The Home Shed. But could only find a 53kb version that was not good for re-printing. So I re-created my own in Adobe Illustrator.

I'm not trying to take credit for originality - as I do not claim to have created this idea. I just created a higher quality version to share.



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