Monday, July 18, 2011

Wooden tote makeover

I miss you all!!  Three and half more weeks till school starts up again... gonna spend a couple of weeks just catching up on y'alls blogs then!  =]  Thank you so much for still coming by and visiting me although I have been too busy this summer to stop in and see you the past couple of months!

I spent last week at Falls Creek.  Copied from their website... "Nestled in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains of southern Oklahoma, Falls Creek has become the largest religious youth encampment in the world.  More than 45,000 young people will attend its seven weeks of encampment every summer".  I just love being a sponsor for our church youth group, it is an awesome time!

I wanted to share with you another makeover I squeezed in earlier this month.  I bought this unfinished wood tote many years ago at Hobby Lobby.  It was painted green from when I went through my hunter green/burgundy stage in the early 90's.  Anyone else go through those colors, hehe?

I sanded it down just a tad bit, leaving most of the green.  Then I painted it mustard with a black overcoat.  From there, I just applied ebony Bri-wax with steel wool and as usual... the combo sanded it down for me while applying a beautiful patina!  In a few spots you can actually see the green and I really like that.

Here is the finished tote sitting on my kitchen counter.  It's filled with a hodge podge of treasures I found while out antiquing this spring and summer... except for the Lord's Prayer plaque which I've had for years.

I believe the round metal piece with holes in front to be a toaster.  If I'm wrong, please let me know!  I passed on that piece all spring and summer long until I finally decided one day to bring it home with me.  For only $3, how could I go wrong?  The little wooden/metal cutter behind it was only $4.95.  It's like a miniature slaw cutter and so cute!  The cutting board was only $2.

My newest obsession... butter paddles!!  I don't know why, but I saw these and just had to have them.  Don't you love when something jumps out at you and you immediately become addicted??  Lol!  I found the four butter paddles in the same day at different places for a total of $16 for all.  The grooved ones are so neat but I really like the one in front that has a faint impression of words.

To add a little pop against my dark red walls, I added a black tin at the end of the kitchen counter.  I had been eyeing this type of metal ware at Hobby Lobby for the past year and they finally marked them down 66% so this large container was only $6.80.

So here is what my kitchen counter looked like on this day that I took pictures.  Of course it's been tweaked since this day...

The six drawer cubby is perfect for batteries.  With four tech junkies living in this home we seem to go through lots of batteries and they are even the re-chargeable kind.  The charger fits perfectly in one of the drawers.

Then on the other side of the sink is this

Like I mentioned earlier in this post, school will be starting in three and half more weeks.  Summer is flying by!  As much as I cherish fall, I really want these last days of summer to be full of family time so I shall be back with you all soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit and taking the time to comment.  I love knowing that you took time out of your busy day to let me know you were here.

Enjoy your lazy days of summer!  We sure are!  =]


Jody said...

Have a wonderful summer!!This special family time flies by too quickly...looking forward to seeing your new posts!

TheRustyThimble said...

Angie I love all your goodies your counter looks wonderful
Falls Creek is an amazing place and an unreal experience for youth and adults also. My children went when they were young. I have been there so many times.

had the Fires started when you were there?? Just south of Falls Creek there are over 2500 acres that burnt in the arbuckles? I think just the past couple of days.

Angela said...

Angie, Love the wooden tote. Great job on the finish. Your counter looks great. Love the butter paddles. I have one old butter mold and one paddle. Love your collection. Your counter looks so neat and cozy. Enjoy your last few weeks before school starts.

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I am loving your kitchen pics!
I love that tin--makes me want to check the closest Hobby Lobby.
Good job on the tote. I collect them. Well, they say if you have 3 of anything, it's a collection! I guess I must have a lot of collections. I love butter paddles and have never seen a ribbed one-kewl
I think the metal thing might be a strainer. Is it a single piece?

Lillie Mae Acres said...

Love your prim holders and finds. I love Hobby Lobby and their great sales but can't get there too often so I know i miss a lot of great finds. I love the way you have your counters decorated. Enjoy the rest of the summer, family time, and lazy days.

Pokey said...

You dun real good on that holder! You share about your method, but tell me, how much time did it take to get the pretty patina? lots of work, I bet, huh? It's beautiful, worth every rub! I like the butter paddles, and that tin is the best. I've never seen a Hobby Lobby, but I'd go....

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

Wouldn't ya know you were gone to camp the week I called and wanted to meet?
I love how you decorated your counters and your tote is awesome! The round metal thing is for your burner to even out the heat, when cooking.

Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen

LibbiesHome said...

Hi Angie! Great to hear from you! Your kitchen tweaking looks great! I LOVE your tote make-over. :) I still haven't been to the woodworker store to pick up the bri-wax, but it's on my summer to-do list. Summer is flying here, too, but I have a little longer til school starts - after Labor Day. Enjoy these last fleeting weeks with the family. I'll look forward to hearing more from you after that. :)

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

Great job on the box re-do!! I never went through the hunter green stage...mine was actually mauve and went victorian!! To have back all the prims I sold then when I re-did everything, errr!!! Your counter display looks wonderful too!! Enjoy the rest of your summer. If you stitch be sure to check my blog & Mary's from Gettysburg Homestead for a tutorial & free patterns ~Kriss~

Anonymous said...

I love what you did to the wood tote and all the photos are great too. :)

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Love the new look tote. haha green and burgandy... I have no idea what you're talking about. lololol

Your two small apothecary looking chests are wonderful!

Sheila said...

Hello Angie~
The pictures of your kitchen and all your treasures are wonderful. I have a similar tote I picked up a while back that is still needing a re-do. Thanks for the inspiration!
Aah, hunter green and burgandy? Still have the cream/hunter green checked sofa and chair! Wish I knew how to make slipcovers cuz'they'd be gone!!! LOL
The youth church camp sounds amazing.
Hope you get to enjoy the rest of the time off with the kiddos.

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Love the new make-over on your tote. All your displays are awesome! I looked at alot of butter paddles when I was at a flea market loved them but I thought the prices were high.
Thanks for sharing!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Prim Blessings

Susan said...

Oh! I so went thru the hunter green, burgundy, with a bit of navy blue stage!I still love green, though. How about this...did you like "The Hunt" pictures that were popular during that time? I loved them!
Your tote is so cute! Can't wait to see what crafty things you do this fall :D
Hope you have a great rest of the summer with your kiddos :)


Susan Montgomery

beforethedawn said...

I love your header image. :-D

School starts here Aug 23, not much time left! We're gonna start school supply shopping this weekend. Last year it was hard to find some things! Enjoy your summer. I hope it lasts longer for you to enjoy it with your family. :)

Falls Creek sounds wonderful! I just heard about a program out here called Summit, in Manitou Springs (Colorado Springs). I think it's for older kids, I don't know all the details about it.

I *love* your tote and how it looks after you redid it. I used to have hunter green carpet. I loved hunter green and burgundy! I still do, but not for decorating in prim.

And of course I love your counter displays! I need to come shopping with you. LOL ;)

Blessings, Jessica

Anonymous said...

Love your collections and finds!
I especially love the 6 drawer cabinet that looks like a library catalog!
Glad your having such a great summer!

Anonymous said...

Thought I would stop by and say hi as it's been awhile.
I used to go to church camp as a dorm mom when my girls were younger...loved going to camp when I was a kid too.
Love the pictures of your kitchen!! Love the wood tray you looks great. Also love the black tin from Hobby Lobby.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!!

frontporchprims said...

Good job on the makeover. I love it. I am happy to have stumbled onto your blog. I can't wait to go through it. -Steph-

Margie from Hungry Hook Primitives said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog for awhile and just realized I had never it's offficial...I am no longer "lurking". Loce your tutorials and makeovers...very inspiring !

Grace to you,

Leann said...

Hey Angie

Love the transformation. Black and shabby are a really great combo.

Have fun with the family!