The Quest For The Perfect Marshmallow

The Quest For The Perfect Marshmallow

You know, the older I get the more I love the fall.

There are very few times in the year more splendid than the month of October.  I could give you a laundry list of reasons.  I won’t though.  There are too many.

 

 

campfireToday I was wandering around the yard watching our two year old Landan jump into a pile of leaves I had raked together for him.  The temperature was just about as close to perfect as you could ever wish to see, and I instinctively began thinking about all of the wonderful reasons that I love this time of year.

Watching two year olds jump into leaves is certainly one.  Remembering being a child and doing the same thing is another.

While I watched him frolic and laugh with all the vigor he could muster, I started thinking about other fall activities we could possibly enjoy together.

I immediately thought that a fire in the fire pit would be amazing.  On such a perfect day, the nighttime would promise to be even better, and I love the smell of a wood fire in the Autumn.  I thought also that the kids would probably love to roast some marshmallows so we set the plan in action.

Right about sunset our daughter Hannah, son Landan and myself set out on our journey.

But before we went to the fire (which I had started about an hour earlier) we had to light the jack-o-lanterns we had carved the night before.  Landan loves pumpkins more than just about anything on this earth, and getting to help light them just made his day.

jack-o-lanterns

We made our way down to the fire and my prediction about the weather was spot on.  The cool air came in and the fire comforted us with the right amount of warmth.

Now, it was time to roast the perfect marshmallow.

roasting marshmallowsHannah and I struggled one after the other trying to achieve an ample amount of roasting and melting without any

burning.  Most of the night we were too far one way or the other.   Landan doesn’t care for cooked “Meah O’hs” (as he calls them) but loves them right out of the bag.

To each his own.  We all had a blast.  Yet for some reason, no matter how hard we tried, the perfect marshmallow eluded us all night.

We pressed on but the night began to wane and before long it was time to make our way back into the house.

Before we left I soaked in the moment.  The crisp fall air, the crackling fire, bright jack-o-lanterns.  Two young kids smiling over a fresh-roasted slice of life.
It was one of those moments I will cherish forever.  A special time of year with special people.   The kind of moment you look back on and long to be able to touch just one more time.   And that’s okay.  That’s what makes it special.  We had today, and that is enough.

No, we never did manage to discover the secret to a perfect roasted marshmallow, but I think we just may have found the recipe for a perfect day.

Very Old Teacher’s Desk

Very Old Teacher’s Desk

This piece is one that we did lately specifically to put up for sale on our sister site www.cozyandworn.com and at our booth at Granddaddy’s Antiques.  See the Cozy & Worn site for more details on purchasing if interested

This is a very old teacher’s desk.  I’m not an expert on these but it appears to be likely from the 1920’s-1930’s.  If anyone has some thoughts on whether that’s right or not leave a comment below.  We’d be interested to find out.

Additionally it is a VERY heavy solid, solid piece.  We nearly threw out our backs moving this thing.

We decided to paint and distress it in a dark forest green.  I believe it was from Color Place and called New England Green.

We also refinished the top in a gorgeous dark walnut and polyurethane.  It is really beautiful and glossy.

Here is the final result.  After lots of work we really think it turned out great!

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antique distressed teacher's desk

antique distressed teacher's desk

 

Another Repurposed Chest – This Time Into A Bookcase!

Another Repurposed Chest – This Time Into A Bookcase!

Angie and I got our hands on this old chest of drawers that was actually just a chest in that there were NO DRAWERS when we got it.

It was pretty clear that this piece of furniture’s days as a chest of drawers were over and it had few options for life beyond it’s initial purpose.

Well, of course you all know that we love a good challenge so we talked about whether or not this piece had any repurposing potential and, being major lovers of reading and books, the idea that this would make a wonderful bookcase came to our minds.

The chest is really beautiful and made of all solid woods so we didn’t want to see it go to waste.

***THE I BLEW IT MOMENT:  I guess in ever project there is always some sort of moment where you blow it in some way or another.  On this one I (Chris that is!) forgot to take pictures of the chest before we started working on it.   I really hate that I did that because you won’t be able to appreciate what this thing looked like when we got it.  It had no back, no bottom and still had the drawer slides.  The before picture below is from during the restoration when I realized I had forgotten to take the pictures.

Better luck for me next time.  Let’s move on.

Anyway, we set to work on it.   We added a bottom, a back, removed the drawers slides, and added shelves and got a really wonderful bookcase when all was said and done.

Well, here is the final result and if you are interested this bookcase is for sale at our sales website www.cozyandworn.com

The bookcase is finished in a dark black/gray/purple tint called Last Black Rose from Color Place.  The interior and shelves are finished in a regal red from Glidden.  The case is moderately distressed and accented with white, gray and black highlights.

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Angie and Chris

distressed chest turned into bookcase

distressed chest turned into bookcase

 

distressed chest turned into bookcase

distressed chest turned into bookcase

distressed chest turned into bookcase

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Chest Of Drawers Turned Into A Bench And Toybox

Chest Of Drawers Turned Into A Bench And Toybox

Well friends here is our latest furniture distressing project.  This was a little different from some of our previous work as we had to do some re-purposing for this one.

We had an old chest of drawers that was sitting around in storage and was starting to feel the strain of the years.

This was actually the dresser Chris had as a child in his bedroom, and we had used it for a few years after getting married but we ran out of room and use for it so it got stored away.

After doing some brainstorming we decided to repurpose the old chest into something a little more amazing.

It was Angie’s idea and we LOVE how it turned out.  It is going to make some little girl very happy.

We took the Skil Saw to it and after MANY tedious but extremely fun hours of work we turned it into a toybox/bench

This is perfect for a little girl’s room for sitting and storing.

Please let us know what you think!   Leave a comment, Pin it and Share it.  Thanks for stopping by

Angie and Chris

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

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Dry Brush Method

Dry Brush Method





Well, if you saw our recent post called “An Old Blue Chair” then you have already seen the chair we are going to talk about in this tutorial.

We painted this chair using a technique called the “dry brush” method and it really is an amazing way to add a beautifully distressed patina to a piece of furniture.

We found this old chair in a barn.  It’s a very simple laminate chair but we thought it would make a good test cases for dry brushing.

old chair before

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

* Chalk Paint :  You can buy the Annie Sloan version or you can make your own using the easy recipe we use.  Get the free recipe here: Chalk Paint Recipe

-You will need two colors.  On this we used a Williamsburg blue and a basic pure white latex.  You can also use additional colors if you wish.  On this one we decided on only two.

*Paint Brushes

* Finishing Wax (or other finishing material such as polyurethane).  We actually made our own dark wax on this one and we’ll be sharing the recipe in a future post.  However, you can use a basic wax like Minwax furniture paste.

*Sand paper, steel wool, electric sander, etc for distressing.  We just went with good old sandpaper on this in about 120 grit.

* Clean Dry Cloths

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PREP

The first step was to simply clean the chair up of all the dirt and debris.  No other prep was needed on this piece.

PAINT

Next, we painted the entire chair in our base color.  Which color you choose to put on first is up to you and according to what look you are going for but we were really pleased in how the dark color on first and dry brushing the lighter color on top turned out.

After the chair dried it was time to begin dry brushing the white on.

Now, when we say dry brush we mean it!  The drier your brush is the better.

Here’s how you do it:

Barely dip the edge of the brush just on the surface of the paint.  Using the paint on the lid of the can is a good idea also

   Wipe the brush with a paint rag of some sort.  Wipe it really good until you brush is very dry.  It’s probably best to test it on a scrap piece of wood or something similar to make sure it’s not too wet.

What you are trying to achieve with this technique is the look of old paint showing through a newer coat.  You don’t want thick, wet brush strokes or the effect will be greatly diminished or even ruined.

With the “dry” brush begin lightly brushing the piece in the areas you want it to look distressed.  Remember you can always do more later so start slow.  You will begin to get a feel for the brush as you go.

It’s always a good idea to do a little, step back and look and then go again.  You will know what looks right when you see it!

On this piece we first focused on curves and edges to really bring the white paint out.

On the back beams and legs a light up and down motion gave the best effect.

 

***TIP:  A great little tip for getting an authentically worn look around curved areas is to take the flat part of the brush and lightly go around the area in a downward motion as we did on the rim of the seat (see picture)

 

Well, after we finished with the dry brushing of the white it was time to let it sit and dry.

Here was the chair after drying and before waxing

before waxing

 

DISTRESSING

Next we added a little distressing to the chair to really give it an authentic look.  Just using sandpaper we went around focusing on distressing the edges, corners, ridges and raised areas.

 

WAXING

Now, we mentioned earlier that we used a dark wax that we made ourselves.   We’ll be updating this post with the recipe in the near future but until then you can use a clear wax or buy a dark wax like the one that Annie Sloan sells.

 

FINAL PRODUCT

After the wax was applied, dried and buffed out here is the newly old blue chair!

after waxing

 

TO ITS NEW HOME~

Now it has a new home and provides a sitting area for our favorite monkey’s favorite monkey 🙂

distressed chair

 

Well, let us know what you think.   Please leave a comment and be sure to if you like it.

Thanks guys.   We hope you have as much fun as we did.

Angie and Chris

Cute Children’s Table and Chairs

Cute Children’s Table and Chairs

Here’s a cute little piece we just did for our son’s room.  It was a small table and chairs set that needed a little life.

Insert chalk paint and distressing!

Here are the before and after photos.

What do you think?

table and chairs before

 

table and chairs before

table and chairs after

table and chairs after