Friday, September 6, 2013

just because i love him


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cobblestone Concrete Pad

So first off I want to thank everyone for the positive feedback on our cobblestone project.  I really didn't think it would be so popular.  I hope you are just as excited as we are about our cobblestone concrete pad.  We used the same process but instead of filling in the gaps with dirt, we filled them in with concrete.
This is what it looked like after sitting all winter.
After all of our hard work...I DID NOT LIKE THE COLOR, or really anything about it. It was also evident where we had stopped and started. I remembered a product I came across at Lowe's and thought it would be perfect!

 (side note: I actually work in the Home Decor dept. at Lowe's)

This is such and easy product to use.  You need to remember to apply it to a clean surface, we used a TSP cleaner also found at Lowe's.  You just follow the directions on the bottle and have a push broom handy for scrubbing the concrete with.                                                                                                                         (no my legs are NOT in the picture)  

 First spray the surface off, removing any loose dirt/insects.

Second apply the cleaner and scrub with a broom. Don't worry about rinsing the cleaner off, that's how easy it is.
(yes, that is the real color of my husband's legs, hehehe)
Next, lightly spray the surface with water. This will keep the product from drying too fast. Now you're ready to apply the product. We chose  "Fieldstone" as the color and to be honest I thought it was going to be a deeper and darker color.
Because there are deep grooves, I went back and brushed the stain with a small brush. This helped to distribute the paint more evenly and help the character of the stones to show through.

We then rolled over the top again to give it texture.
It took about 4 hours and the results are great.  We are thinking of putting another stain on just around a few of the stones. Maybe this will give it that "Old World" look.

This project is just one part of a three-part project, so stay on the look-out for more project.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Chevron Side Table

Once upon a time, I bought a table off of Craigslist.
I added some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and added a
chevron pattern found here. 

I pencilled the pattern on, painted and sanded it.

Added some bling and Voila!