Hi everyone! My name is Lori and I love to create! My family and friends say I am impulsive in my ideas and and even some of my actions. Hence, the name of my blog...“Impulsively Creative”.
Some of my favorite things to do are refinishing furniture, gardening, home design, holiday decorating and baking. You will see I often have many projects going at the same time and my mind is always thinking of ways to rework, improve or change things for the better. Please come along for the journey and hopefully be inspired to find your creative self and have fun along the way.
The Purple Painted Lady festival is this weekend and I am mostly ready! I still have to price and pack items that will be in my tent. I put everything in my front room that I am taking with me. It is filled to the brim with pieces I have been working on all year. I expanded my offerings this year to not only include refinished furniture, but also artwork and redesigned thrifted items.
This is what three days from the festival looks like. What is it they say about organized chaos? I’m going with that!
Don’t worry, it will all come together. It always does!
Don’t forget to stop by my tent and say hi! “Impulsively Creative” is in Red Zone #10!
Before we get to the makeover, I want to let you know what’s happening in my personal life.
My husband and I have always believed that things happen for a reason. Recently, that philosophy was tested to the max. My husband had a heart attack 3 weeks ago. It turned out to be a very serious one that they call a widow maker and he could have died. After the initial shock wore off, we looked at the situation and came up with this: We live in the Rochester N.Y area which has some of the best medical care available. The fast action of the EMT’s and the cardiac team at Strong Memorial Hospital are why my husband is alive today. As far as why it happened, according to the doctors there were no indicators that would have predicted it. He does not have high cholesterol or high blood pressure and he eats pretty healthy. What he does have is a history of heart problems in his family. Father, grandfather, uncle. As a result, the family has become more in tune to this history. Is this why it happened? I don’t know. All I know is that he is here with us, our family is now taking steps for a healthier future, and we are treasuring every moment together!
If you have been following my posts you know I have been preparing for the upcoming “Purple Painted Lady Festival” on September 18th and 19th. To be honest, with everything that had been going on, I had not been focused on the festival.But, when my husband came home from the hospital and was recovering, I knew I needed to make a decision to participate or not. I was leaning heavily on the not side. Even though my husband was doing well, it was hard for me to leave him for a few hours let alone two full days of the festival. My family had other ideas. Apparently, there was some sort of secret meeting and the boys and my husband decided I should do the festival. The boys offered to help set up and help in the booth. I am truly blessed!
Now on to the cabinet makeover, which will be for sale at the festival!
I purchased this cabinet on Craigslist a few months ago. I liked the lines of the piece and thought the medallions on the door were cool!
It had a back piece I did not like. Lucky for me it came right off really easily.
I used DRYDEK Spackling to fill the holes. It goes on pink and turns white when it is dry and ready to sand. So easy!.
The inside of the cabinet needed some work as well.
I painted the top, sides and interior of the cabinet with Annie Sloan Athenian Black Chalk Paint. I left the doors wood so the medallions would pop!
I liked the direction it was going! After I applied two coats of chalk paint, I sealed it with Annie Sloan clear wax and used Tung Oil on the doors to help restore the finish.
Here is the finished piece styled as a front entry table. A perfect place to set your keys on and drop the mail.
It also has storage underneath for purses, scarfs and anything else you may need.
The storage box also comes with a lid if you want to keep things tucked away. This is also an item I will be selling at the festival (wow two shameless plugs in one Blog post).
It would also make a very nice bar cabinet too. Plenty of room on top to prepare drinks and storage below.
The perfect set up!
Lastly, I styled it as a television stand. There is room in the bottom for all the components and even a couple of blankets.
I have never really been a person that decorates inside my house for every holiday. I will decorate for Christmas (probably over decorate). For Thanksgiving and Easter I will set a beautiful table. But, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentines etc. I really don’t decorate. I am not sure why. Maybe, its because I put so much energy into the other holiday’s.
What I do try to do is change my décor for the different seasons. I will make changes through color and texture. For Fall and Winter I will pull out my chunky blankets, velvet pillows, and other accessories all in deep rich tones. Making it feel cozy, inviting and ready for the cold months ahead.
To scratch my Fall decorating itch without having to pull out all my Fall décor. I decided to make a runner for my dining room table.
I pulled out the drop cloth and got to work!
I always try to use a pattern or a template (in this case another runner) to make my cuts. If I did not, I would waste the entire piece of drop cloth trying to make a straight line.
Next iron out wrinkles.
To prevent fraying, I turned up the edge a quarter of an inch and pressed it.
Then I did a half inch seam all the way around and pinned it ready for sewing.
The runner fit the length of the table and was straight. Yeah!
I had been wanting to try stamping on cloth for a while. This was a perfect opportunity. I used just the branches and leaves stamps from the Iron Orchid Design, “Birds, Branches and Blossoms” stamps. It seemed a fitting choice for Fall.
I used green and navy blue inks to fit in with my décor(it was also all I had).
Iron Orchid Design instructions on stamping on cloth. First pre-wash fabric. After twenty-four hours heat set it with an iron. They also said it can be washed. Just to make sure, I washed a test piece of stamped drop cloth and it did not fade.
It was fun creating an original pattern.
I love the way it came out! I will most definitely be using stamps with cloth in the future.
I had been looking for Frenchdining chairs for years. I checked Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace diligently. Finally, eight French chairs, real wood with a price of $20 a chair. I was so there! It even got better, when I got there she only wanted $20 for all eight chairs. I could not get them in the car fast enough!
I found this table at a garage sale for $5. I knew I needed to take it home and try to give it a second life.
My mother-in-law gave me this china cabinet. It was nice, but not my style. She gave me the go ahead to make some changes.
I had always wanted an antique utility sink. So, when we decided to add a laundry room to our addition/renovation. I went out and bought one to refinish.
Here it is in our new laundry room!
I was looking for a mirror for our powder room. I saw this frame at an antique store. I knew if I refinished it and added a mirror it would be beautiful.
I watched a You Tube video about a faux cement technique. I thought this ceramic box was a perfect candidate to try it on.
Quite the transformation!
This was a Good Will. I fixed it with Iron Orchid air dry clay. Then transformed it with paint and Iron Orchid Design crockery stamps.
People have asked me how I started working with furniture. It really happened by accident. I had purchased a dining table from Craigslist. The table was very pretty with a French flair and turned legs, but the wood was dark and I wanted to lighten it up. I had no idea where to start, so I looked online. I searched painting French furniture and “Miss Mustard Seed” popped up. That my friends, is where it all began!
Marian Parsons, known as “Miss Mustard Seed” was just beginning her Blog when I found her. I was immediately drawn in by her talent of course, but also her honest straight forward attitude. Her home is beautiful, but you are not intimidated by it. She admits that nothing is perfect and shows you exactly what she means by it. Like the time a woman wrote in a comment that her house always looked so clean and put together. She followed up by showing a picture of the other side of the room. That side was where everything had been put to take that perfect photo and it was a mess. Another time she was talking about the drapes she had made a few months before and admitted that they had not been hemmed yet. This type of candor empowered me to try some of her ideas, but also encouraged me to attempt some of my own. Her Blog not only taught me how to refinish furniture, but it helped fill a void I did not know I had. It seems my creative self had been bogged down with work, parenting and life. She helped reignite my creativity and I will be forever grateful for that.
Since I have been following “Miss Mustard Seed” she has been featured in magazines, written books, started her own paint line, teaches online courses on running a business and painting techniques, has a podcast, and paints original artwork. She is an inspiration to all woman!
She wrote “Inspired You” in 2012, which I own a copy of. Her new book “Feels Like Home” will be released in October 2021.
Her home was a featured many timesin magazines. Later, she herself would become a freelance writer for “Cottages and Bungalows” magazine and HGTV.
Owning her own line of paint started by finding milk paint in an antique store. She bought it and liked it. Instead of stopping there like most people would have. She reached out to a manufacturer to see if they would be interested in creating a line of “Miss Mustard Seed” Milk Paint. They said yes and she started her own line of products!
Some of the fun colors she created.
FYI: “Miss Mustard Seed recently sold her milk paint company. But, I am happy to say the products will still be available!
Some of her furniture transformations using “Miss Mustard Seed” Milk Paint. Beautiful!
This is a peek into her home in Minnesota.
Her dining room in Minnesota.
Some of her original artwork. Her talent seems to have no end!
I am so glad I found “Miss Mustard Seed” all those years ago! Here is the link to her Blog. Check it out!
If you have been following my Blog, you know I am in the process of getting ready for the Purple Painted Lady Festival. I have been working diligently to increase my inventory. This year, I am adding a more diverse collection of merchandise. I will still have my refinished furniture since that is where I started, but I am adding more small items in the way of redesigned vases, pottery, artwork and more!
Since finding the Iron Orchid Design sisters on You Tube, I have been trying out many of their products. When I saw the gallery wall made from plywood. I knew I had to try making some of the art pieces. Wait to you see the results!
This is the entire gallery wall that was completed using one sheet of plywood. Amazing isn’t it! I made the two middle pieces from the Midnight Garden transfers. All of the art I am creating now will be in the Purple Painted Lady festival in September, but after the festival, I plan on recreating this entire gallery for my home. I can just see it going up the wall of the staircase. Stay tuned for that!
These are the two designs. There are fours sheets that fit together seamlessly. The left top and bottom will be one of the designs and the right the other.
This piece of plywood was cut to 17×29 for Midnight Garden # 1. I gave it a light sanding in preparation for paint.
I then painted it with Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint.
After the paint dried, I added a coat of Minwax Polycrylic water based matte finish. It helped create a better surface for the transfer to adhere too.
After the polycrylic dried, I put wide tape around the wood to make a border.
Now for the fun part!
Once the transfer was on. I took a small piece of plastic and went over it to make sure everything was smooth.
Once the transfer was completely adhered. I removed the tape.
At this point, I realized I was going to have to free hand the gold leaf border. Therefore, I have no picture of applying the border. Because all my attention went to not getting it on the transfer.
For Midnight Garden #2. The plywood was cut to 25×36. I used Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint. Like the first, I added a coat of Minwax Polycrylic finish. After it dried, I measured 3/4 inch border all around. Yes, I realized I was using the wrong side of the ruler and corrected myself!
Added the tape starting from the 3/4 inch mark.
I used the ruler and a box cutter to make a sharp corner.
This part made me nervous. I had to free hand a border all along the tape edge. Quiet please!
To apply the transfer, I used the plastic implement that came with it. I pressed and moved it around until the transfer adhered to the board. It took a lot of pressing, but so worth it!
Once the transfer was on, like the first piece, I used a piece of plastic to make sure it was secure.
This was another scary part. I had to apply a color wash to add depth.I tested the wash on a piece of paper before applying it.
Color wash done!
Next, I painted a black border all the way around.
I love the way they turned out!
What a wonderful way to add artwork to your home and not break the bank doing it!
This gets me revved up to create more!Mark your calendars for September 18th and 19th for the Purple Painted Lady Festival. Make sure you come see me at Impulsively Creative. I will have this artwork and much more!
Check out my Instagram post for more artwork I made from the same piece of plywood!
For part of my Blog post this week, I was going to do an update on the topiaries I made. Two things prevented this. One: The boxwood I transplanted seems to have died. Two: When I tried to move the planter the bottom fell out. I was really bummed. It was one of my favorites. I was lucky enough to have two other planters that I could use to put the plants in. So, after I got all the dirt out of my sneaker, I got to work!
.After everything was done. I picked up the old planters to throw away. I was looking at the embellishments on the fronts of the planters. They were so pretty. It’s what drew me to them in the first place. After a closer inspection. I came to the conclusion that the embellishments could be removed and used some where else. This is where the upcycle comes into play!
After several weeks, the boxwoods I transplanted have no new growth and the stems were dry.
As it turned out, both planter bottoms were worn through.
The new planters are not as pretty as the old ones, but the new shrub and plants look good. The antique cloches on top that I got in Brimfield really set them off!
This is the embellishment I was talking about. I tried prying it off, but it was glued on tight.
I punched a hole in the metal so I could get the metal cutter in.
They cut through like it was butter.
Look at the detail.
Both are cut out. Next step, removing them from the metal.
I tried bending the metal. Some of it came loose, but I was afraid I would break it if I kept going.
My husband looked up how to remove something glued to metal. WD-40 to the rescue! It took about ten minutes to remove both pieces from the metal.
I know exactly what I want to use them for.
I found these ceramic boxes at Good Will. The embellishments will make a perfect accent.
I sprayed two coats of clear finish on both boxes so the paint will adhere.
I know it is hard to envision withthe snowmen, but I promise it will be great!
I used Titebond II premium wood glue to put the pieces on.
The more glue the better. You can always wipe off the excess.
Both glued and ready to paint!
I am using a faux cement technique I’ve used before. The texture comes from mixing Waverly Mineral Chalk Paint and baking soda.
I use just the chalk paint on the embellishment. I do not want the detail to be lost with the textured paint mixture.
Are you beginning to see it now?
This is the texture I was talking about. When the white wax is applied, that is when the magic happens.
For the second box, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Athenian Black and also mixed in baking soda for texture.
Again, using just the paint on the embellishments.
I really like the black color on the second box. I decided to use black wax instead of white wax whichwould give it a charcoal gray finish.
I paint the Art Minds Wax Cire on the cream color box.
I dabbed it off with paper towel.
I used Annie Sloan Black wax on the body of the black box.
I dry brushed some of the Art Minds Wax Cire on the embellishment to make it pop.
Both pieces came out beautifully, but needed more depth.
I used Annie Sloan White and Black wax and an antique dark wash to highlight each piece.
I added light and dark highlights to give it movement.
I added more highlights to the embellishment on this piece to make it stand out against the light background.
I am so excited that the embellishments from my old planters were reused. They look amazing!
I can see these pieces as planters or a place to put mail in an entryway. What other ways can you see these pieces being used? I would love to hear your ideas!
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We made it to the Brimfield Antique and Collectible Show! I was so excited. It was my first time and I could not have asked for a better bunch of ladies to experience it with! “Cousin Love” all the way!!
This was the traffic coming into the show on US Route -20 E.
Each of the fields have their own vendors, with some fields having as many as 400 vendors! Kind of overwhelming, but exciting at the same time!
My very first purchase. I even haggled the price and got a better deal. Carried Away Antiques, had so many beautiful items. I was a little sad I did not have enough time to look at everything. But, lucky for me they are in the process of opening an online-shop!
One of the items I had on my list to purchase was something for on top of the hutch I refinished. It needed to be large enough to fill in the negative space and fit in the design. This pitcher fits the bill! Check this off the list!
There was wrought iron everywhere! I would have loved to purchase one of these archways and a couple trellises for my garden. Alas, no room in my car. I did however buy two wrought iron cloches.
I plan on using them in the garden or in large urns at the front entrance.
There were plenty of collectibles to choose from. I even tried my hand at finding Jasperware, which is a type of Wedgewood. My mother-in-law is a collector so I sent her a picture for verification. It turned out not to be Jasperware, but it was exciting thinking it might have been!
I could have spent all day in these shops. Painted furniture, French décor, unique items, and of course pillows, pillows, pillows!
There were also some random things that made me laugh (the Mancave Mannequin), or gave me the creeps (Doll that reminded me of “Chucky”).
Some of the vendors were selling live plants. I loved the rosemary topiaries, but a five hour car ride smelling rosemary all the way home would probably have made me ill.
These original pieces of artwork were from the Easton Antique Emporium. These wood sculptures were made from vines shaped into these forms. Wow!
Memory Hole Vintage has all their merchandise on this bus and they travel from show to show on the same bus. I thought this was really cool! Drive in, drive out, no set-up or break down.
The magnitude of work that went into putting this vendor spot together was mind blowing. It was filled with stone garden figures, wrought iron pieces, fountains, arches etc. Just to give you an idea of the weight of these pieces, I was looking at the small rabbit sitting on the bench in the lower middle picture. When I tried to pick it up I had to use two hands. I bet it weighed at least thirty pounds. I asked the vender how long it took to set up. He said two and a half days!
This is just a taste of what was at Brimfield this year. We were lucky enough not to be rained on while we were there, but the weather was extremely hot. We were uncomfortable, but pushed through and saw as much as we could in the time frame we had. I think to truly see everything you need to be there a couple of days. That way you can take a more leisurely pace and see it all.
I hope I gave you a sense of what it was like and peaked your interest. Maybe it is something you would want to go to next year if you get the chance. It is worth it!
After the show my cousins and I went to“The Duck” restaurant in Sturbridge Ma. It was a perfect endingto a wonderful day with my cousins!
The big thing happening in my life this week is that I am going to the Brimfield Antique Flea Market for the first time. I have always wanted to go, but there just never seemed to work out. This time however, when my cousin reached out and asked if I would like to join her and my other cousins, I was able to answer with an emphatic yes!
Since I have never been there before, I looked up tips for shopping at Brimfield. Here are a few things that I have learned:
1) Bring cash! Apparently there are ATM’s available, but the fees are outrageous.
2) Ask for a deal! Cash will help with this one.
3) Dress comfortably! My cousins already advised me to bring raingear. Hopefully, we will not need it.
4) Get there early if possible!
5) Finally, Enjoy!
I am leaving Friday and will be shopping Brimfield on Saturday!
I will take a ton of pictures! Can’t wait to share this experience with all of you!
I purchased this wagon to bring to the show. I excited to fill it up with treasures!!
When we first moved into our home it was definitely not the white kitchen I always dreamed of. It had dark wood cabinets, red brick linoleum flooring, a half pony wall separating the kitchen and family room and soffits everywhere. I was ready to get to work. I wanted to tear down the pony wall, paint the cabinets, lay new flooring etc., etc. After my husband talked me down, we compromised by painting the walls and changing the flooring. After seeing how adding paint and flooring brightened up the space, I was ready to tackle the cabinets. My husband on the other hand was not. He was hesitant to paint the natural wood. I don’t know what it is about men and wood. It took a lot of cajoling and endless pictures of white kitchens, but he finally came over to my side. Full disclosure, I really did not know how to paint cabinets. Lucky for me, Rustoleum had a cabinet refinishing kit with step by step directions. Whew! The whole process took six months to complete. It was so worth it. I finally had my white kitchen and could not have been happier. Eventually, we added a counter top and removed the pony wall, but the soffits were there to stay.
Flash forward ten years: Our kitchen held up wonderfully and the plan was to update with new cabinets and countertops in two years.
New plan: We were planning on having my mother-in-law, Audrey, move in with us and we needed to add an addition onto our house for her space. Since we were adding an addition and having major work done already, we moved up our time table for white kitchen number two!
My first white kitchen! I can not say enough about the Rustoleum Cabinet Refinishing Kit. It was labor intensive, but the results lasted ten years.
Taking down the pony wall between the kitchen and family room changed the way we used the space.
White kitchen number two!
In order for my mother-in-law to have access to the main part of the house from her addition, they needed to bump out from the original kitchen area. This gave us room for an open concept dining room off the kitchen. (Yes, I pinch myself every morning when I walk into this new kitchen)!
No more soffits! Thank you Chris Henessey, architect extraordinaire!
The blue on the pantry door carries the color from the dining room into the kitchen.
I love having a place to display some of my favorite items!
We chose a classic marble subway tile for the backsplash.
Having the kitchen area open up to the family room and dining room area is a dream come true. We love to have friends and family over and we managed with the old set up, but having room for everyone is amazing! We have already begun to enjoy this space now that we can have people over again!