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Monday, May 7, 2012

Wood Scrap Art

Wood Scrap Art and A Poured Concrete Top

Our family room got an update a couple of Christmases ago.  The males, (ok, really it was me) wanted a new television because glare from all the windows makes watching the old one impossible during the day.  Not that I watch much tv in daylight, but when a special little boy is here he likes those Power Rangers.


                                 The Big 'Ol Dinosaur                                     


The big-dino was built to house the big-dino-tv, obsolete these days huh?  The cabinet above it stores more junk than you can shake a stick at.  And I'm a short stick.  I couldn't reach the top shelves in the cabinet to do more than pop in a cd, if I could find or reach the cd in the first place.

During
After Christmas the new tv sat on a toy box for a few months till I ordered a hanging bracket for the wall.  I sort of liked that the toys were held captive and not on the floor.  When the old tv cabinet left, it also left an empty space above the new tv that I was going to have to put my thinking cap on to fill.  Light pours in this area till the sun leaves the sky - makes for a bright happy space (hard to take photos in).


Poured concrete top
Brawn decided to reuse the old wood from the tall cabinet to make a shorter one and do a poured concrete top with a rough edge for a rustic look.  That's his style.  Rustic, not rough.

This was totally his baby - he didn't consult me, a rare occurrence and one that is usually not a good idea.

Rustic concrete edge
He stained the concrete with acid stain in some earthy colors and dabbed some on the edges.  The chiseled edge mimics one you might see on granite.

Shrunk down with the same wood
Everything here is reused from the original cabinet, except the new concrete top and the cabinet wire, but that's left over from a chicken coop.  Inside is a Wii, all the Wii games and controllers, stereo, and I forget what else.  If I ever make it purdy I'll show 'ya.

The original idea was to have the sides look like the ends of vintage wood crates with
interesting vintage product advertising, stained onto the wood.   That was to be my job.
I haven't got that far, and between you and me, I don't know when I will.

Notice the cute pillow on that little chair?  Linda from It All Started With Paint sent it to me.  I was a lucky duck recipient of the Pass It On Project
I have been eying up lots of blogland ideas and decided in the interest of no cost, to use what I had to fill the area above.  I pinned an idea from Sweet Serendipity as inspiration.

I would love to say I raided Brawns well placed wood scrap bin, but really all I had to do was look on the floor under his saw and brush away sawdust to find scrap pieces I could use.  Our garage is famous for it's mess.

I set to work.  I used a combo of stencils, stickers, or made my own letters to paint everything.  The Grandpa & Grandma sign was a gift, and it seemed a like perfect fit.


I arranged and rearranged and finally got an order I liked.  We ran a piece of tape down the middle, with a line down the center of the tape, so it would all line back up once the first piece was nailed to the wall.  At about 10:00 at night because I was anxious.


I painted the wall with the paint can closest to me, which was still sitting out 
from a project a month ago.  It's the same color as on the outside of the front door here.  Dutch Boy, "Earth Matters".

The wall is empty no more and the leaves are green outside once again.




Linking the Scrapy Wood up to:



Saturday Night Special Reclaimed Wood @FunkyJunkInteriors
The Mother Lode @ I Gotta Create 
Crafty, Scrappy, Happy Me @ CraftyScrappyHappy
Pin'inspiration Thursday @ JanesAdventuresInDinner 
Inspired Creations @ Embracing Change 
Party Time @ 36th Avenue 
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here 

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68 comments :

  1. That is stunning! Love the top! That hunk of a man you have is quite useful...and you aren't no chunk of dust either. Have a good week!

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  2. love the cabinet, that top is beautiful! and the sign is so cool, it looks perfect together!
    LAUREN

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  3. Wow! What a transformation. Love the cabinet especially the concrete top.
    And the sign is awesome. Have a wonderful week!

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  4. What a GREAT project! So many creative ideas in one area. Congrats to you and Brawn for completing that wonderful look. I'm guilty of getting a project to a "good enough" point and then taking a long time (if ever) to finish it up.

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  5. Ummmmm what can I say? Another stunner!!! That top is amazing! I love it all and the word art is pretty darn cool too.

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  6. Hi Bliss,

    You and your husband make a great team! I love the cabinet and your cool art.

    Dee

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  7. Hi Bliss, your project is just marvelous. I could not imagine any other art work being so proudly displayed!

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  9. Okay Bliss, I think you and your husband need to plan a trip to good old Southern Maryland! I still haven't finished the farm table and I could sure use both of your help. It would be free room and board....LOL! Seriously, that cabinet is absolutely gorgeous and your art work is the finishing touch. Happy Monday to you, Gail

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  10. This is really awesome, Bliss. I want a chicken coop...
    I may steal this art idea, if I can think up stuff to say.

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  11. Wow, I am really impressed with how talented you both are....so creative! Terrific job.

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  12. This is wonderful, Bliss! I am in love with the cabinet...what a clever idea!

    XO,
    Jane

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  13. That is so freakin' awesome, I don't know where to start... Wow!

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  14. Oh my goodness! Your art is impressie as always, but Brawn's cabinet is out of this world! Just in time for the graduation party!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  15. Um, WOW. That's about all I can say. I love LOVE love the cabinet. I can't believe the top is concrete. What an amazing transformation!

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  16. That cabinet is amazing! I love the top! I really love the word art, too. It all just looks great!

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  17. Okay, I'm trying to focus on your post ... but my son just lost ANOTHER $120 calculator that he absolutely needs for his high achieving geek kid high school. And my daughter is freaking out because she can't get her Hunger Games fishtail braid fixed the right way ...

    ... and now the braid-challenged daughter and I are counting down the minutes to Smash ...

    But I see a pillow I recognize. So I'll be back tomorrow. And leave a proper comment about your husband's amazing work and your amazing sign ... because my crazy daughter is having a braid freak out AGAIN!

    :)

    I really do love you Bliss ...

    Linda

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    1. Nothing like being MIA. Miss Bliss you are so amazingly talented! That sign? Your vision? So much creativity!

      Love it ...

      :)

      Linda

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  18. Bliss and Brawn, you two are my idols...there is nothing that y'all can't do! And do it over the top! Please come live with me. I need some awesomeness!
    Debbie

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  19. That Brawn is one talented dude! And you're certainly talented yourself! I love the artwork.

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  20. Another great project. I love the crated sides of the cabinet. What a makeover and the cement top? You have a fantastic imagination. Your sign is very cool too.

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  21. Your wood scrap art is amazing. I love the different fonts and sizes. I am adding this idea to my summer project list that is growing daily.

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  22. This is really cool! I love the wood scrap art big time and I seriously want concrete counter-tops in my kitchen now!!! Seriously, don't you two need to come to Kansas for a visit? ;D

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  23. The whole thing is a work of art and is the best use of repurposing I've ever seen. Amazing!

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  24. Scrap? Crap.....!!!!

    More like AWESOMENESS! Your talent {and Brawn's} is b-e-y-o-n-d impressive. Sigh.....
    I'm honored to have such a sneak peak into your awesomeness with this blog. Maybe it'll rub off a bit onto me!

    The word art is giving me an idea to create something for my mom. How many days do I have until Mother's Day... uggh, I better get to work!

    joanne

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  25. This rocks - love the concrete top and now you can bring your chicks inside for the winter to live inside the cabinet! A win-win for everyone!

    And that sign is pure fabulousness - you know your way around a pile of scrap!
    Kelly

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  26. Bliss & Brawn the dynamic duo! Do you both wear tights when you create such awesomeness? AmaZING!

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  27. How darn clever! I love that concrete top too. That's quite a handy man you've got there!

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  28. I LOVE how you finished the edges on the concrete. And the color of the stain. I was just eye balling some chicken wire the other day for a project, but I didn't pull the trigger. You may have just sealed that deal.

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  29. All I can say is WOW! Amazing! I love it all!

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  30. You are one talented family!! I love the new cabinet, the concrete top, and the artwork. I am so darned impressed!!

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  31. Love that concrete top, the crate sides and cute handles, and then there's your amazing word art. I bought a stencil alphabet about 2 weeks ago because I need to copy some of your ideas !!
    What a great duo you and Brawn make xx

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  32. just had to tell you how fabulous your word art and concrete top is!-love them!

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  33. I love following your blog. I always know you have such great posts.
    Thank you also for Taking the Time to help me with mine!
    Much appreciation and admiration,
    Deb

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  34. Wow! That is amazing! I love the wood signs and I love that ruffled pillow too! I guess I just love it all!

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  35. Bliss this is amazing I totally adore it. I would love to feature this on my blog. Would you be interested? Jenglamgirl@gmail.com also loved your comment you serious about a signed copy giveaway? Ha ha. Love it.

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  36. This is an amazing sign. I wish I could buy one of these from you....hint hint hint

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  37. Love it! Love the concrete topped stand and your signs. You did a great job on them. I always love to see what you are up to.

    Holly

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  38. Bliss -
    What can I say? Beautiful job as usual :)
    Love your ideas!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  39. Really really awesome!!! You ROCK girlfriend! Love the rugged edge concrete. And that sign...so cute...love the mixture of colors, lengths, etc. etc. etc. {drooling}

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  40. You are amazing and creatively unstoppable!! Love everything!! The concrete top, wire cage accents on the rustic wood and your fabulous sign. Dang! You GO, girl!! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  41. Awesome transformation on the cabinet. What a great look. Love your sign art too.

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  42. I love everything about this! The cabinet is fabulous and the wooden art is just lovely!

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  43. AAAhhhh I LOVE this, Bliss! The new cabinet is awesome and those signs are inspired. I've been saving some scrap wood for something similar, so now I have to pin this project to refer back to... do ya mind?? ;-)
    Happy weekened!
    xo Heidi

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  44. I love this idea. Seriously. Scrap wood has never looked this good. I'm raiding the back shed ASAP!

    Have an awesome weekend friend,
    karianne

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  45. Another one for the books... this turned out great, Bliss! You're my hero.

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  46. I love everything! You are becoming quite the furniture artist with your unique creations. I love the different materials you used for that piece under your tv and think it ties in with your trim perfectly. I also love what you did for above the tv. So rustic and artsy at the same time.

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  47. OK, this is simply fabulous! That sign is amazing with all of the various sized stenciling, it is a work of art. I think you and the Mr. are a pretty good team!!

    Happy Mothers Day
    Carol

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  48. Bliss...I am more and more in awe of your talentS every time you make a post. That TV holder redo just blows me away. SO professional. Tell Brawn he is AMAZING!! Love the cement top and the chicken wire. You'd pay a fortune for that in a store. And your signs above it all. Oh my gosh!! FABULOUS!! Girlfriend you you need to be in business. Wow your creativeness is inspiring!!

    Nann

    PS Over the last couple of weeks I see that you've been a standout on a bunch of blogs. And for good reason. All your projects truly ARE standouts!!

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  49. Amazing Bliss. You actually do all the things I SAY I'm going to do but never get around to it. Both projects are pin worthy! I'd love to have you share at WIW.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  50. He descubierto tu blog y me ha encantado su contenido. Desde hoy lo sigo, si lo deseas te invito a conocer mi blog y si es de tu agrado, me gustaría tenerte como seguidora en mi blog para seguir en contacto. Un saludo muy cordial.
    Manoli.

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  51. You ROCK!
    Enough said :o)
    Thanks for linking this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  52. I like your sign so much. I wonder if I could my Mr. MBD to help me out with one?

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  53. This turned out so well! Really transforms and updates the area! I am always so inspired by you!

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  54. Ok girl, you and your Brawb partner rock. I think your right -leave the sides as is..the whole look is simply marvelous!!!!!!!Do you wake up at 3AM with these great ideas. I think you & your hubby could do a DIY show !

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  55. I love the sign. Really. Love. You ROCK!

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  56. That table is just plain awesome! I love the concrete top and frankly Bliss I'd be stenciling on the side of it too! Beautiful project. I pinned it!
    Susan

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  57. I Love your sign from the salvage wood! My mom and I just scrounged some recently and I've been getting some ideas on what to do with some of it. You have now been added to my inspiration list!
    Kelly

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  58. This is BEAUTIUS! (pronounced beee-you-tee-us!!!!) And I'm fixed (no, not THAT kind of fixed), I mean "no longer broken" (I suppose that's a matter of perspective as well). Gwen, from This Bold Girl, saved me from the evil Google+ and now, you and I can carry on normal conversations (see above re: perspective). All of that aside...I covet your cabinet, your concrete counter top AND the sign!!! Where do you find all of those different kinds of letters?? xo

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    1. do you get them at the same place you found the bicycle riding chickens?

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  59. I've just discovered your blog and your projects! Amazing!!! I am especially inspired by your new dresser-to-bar conversion!

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  60. Welcome Amber. Stop back any time!
    Bliss

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  61. Um wow! That is absolutely stunning and I'm loving that concrete top! Pinned ya & G+'d ya! {HUGS}

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  62. Miss Bliss...I am STILL loving your sign! I will happily pin it when my computer stops being stupid. :)
    Kelly

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  63. Such a beautiful project! Pinning this right away. :) Megan

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