Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tasty Wild Rice Meatballs

I don't share many recipes on my blog, but this one is worth sharing.  Here in Minnesota, we love our wild rice in soups and hotdishes!  Hotdish is Minnesotan for casserole.  These meatballs are a favorite of mine for potlucks and company, and always get rave reviews.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GARDEN JUNK: Jello Molds Re-Purposed As Toadstools

I love these little individual vintage, aluminum Jello molds.  I purchased many for about $3 last year at a thrift shop.  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

JUNKERS UNITED With A Cabinet Door Frame Up-cycle/Re-purpose

Outdoor Junk Vignette with Cabinet Door Project Tutorial
I love to decorate the outdoors with JUNK!  I'm Carlene from Organized Clutter, and I'm itching to get outside and plant my flower gardens and decorate them with JUNK!  It's too early here in northern Minnesota, but that's not going to stop me from thinking spring with a front door, covered patio project.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vintage Milk Cans & Trying a New Distressing Technique

I love vintage milk cans!

Milk Cans in the Garden
Here is my vintage milk can #1.  It has a wonderful all rust patina, and is a perfect accessory in my junk gardens...

Outdoor Vignettes with Milk Cans
I also used it here in my outdoor Christmas vignette.

Outdoor Vignettes with Milk Cans
This is my milk can #2.  This milk can has spent some time under my covered patio so it's a little less rusty than milk can #1, but equally at home in the garden...

Outdoor Vignettes with Milk Cans
Or, in a fall outdoor vignette.

Outdoor Vignettes with Milk Cans
At the right of the potting bench is my vintage milk can #3.  This can was spray painted gold with blue trim when I found it.  Now that it has weathered, I like it much better.

Outdoor Vignettes with Milk Cans
Here is my vintage milk can #4.  It's just the top!  I purchased it at a garage sale for $2.  

This is milk can #5.  I got this old can from my neighbors at the end of 2013, and it will be new to my gardens and vignettes in 2014.

This is milk can #6, and also new to me.  Besides a little dust, this 2 gallon can has a country paint job.  It is an honest to goodness milk can, just smaller than the others.  It is marked Security.  

I really would have preferred the milk can to be unpainted, but rather stripping the paint, I opted to repaint it.  First with a light gray latex base coat, and then a coat of Annie Sloane Chalk Paint in Old White.

Rather than sanding to distress the can, I used a wet rag sanding/distressing technique that I found here (and on several other blogs too).  This technique would allow me to have a distressed paint finish without sanding and possibly sanding off my gray base coat revealing the old gold paint layer.

This is how my first attempt at wet rag sanding turned out. It really was pretty easy.

I then chose this milk cap graphic from Knick of Time Interiors for a milk can label.  I used the Mod Podge image transfer method from Homeroad to add the label to the milk can.

Wet Rag Sanding & Mod Podge Image Transfer
The label is in place and it's time to wax with clear wax and then dark wax.

Wet Distressing & Mod Podge Image Transfer
 I will be using this milk can indoors since I painted it with chalk paint and paste waxed it.  I'm glad I tried the wet sanding technique and that I have two additional milk cans!

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