A French Country Riser

I’m an early riser and lately I’ve been creating projects. But today I was going to get an early start on cleaning. At least I started out with good intentions.

I was ready to tackle cleaning up my crafting area. But then I picked up a board. Not just any board. This board came from a very unique pick. You never know what something will become sometimes, but you know it will turn into something cool some day. Hence, cleaning up my craft area.

Macy’s in the mall at Cape Girardeau, Missouri was going out of business. They were selling everything, including fixtures……and this board. I loved the dark grain in it and the edges, so… it came home with me.

When I picked it up today to store it somewhere, I suddenly knew what it was going to be. Cleaning was going to have to wait. I had everything I needed. Paint, a stencil, feet, handles, and satin finish spray sealer. I antiqued the handles up a little from their original black. They were screwed into place after the

Meet a 6 1/2” x 13” French Country inspired tray. For decoration only.

A Pendant Light Shade Makeover

I’ve been looking at my pendant light in my kitchen and have not been feeling the copper wire basket I replaced the original pendant shade with a couple of years ago. The original was a tan color. I had the basket and didn’t want to buy a new shade. My kitchen walls are copper painted tin so it looked pretty neat with it.

But that was then and this was now. And now it seemed rather plain.

This morning, while browsing Pinterest, I saw someone had taken clear pendant shades and painted them with translucent paint and made little organizer bowls with them. Hold that thought because I see another project coming up. 😁

We just do happen to be the proud owners of 3 clear pendant shades. I’m not sure how we acquired them anymore. I checked, and the opening fit.

I wanted a turquoise shade. I had painted some Oui yogurt jars in an earlier project so I knew just how I would do it. Here’s the link to that project. https://sharsumpaint.com/2021/03/15/oui-jars-transform-into-faux-depression-glass/

This project didn’t take long at all. I’m an impatient crafter so, I helped drying time along with my hair dryer.

Materials used

I used Dishwasher safe Mod Podge. Not because I’m putting it in the dishwasher. I am not even going to use water when I need to clean it. I just like to work with it and like the glossiness of it. You can use any glossy Mod Podge. Just make sure it’s glossy.

Applying the first coat. I used a stencil dauber, but makeup sponges work great, too.
First coat dried. Used a hair dryer to help it dry faster.
Applying the 2nd coat
2nd coat applied and ready for the hair dryer.
2nd coat dry. I’m amazed every time!

Originally, I was going to remove the copper basket, but by adding the new turquoise shade, I like how it looks with the copper tin walls now!