Thursday, October 20, 2011

Embellishing Old Bread Boards ~

I have an addiction to antique bread boards. The old wood, knife marks, heat rings and patina always speak to me. I have a small collection as they are very hard to find. 


When I do come across them, they are so expensive. I usually see the large ones priced in the $75- $200 range. How about you?? 

Previously, I showed you my vintage bread board collection and how I was storing them in my kitchen. I had found a French Artillery Basket that displayed them perfectly...


To read my previous post on Bread Boards 


If you look closely, you can see a small bread board in the front of the group... Since the basket is deep, I have stuffed newspapers under the board to prop it up.



I purchased this small bread board from Ebay. 
It was nothing really special in size or shape 
but the price was too good to pass up. 

So, I bid and won.

If I remember correctly, 
I didn't closely read the seller's description... 

I thought the bread board 
was going to be much larger... 
my bad.



It's cute but certainly not my favorite.

Not sure how old it is... 
It does have cut marks and a deep patina. 
Very simple indeed...

I have used it as a trivet 
for a hot dish
or my coffee pot 
on the kitchen table. 

Recently, I was on Etsy and came across some unique stencils. The seller is EuroStencilDesigns.

While I do consider myself somewhat crafty, 
I have never really stenciled before... 
at least I don't remember doing so... 

EuroStencilDesigns has a line of stencils 
called "Grain Sack" which are my new favorites. 
I believe there are 15 to choose from... 

Warning: You will want them all!!

I ordered the stencil called Lucas Moller.


I was so excited I wasn't sure what I wanted to stencil first.. I walked around looking for victims projects...

Nothing in my house was safe...

Everything became a possible target... 
Cloth napkins, pillows, boxes, old wood, burlap... 

BREAD BOARDS!!!

So... my first stencil project was that old, simple, rather dull, bread board... 


I used regular craft paint I had laying around the house 
and I stole a junky paint brush 
from my daughter's craft supplies... 



I used a small amount of paint on the brush and went for it!

Just two minutes later.... 

I was sooooo excited 
when I lifted my stencil and found this...


Do you love the German Grain Sack writing??

I think it's dreamy...

Took my plain, 
nothing special bread board 
and embellished it!

I think the German font looks so expensive...


For Fall, I decided  to move my bread boards behind my stove...


I love the rich Fall colors they bring to the space...




My disclaimer is that I used regular craft paint and I haven't sealed the board... I'm okay with this since I am only using it for decoration.. I'm sure there is probably paint made for food prep or a sealer use that you can use if you want to serve with your old bread board...



I loved this using this stencil. I had no bleed through. The plastic used to make the stencil is flexible enough to bend around projects.  
 I was so pleased with my project that I ordered 2 more stencils from EuroStencilDesigns. There is also a website you can visit for more stencils at Maison De Stencils.

In my next post, I will show you a few more stencil projects I completed.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Spring into Fall ~

I'm back... 
I took a very long blog break!! 


I missed you... 
and I'm finally ready to jump back in.

Lots happened over the summer. My two teens are growing (too) quickly and I am realizing that I only have a few more summers with them in my nest. So I took time off to enjoy every second of our summer ... 


There were graduations...
my daughter's 8th grade promotion

and celebrations... 
my grandmother Mollie's 95th birthday


and just some wonderful lazy summer days...



My daughter started high school this year...

She worked very hard and made the Freshman Cheer team along with some of her very best friends. 


As any cheer mom will tell you, 
this is a full time job for the mom

But, I'm loving every minute of it!!

The girls are so sweet and full of life... and seeing them cheer the football games is truly a pleasure!

My son started his Junior year of high school
[before I know it, he will be off to college]
sigh..

And just to mix things up 
or keep me on my toes...

my kids chose to go to 
different high schools. 

This has made me  crazy really busy... 

Because...
while my daughter cheers for football at one school, 
my son plays football at a different school ...


It took a little while, 
but we finally have our routine in place.

Things have calmed down a bit, 
which leaves me with some free time to blog. 


So I am officially back!

I hope you will continue to check in. I have some great decorating projects I want to share,  room updates and of course I have all my flea market finds from the summer I can't wait to share with you!!

As always, thanks for stopping by to read my blog and checking in on me!! I loved all your emails over the summer!! I also appreciate your follow and I always love your comments and questions!!

Have a great weekend
and 
see you soon :)