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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Before & After ~ Kitchen Sign Make Over


A few weeks ago I showed you this sign that I made for my kitchen, 
using wallpaper sample books.
Until Butchy is feeling better, I don't want to leave him alone,
so I decided to go out to the shop and check our left over paint cans.
I found two cans that I got from Ace Hardware on free paint day.
A can of aqua from last Fall and a can of turquoise from this Spring.
So I decided to see what I could do to give our kitchen a free or almost free make over.
I started painting the walls aqua, 
and this sign just didn't work with what I had in mind.
Here's my sign re-do :)



The hen and rooster that I used was from . . . guess, a wallpaper sample book.
I also had a textured wallpaper boarder that I picked up at Goodwill a year or so ago.
I always keep my eyes open for pretty wallpaper at yard sales and thrift stores.


Here you can see the aqua wall.
Believe it or not, if I use primer, I can paint my three main walls with a quart of paint.
There are so many doors and cupboards that I really do not have much wall space. 
I'll probably have to actually get out the checkbook 
and purchase one quart for my accent wall.
That is a re-do on a budget, right:)
I love it!


I made my stencils on my Cricut cutter
and painted them with a little dab of craft acrylic paint.


Here's my finished sign.
I found some wood trim scraps in Steve's wood pile to add to each end.
Big difference . . . I was ready for a change,
but planned to do it this fall.
I can work in the kitchen a little bit each day 
and before you know it . . . new kitchen :)

Butchy is feeling much better.
His tube is out and the report on his skin was wonderful.
It had been pulled away from his body, and the our Vet said that it could die.
If that happens they have to treat it like an open wound.  
Praise God it's okay and he's doing very well.
Thank you all for your prayers.
God loves all of his marvelous creatures.

This song has been in my heart this week:

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. 


 ~~~~~*****~~~~~ 

Don't let your circumstances steal your joy.
Wishing you all a very good day.

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Your blogging sister,
 Connie :)




48 comments:

  1. Oh- I love that old hymn. I can still hear the pastor's wife and her friend singing that-sitting side by side in the pew.

    Your sign turned out great and I can't wait to see the whole kitchen all aqua-fied! xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana, it is one of my favorite hymns, too. I'm happy you like my sign . . . I just have to stay busy :)

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  2. Connie,
    Your kitchen sign just turned out wonderful.
    So glad to hear that Butchy is doing better, I've been away from the blogging circle a couple of months so I have lots of catching up to do.
    Off to read some of your prior posts to see what you've been up to.

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    1. Hi Jana, it is great to have you stop by and visit. It is always a pleasure:)

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  3. Oh my, poor little Butchy! I just read your other posts, he's a lucky, lucky little fur baby for sure!

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    1. Oh you have know idea, our Vet was really afraid of compilations that would arise over his first week that would require much more care, but he did beautifully. It just goes to show that our Lord loves little doggies, too. Butchy had so many sweet ladies, all over this big wide world praying for him, how could he loose :)

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  4. this turned out absolutely beautiful. And you know I love any free or almost free projects. A+ for the finished look and for the budget friendly part

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    1. Hi Daniela, I enjoy freebies and almost frees, too. If you don't already know, Ace Hardware has a free quart of paint give-a-way a couple times a year. It's a good thing :)

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  5. Lovely redo!

    Love that hymn! I'll be humming it the rest of the evening :)!

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    1. I am delighted that I could put a song in your heart :)

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  6. I am so glad he is better, and I have always adored this song! Your makeover is fantastic! The sign is so much more modern now. My first question was going to be...how did you paint the whole kitchen with one little can, so thanks for the explanation. Now if I could only figure out the difference between turquoise and aqua...

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    1. Hi Ginny, aqua to me is the pale side of turquoise :)

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  7. A great song and so glad to hear Butchy is doing great. Lovely remade sign you came up with! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy and thank you so very much :)

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  8. Connie-
    I like the make over on the sign. Of course, I love the chickens. :)
    I get the free samples from Ace too.
    Twice I got the same color...I thought I'd do a bigger project. Didn't happen. So I have extra.
    I love it when they give free paint away.
    I just wish...they'd give the "Red" tones away.
    They always say...'can't do red'
    Aw, well.
    One day I'll splurge and just buy some RED!
    -- glad to hear Butchy is on the mend.
    Pat

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    1. Hi Pat, thanks for dropping in to visit . . . I've never asked for red, so I didn't know that. I do know that when I buy acrylic or oil artist paints, the red tones are always a higher price. I'm delighted that you like my sign re-do, and delighted also to say that Butchy is doing better day by day :)

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  9. Oh, Connie, you have made my eyes tear up. I am so glad that little Butchy is pulling through!
    Your sign is wonderful - such an amazing transformation. You are one clever and talented gal! Hugs, xoxo

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    1. Hi Karen, you are such a sweetie pie, thank you :)

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  10. Hi Connie,
    I love your sign. It was good to see how you put it together too.

    Thank you so much too, for posting the beautiful words of that song x

    PS I'm so glad your little doggie is doing well x

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    1. Thank you so much . . . the sign was fun, the song is one of my favorite, and I'm delighted to say that Butchy is healing and each day getting a little closer to feeling normal again :)

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  11. Connie, the sign re-do is great. I never realized you had a market blog until today! I missed that somewhere along the way. I love the color of your walls. Shades of aqua are some of my favorite color. And Free paint is even better!
    I am so glad Butchy is healing. I was telling my Shug about him last night and he said he wonders why dogs have to be mean or territorial at times. Poor little guy. Keep us posted on his progress. I'm glad you are staying home with him. We all need our Mom when we don't feel good.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Hi Cindy, thanks for the sweet visit. I'm happy to say that Butchy is doing very well. He was so sore and has so many staples that we didn't want to lift him any more than necessary. He always sleeps on our bed, down by our feet, so to make him feel comfortable, I've been sleeping on a camping mattress on the living-room floor. I'm happy to say that the last two nights I've been back in the bed. He still has his staples but he doesn't cry when you lift him, now. Day by day he's getting back to normal :)

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  12. Oh Connie, what a beautiful kitchen. I love the aqua and your sign. The end pieces really jazzed up things. Great job!

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    1. Hi Faye, and thank you so much, you're a sweetie :)

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  13. I love this sign!
    I had to sing the song as soon as I saw your words.
    We sing this at church.
    It is a favorite one!

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  14. Love the signs - you really have a great imagination. My prayers and best wishes for Butchy - I hope his recovery is fast!

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    1. Hello Lana, thank you for the sweet compliment and for the good wishes for Butchy. My blogging sisters have all been so supportive and comforting through this tragic time. My heart is filled with gratitude.

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  15. I am so glad to hear Butchy is improving so well. Praise God. You refurbish signs when you want a change; I move the books around on the bookshelves, or rearrange the furniture! It doesn't take much to make our homes feel like new again does it. And a new color on the walls is an easy way to freshen things up too . . . I'm thinking about doing that soon.

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    1. Hi Sara, painting a room makes such a difference, especially in the kitchen, because it challenges you to pull out all the appliances and clean behind everything. I feel so good going into Autumn knowing this is all done. Know I want to put out all my dishes and put in new shelf-paper :) One thing always leads to another :)

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  16. Hi Connie, I LOVE that old hymn....there is something about those old hymns that move the soul.....I 'm sooo happy Butchy is doing well! I hope he is himself after that traumatic experience! As for your rooster pic....I LOVE ROOSTERS!! I had a lot more at my other house but downsized to just one here. It turned out very nice! Blessings~~~GOD is GOOD! Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, thanks for this sweet visit. Happy you like my sign :)

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  17. Connie, your sign looks great, what a great idea to use wallpaper. I am so happy your dog is doing better, poor thing, is he afraid of her own shadow now?

    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, Butchy and I walked twice to the mailbox today. When we go to the mailbox we walk all the way around the block. He did great! We came to one fence where they had big barking dogs and it didn't bother him a bit. I thought he'd react and be up-set, but nothing. Everything the Vet told us to watch out for this week, as turned better than they thought . . . We're a happy little family :) Thank you for your prayers, I appreciate how very sweet and concerned my sister bloggers were and all the prayers and good wishes. Our Lord loves little dogs, too.

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  18. You have done a wonderful job with your sign Connie...it looks lovely!....So glad to hear too that your gorgeous little dog Butchy is on the mend,
    Happy Sunday,
    Susan x

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    1. Hi Susan, thank you so much, you have made my morning :)

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  19. Oh Connie, I'm so sorry I didn't read about Butchy till now. I'm so happy to hear that he's doing better, what a scare. I've been so busy with my mom and other things this month, but I'm catching up now. We had an event with one of our dogs recently, too. We went camping with both our dogs, and our littlest one has a tendency to nip and play rough. I had warned the campers next to us about him as they had children running around. Our dogs were properly tied up, but the kids camping next to us kept tormenting our dogs by practice casting their fishing lures at the dogs. My littlest dog got riled up wanting to play, and somehow broke out of his collar and went to play with one of the little girls. He ended up slightly scratching her leg (no broken skin or blood thank God), but her parents went ballistic and blew the whole thing up by calling the sheriffs department and everything. What a fiasco! Everything is settled down now, but those parents put their daughter through so much trauma over a small, slight scratch.......they almost made her go through the rabies series of shots even though my doggie is current on his shots. Well enough of that, I'm just so glad Butchy is healing well and I'll keep him in my prayers.

    Hugs,
    Meri

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    1. Wow! Sounds like you had quite an ordeal yourself. Butchy is doing better everyday and Wednesday or Thursday he should be getting his staples out. They have been bugging him; he keep jerking his head back to see what's going on each time one pulls on his skin. Thank you for your prayers :)

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  20. Glad to hear that Butchy is doing better. Poor puppy, but he has a good mommy taking care of him. I have always loved that song, His eye is on the sparrow. Well today someone prayed for me to learn my guitar....been watching how other people play on Youtube....so many different ways to play, so many techniques. I guess I just have to find my technique...whatever that is.

    I love your new sign....turned out really nice. I just refurbished my wrought iron 40 year old chairs over the weekend...they turned out pretty nice. It's fun redoing things.

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes for Butchy. I am coming over to see if you have your chairs posted, and to tell you about a couple very good guitar chord sites that include lyrics.

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  21. Love how your sign turned out! So glad that Butchy is better! :)
    Susan

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    1. Hi Susan, and thank you so much :)

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    2. Hi Susan, and thank you so much :)

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  22. First of all, your kitchen sign is so pretty...your artistic talent is amazing! Secondly, I'm so glad to hear that Butchy is doing well and is healing nicely. :-)

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    1. Hi Melanie, Thank you . . . Butchy got his staples out today. He is feeling so much better, but a little insecure. He used to be very independent, but now he follows me from room to room . . . I think he feels safer being close to me. That was a pretty scarey ordeal. Size wise it would be like me being attracted by a grizzly bear. Poor little guy. We still have a couple issues to watch out for, but he's coming along splendidly.

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  23. me again Connie, thank you very much for your reply explaining about printing on cloth - I had no idea! a whole new world has opened! I couldn't find your follower button but have just realised my screen didn't show your full blogpage so am now following. Bettyx

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