Friday, May 20, 2016


 I've been busy all week making rag garlands both in primitive homespun fabrics and shabby chic fabrics.  I love the way they look, and plan to make matching valances for my bedroom windows eventually.

What I love about these is that you can use them for dressing up plain windows, with or without curtains ( I plan to hang mine over my white voile sheer curtains), hanging on fireplace mantles, over large mirrors, hanging over or on a cake table for decoration ( weddings, birthdays, baby showers, etc).   On my prim garlands I added matching yoyo flowers and on the shabby chic garlands I added lace flowers.  All four of these are listed in my Etsy shop.  The top 3 are 36" wide and the bottom blue is 48" wide.  Free shipping.

This has been an unusual May for us, has been colder than usual with lots of rain.  We had 2 sunny days out of 19.  Today is a really nice day and I feel crappy.  Have been sick with a head cold for 4 weeks now and worried it's going to go into my chest.  Tom has it too and we must be passing it back and forth to last this long.  I don't know about him, but I've been washing my hands more frequently and keep wiping down the computer keyboard.....just sayin'.  Better wipe down the phone too. . . .
Anyhoo, want to wish you a lovely weekend!


Friday, May 13, 2016


I finally got around to ordering the trim that I wanted to use on the new lampshade I purchased for my vintage floral lamp for the bedroom.  It arrived today and here are the before and after photos.
I'm happy with the way it turned out and Tom even likes it.

I added a few new shabby chic items to my Etsy shop.  The link is on the right side bar if interested.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Visit  KKL Primitives ETSY SHOP

I created a new shop banner collage from items I have made previously and my new cottage shabby chic/ vintage offerings.

 I don't really want to change my shop name since I've been KKL Primitives for 10 years now, but hoping the banner depicts all that I can do.


Friday, April 08, 2016


I purchased this cute little wooden music box at an antique store on our trip to Chicago last week.
The music played is 'Teardrops Keep Falling On My Head'.
I upcycled it into a shabby chic style box with some paint, bling and silk flower with feathers.

 I bought several pieces of Syroco Home Interior decor to upcycle into Shabby Chic style.
These were the original GOLD butterflies and I painted them aqua blue/distressed them so the gold shows through.
I have a few other Syroco pieces that I will be painting up this week.
My daughter gave me this iron cast double light switch ( it was silver colored ) and I painted it antique white and distressed it so some of the silver shows through the paint.


Thursday, April 07, 2016


 While on our latest trip,  I found these 'vintage' Syroco Home Interior items in an antique booth.  They were the original color of gold but I had Tom spray paint them white for me.  I love how they turned out.
I also bought this lamp, but was not crazy about the shade.
 So I bought a new one from Bed Bath & Beyond in a bell shape.  I'm going to be adding some trim to the bottom, but haven't decided yet if it will be white fringe trim or something else.
I also bought this lamp ( antique store) and while I do like the shade, I'm just not sure it looks right with this decor.
I'm also undecided right now about the base.  My original plan was to paint it white, but the more I look at it, the more I like it just as it is.  So for now, I'm not going to do anything.

Another antique store purchase is this framed picture.  I loved the colors, it matches the room.  My original plan was to paint the frame white but I thought I'd ask Tom what he thought.  He won't admit it, but he does like when I ask his opinion.  He thinks there is too much white in the room and he likes the gold in the frame, plus there is gold in the art work itself.  
Those are silk hand made flowers in the 'art work' with gemstones in the centers.
I forgot to take a photo of this decorative piece before Tom painted it for me, it was black with bronze tones.  Again, it was going to be 'white' but since we went with the gold frame and this is hung on the same wall, I had him paint the accent piece gold too.
The picture on the left is one our daughter bought him for Father's day about 10 years ago and I'm going to have him paint the frame gold as well.
Can't see the print, but it's very meaningful and beautiful.

Had to order more of the mint green chalky paint so I can do Tom's dresser, then the furniture will be all finished.  The last thing will be area rugs.  Those ARE going to be WHITE if I have my way.  I found this rug in a local store we have here called  Home Store and I fell in love with them, they were SO SOFT - perfect for a bedroom.  I found them online HERE  at Target and I learned that it is made of 50% recycled paper!!!  They are rather expensive.  I would need a 5x8 and a 3x5.  With shipping they would cost me over $400.  Will have to do some comparison shopping.
The care instructions say they need to be professionally cleaned, but I'm wondering what running a vacuum cleaner over them would do.  Do any readers have any experience with this type of rug?


Thursday, March 24, 2016


 I found this cute little wooden jewelry box for $2.99 at the 'junk shop' near our home.  I didn't think to take a before photo but it was a light golden oak color.
I removed the part that holds rings, I wanted to put my bracelets in it.  I painted the box the same chalky green as my furniture and used the soft touch varnish on it ( same as the shelves).  I cut out a cute image  from an old greeting card and put it behind the glass window.  What's nice is I can interchange the image any time I want.  I would LOVE to have a photo of all 5 of my grandchildren together to put in the heart.  They will all be here for Easter, hopefully I can get them to cooperate.  There's always ONE who doesn't want their photo taken.
I glued some eyelet lace around the box and a eyelet fabric flower in the front.
I was planning to put something decorative on the top of the box but  I didn't have anything on hand that didn't make it look 'overdone' so for now I'm keeping it as it is.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016


 I'm feeling like I'm finally accomplishing what I set out to do, and that was/is : If I can't BUY new furniture, my own old furniture is going to LOOK new.
The very bottom and back sides of this piece were in really bad shape.  The pressed board was beginning to crumble.  I sanded as much as I could without doing more damage and just painted over it all and hoping that the 3 coats of polycrylic that I applied will prevent further crumbling.  In my AFTER photo you can barely tell.
I had 'hoped' that the monster TV's would be out of here by this past weekend, but now I'm going to have to wait until after our Chicago trip.  We will be doing a lot of antiquing along the way so I hope to find a cute shabby chic lamp for this dresser.  I have a BIG list of items I'll be looking for.

I went to the zoo today with 2 of my daughters and 4 of the grand kids.  It was 70 degrees with a light wind. My girls usually ask me along during the summer months and I always decline because I just can't handle the heat and humidity so this day was just perfect.  I really enjoyed watching the faces of the kids, especially 2 year old Rami.  We brought along the stroller in case he got tired, but he wanted to walk like the 'big kids'.

Miss Bella was a tad upset that Gramma didn't have another arm to hug her too.  I put Rami down and hugged her to me and it all worked out.


Friday, March 18, 2016


 This was a lot of work, but I'm happier with it now that it's all put back together.  I did NOT crackle the paint, but there are areas where it HAS crackled, and I do like the look.  You can't tell from the photo.
I started on the long dresser today. 
There was only one coat of paint on this when I took the photo.  The bottom has been painted and 2 more coats added.  I have one more ( maybe two) to add tomorrow.  I have to wait until those 2 monster TV's are moved before I can get in there to paint the sides.  Hoping we can get rid of them this weekend.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016


 At one point I was pretty disgusted with chalky paint.  Then I decided to give it another chance and was somewhat okay with it.  This is in reference to the two shelves I painted.  Trust me when I say that if these were pieces I was trying to sell, I would be horrified to put my name on them.  Since they are for my personal use, I can live with them.
Or so I thought until I started painting the bedside table.  See those sanded spots?  Before I started sanding, they were bubbles caused from liquids being accidentally spilled on it.  I had it covered up with a rag quilt table topper.  This bedroom set is made from pressed board.  I ABSOLUTELY DETEST THIS STUFF.  It's horrible.  I'm assuming the wood grain 'look' is laminate, but I don't know that for sure.  All I know is once I started sanding it didn't take much to get to the pressed wood part and the bubbles were slowly smoothing out . . . or so I thought.  I had to paint 4 layers of the chalky paint on for good coverage, and even that was not that great, but I thought it was passable.  Once it was thoroughly dried, you could still see bubbles, even though I sanded it down REALLY good.
I don't believe you can actually see the bubbles in the painted photo, but believe me, they are there.  Not a huge deal because I have a pretty lace runner to put over it.
At the very bottom of the dresser where the wood is cut into 'waves', you can see what appears to be white areas (you might have to click on photo for better view) - this is where the pressed wood was literally crumbling, and sanding it only made it worse, so I had to paint over it.  It bothers me, but probably no one else would notice it.

I originally bought Americana Decor Soft-Touch Varnish for the top sealing coat, and  that worked fine on the shelves that I repainted.  It was suggested to me that instead I should apply Minwax Polycrylic as that would give me more protection since the drawers will be touched and opened and closed on a daily basis.  Would also help against scratching if things were moved around on top of the dressers.  So..... on the 2 drawers that go in this table, I applied thin coats of the Minwax with a sponge brush.  I allowed them to dry 3 hours and they looked streaky and it looked like I missed MANY spots/areas and I KNOW I was thorough.  I get on the computer and start looking for answers.  One was to use a brown paper bag like very fine sandpaper and rub lightly across the  topcoat, wipe off with clean white T-shirt.  I then reapplied the Minwax with a brush.  I let completely dry and went to take a look and  THESE 2 brownish marks were NOT here before I applied the Minwax. ARRRGGHHHH

 I am just so frustrated.  I could NEVER refurbish furniture for a living!!  I'm going to let the drawers 'cure' for 24 hours whatever that means and then rub down again and see if there is any difference.  In the meantime I haven't yet applied any to the cabinet itself.   As my paternal grandma used to say  when she was having a bad day "Give me strength".