August 31, 2017

A bathroom reno

I'm finishing typing this as the rains from hurricane Harvey start up again.  I've not seen so much rain over a 2 day period ever.  Two hours one direction is complete devastation and one hour the other direction has had barely an inch of rain.  I started on this post over a week ago- and well- Life happens.  Please don't think this post trivial in light of everything that is happening around us- I ask that you cover the eastern half of Texas in prayer- We are showing a transformation here- and I know in the worst of times we see the best come out of people.  God has a way of working in us to transform us- in all situations.

Have you ever seen how a door knob can make a hole in a sheet-rocked wall- kind of like it got punched?? I have this first photo to show you... it's taken from a little bit of a distance... but none the less- a hole in the wall..

So a while back I had the cutest client ask about updating a bathroom- hard to say no to this one.

A Bathroom Reno/update was much needed for this room- according to the homeowner it was only 1 of 2 rooms that had not had Any paint put on it's walls since purchasing the home 17 years ago!!!  Meaning the rest of the house has had color put on the walls!

This tiny bathroom has 5 Doors in it---- 5!!!!!  Roughly 36 sq feet with a door on every wall and 2 on one of the walls!

From these pics you can see that new trim was about to go up- that was a must! The owner wanted a bit of a 'farmhouse' feel like what she had grown up with at her grandparents home.
The wall with 2 doors...
As you can see- tone on tone- very very plain... Not very indicative of this homeowner.  The above photo gives you peek of the next room with turquoise/green paint on the wall.
Little bit dated here- giant mirror taking up the entire wall- and a random vanity top that was angled to the corner of the wall.... Not sure what the builder was thinking on this one.

Nothing had been painted- but the homeowner did have some neat silver custom drawer/cabinet pulls. Mirrored back 3 light above the mirror- not very farmhouse feel going on.....

Since all the door and baseboard trim was out- next......Down comes the mirror- actually kind of popped of... little scary! And bye bye vanity top!!!

Now- here come the goods.....

 Brand spankin new Shiplap..... Plain pine..... Left over from a job a contractor in town finished.  I spoke for it, a cast iron sink and an unused light fixture! Then I got in touch with it, or a hold of - and

stained it.... Dark Walnut and grey and pecan... I was mixing stain all over the boards!

Next came a dry scraping on of paint.... the antique white color...  Enough to cover the board- but not to cover all of it... There must be some of the dark color left to give it a good aged feel.

I cannot resist color- so 2 were scraped with Junk Gypsy Paint in Granny's Cornbread, Wanderlust and Free Range. Not really the customers idea though.......

So after some sanding and another layer you only catch a 'hint' of those pretty bright colors.  The idea was to make it look like aged shiplap that had been on a wall for years and years......

Fairly certain I was able to get that look accomplished!  At least to the customers liking!!!!

Using Junk Gypsy Paint was just the touch it needed along with a crackle paint technique I think I've 'perfected' over the last few months.  These two whites are just enough different on the shades to see it when looking! Buttermilk biscuit and Dreamcatcher were the 'go to' colors for this!

 Yes, Yes- Getting closer to the look they wanted!  I hand picked each board for where it would be placed and to what point it would be cut- You cannot have shiplap cut at the exact same spot on every row...... no no- it must be different!  The vanity top came from wood that had been rafters in a house and previous to that they had been barn rafters..... Nice and aged!  You can see the black marks along the front- that is where the square nails were pulled out.
A solid cast iron sink straight off an old trailer bed from a contractors previous house renovation- quite perfect for this bathroom!

 Cabinets... Well that light pine color wasn't quite the Farmhouse feel the client was going for....


 So again I opened Junk Gypsy Paint in Buttermilk Biscuit and Dreamcatcher- really a good combo for a farmhouse feel.  After two coats and a once over with the clear coat they were ready to go back up.

Oh- And super cute hardware...  Hobby Lobby had a sale 50% off on hardware and the clients picked these pretty glass knobs for the drawers and sturdy pulls for the cabinets- I think they did a great job!!!!  I was in love even more now!

My carpenter put a bar top finish on this counter-top- just what wood needs in a bathroom!

 Getting there..... by this point I was in love with the shiplap wall and wanted to do my bathroom wall in it!!!! 

 The beveled glass mirror was pulled carefully from an old shed months ago-- just waiting for it's new life! I love it when I can put finds to use for customers!

 Most perfect door header purchased from Jill Suzanne during Warrenton in the fall.  Again- another piece that I'm so happy worked for this client... Scraping it to have some wood showing amongst the original paint works very well in this room!
Oh- and did I mention my carpenter is awesome?!  I gave him this old piece of 'venting' from a smoke pipe and also gave him my vision for a light fixture... a few days later he showed up with this-- Exactly what I wanted!!!!  (I'm sure venting is not the correct word- feel free to email and correct me.) This piece has the Perfect amount of rust and galvanized combination- a little spray of clear coat and it was ready to go!

Ready for the 'Reveal'   --- I have a picture of the client seeing it all for first time- but they didn't want me to show them.....


 Pretty Awesome compared to where it started!!!!

Oh- and in the mirror--- do you see that neat steely grey color-- that is at the bottom 3 ft of the other walls in this tiny room- and then a nice 'chair rail molding' to cover up where the hole in the sheet rock was!  This really finished it off and gives a dressier farmhouse feel!

I was loving this reno when I remembered a sign I had purchased from Sisters Treasures 
a while back.  This is one of those old County Fair Carnival looking signs- from when they were all hand-painted.  This one is quirky in the way the hand is upside down of sorts- but it is fun and unique and different- much like the rest of this little room now!

So there is the finishing touch on the little Bathroom with 5 doors that has a totally new/old look. God can do the same with us!  He can peel back the old- in this case the baseboards and door trim and put on a new exterior when we come to have life with him!  When we transition to this new life we renovate our previous life and discard some of the things that aren't pleasing to God.  We do this not because we 'have to' but because we 'want to' in order to show Him to others.  We should be like the mirror in the above photo and reflect 'Him' to all we come in contact with.  As the storm continues may we be able to share God's love through helping hands in our communities or those around you affected from this storm.

One renovation at a time.....

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August 14, 2017

Vintage on Main

Big News....

Rusted Gingham is now selling Junk Gypsy paint in more than one location!!!  Yes- We've added a Great place for other fellow crafty diy'ers to get their favorite Chalk and Clay paint!

We Love being able to partner with Junk Gypsy Paint and retail this fabulous blend of Chalk and Clay paint in 18 different colors!  The transformations that happen with furniture and special projects  are quite stunning!

This picture shows a china cabinet that had already been painted in a type of chalk paint. The owner of the store I've moved paint into asked if I wanted to use this for my display- my answer was a bit- let's say- Hasty.  'YES' is what I told her!

So yesterday after church I drove down to this little spot- It's one of my favorite little Texas towns.....

Her husband graciously (and I do mean graciously) took the cabinet apart and I assisted him wheeling it to where I was going to paint it (up the block!)

For some reason Junk Gypsy 'Flower Child' was calling my name on this piece... so I opened it up and started painting. The back splash that is- you can kind of tell this muddled splattered goldish effect that was going on with the back of the cabinet.  I didn't think that would highlight the paint very well. 
Well, once I got the lower back covered in the Flower Child I had an inspiration hit- Why not Ombre the back with pinkish shades....SO, I painted over the bottom layer with the newest color in the Junk Gypsy paint line- ' Guadalupe Sunrise' My goodness- she is a pretty color!  Next layer was Flower Child and topped it off with Gypsy Prom.  The color in this picture makes the Guadalupe look orange which it isn't... It lends itself to more of a coral.

Here she is in more of a natural setting so you can see her true color--- this is an old mirror frame that I painted as soon as the new color was delivered! 

Back to the China Cabinet-  the Ombre fade in before mentioned colors- it Totally Changed the way it looked!

So I did not take any of my 'artist' meaning little detail brushes with me- nor did I take any painters tape..... I had a 2" chip brush- handy dandy little things, I use them all the time.

Here is the finished product.... I left the aforementioned white paint and took time with Junk Gypsy 'Rebel Child' (black) to make the details of the cabinet really pop!  I think it kinda went from drab to fab- But I'm sure there are some of you freaking out that I painted over the white! The walls in this place are a cream color so the white wouldn't have looked too great.

No- She isn't for sale- it belongs to the owner and is a full on display piece.... And here she is at work displaying all the great paint colors....
The paint cans look awesome in her!  I think she needs a name---

So, would you like to know where else you can now purchase Junk Gypsy Chalk and Clay Paint besides Main Street Marketplace ........

Here we are------

Vintage on Main-- 108 E Main in Cuero, Texas!!!!! 

I met the ladies of this adorable store when they first became vendors at Barn Sale several years ago. They've come every year and love it.  There are other vendors in this store that have been accepted to the Barn Sale as well- you will NOT be disappointed! 

Mom, sweet girl and I have made many trips to this little town shopping the day after Thanksgiving- we DO NOT do big city shopping- we like to Shop Small- A-L-L the time if we possibly can!!!! There are a lot of great stores in Cuero- sweet owners and restaurants with delicious food.... If you are ever in the area take time to shop and eat your way around!

So if you are south of Gonzales and need paint- head over to Vintage on Main Cuero you might just find another project to paint while you are there!

Thanks to each of you for supporting my business over the past few years- if it weren't for each of you Rusted Gingham could not be what it is!  Keep painting friends!


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June 19, 2017

Summer Paint Class Schedule!

Hey y'all- It's full blown sum sum Summer time here in Central Texas!

We've coordinated the calendar with Main Street Marketplace in Downtown Gonzales, Texas-- and we have 3 dates booked for Paint your own Project Piece classes!!!

Open your calendar, write the dates down- call the store to book your spot- Space is limited!
830*519*4023  cost is only $20--- and for those of you that need some paint while you are there... well, I always offer a discount on the Two brands that I carry!  Junk Gypsy Chalk & Clay paint along with the Bungalow 47 Chalk & clay paint!!

 We've had SO M-U-C-H fun the past 2 classes!  Also- we've had kids join us- last class we had ages 7, 11 & 12 along with adults of varying ages!

 I enjoy teaching first timers- this little guy was a true first timer!!!

These ladies were working hard to get the right look for their pieces!  Each of them used Buttermilk Biscuit by Junk Gypsy paint!

 This little guy wanted 'Rusty Turquoise' for his project--- I loved that description!!!!

this young lady painted a piece she purchased that afternoon at Main Street!!  An old cutlery stand turned night stand!

This lady joined us from the Texas Jr. High Rodeo Finals at JB Wells Park in Gonzales, Texas!  She helped her sister get the outside of this media cabinet painted the perfect American Dream by Junk Gypsy!  Down low- this sweet 'tween' of a girl was focused on getting her new/old desk (that she had bought the day before at Main Street Marketplace) a new finish in Happy Camper by Junk Gypsy paint!

  A few of the 'finished' project pieces by our happy Painters!  I'm so excited to be able to share this with all of you- It is such a fun way to get a project piece painted!  I love hearing the chatter amongst attendees and the compliments and suggestions that go around too!
So- Here are the dates.... Wear paint clothes! ;-) And-- when you call to book your spot please tell the ladies what you plan to bring so we can account for space!

See you soon!!!

Saturday June 24th 10a-1pm  (Bring snacks and drinks!!!!)

Sunday July 23rd- 2p- 5pm (bring drinks and snacks if you need 'em!)

Wednesday August 16th -5p-8pm Pre back to school Wine Wednesday Paint Class
   (bring your favorite wine and glass!)  We will plan to have some snacks!

Go ahead- dig out that project piece that you said you'd get painted this summer and come downtown to paint with us!!!!

Treats- Suzanne

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April 19, 2017

Paint your own Project Piece!

Hey Y'all!!  I'm so Excited to Announce this----
Main Street Marketplace in downtown Gonzales has Expanded!  The head honcho of the cool little Vintage/Antique/Handmade shop where we have our paint and some of our vintage GoOds has acquired the building next door, knocked out part of the wall and doubled the size for your shopping pleasure!

In addition..... there is a dedicated craft/painting room in the back!  Yeppers- you heard it!

 ZAC's room we just might call it!
This room is still getting some attention... so forgive the bit of extras in the pictures! But just know that the brick wall may very well stay that way!

SO, mark your calendars-
The last Saturday of this month- April 29th we will be hosting a First Ever- Paint your own Project Piece!  Yes, Yes- that cute little side table you bought for $10 at a yard sale 2 years ago that you haven't done anything with yet, or that gorgeous frame that 'needs some love' or the 2 chairs you salvaged from the neighbors trash pile at the end of their driveway.... You know, all the little pieces you've wanted to paint but haven't made time to- or are too scared to try.  Well- Now is your time!

Call to book your spot- 830-519-4023, and to let us know what type of piece you will be bringing to paint!  You can also head to Main Street Marketplace sometime in the next few days to find that just special piece if you don't have something in mind already!

  Super easy to find this great building in Downtown Gonzales!  A cool thing about the day is the class will be from 10a- Noon!  So when you are finished with your little project piece you and your friends that come with you can walk to one of 6 restaurants all just a block away in different directions in downtown!
It's only $20 to book your spot!  In addition to that I will have a discount on all paint - Junk Gypsy paint and Bungalow 47 paint- and paintbrushes purchased for the class and on any you want to buy to take home as well! It will be a fun morning!  Bring your go-go juice of choice... coffee, smoothie, water, coke etc- We will get busy right from the start! 
If you have a favorite paintbrush go ahead and bring it- otherwise we will have some for use! Come enjoy all the treasures that Main Street has to offer while making one of yours even more special with a new coat of paint!

Get your Paint On....

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