Hi, My name is Cynthia, I am a decorator and My blog is called A Button Tufted Life...
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I am so happy to be visiting here at Sweet Song Bird today.
I am sharing my DIY Beachy Buoys project!
I hope you like them!
Living in a coastal town we see great nautical inspired decor... I spied some beachy looking buoys and wanted to try my hand at making some.
I wanted to use what we had available.
We had some cedar logs in the backyard so that's what we started with.
Kent, my handsome hubby cut the logs with a chain saw, first he cut the point then shaped the sides to a rough square. ( I would like to take this time to say that at no point did I touch the chain saw...anyone that knows me realizes the logic of this decision, enough said.)
Then he cut to length. We went with about 15-18 inches.
Random is the key, you don't want them to look too perfect.
We painted the rough surface with a good primer, then gave them a coat of white paint.
After that I freehand painted the stripes. I didn't worry about being to neat, it looks more interesting and folky that way.
Kent drilled a hole big enough to put a 1/2" rope through. ( no, I did not touch the drill either! )
After the stripes were good and dry we sanded back some of the paint exposing areas of raw wood.
This gave a nice soft worn look to them. You could do this step by hand if you didn't have a palm sander.
Finally we put rope through and tied them off.
I think they are fun, nautical and beachy!
My favorite thing about them is how rough and folky they turned out.
What do you think? Cute? Kitch or crap?
I am so excited for Spring, getting out in the garden... sitting on the patio... How about you? Are you ready for Spring to Spring?
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