I was invited to lead a very fun Artisan Workshop. I made some new friends at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Madison Indiana during the Artisan Workshop. My cousin Terry went with me, and we enjoyed making new friends and seeing old friends whom we had worked with during the Women Build event previously.
We arrived Friday at noon, and stayed overnight so we could be back early Saturday morning.
Madison Indiana ReStore
When we got there, we did some shopping and looking. This ReStore is different than the ones we have here in Louisville. There is the main store, then there are some outbuildings. They currently are working with the historic society and selling some really nice and old architectural pieces including doors, windows, corbels, etc. The chairs and the crown pieces were in the regular building supplies building. Did you notice the patina on that door? Beautiful!
We also did some dumpster diving.
Two ladies were painting window frames as Lisa and Travis were cutting some trim on the miter saw.
On day 2 the windows had scenes traced on them and painted. They turned out so pretty, even though they weren’t completely finished at the end of the day.
You can see that these ladies were hard at work on their projects. Debbie and her mom working on the windows, while Cherie on the right is designing some shelves in an old display piece. She plans to use it in her kitchen as a spice rack.
Kreg Jig winner at Madison Indiana ReStore
One of them was lucky enough to win the Kreg Jig!
I love how Debby and her mom’s windows turned out! I can’t draw, but after seeing how they traced their scenes, then painted them, there might be hope for me!
Happy and her daughter Katie also worked on windows. Happy’s large window is going in her kitchen as a large photo frame. Katie’s will be a multi-use memo using fabric, hardware cloth and more.
Happy was taping off her window, and Katie was looking at her Kreg Jig that she won! (her dad later claimed it)
More Window Projects
After making some repairs on her window, Katie painted it with some Krylon Ivy Green.
I think Happy was pleased with how her window was progressing!
Sandi on the right worked on a shutter that her daughter Gail is painting at the workshop held at Madison Indiana Restore.
I was showing Gail and Sandi a few waxing tips, so Sandi could choose the color she wanted on her light fixture. She painted the light fixture with Heirloom Traditions Black Bean. She chose to do a gray wax on it.
You can see that Sandi added an old brass light fixture to the top of a shutter. She plans to hang it in her kitchen.
Repurposed hutch project
Jerry, a volunteer (left) is helping Travis (employee) and Lisa try to figure out plans for her upside down hutch she got out of a dumpster.
This is actually the top of a hutch that needed a new piece of wood. Lisa will be using the top of the hutch as the bottom. After adding this piece of wood, she added feet using the technique I used on my cube organizer.
This is a better shot of Lisa’s hutch. This is how it was meant to be in it’s first life, but you can see she added a board where it use to rest on a cabinet. Remember it’s currently sitting upside down. When I first saw this hutch it was laying up on the table, with the top near me. I immediately said I would turn it upside down, using the dentil molding for the bottom of the new piece. She was thrilled with the idea, and ran with it.
Lisa used some diy chalky paint primer to give a pop of color on the inside, and some chalky primer mixed with black for the cabinet. It’s going to be such an awesome piece, with her only cost being the black paint.
Habitat for Humanity workshop
On Saturday Travis’ mom (background) and sister stopped by to work on some projects. This was a very country shelf, and they removed the country heart inserts to allow room for pictures. I love the cute little stars they added.
Travis’ mom is working on updating a coat rack she found in the dumpster. Both pieces got some Krylon colors, aren’t they fun?
Can you tell we had a good time?
This is Ann, she is the one that I was emailing with over the last month to set this all up. Thank you Ann and everyone for making this such a fun event.
I will share what I worked on in a later post. This post has been so long already. I hope that the participants will share pictures of their projects in their home. If they do, I will update this blog post.
As the event was winding down, there was a lot of chatter about doing this kind of workshop on a regular basis. Everyone had such a good time!
One last thank you to Cousin Terry for being my +1. It is always fun working with her on projects.