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Feb 15, 2021

Using Tattered Angels Water-Based Wood Tints, Thrifting Scores! Simple Classic Chili


Using Tattered Angels Water Based-Wood Tint-
The new snow is melting a bit and birds are out in force! I put out some food this morning-

And my November bulb finally bloomed! Almost like a touch of Spring! 

I never got around to posting this project so this is a good time. I bought a Ikea Moppe little chest online several months ago. I sat it aside because I wasn't quite sure what to do with it-

I thought about painting it or staining it or something else? I was in Hobby Lobby where I ran across this product that I never seen before. It's Tattered Angels Color Wash Tint, which is water-based!!!

It comes in lots of different colors and I suddenly thought that might be the perfect solution! I wanted something sheer, so the wood grain would show,  but something with a little bit different finish. This was just the ticket! For $3.00 a bottle I bought two figuring that would be enough, which it was. I have about 3/4 of a bottle left. So here's how you use the tint and I have to say I really love the way it came out. The pictures don't really do it justice. First I chose the Weathered Copper Verdigris color. It's green with very fine Copper powder mixed in. No odor, simple soap cleanup. First I laid out some scrap wood and did a test drive-

I did one coat, then the top section with 2 coats. Didn't like the 2 coats mode personally.

Nice and sheer!

Note the Copper powder

I laid out plastic bags to paint on top of. With the Copper powder you need to keep stirring and mixing!
This project was so simple I'm not going to put a lot of directions here. Basically the manufacturer recommends using a brush, so do not use a sponge brush, but one with bristles. I found with the Copper powder you don't want to over-brush or you move the powder around too much. Just let it soak in. So basically you want to use a light hand. I used about a 2" wide craft brush, and clean up is a breeze since it's just soap and water!

Here we go-

I did all the sides, in case I decided to add knobs or pulls later-

Since it is a water-based tint the manufacturer recommends using some kind of a polyurethane sealer, which I did. I used clear Varathane with a satin finish. I did use a sponge brush, because I didn't want to have to use mineral spirits to clean up. It didn't seem to affect the tinted finish at all, Copper powder stayed put. Dried in a hour or less, but a little smelly. I had to do indoors since it was so cold out- 

Love it!!!

Cute ceramic mitten napkin holder! $2.00!

Thrifting Scores! 
We dropped off some donations a few days ago, and scored some fun things! First  I found a set of four prints, oak frames, nice matting! $1.00 each, about 9" by 9". Two frames had a little wear, Old English took care of that! Will probably put over the dining table in the summer, in a grid- 

The clerk put them in a nice, new (donated) insulated bag! Free! She said she didn't want the prints to break, how sweet of her-

Three piece Pier One stoneware condiments containers, made in Portugal, $4.00-

Two new stocking holders for the Grandson's stockings, $2.00 each-

Some fabric Union Jack British flags, for a special project soon (more later), $3.00-

Mini bunting, $5.00 from Etsy-

Lot of yellow goodies, from Ebay, $5.00

Simple, Classic Chili-
Usually I make veggie chili, but was ready for something different. I made this on a cold, snowy afternoon, perfect! Here's a basic recipe I used, and you could use black beans instead, or ground turkey. You could add bell peppers, Jalapenos, etc. 


1 TBL Olive oil, 1 medium white onion diced, 1 pound lean ground beef

2 1/2 TBL Chili powder (or to taste), 2 TBL Ground Cumin, 1 TBL Garlic powder, 

1 1/2 TSP Salt, 1/4 TSP ground Cayenne pepper to taste, 1 TSP Chipotle powder to taste

1 1/2 cups beef broth, 1 -15 oz. can  diced tomatoes, 1- 16 oz. can Kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 TBL tomato paste

Add oil, meat and onion to pot, brown, then add spices, beans and tomatoes. Next add broth and the paste, cook down. Adjust flavors as needed. I doubled this to freeze some.   


Judy said...

Cant wait to try that chili. Looks delicious. Looks like you did well on finding some great finds at thrifting.

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks Judy! Is great with some salad and corn bread or chips. Thanks for stopping by!

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