Sunday, July 20, 2014

Random Chair

I found this chair in the garbage. I think you could tell--right?
Besides the shredded fabric, it was a little wobbly. To fix that, I jammed a popsicle stick between the leg and the base of the chair from underneath. Once I got it in far enough to stop the wobble, I broke it off--you can't even see it.

I always have some fabric scraps laying around that I pick up at garage sales for cheap and I had this awesome ticking fabric that was heavy weight. I matched the paint color to it and this is what I came up with:
I couldn't believe I knew the fabric was called ticking. The word came into my head and I Googled it to make sure I was right. I guess some of the 1,795,048,631 things my mom told me in my life actually stuck in my head!
She would be proud.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Two In A Row

This table was the coffee table version of the table I did here.  
I painted it with one coat of the same blue/grey oops paint mixed into homemade chalk paint, distressed and waxed with the dark wax "glaze" technique

I sanded down the top and stained it with Minwax Dark Walnut and finished with a coat of wipe on poly.
I just noticed the swirl detail looks like a handlebar mustache!
When I am working on smaller pieces, I like to work on multiple pieces so while one is drying, I start on the next. By the time I am done painting the second piece, the first one is dry and ready for their second coat.
I used the same paint on this table (two coats) and distressed. You could see a little bleed through on the top so I finished with the dark wax "glaze" technique so it would blend in.
I like to be able to get so much accomplished. I was able to get both these tables done in one day!

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Green Dresser with Wood Appliques

I remember the word magpie from the movie Lucas (the 80's had the best movies). It just popped into my head as to how I was going to describe the makeover of this dresser.
I couldn't have created this makeover without being a magpie (the second definition--not the first). I certainly chat idly, just ask my husband, but I also do a lot of collecting as an avid garage sale-er. The things I collect are of little use or value until I am able to use them to create. And create I did...

  • The dresser itself is part of my furniture stash. I got it for free at a garage sale a few weeks ago.
  • The hardware replacements I had I also got at a garage sale for $.25 each. 
  • The paint is part of a stash of oops and Sherwin Williams samples I can't stop buying.
  • Finally the wood appliques I used to add character, but also cover up hidden damage that was behind to original hardware.
    • I got the wood appliques at Michaels last year when they were having a clearance. I think I paid $.39 for a pack of three.
I painted it two coats of Green Spout color from Sherwin Williams, distressed it and waxed it with Minwax Finishing Paste.
I stripped the top and stained it along with the wood appliques Minwax Dark Walnut.
I used wood glue to hold the appliques in place (you can see a little at the bottom of the photo since it was still drying) and then added the white ceramic knobs.
It's a combination of a bunch of different things I had and I love what it added up to!

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Acetone Image Transfer

I read that you can transfer a photocopy image onto wood with acetone. This intrigued me as I wanted alternative transfer method besides using Mod Podge since it shows the paper.
I chose to try the method on this table I got at an auction for $1.

I won a few samples of American Paint Company clay/chalk paint from a blog giveaway. I used the Beach Glass color and it took two coats to cover the table.

This paint is much different than homemade chalk paint. It is thicker and needs 24 hours to dry between coats. You need to wait the 24 hours otherwise the first coat comes off while you try to paint the second coat.

Once it was dry, I used this mason jar image to transfer to the table top.

  • I did this outside away from the house. Acetone STINKS!
  • I placed the image, ink side down, on the table top and then taped the corners down with painters tape to keep the image from shifting.
  • Used a piece of paper towel that I kept soaking with the acetone and wet the paper. You can see the image once the paper is wet to know where you have gone over.
  • It is best not to move the paper at all until you are done as you take the chance you shift it.
  • Try not to wet your paint directly with the acetone or soak the paper too much, it will melt the paint off.
And here is my result!
It doesn't completely transfer the ink, so unless you go over it with a Sharpie, it will be very rustic looking.
But I love the way it came out! I always distress my pieces, so for the image to be rustic and not perfect makes total sense.
My thoughts on this technique:
  • You can do this on any color paint because all that transfers is the ink, not the actual paper (like what happens with the Mod Podge transfer). 
  • It only worked with copies from Staples, not printouts from my laser jet (definitely not from an ink jet).
  • Did I mention the acetone stinks? Like even worse than ammonia and the smell lingers, so do it outside--far from your house.
  • Always practice on something else first. I learned my lesson the hard way. It just takes a few minutes to paint a scrap piece of wood while you are painting your main piece to give the technique a try.
  • I bought a quart of acetone from Lowes for about $7.50, but I think you could test it out with nail polish remover if you don't want to invest in the quart.

I hope I have inspired someone to give this technique a try.

You can see where I used the same Mason Jar image, but applied it with Mod Podge over on The Pin Junkie.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mustard Yellow Hutch

I have only painted this desk in mustard yellow in the past. It is one of my most popular posts, so I wanted to use the color again someday.

I thought it would be perfect for this hutch I got at a flea market for $4! I got it just as it started to rain and the flea market closed down. 
I painted it with two coats of mustard yellow milk paint from The Old Fashioned Milk Co. It is their Safe Paint that is actually meant for walls so you do not have to add a bonding agent or worry about chipping.
I sanded the paint to smooth it and distressed it as well. I also changed the door knobs to ceramic ones, but left the drawer pulls.
The top was a little beat up, but I stripped it anyway and stained it with AS dark wax. It looks so soft with the yellow.
This milk paint is wonderful to work with. It already has so much depth in the paint, but when you distress you get even more. It also sticks to metal so I was able to paint right over the hinges.

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