Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Be Our Guest

I am in the process of redoing my guest bedroom. This will be the first of several posts to come with some of my DIY projects.
I'm starting by sharing this antique vanity mirror makeover. 
There's a long, sad story about how the mirror got separated from the vanity, but I'll spare you the details. Anyway, in the sad saga, the mirror fell off of the wooden back.
 I didn't need a mirror in the guest room, but saw potential for something awesome using the back. So, I removed the paper that was behind the mirror and began painting the wood with the color Fluff, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
 If you've ever painted on cherry or mahogany, you may have had what is known as 'bleed through'. The tannins in these woods will sometimes cause spots to appear through the paint.
 I stopped painting when I saw these pesky spots appear and grabbed the Boss. It stops both bleed through as well as odors. Once the Boss was on the entire piece, I finished painting.
 I added the phrase, "be our guest" by printing out the words and transferring them onto the piece with graphite paper. I filled the transferred letters in using the color, Caviar.


 I added three large hooks to the bottom of the piece.
 The hooks didn't come with screws and the ones I had were silver, so I painted over the screws with more of the Caviar.
 Now I have the perfect place for our guests to hang their coats, robes, purses, etc.

I thought this was going to be my favorite project in the guest room, but wait until you see the next one!
Stay tuned.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Reunited With Re*design


It's yard sale season! Here in the South you can find a yard sale almost any weekend year 'round, but Spring & Summer are jam packed with them. 
I recently picked this chair up at a yard sale given by a woman who owns an antique store. The veneer on the back was missing, but I didn't mind because I was planning to paint it anyway.
 While I was paying, another woman who is a vendor at the antique store that the other lady owns, told me that she had the same chair at her house and she'd be happy to sell it at the same price. I said, "sold" so she ran home and  got it. It had some of the veneer on the back, but it was in bad shape!


I removed all the veneer...
 I painted each chair with the color Vintage Duck Egg from the Dixie Belle Paint Company and glazed them with the color Van Dyke Brown. I recovered each seat with fabric that I had in my attic.
I was excited to try out the Re*Design With Prima image transfers on my freshly painted chairs.

This set of transfers included 8 designs. I took this one and cut the flower into two parts and also cut the words into two sections.
The transfers are so easy to use... just place the design onto the painted surface and rub with an applicator provided with the transfer.
Doing this made the chairs match but not be exactly the same.


Reunited and it feels so good!







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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Trinkets From The Sea

 It’s that time of year when we start planning our beach vacations. Some of you may be at the beach for this Memorial Day weekend. Do you collect shells on your beach trips, then get home and don’t know what to do with them? This DIY trinket dish will make your larger shells both beautiful and useful. 

Here's what you'll need...
Seashell
Patterned Napkin or Tissue Paper
ModPodge
Paintbrush
Metallic Sharpie Marker
Adhesive Back Half Pearls

If you visit the Gulf Coast, chances are you won’t find a shell big enough for this project. However, you can order baking shells, like the ones I used here, online. They work perfectly for a trinket dish and are inexpensive.


When using a patterned napkin, separate the layers until you are left with just the top layer of paper. Coat the shell with ModPodge, then lay the napkin or tissue paper onto the shell. Use a paintbrush to gently press the paper into the grooves in the shell. Allow to dry, then add another coat of ModPodge to the shell. Let dry.




Gently tear the excess paper away from the shell.

Use a Sharpie marker to add a border to the shell. I used a metallic gold.


To make the trinket dish more stable, add three adhesive back half pearls (found in the scrapbook section of the craft store) to the bottom of the shell.





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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Coffee Mug DIY

 Most of us begin our day with a cup of coffee. Whether black, with cream, sugar, or even a little cinnamon, we each have our favorite. Why not create a coffee mug that is as unique to you as your own special blend?
 Supplies:
Mug
Computer
Printer
Printer Paper
Carbon Paper
Scissors
Pencil
Sharpie Oil Paint Pens
Tape
Rubbing Alcohol

Clean the coffee mug with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or oils.

Using your computer, design what you’d like the mug to say, then print what you create. Cut around the saying to make it fit easily onto the mug. Cut the carbon paper to the same or slightly larger size.

 Tape the carbon paper to the mug, then tape the paper with the saying over the carbon paper.


Trace over the letters with a sharp pencil. Lift the paper occasionally to make sure the letters are transferring properly.



 Once you have traced over all the letters, remove the papers and fill in the transferred letters with an oil based Sharpie Paint Pen. 


Use a different color paint pen to add dots to the mug. Use a Q-tip and nail polish remover to clean up any mistakes.



Place the mugs in a cold oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees. Once the oven reaches 350 degrees, let the mugs bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the mugs to cool completely in the oven. This will make the design more durable. However, the oil based Sharpie Paint Pens are water proof but not dishwasher safe, so hand washing is recommended.






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