Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The French Fern

No, this isn't a post about gardening. 
It's about a French Provincial chest joining together with a beautiful botanical transfer to be transformed into something quite lovely.
I come across French Provincial pieces quite often.
But, I had never seen one like this with the dividers in the top section.

I also had never see one with bi-fold doors like this.

The piece had a shiny, slick finish, so I gave it a coat of Dixie Belle's, Slick Stick. It's the perfect primer for slick pieces. And anything that prevents me from having to sand is great!

That wasn't the only prep I had to do to this piece. I can usually anticipate when a piece might be prone to bleed through, but I didn't think it was going to happen here. As I finished a coat of the Dixie Belle color, Buttercream, I began to see spots, Then the whole piece turned a pale yellow. Yuck!
So, I grabbed the BOSS. It is great for not only preventing bleed through, but also for blocking odors on some of those stinky pieces of furniture.
After the BOSS was dry, I added 2 coats of Buttercream.

Have you ever had a piece of furniture that the first time you laid eyes on it you knew exactly what you wanted to do with it? That was what happened when I saw this chest. I saw it finished with Buttercream and the Fern Woods transfer from Prima.

 Once I finished painting, I waited 24 hours to add the transfer. I taped around the doors to keep the transfers in the reset areas only. 
I made each door a little different.

I painted the hardware with the color, Palmetto. While the paint was wet, I used a damp rag to wipe it back to expose some of the metal. It gave it a nice patina look.
 



Ooh la la!  The French & the fern go nicely together, don't you think?




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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Botanical Easter Eggs

If you've tried the Re*design With Prima transfers, then you know how addicting they can be. Lately I've been putting them on everything!
So, of course I had to put them on Easter eggs.

I picked up a dozen of these faux eggs at Michael's.
 I cut out some of the botanicals from the Fern Woods transfer.
 It only took about 5 minutes to rub them onto the eggs.

 I placed the eggs in a dough bowl that I filled with Spanish Moss.

 They're perfect in my Easter decor. But, since they're not pastel, I can incorporate them into my decor through the Summer.
While I was at it, I added some of the Fern Woods transfers to some IKEA lanterns. I told you they're addicting!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Clay Plant Markers

Spring is finally here! And that means we'll soon be planting our gardens.
 Herbs are some of the most rewarding plants to grow. They add beauty and fragrance to our garden. And, there’s nothing better than fresh picked herbs to add flavor to our food. 
I've shared some DIY plant markers in the past...

But, these may be the easiest yet to create...

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. 
Knead Sculpey oven bake clay until it is soft and easy to work with. Roll the clay out to 1/4 inch thickness.
Use cookie cutters to get the shapes you want.
Press metal skewers into the back of the clay.

Place the markers on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Press letter beads into the clay to spell out the herbs you'll be planting.
Bake the plant markers in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, leaving the skewers & beads in place. Don't worry... the beads won't melt.
Once baked, the skewers and beads are set firmly in place.


Stick the skewers into the dirt & watch your garden grow.



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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Rose & Rouge & The Midnight Sky


My friend, Cindy, & I have been wanting to collaborate on a piece of furniture. When we saw this piece, we knew she was the one.
Now, before you say how beautiful it is and that it shouldn't be painted, it looks to be in much better shape in the picture that it did in reality.

Cindy jump started the process by painting the piece with the Dixie Belle paint color, Midnight Sky. Then I started adding the Rose & Rouse transfer from Prima.
I started by adding the transfer to the reset sections of the top drawer. The transfers are so easy...just rub them on. 


 I highlighted the raised areas with Dixie Belle's Gilding Wax in the color Warm Gold. I just rubbed it on with my finger.
I also added the Gilding Wax to the drawer pulls to brighten them up. 
 There's an oval design on the bottom two drawers. I hand painted a little of the design to fill in the places that the transfer didn't fit into.
 Then I added more Gilding Wax to the raised design.


 Cindy & I added more of the Rose & Rouge transfer to the top back corner.

 Isn't she lovely?

 I think Cindy & I make a pretty good team! We're actually looking for our next piece to work on together. Stay tuned.


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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Roadside Rescue

Why do people throw furniture out on the side of the road? Not only are they littering, but there may be someone who could really use it. So why not donate it?
Maybe they know there are people like me who will stop & pick it up. I have also passed that habit on to my daughter. So, when she spotted this piece on the side of the road, she pulled the car over and we loaded it up!
 I had been looking for the perfect piece to use the French Ceramics II transfer from Re*design With Prima on and knew that this was it.
 I painted the cabinet with the color, Fluff, from The Dixie Belle Paint Company and added the transfer to the drawer and door fronts.
 I found the perfect knobs at Hobby Lobby to replace the original ones.

 I wonder... if I set this piece out on the road in the spot where it was discarded, would the people who threw it out stop and pick it up! We'll never know because I would never do that. 
Instead, it will go to a new home where it will be loved and appreciated.
A true trash to treasure!


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