Sunday, February 21, 2021

Copper Patina Chalkboard DIY

 I love the shape of this wooden board from Signopoly, so I ordered some to make signs...

But, when I first unboxed them, I thought they'd also make great chalkboards. They're the perfect size for a kitchen. And, the outer portion was perfect for making the chalkboard unique with Dixie Belle Paint Company's Patina Collection.

Caviar was the perfect color for my chalkboard, & the patina paint needs a base coat of paint, so I gave the entire board a coat of Dixie Belle's chalk mineral paint color, Caviar. 

Before adding more coats of Caviar to complete the chalkboard, I painted the outer section of the chalkboard with Copper Patina Paint. 
I painted one coat of the patina paint & let it dry. Then I painted a second coat, & while it was wet, I sprayed it with the Green Patina Spray. There are metal particles in the paint that react with the spray to create the patina.
The reaction between the patina paint & spray begins to happen right away, but can take up to 6 hours to finish reacting.

Once I had sprayed the patina paint, I completed the chalkboard section. I wiped off any spray that was on the Caviar paint. To create a chalkboard with chalk mineral paint, I painted 3 coats of Caviar allowing time to dry between each coat. The first coat was vertical, the second was horizontal, & the third was vertical.

Once the paint was dry, I conditioned the chalkboard by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the Caviar. This will prevent a halo being left behind each time you erase the chalkboard.

Once I had conditioned the chalkboard, I wiped it back with a rag.
As an afterthought, I added a Scrabble tile tray to hold the chalk. I have since made another chalkboard with the patina that creates rust & I glued the tray on before I painted.

I love the look of the copper patina!
In the end, I didn't hang the chalkboard in my kitchen. I hung it by my front door. I have a doormat that says, "I hope you brought wine" & I thought this was appropriate...

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Quilted Clover


I love changing my front door for every season. So, I was very excited when I received this 4 leaf clover from Signopoly. I'm only a wee bit Irish, but I still love to decorate for St. Patrick's Day.

There are grooves cut into the wood, so I painted some of the sections with the color, Limeade, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.

Dixie Belle has a new line of silkscreen stencils in their Belles & Whistles line. This was the perfect project to try them out on. I chose to use the Mandala set. Each pack comes with 3 sheets of stencils. There are several designs on each sheet & you get approximately10-12 uses out of each one.

 I placed the sticky side down over the Limeade when it was dry, & stenciled on the color, Evergreen.

The silkscreen gives you a nice crisp design.

My plan was to use the stencil in random places, but I loved it so much that I decided that every section would get stenciled! So I continued on.

I painted the remaining sections with Evergreen & the Moonshine Metallics color, Gold Digger.

When using the metallic, it works best with a similar color underneath as a base. So, I used the color Colonel Mustard before painting Gold Digger. However, I did not need a base color when I used it on the stencil.

Do you decorate your door for every season?

While I was at it, I used the Limeade, Evergreen, & Gold Digger, along with the color Daisy to do a paint pour on another clover. And, of course, I added a little green & gold glitter to this one.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Trucking Into February

 The Christmas wreaths are put away, and now it's time to think about Valentine's Day.

This adorable door hanger was so fun & easy to make. And, I got to try out something new... cutting veneer with my Cricut!

I started with 2 large wooden tags. I painted one with the color, Fluff, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company. I downloaded an SVG file from ETSY of a truck filled with hearts, & cut a vinyl stencil using my Cricut Maker.

I used the colors Barn Red & Caviar on the stencil.

While the paint dried, I covered the other tag with a buffalo check paper napkin.

I used my Cricut Maker to cut out the word, love, using veneer.

I also cut strips with the veneer to make rails on the truck.

I glued the love onto the tag covered with the napkin...

I added a simple bow at the top...
Now I'm trucking into February with a super cute door!

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Coffee Bean Makeover

No, I'm not actually making over a coffee bean. As interesting as that would be, I'm giving a pair of French Provincial end tables a makeover using the color, Coffee Bean, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.

This pair of tables looked as though the veneer had been removed and then the tables were stained. The tops were scratched and they were just ugly!

I painted them with 2 coats of Coffee Bean...
I love the hardware that comes on French Provincial pieces so I definitely wanted to keep it. I scrubbed them with a toothbrush & some baking soda, rinsed them well, then used my finger to rub on some Gilding Wax in the color, Hammered Copper.

I also added gilding wax to the raised areas of the drawers.
Before & after...

Coffee Bean is a great color... it's not quite black & not quite brown. A beautiful combination of the two.

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