Painting Furniture Adventures

It’s not really a secret to people that know me. I LOVE to paint. I paint walls, paint furniture, paint signs…basically I paint all the things.

Here are some samples of furniture that I have painted:

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As you can see, I have a thing for turquoise obviously. Haha!

So when it came to this next project, I really didn’t know that I was going to feel so completely annoyed with the whole thing. I mean it had occurred to me, but I didn’t think that I would have “painters block” so bad. What is this extremely complicated item that I can’t possibly enjoy painting?

Stools. Three of them. They were black, they could have stayed black, but I wanted to paint them so they wouldn’t be so dark in the space they are going. So I got out the chalk paint and started painting.

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I am painting the bottom white and the top a sea foam color. These are both requiring many coats to cover the chairs, even with chalk paint. Along with the extra coats, it’s just tedious work. Yesterday was a turning point though, and things started to come together.

While I was doing the sanding, I was thinking about all the waxing that had to be done, and it literally made me groan. So, I researched what others had done to seal the paint, other than wax. I know that it’s faux pas to even consider anything other than wax, but, I just wanted to try. After some research I decided to try a clear spray coat. Off I went to our local hardware store and came out with two cans of this:

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I am feeling really good about the decision. I am also curious about how it will hold up over the course of months, and years. Since I already have a distressed look going, for these pieces, I don’t think that it will matter all that much.

After a blog post with so much complaining, sorry about that, I am here to tell you that it was all worth it!! They are complete and the family is rejoicing that I won’t be talking about stool painting any longer. Haha!

Here they are, in their early moments, enjoying their new life in our kitchen!

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Happy crafting…er….painting everyone!!

Cil

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For the love of chevron

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Since my last post, many have asked me how I did the chevron wall and made it look easy.  Well, that is what I am going to share with you today, and in fact, it is easy.  A bit time consuming, but anyone can do this 🙂

First I did as much research as possible.  That means a lot of googling and Pinteresting (is that even a word? lol)  Anyway, I took a few ideas from HERE and a few ideas from HERE and put them together to create the way that made the most sense to me.  So here we go!

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First, I found a 10″ x 10″ square (I happened to have a piece of corkboard from a previous project that was the perfect size) and a piece of chalk.  You draw the chalk onto the wall by tracing around the square.  This will make your grid.

Like so:

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The next step I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of, but here is an example from Radical Personality, click here.  She likes to put a lot of tape on.  I decided that I didn’t need all of that to know where to go, but to each there own.

Once the tape is on you will be able to see your chevron pattern more clearly.  Now this is the super duper “tricky” part.  Take the background paint and using a paint brush, paint the edges of just the side you are going to paint chevron.  Doing this fills all the little holes that you usually find after you remove painters tape.  Once the background tape is dry, go ahead and paint your chevron color in.  I did two coats, just to be sure I got all the parts.  I like to remove the tape as I go along.  This is a much disputed step, but I do it for two reasons.  #1. I just can’t wait to see it! Ha!  and #2.  It helps to make sure the paint doesn’t peel once it is all dried up.

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Then start removing your tape.

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Then you are all done!  So simple, but yet makes a huge statement.  I recently did this in my basement also:

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I hope that you are able to understand this and get some info from my research.

Happy Crafting!

Cil

Scratch your Valentine

So, I don’t know about all of you, but I love Pinterest.  It has been so fun finding new ideas and putting some of them into action!  For this project we used ideas from two different places, to create a unique Valentine’s Day card for the kids to give to their friends at school.

I had never thought that there would be a way to make your own scratch off “lottery ticket”, but you can.  I found the how-to on ArtMind.  You can click HERE to go to their site.  I was so excited and knew that I had to use it somehow.  I have businesses and know that I will use it for those also, but wanted to use it in a fun way…and so the valentine card was created.  Both kids thought it would be fun to do and that their friends would like them.  I created the card in my Creative Memories software (storybook creator), printed them off and followed the rest of the directions.

Then of course you have to have some kind of treat to go with, so as we sat around Saturday morning trying to think of something Pioneer Woman came on Food Network.  She is so great and I love following her because she loves life and does things in such a way that makes them simple.  She started a recipe with chocolate cookies.  You can get that recipe HERE.  Of course chocolate and Valentines Day seem to go together, so we decided to go with it!

After a lot of fun and a very messy house at the end of the day, we had some fun Valentine’s cards to pass out to friends!

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And there you have it.  If you haven’t found the Pinterest website yet check it out, you may find some new fun projects to do yourself!  You can follow me HERE.

Until next time…Carry on with your crafty self!

Cil