Friday, December 9, 2016

Mandala: From A Table Top... For a Table Top (or wall!)

All you need is the Prosperity Mandala Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, and paint, one of those cheap round tables that have the three screw on legs. Without a doubt, you've passed by them at a garage sale for $1.  Anything more than a dollar at a garage sale and you are getting scammed! :)  I've come across some a time or two with missing legs.  BUY. THEM. ALL.  Cuz you can make some serious prettiness!!

Not sure the tables I'm talking about?  I'm embarrassed to show you this one... but yeah I did that.  On one of "those" tables:

Here's the stencil I used for this project: 

Mandala stencil design stenciled wood table mandalas

I have the 24" mandala stencil.  It's huge.  As you will notice if you look hard enough, the complete design is not on my cheap press board wood table top.  Cuz the big stencil hangs over the edges quite a bit.  No matter - that's the beauty of this big stencil!  You can just use the middle of it if you want!  Or the outside to frame something for that matter!  Now my creative juices are a flowin'... I think I'll go look for something to frame with that delicate scrolly Mandala edge.  Shall I put your picture in the middle?

If you use a foam roller - ALMOST DRY - you will have this design done in about 30 seconds!
Key here folks, is minimal paint!  Hence "almost dry" in all caps.

So I left the metal hardware on the bottom so it can sit on a table and be slightly elevated, so it's not direct wood-on-wood.  Awesome center piece!  I think I'll also add a hook to the back so it can be hung on a wall.  Hello to gorgeous round wall decor!

And before I go, here's one I did on old barn wood in white.  Pretty, pretty!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

The Deer Head Chair

The story of this chair isn't a real exciting one.  It came with a set of four.  I think I got them for a buck a piece (so it was only fitting to paint a "BUCK" on it, right?!)
I was flying down a country road when one flew out the back of the truck and then I had three, since I didn't notice it until it was too late.  

One by one, they've gotten an update, but it's taken years, my friend.  It sat in a barn, then hung on a barn wall,

 then moved to a new house, then hung out in my attic,  

and FINALLY....

this week I painted it black and stenciled a deer head in the middle.  

And I guess it's an 11 point buck.  Not a 13 point.  Because the boy I babysit said that the points gotta be over an inch, and those little guys over the ears are definitely not over an inch.  Now you know.

I'll probably be bringing this into my booth at the:

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gorgeous Stenciled Wood Floor In ONE HOUR!

The bright orange carpet in the bedroom at Gidley Station was beautiful.  (What is Gidley Station?  Click HERE to read last week's post)   We contemplating keeping the lovely fifty year old stuff but ya know.  Doesn't match most decor these days.  ;)

Underneath all that carpet and padding was a very nice wood floor.  A very nice wood floor that had been painted blue and red.   Detroit Pistons fans maybe?  Chicago Cubs?  Americana?

After removing all the tack strip, nails, and staples, I painted the floors a dark gray.   It took two think coats applied with a nappy roller.

Every since I stenciled my daughter's bedroom floor in our old house, I've been dying to do it again!
(See Tori's floor HERE)

I was especially anxious to try out my new Mandala Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils on a floor.  This is the Prosperity Mandala Stencil and I've already used it to decorate a clock, a chair, wall decor, and more.

Mandala stencil design stenciled wood table mandalas

Since math and measuring and numbers punch my panic button, I laid the stencil down on the floor and did the unthinkable for all my "type A" friends - I eye balled it!

The blue tape ended up being annoying and slowing me down, so I did away with that after the third stencil was completed.   
So how does this go so fast??

Here's what I did:

I used an almost-dry, small nappy paint roller (a small foam roller works too, but I preferred the nappy for this).  Having a SMALL AMOUNT OF PAINT for this is KEY, unless you want the paint to bleed.  And you don't.
To get the extra paint off after dipping my roller, I rolled out the access paint on a closet door that needed a fresh coat of white.  If you don't have anything else to paint, roll it out as much as you can on a clean piece of cardboard or in an empty paint tray.

I could get about five designs out of the roller before I had to redip in the paint.  The first design after dipping, I used very little pressure.  By the fifth or sixth medallion, I was using a lot of pressure to squeeze the last bit of paint out!  

The lines from the wood served as great guidelines for keeping me fairly straight and evenly spaced out.  Are they perfect?  No.  But unless your friends are visiting and  getting out their measuring tape, nobody should notice.

Once you get started, this process goes super quick!  It took me about forty minutes to cover the floor (and that included painting the closet door)!

When I was finished, I wished I had off centered each row.  But I wasn't about to redo it all, so I had a better idea.  Fill in those big empty gaps where the four "corners" meet!

I had this diamond-design stencil, though it was a bit smaller than I would have liked, but it gave the floor that extra "filled in" look that I wanted.  

So the next day, I took my roller back out (just folded up tight in a plastic back so it wouldn't dry out from the day before) and eye-balled it again.  "Yup, that looks like it's about in the middle!"

About twenty minutes later, the diamonds were done.  
In all?  ONE HOUR to stencil this floor!

You can see the floor planks didn't go all the way to the wall and that the trim we hoped would cover the gap, didn't.  So up next - quarter round trim! :)

I will probably put a polyurthane on to seal it yet, but I'm not sure.  It yellows that paint after it dries, but I can't find anything tougher so I'm a little nervous to use it.  I was told not to use floor wax because then you'll never be able to repaint.  I think I'll wait until this floor as cured for a few more days and then drag something heavy across the corner and see how it holds up. Eek! :)

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Gidley Station Renovations In Progress

Our latest project: Gidley Station - Built to be a railway station, but used as a general store, and then moved on to our property in the 1920's to be a tenant house.  It's like a cat with all it's lives.  What's next?  Kammy's Korner Store?  Mmmmm.... I like that....

This is the view of it from our bedroom window.... hurry and GROW, arborvitaes!!! (This pic is 2 years old, so they are a little bigger now)

And here's how it fits into the layout of our property:
(Old photo, The Tenant House was last years project and is now occupied)

Here are a few peeks into the house. 
I'm going to give you some befores and "durings" since nothing is quite "done" yet!
But what you are about to see (And lots that you don't see!) all happened in a matter of six work days - thanks in huge part to my parents who came from Iowa for a visit!  We can accomplish a LOT when we are together!!  

Go, Tim!  He's becoming a master floor layer.  Best stuff ever, the interlocking VINYL - not laminate - and I just got done asking the Lowe's dudes WHY they don't sell this amazing product... 

Looking down from the bedroom "before" and "now" - after paint, getting rid of the peninsula and balusters, and new floor:

See that doorway up there in the top right  corner?  Yes, this is a UNIQUE house!  I was standing up there to take the last two photos. 

Paint. It. ALL.

What good is an attached garage if there is no house access??  First things first. So yes, this was the first project. The men cut into the wall to make a doorway into the house from the garage.

Voila!  A door!  And stairs.  Nice job on cutting the stringers, Tim!


And from the inside... we have a door!  Always more complicated than you think it's going to be.... hello wires and everything else!

 Amazingly enough, the board didn't break in half.  NO... I'm not calling my mom hefty!  She's just really accident prone!  Oh man, I would have laughed hysterically and gotten in big trouble....  Poor mom.

 Upstairs bedroom: Bye, bye, orange carpet and dingy walls!

Boys pulling yucky carpet off the basement stairs.  Thanks, boys!  I wasn't going near that  stinky old stuff.  And surprise, two layers of carpet!  Rat fink.

More to come......  This project isn't finished yet! :)