Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Removing Old Decoupage (Thrift Signs Before/After)

Did someone say 75% off of blue tags at Saint Vincent De Paul?!!!!!
I'm all over that!

Fifty Cents each for these plaques.  The metal screw-in rings on the top are almost worth that!
I scarfed these bad boys up.  Now to get that ancient old decoupage off....

I read you needed to spray them with wallpaper remover.  I knew I had some of that.  Somewhere.  Nope.  Must have been something I hung on to for fourteen years and finally threw out the week before because I was never going to use it.  That one time I shushed my inner-hoarding voice...

So I got a rag, and soaked it in ultra hot water and laid it over the pretty print that was so thickly decoupaged onto the wood.  It took at least twenty minutes to loosen up. I used a metal scraper, but only about twenty five percent of it scraped off, and then I had to repeat the process.  I found it best to just put the hot, wet rag over the picture and let it sit - the longer the better.  I kept it on the drying rack in the sink so I could periodically run hot water over it.  It really wasn't difficult, just not something that I could do quickly since it needed to sit and soak. 

Then I painted two of them black, and two of them white, and got busy with my stencils making signs (plus one odd ball - a jewelry holder with antique door locks!). :)

I can't even remember which doors these old locks came off, but I'm so glad I kept them (would you expect any different? I'm not exactly known for throwing stuff out).

After scrubbing them and getting the loose rust off with a wire brush, I painted them with oil based gold paint.  Then I secured them on with screws.  The black and white chevron pattern made it pretty easy to evenly place them.  I love whenever I don't have to measure!

This is always a popular quote: "What I love most about  my home is who I share it with".  
I hope that's true for you!  
Sadly, I'm all too aware of homes where this is not the case.  

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Monday, February 13, 2017

A Wood Kitchen Chair Is A Blank Canvas!

I'm constantly picking up little wooden chairs.
To me, they're like a blank canvas.
You can take them any direction!
Crazy-funky, plain jane, a place to finally try out that new anchor stencil you got from Mom for Christmas.... :)

If I told you my secret place for getting two dollar chairs, I might have to kill you.
But I have a source.  And only those closest to me know it.
Here's what this one looked like "before.".
Paint splattered and brown - ugh - but sturdy!

I painted it with a home made chalk paint in gray.
(1 Tbls. Plaster of Paris dissolved in 2 Tbls hot water, mixed with a cup of paint)
I used plain ole' white for the anchor on the seat, and tied a blue striped burlap bow on the rungs on the back with some twine.
After distressing the edges with sandpaper, I sealed the whole thing with polycrylic.
Polycrylic, because it doesn't yellow like polyurethane.

Speaking of poly.  I have an amazing thing to share with you!  Did you know if you put your foam brush, full of wet poly in a plastic baggy and STICK IT IN THE REFRIGERATOR it will last a long time????  I would rather scratch my cornea than try to clean polycrylic/polyurethane and I always wrap them tightly in plastic just in case I'll use it again soon.... but whenever "soon" comes, it's always hard as a rock.  BUT THE FRIDGE!  I used it three weeks ago, put it in the fridge and then pulled it out for this chair and it was still fine!!!  I put it back in the fridge.  We'll see how long this can last! :) 

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Monday, February 6, 2017

How To: Faux Tin Using Wallpaper! {Cabinet makeover}

Howdy, Y'all!  
It's been quiet on the blog because I've been down in warm places gettin' my tan on!
Don't be jealous.... if it helps make you feel better my head is feeling super dizzy from being on a boat for five days!  I know, I know, the hardships of cruisin'. :)
The real hardship is going to be trying to get all this extra weight off that I felt was so necessary to pack on the last few days!  Doht!

Anyways, I got a project to share with you that I did a couple of weeks ago and I'm pretty crazy about the way it turned out!

I've thought about redoing this cabinet ever since my friend Marie gave it to me.
I'm pretty sure it's a one of a kind hand-made piece, which of course I love!  Anything that is homemade is extra special, even if it has some quirks.  She had bought it at a garage sale and painted it and redone it in a dark brown color with a soft suede-ish fabric over cardboard on the inserts in the cabinet doors.

This is where it sat in our old house and what it looked like:

In our "new" place, it is in the upstairs hallway, housing extra blankets and pillows. Since there is no natural lighting to be found in said hallway, it was just adding a lot of extra darkness!  It was finally time to tackle the hallway project (blog post to come!) and so while the paint was out and I was giving the hallway a makeover anyway, I decided to redo this big cabinet at the same time.

First, out came the inserts.  I was surprised to see a big smile greeting me when I took the staples out of the fabric Marie had covered the backs of the inserts with!  And guess what the inserts are actually made of?  Just plain ole' cardboard!

I found my roll of paintable wallpaper (left over from my faux tin backsplash at our old house, see that HERE).

I was pretty excited that two would fit side by side so I wouldn't have to waste an inch of this pretty stuff!!!

Since the staples would have stuck right out the other side of the cardboard, I decided to hot glue it on.


Then I carried them to the creepy room in the basement to give them the "tin treatment".
I used Rust-oleum metallic hammered spray paint.

It took two coats to get a nice even look.  Be careful when handling so the wallpaper doesn't tear!

Using small finish nails, I hammered them on on the backside of the doors.
The cabinet got painted with high gloss white paint and it took at least three coats!

Close up look at the wallpaper which totally looks like real tin!

Here's a shot of what it looked like in my hallway BEFORE any paint (but after wallpaper and green carpet gone!).

And after!
Like a breath of fresh air! :)

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

I Tried Car Wax On A Painted Dresser Makeover....

In my last post I wrote about my "garden fresh pea" friend, Maran, because she gave me a cute little table that I gave a makeover (read that post HERE).  Well, she ALSO sent me home with this dresser - WOOT WOOT!  Tis a beaut!

The wood was in pretty rough shape with some deep gouges on the top so I opted for painting the top.  I wanted to keep some of the wood look though, since I love the two tone look so decided to keep the drawers and beautiful sides untouched, except with some Restor-A-Finish stain.

It doesn't look too bad in it's "before" picture, but trust me, it was rougher than it appears!

So here I am, hauling furniture into my formal living room because it's too cold to work outside!
Yeah, I love it.  Wouldn't you love sandpaper dust and paint flying around in your formal living room?

So I'm not going to bore you with the details of the DIY chalk paint I used or anything... but what I AM going to say is I decided to try wax on this dresser.

But not furniture wax.
Turtle Wax.  For cars.  Because someone once told me it works great, they had tried it, and wax is wax.

Run away from people like that.


But it did NOT work for me!!

 It started with a conversation with my hubby:

Me: Hey Tim!  I'm trying your turtle wax on this dresser!  I heard that it works great!
Hubby: Hmph.
Me: It's green.... it won't dry green, right?
Hubby: Don't you know how car wax works?!
Me: No.  Enlighten me.
Hubby: Well ya know it's to shine your car up. You don't just smear it on and leave it, you have to buff it off. 
Me: YEAH! Wax onnnn, Wax off!  So it won't dry green.... right?
Hubby:  And it fill in cracks.  But it's for cars....
Hubby: of course it doesn't dry green.
Me: I'm sure going to be excited if this works!!
Hubby: Hmph

Okay so I read then where you need to wait an hour (or a couple if it's below 70 and I've been keeping my house at 60 degrees because I get more done because I gotta keep moving to stay warm) before you "buff" it off with a clean, dry rag.
I waited, and then started buffing.  It was still green, by the way.  And smelled a little nasty.
It wiped off, but didn't seem to leave any sort of shine.  Or coating.  Or anything... but I didn't know what I was expecting.... so I decided to leave it overnight and check it in the morning.

Still green.  Still the same. STILL STINKY.   I spend the next while buffing.  And wiping.  And "wax off"ing.  
Then my patient self yells "FORGET IT!!!!" to noone but the cat.  I've just wasted hours of my life I'll never get back!!!!!!!!!

I counted to ten, chewed some acidophilus tablets, and got a hot, wet rag and started getting off every smidgen of cockamamie Turtle Wax possible and then repainted over the whole top.  This time, I sealed it with polyacrylic.  End of story.

I distressed the edges with sandpaper. :)

Every since finding two boxwood balls on clearance at Gordman's for $1.50 each I've been on a boxwood ball rampage.  I think they are PERFECT on these old mattress bed springs!!!

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