Monday, July 26, 2010

Modeling Paste Challenge Linky Party (and Giveaway)

Have you made something with DecoArt's modeling paste?
It's now your turn to brag and show us what you've created.
The winner will be chosen randomly and will receive my custom made frame, plus the great people at DecoArt have offered a prize package of two jars of modeling paste and two Tracy Moreau stencils.  
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Party starts today and ends this Saturday at 6:00 pm, Eastern time.
Just add a link below in the Linky box and make sure you link back.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Gilded Barn

All I can say is wow, this girl is talented! Every time I visit her blog I'm amazed at her talent, she can make anything look good.
I'm talking about Tamra from
Her blog is an amazing journey showcasing the transformation of her home into the most amazing place.
She's an artist and farm girl who loves the city. Just check out some of the things she's done.
I know you will be inspired by her too.

Old kitchen cabinets and an old bookcase transformed into this lovely piece.

She made this to temporarily cover the hole where the dishwasher will be.

This is her kitchen halfway done, it's going to be amazing!

Made this chair into something fabulous.

Check out the sink in her bathroom.

Her motto is "Where Rustic Living Meets Refined Elegance"
so true Tamra!!!

Please hop on over and check out her blog.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

$15.00 Dining Table

Don't you just love craigslist?
I found this cute French Provencal table for $15.00. The top needed a little TLC, but for the price it was so worth it.


I liked the original look with the stained top and cream colored base.
The length of the table fully extended with the leaf in was perfect, and since it had a little warping and a small gap on the leaf, I decided to make it permanently extended. We added metal joining brackets underneath the top to pull it closed. Because the apron had a gap when fully extended, we filled it with wood pieces.
I stripped the top using a eco friendly stripper, sanded it smooth and was able to correct some of the flaws in the top before staining.
Normally I like the table tops painted the same color as the rest of the table but my boyfriend wanted a stained top, so a stained top it was. 
I painted the base with acrylic craft paint, distressed it some and finished it with a furniture paste wax.

I'm really happy the way it turned out and love it with my buffet and cane chairs.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Design project challenge and giveaway

Have you tried DECOART'S modeling paste yet?
If you haven't, you really must give it a try, you'll be so amazed at the texture it can create.


I made the picture frame using a plain unfinished frame found at my local craft store. I applied one coat of turquoise acrylic craft paint, and for the stencil I used a sheet of laser cut scrapbook paper. For this project I tinted the modeling paste with a little bit of green craft paint before applying it. It worked out great, just make sure if you try this not to thin down the paste too much. The paste needs to be thick enough so it doesn't leak underneath your stencil. I like to let it dry at least 24 hours. Once dry I sanded the edges and aged it by using a thinned down dark brown paint, wiping off any excess.
For more detailed instructions check out my dresser/buffet project redo Here.

Now onto the challenge and the giveaway.....
The challenge is to create your own craft or decor project using DECOART'S modeling paste.
If you haven't ever tried this stuff, you really should! You'll be amazed at the all the things you can make with it, and the texture it creates.

The winner be chosen randomly and will receive this picture frame and also  products from DECOART.
Now what are you waiting for?????
Get busy and join me back here on July 27th to enter your project.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Paris Burlap Chair

  This chair started out upholstered with a beautiful floral needlepoint fabric that over time my cats destroyed.
After awhile I got tired of seeing the tattered piece looking in need of repair, so I thought about using the same technique that I used on my faux framed French burlap feed sack,


I didn't do anything with the frame, as much as I love painted furniture I decided I liked the color of the wood on this chair.It would look awesome in a painted cream with a little distressing. Maybe in it's next life.

I removed the old fabric and stapled on the new burlap then I glued on a braided hemp trim to hide the staples. I can't wait to find another one to redo.

I'm linking up here