Sunday, April 25, 2010

SYTYCD Week 9- Garden Party

This week was definitely the hardest for me, while I love to decorate, I'm not a collector of tableware. I do collect vintage floral plates that are used more for decorating rather than tableware. I'm personally more interested in the food than the presentation of the table. So I really was challenged to come up with something appealing.

Since I live in sunny Florida, I knew I had to take it outdoors, and with the temperatures already in the mid 80's it was absolutely perfect to be outside.

 

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I came across these wonderful old chippy wicker chairs at a garage sale about a month ago. I believe that I have a chair addiction....

Since hydrangea's are one of my favorite flowers, I just had put them to use.

 

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Being eclectic to me is so much more appealing than being matchy, matchy, especially in tableware.

 

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For the napkins rings I just tied turquoise ribbon around vintage napkins.  Sometimes simple things are best.

 

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These beautiful double pink knockout roses came out of my garden and since I don't believe in using pesticides in my yard, it was definitely safe to use them as a garnish for the top of the cupcakes.

 

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I made cucumber sandwiches, fruit, yummy cupcakes, coconut cookies and pink lemonade.

The birds were singing and the weather was picture perfect, it was simply wonderful to be dining with nature.

 

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Friendly Decor Projects

 

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Decoart, Evette Rios a national eco-crafter, and Goodwill have teamed up to show you some great projects that are inspired by earth day.

In this 5 part video series, Evette creates unique artistic projects from painted glassware to custom dishes for her Earth Day dinner party.  

Click Here  to see the inspirational videos. 

Let’s face it, we all need to be greener and do our part to save the planet.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

SYTYCD Week 8-Galvanized Table


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 Don't you just love when you can take a unusual found object and turn it into something functional? I found this old galvanized burner at a garage sale and thought when I bought it I would just stick a plant in it and put it on my porch.

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Then after awhile it hit me, I could make a table out of it. Rummaging through my house I found this metal table base in the garage. I purchased a wood round for the top.

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I purchased a sophisticated finishes rusting kit from Michael's to turn the wood round into what looks like an old rusty table top.
I painted the metal base with several different browns and applied the rusting solution to certain areas. Following the directions, I then applied the rusting solution to the wood round. It's a process that rusts with time but requires you to continue to apply more solution until achieving the effect you desire.
If you have not tried using the rusting kit for a project, you really must.
 

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I secured the all the pieces with liquid nails for stability.


And this is how it turned out.....my one of a kind rusty galvanized table.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Talk about excited!!!

I'm so excited and grateful that I came in first for last week's hardware challenge at the SYTYCD contest!!! Thanks to everyone that voted for my project.
This contest is so much fun and Stephanie over at SYTYCD is now taking auditions for the next season. So if you're interested contact her Here.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Whimsy Spotlight Wednesday

I'm being spotlighted over at Whimsy by Victoria and I'm also hosting a giveaway!
Victoria has such a lovely blog with great inspiration, I love all her creations
and can't wait for her Etsy store to open.
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

SYTYCD Week 7-Cavity Cap Mirror

This by far was one of my favorite challenges. I love looking around the home improvement store for interesting objects, there are so many neat things to see.
When I come across something I've never seen before, I think to myself, what could I make out of this?
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So, as I was wandering endlessly through Lowe's, I came across 6 inch square galvanized pieces in the cement block section, also known as cavity caps.
Cavity caps lock firmly between concrete block cells to stop mortar infiltration. Who knew?
 
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When I picked them up, I knew I could think of something to make with them. 
I wanted to mimic the look of old tin ceiling tile and I thought a mirror would fit that style perfectly.

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I'm all about making things inexpensively. Call me cheap or thrifty, but it's all about saving money to me. 
I painted, distressed and aged each cavity cap. I built a wood frame using scrap MDF and use some trim for the inside and outside edge.
The entire project used a total of 12 cavity caps making the frame about 25.5 inches square. I love the look of it so much, I plan on making another one for my porch.
 
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(FYI- you can find the cavity caps and Lowe's and Home Depot stores).

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

SYTYCD WEEK 6- Aged Textured Dresser

I knew for this week's challenge I wanted to paint a piece of furniture. I really have a love for cream colored furniture and I thought this dresser would look great as a buffet in my dining room.

When we bought our house it was pretty plain, white walls and white trim, but it did have good bones. I added the molding, beadboard wallpaper and painted the walls the prettiest blue. In a later post I'll show you my $15.00 craigslist dining table redo.


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I found the dresser on craigslist for $20.00. Buying used furniture is a great way to save money and personalize your space. The great thing about paint is if you don't like it you can always paint it again.

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I started by removing the 3 wood plaques on the drawers, filled the nail holes with putty and sanded it smooth.
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Because I distress and apply a finishing paste wax to all my painted furniture, I never feel the need to prime or pre-sand. I've been painting with regular acrylic craft paint for years and find that it holds up very well.
For the dresser, I chose soft white from the designer series from Deco Art. Designer series, is an all purpose acrylic paint that is specially made for furniture, walls, wood, and canvas, and it comes in an 18oz container at a great price.
I applied one coat and let it dry, but because I am so impatient, I usually end up using a hairdryer to speed up the drying time. I applied a second coat and once dry to the touch I scraped and sanded some of the paint off.
For the drawers I used a laser cut piece of scrapbook paper for my stencil similar to this one below, you can find them in the scrapbook section at your craft store for a dollar or two.


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For the texture medium I used modeling paste from "Textures" line from Decoart. You can find this at Michael's Craft Store (on the same isle as the stains and faux finishing kits) or you can purchase it online.

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I centered the scrapbook paper over my drawer and applied the modeling paste. I used a scrap piece of cardboard to apply it, you can also use a putty knife, but the cardboard worked great for me. Make sure you have you entire area covered, then slowly lift the  paper up in on direction.
Because the laser cut scrapbook paper is made of paper you can only use them a few times before it gets soggy, but I was able to do all 3 drawers with one sheet.

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This is how it looks once you remove the paper, it's so easy to use and of course you can you a regular plastic stencil for a project like this. I can't wait to find other items to add texture too. Make sure you let it completely dry prior to painting it. I let the drawers dry overnight and continued on with aging of the rest of the dresser and other drawers.

I wanted a slight aging look to the dresser, so I rubbed day old coffee grounds over small sections and wiped off the excess until I got the desired look I wanted. Be prepared (if you choose to do this) because it does make a mess all over the floor. I was in my garage when I applied the coffee grounds, so it wasn't too bad to clean up.

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I repeated the process until I was completely happy with it. The next day with the textured drawers dry I repeated the same coffee ground aging. I made them a little darker so they would stand out as the focal point of the dresser. Once again too impatient to wait for the coffee wash to dry I used my trusty blow dryer.
I then applied a minwax finishing past wax, (you can find this at Lowes or Home Depot), just follow the directions on the can. I always do at least 2 coats for better protection.


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So I hope this will inspire you to try a new project using Decoart's modeling paste.




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