Aug 18, 2014

Honest side of DIY-ing! Black is Back!

I don't know about you, but as a newer blogger
and lifetime DIYer I sometimes feel pressured to produce
in numbers rather than quality.

So, I rushed, got them painted up all nice and pretty, but they just didn't have that umphf!

Here are the stands before:
Nighty Nightstand
So time to follow my heart!

I realized I was holding back on my creative talent.
Meaning, I wasn't trusting my myself that my ideas would be "good enough".
I think it stems from being a people pleaser (not always a good thing).
I decided I was going to go back to being confident, follow my heart.

I started by sanding, and rolled on 3 coats of paint - sanding lightly between each one.

I Researched some vintage French images/typography - found some I loved.
Then, using 2 free online programs, & I
mirrored the ones with lettering with Picmonkey, and printed the Eiffel tower with to have it print on 2 pieces of freezer paper, cut to 8 1/2" x 11" - on my inkjet printer.
I had to cut and tape it together.
 I used a wooden spoon at first to burnish, then went to a credit card, it worked better.
 Look how clean and awesome they turned out!

 Here is the tower printed out mirror image, cut and taped together on freezer paper.  Coated side went face down in my printer to that it the side print was on.
Be careful and do one page at a time.

 Disclosure: This is the FIRST time I have used this transfer method, and I'm sold!!  
This was the exact look I wanted. No blurring and pretty crisp!
I then sprayed on clear acrylic and let it dry overnight.

Now I wanted to add some antiquing, but not real shabby, but more refined.
I tried dry brushing white over the edges, but it was too contrasting for this piece.
So, I got some metallic acrylic paint, added a dab of transparent glaze and used a small craft
paint brush to hand paint the edged of the raised molding on the piece.

 If I felt like there was too much silver, I would dry brush black over it until  got the effect I wanted.
Subtle and sleek.
 When the light hits it at different angles, it glitters just along the edges,
totally cool!!

Glass knobs are on order from Amazon (10/$10.93)
Should be here Wed! 
So excited!!

Aug 13, 2014

Hallway Mural Painting

To enhance an already gorgeous painting alone on a long expanse of hallway wall - 


This client was in a wheelchair, and had a long hallway to her room,
so there couldn't be anything much sticking out and her house 
was very Southern Plantation decor, so this was the solution.
The painting was one of her favorites,
and the wall became part of the painting.

What do you think?

Just think of the things you could do with all kinds of paintings and those pesky walls that are hard to decorate!

Jul 11, 2014

Summer lovin!

Summer is in full bloom and our house has been full of fun, love and plenty of sunshine!!
I have started a few projects, but with having family around for the past 
few weeks, which I LOVE, 
has made me have to make priorities of my time.

Just a little inspiration
I WISH this was at my house!!
There is so so many things I want to accomplish and tackle this summer,
but sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day.
So we make choices and fill our time with what is important to us.
My loved ones!

Home made flubber
 We made homemade flubber, and it is awwwesome, (even came out of their clothes when they made "necklaces" out of it!
Elmers glue - (tried $1 store brand, didn't work)
can use Elmer's glitter glue too!!
Water, Borax and food coloring.
I used a tiny frosting cup from our cinnamon rolls as my measurement tool.
Mix equal parts glue with water in a bowl.
Add a few drops of food coloring.
Stir until completely mixed.
separately dissolve 1 tsp of Borax into 1/2 cup warm water,
stir until completely dissolved.
Pour Borax mixture into glue mixture and stir,
Instantly it will start clumping,
THIS is your flubber.
(There will be water left in the bowl.)
We added a few drops of essential lemon oil, cuz the glue and water smelled
yucky at first!

 Here in AZ it has been 108, 109, etc. and yeeees, too HOT to even go outside,
so, what did this G'ma do?
Brought the fun inside! 

What's a little water on the tile anyways!!
Yes, that is a pond piece that "someday" I might actually put in the yard. . . 

I have been working on making a craft room for myself, for the first time in years!
Using what I had, and a trip to $1 store!
More to come on that next week.
Right now it's a guest room.
used shelves I had (mismatched) to put in closet and $1 store bins to store as much as possible
Labels and painting to all match will come last.

Fabric is stored wrapped around comic boards inside my cabinet.
Bathroom shelf brought in and using for sewing supplies
Flower pots from $1 store will be used for markers, pens, paintbrushes, etc.

found this at Goodwill $7, took off front pieces, bought $1 store containers to fit, and will store craft goodies.

These were at $1 store and my daughter uses her for her jewelry.
I will use for household stuff for nails, screws, etc.
and for my sewing stuff I used for safety pins, etc.
The little white ones fit inside that pink container perfect!

This was an old sewing basket my daughter found at Goodwill and my daughter covered it with this adorable fabric for me one Christmas.
I then found one of my old Tupperware containers that fit perfectly as a covered tray on the top lip!

 Oh yeah, does it count that I cut my own hair!?
(I you tube it and give it a try)
That's a project!! 
Just keeping cool,
and it's only hair!!
Cut the hair, trying to stay cool!  
Hope your summer is going great!
Be showing some projects I've stolen a little time doing, next week!

Jun 25, 2014

Shabby to No End upgraded

Sometimes something great can be even better!

Remember this little favorite?
This is an all time favorite - but now time for some frills
Well, I decided to add some more character to it. . .

Way Before:
Ugh! 1999's is calling!

I'm totally loving The Graphics Fairy's Vintage images and typography.

I transferred on using charcoal, then used sharpie pens in ultra fine and fine.
(I started hand painting with paint and a tiny brush,
but honestly, it was very time consuming, difficult,
and I got a better look from the sharpies.
(In the past, I have used paint pens too)
I am REALLY liking it!!
 This version was good . . . 
BEFORE Typography

This coat hook had been my inspiration for the shabby look

Jun 10, 2014

Grand Opening!

I have finally opened an Etsy shop!

Watch for many more items to be added daily!

Very excited to follow my dream and share my passion!


Jun 6, 2014

Organizing Tidbits

Organizing Tidbit

I often forget to post and blog about everyday conquests I make.

With my home feeling more like Grand Central Station,
I have to do as much as possible to keep life organized, cheap, and easy!

Here are a few things I've done to organize:
I used sticky back velcro for the chip clips,
and for heavier bags, I'm going to use those black binder clips that you get at office supply stores, and cup hooks on the inside of the door!

Under sink and trash 

Keep a car air freshener in your kitchen trash

wrapping paper or shelf paper to pretty up plastic storage bins
Working with what you have 
Wine rack as towel holder
Tiny bathroom organized

Baskets for papers, potatoes, etc.

Lots of storage in my laundry closet
Laundry room organized

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