Friday, August 10, 2018

Furniture Painting - Gray and White Dresser

I had so much fun painting this dresser.

I gave it a modern gray and white finish.

About six years ago I had painted it for a little girl's room.

This was the dresser then.

After a lot of wear, it needed an update.

Plus, little girls grow up 

so the set needed to coordinate with 

her new modern colorful tribal pattern comforter.

The gray and white will be a nice blender for the room.

After sanding, I ran a piece of an old candle

along the edges 

that I wanted to appear worn.

 I sprayed white primer on the dresser.

To get the gray base on the drawer fronts,

I used a 2" chip brush.

Here are the paints that I used.

I'm showing two cans of white pre-mixed latex.

I've used a variety of brands.  

These are just two that I have on hand now.

I like this neutral gray acrylic.

It is a nice tone of gray.

Pour out two puddles of color on a foam plate.

One puddle of white.

One puddle of gray.

Dip one side of your brush in the white.

Dip the other side of your brush in the gray.

Drag back and forth across drawer fronts in linear motion.

Do this as many times until you like the look.

You will see some horizontal lines.

Then paint any geometric white line design.

I chose one that imitated the tribal pattern in her pillowcases.

When dry, sand entire pattern.

Use 150 sandpaper or 220 if you don't want to take much off.

Now this is the fun part -

Using your chip brush,

make sure it is as dry as possible.

Lightly dip just the tips into the white paint.

Wipe off on a paper towel.

Holding your brush with very light pressure at first,

pull across surface.

Use a back and forth motion

and gradually add more pressure to the edges

to really fade them out with white.

When I get too heavy in spots,

I use a damp paper towel to correct and wipe off.

Then just reapply dry brush white.

Keep going until you get it as distressed, worn, and weathered

as you like.

Sanding all edges now where you had rubbed the wax candle

will remove any paint and leave a worn edge.

The white dry brush really softens the look of the dresser.

A beautiful blender piece.

Could go in any room.

Hope you find a fun piece to paint!

Loving handmade homes,


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hello Summer Watermelon Watercolor

Watercolor and Watermelon

make the perfect 

Summer Welcome Sign.

Today I'm sharing some paint tips

and a PDF pattern that you can print and use.

I'm using a 16" x 20" canvas panel.

Download the PDF here.

You will print a 4 page pattern 

and tape it together overlapping edges

so that the pattern lines up.

Turn pattern over

and trace pattern lines with a pencil.

Paint canvas white with any acrylic paint.

This way, if you make any mistakes

or have any touch ups later,

your background paint will match your touch ups.

Once your canvas is dry,

place pattern right side up

and press from front with pencil.

Lines will transfer onto canvas.

They will be random and faint,

but enough to provide a pattern.

Start with your lettering.

I used black acrylic for my letters.

I used a small #2 flat brush.

Use the brush straight up and down

and pull upwards for a fine line stroke.

The press the brush flat and wide

for the down strokes.

Now I'm using watercolors for the watermelon.

I mixed green and yellow for the lightest green edge first.

Use a darker green for alternate stripes.

Start with a light pink for watermelon center.

Add darker pink to edges,

and finally an almost red to shade.

Once the watermelon is painted,

I sprayed with a clear satin sealer.

Now the watercolor won't activate if it gets wet.

Then I painted the seeds with black acrylic paint.

Add grommets and ribbon to the top

and now you have a fun

summer welcome!

Hope you enjoy!


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Geometric Beach Blue Medallion Wall Art

Layers of paint,

line repetition, 


grunge texture

come together

on this beach blue medallion.

It would make fun wall art for any room in your home.

Here are the details:

I am using a 24" square of plywood.

Base paint with brown,

then while still wet add a mix of white, grey, and camel.

Let dry.

Cover with random brush strokes

of aqua and camel.

I also mixed a darker blue with some black  to get a grey hue

then added some white.

Lots of white.

So I dip half of my brush in white and half in blue

and keep applying in random

crisscross action.

Let dry.

Mark the center of the board.

Use a round template (bowl) as a guide for circle placement.

Measure in from 4 sides to make sure they are equal.

My bowl was about 12 or 13" diameter.

I used  the end of a marker to dip and paint my dots.

Your center should be marked with pencil.

Use a yardstick as a guide.

Fold a 2.5" square of cardstock in half.

Dip folded edge into white paint.

Drag along edge of yardstick to make center cross lines.

Cut a strip of cardstock 1/2" wide and about 5" long.

Use this as a guide for arrow like lines inside circle.

Use a small piece of folded cardstock 

to drag along guide making lines.

Now measure out from the center

and make pencil marks for a circle.

Pull your folded cardstock around on it's side

to make a rough textured line.

Further out from center,

mark another line 

and make the same kind of circle.

Then create connecting lines in between.

Make a triangle stamp.

You could cut a sponge or use a potato.

I used cardstock.

Dip in paint

and place around edge of circle.

Using yardstick, extend the arrow lines to outside corners.

You could leave just like this,

or you can sand for a more worn look.

After I sanded, I wiped the surface with

Early American stain.  

Then I wiped off with paint thinner.

You can skip the stain step if you want it lighter.

I used a brown black paint to rub the edges.

I love the geometric look

of a large tribal stamp.

This would be fun to do in a series of 3.

Use a variety of earthy geometrics and colors.

Maybe add a mint or sage and a sandy tan.

So many ideas!

Hope you try it!