Thursday, June 28, 2012

Zebra Dresser

Hey friends,
today I'm thinking about
our style personalities.
I don't often stop to think about my style.
I usually just get a visual
of something that I would love to have around me
in my home and go for it.

Have you ever been to Sproost.com?
It's fun.
It is a Decorating style personality quiz.
My style is
67 percent Rustic Revival
33 percent Nantucket

Yep, that sounds like me.

My 9 year old grandaughter took the quiz
and she was about
100 percent Hollywood Glam.

Yep, that sounds like her.

That brings me to todays project:
Taylor's Zebra Dresser:


Although for a true Hollywood Glam look
I would have used black and white
with some sparkle bling handles.
This is more of a compromise with the Gray.
(She'll probably have me change it after this post. ha!)

The stripe pattern I chose
is a mix of soft tan and black
with a white dry brush over top.


I found a magazine picture
of a zebra pattern I liked
and could use as a visual
while I painted freehand.

Using a 1" flat brush,
I dipped the brush in clear glaze
then one side in tan
and the other side in black.
Drag the brush on it's side.



Then I dry brushed white
over the top






Probably the change I like most
about this dresser
is the drawer pulls.

Originally,
the dresser had several tiny little
round gold knobs.
Rather than leaving
this odd arrangement,
I filled all of the holes
and drilled new ones
for
four simple handles.



I cheated on this "Before" picture
and photoshopped in the knobs
because I had already removed them
when I took the photo.
But I wanted you to
see the transformation
so that
you can always think without limit
about what you can change
besides paint
to create a better final product.



Phew...much better.
Four simple centered drawer pulls
make a nice balance.







So, are you, my stylin' friends,
Nantucket or Hollywood Glam
or any other of the many
decorating personalities?

Always appreciate your visit,
Deb





Linking To:      Thursday:    Beyond the Picket Fence
                                           The Shabby Creek Cottage
                                           House of Hepworths
                                           The 36th Avenue



                        Friday:          Miss Mustard Seed
                                             Redoux Interiors
                                             At the Picket Fence

                        Monday:      Sumos Sweet Stuff
                                            I Should be Mopping the Floor
                                            Craftomaniac

                      Tuesday:        Home Stories A to Z
                                             My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
                                             Primitive and Proper
                     Wednesday:   Savvy Southern Style


Monday, June 25, 2012

My Favorite Number

I used to dream
about living at the lake.
About five years ago
we bought a lot
but we weren't ready
to live there full time yet.
But I knew it would happen someday.
So while I was waiting
to live at Lot 22
I made a big canvas to remind me of it.


I wanted something big and graphic
and kind of reminded me of
an old football jersey.

To get the old worn jersey look
the most important tool is an old chip brush.
You can see more about this dry brush
application that I did on this Route 66 Sign.

Use darker colors to shade at the bottom
and at the right of the numbers.
I even darkened the shading at the
bottom right corner of the canvas.
I also used a dry brush white.

Because I used yard canvas
I could just turn under the edges and glue.
Then I added grommets to the top.
You can see how I did that here.
Since this is canvas by the yard you will just
cut a hole rather than drill.

Dry brush areas around the numbers and letters.






Now I have my canvas hanging on the
wall above my sofa.
You can see it from the lake when you're in the boat.



But while I was still living in my home before this
I kept my favorite number hanging
as a reminder of the future.

I clipped lake pictures all around it
so that it was a dream board.



I think it would be fun to make a canvas
with your kid's sports jersey number
and hang sport pics all around.

It could be great in a boys or girls bedroom.

So it can be your favorite number
or jersey art....
big and bold impact.





I'm loving summer,
but, wow, have I been busy!
Are you like me?
I want to make time for projects
but have the pull of so many
great summer activities.

Hope you're enjoying yours!
Thanks for taking the time to stop.
Appreciate it, Deb





Linking to:     Saturday:       Funky Junk Interiors

                      Monday:         DIY Showoff
                                             Between Naps on the Porch

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sand and Shells Dresser

Hey to all of my
Lake Lovin'
Coast Lovin'
Beach Lovin'
Friends!

I have a fun furniture transformation to share.

Here's a sneak peak:


My niece inherited a dresser from Aunt Lucille.
Auntie's style went something like this:



That's not Kate's style.
Kate is a modern beachy girl.
She is looking for
"Some Beach"
"Somewhere".

So here's her plan.
"Give me something sand and white with a little bit of shabby,
and I will hunt down the drawer pulls."


So my mission started with a good sanding,
and primer and a little bit of wood filler repair.
You know my thing about old dressers and their drawers...
I like to freshen them up.
So I took out the old liner paper,
sanded the insides of the drawers,
wiped it down ,
and then sprayed the interiors with a clear spray.
That will help rid of anything musty.

I painted the shell of the dresser semi-gloss white.


and then sanded the edges for
a worn look.



The drawer fronts stay the original wood
because they are going to get a dip and drag paint treatment.



You can find out more about this paint technique
at one of my other tutorials here.

Using a piece of folded cardstock, dip into multiple paint colors
and drag across surface.
Refrain from covering entire surface
so that it has a really textural appearance.
The tan, gray and white mix
will be the grainy beach sand look I'm going for.



Then to top it off,
Kate found the perfect knob...
a clear glass swirl
that looks like a shell!

Sand and Shells...
found in textured paint and swirled glass
create just the look we're going for.
And really, the solid white surround
anchors the piece and gives it a really restful feel.

















This dresser is going in baby's beach nursery,
but really it would be great in any room
adding a bit of coastal charm.

Thanks for your visit!
See you soon,  Deb



Link Parties:       


Thursday:         Beyond the Picket Fence
                         The Shabby Creek Cottage
                         House of Hepworths
                         The 36th Avenue
                         Delightful Order
                         Embracing Change

Friday:              Miss Mustard Seed
                         Redoux Interiors
                         At the Picket Fence

Saturday:         Funky Junk Interiors

Monday:           DIY Showoff
                        Sumos Sweet Stuff
                        Between naps on the Porch
                        I should be mopping the floor
                        Craftomaniac
                        The Dedicated House

Tuesday:          Coastal Charm
                        Home Stories A to Z
                        My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
                        Primitive and Proper

Wednesday:    Savvy Southern Style


Thrifty Decor Chick    

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Fish Growth Chart

Awww...I went to a sweet baby shower today.
You can imagine how many times
I heard the word "cute".
There were so many charming little
dresses and booties.
And for baby Claire that's
on her way into this world
she will be so cute in
all of the sugary fashion.

But for nursery styling,
Baby Claire's mommy
wants a shabby beachy style.
So I jumped on that idea
with this
simple fish growth chart.

The shape is simple
and
the paint is worn.
The horizontal stripes
along with the weathered detail
make a sweet rustic style
for baby's nursery.
Because the style is really generic,
it would work great for
boy or girl
and will be adaptable to
any age really.

So here's the scoop
on how to
make one for your own little sweet pea.

I used 1/2" plywood
and cut a fish shape 45" x 7".
I have always loved the fish shapes at Castaways Hall
and drew out a template similar to one of those.

Cut and sand.

Brush entire piece, front and back,
with watered down raw sienna paint.



Let dry.
I wanted the back to look good too
so I used the same paint technique
that I used on this table
and  this flag.





Once that is dry
turn it over and paint the other side white.
After the white dries
tape off the horizontal lines
and paint in whatever color stripes you want.
I didn't use full brush coverage
because I wanted the worn look.



Using a yardstick and a ruler
as your guide, take a liner brush
to make the inch markers.



Paint numbers at the "foot" marks.



Personalize.



Use two screw eyes to pull the sisal through.
Tie off with braiding cord or jute twine.
Make sure when you start the braiding cord
you leave a long tail.
That way you have something to tie on to
at the end.





Now you just loop tie the rope
and you're ready to hang.
When you hang it on the wall
be sure the 2 ft. marker is actually
2 ft. from the floor so measurements are accurate.
You could use a fine tip marker to
document the dates of measuring
kiddo's height.







Here's the back...









Glad you could stop by!
Always appreciate your visits.
Have a great day, Deb





Link Parites:    

Tuesday:          Coastal Charm
                         Home Stories A to Z
                        My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wednesday:    Savvy Southern Style

Thursday:        Beyond the Picket Fence
                        The Shabby Creek Cottage
                        House of Hepworths
                        Delightful Order

Monday, June 11, 2012

Stars and Stripes Colorsplash

Flag Up Girls!
Here comes another fun
Paint Project.
In the spirit of the Season and all
I've been wanting to
paint stars and stripes.


This is really more of a Pop Art version
of Old Glory.
And you can hang either vertical or horizontal.
But it will definitely add a splash
of summer color to your home.
It's just Happy Art.

I used 1/2" plywood
and cut a 16" X 27" rectangle.
Sand all of the edges.
Paint the back Semi-Gloss Black (Outdoor Paint)

Using a watered down Raw Sienna
brush the front,  covering the entire surface
and all of the edges.



Then using some black,
brush in a few strokes.

This way the very underlayer
will be a warm color
that will show through your
top coat technique.



Layers and Layers of Paint
give pieces more depth
and a very painterly artful quality.

Now for some color.

At about 9" down I taped down a line.
Now I can lay in my blues.



I'm using the same paint method
that I used on this table.



But here on the blue part of the flag
you can fold a piece of cardstock paper
any size and drag it back and forth,
continuing to dip in the 3 different colors.
You can even switch motion
vertical then horizontal for a criss cross application.

Apply as much paint as you want
leaving some of the underlayer showing.
That creates a worn chippy look.

I also added some dark navy blue on top.
I didn't have the paint color I needed,
but I had some blue stain
So I used that.
I poured some of the stain into a smaller bottle
so it was easier to pour.



BFF = Blowdryer



Now for the red





Cut a piece of cardstock about 3 1/4"
(just shy of that a bit)
Mark the 5 stripe layout on your board.
Using a straight edge
dip the cardstock in each of the colors
and drag down the line.
Add more of whatever color
you want to show.

Then for the white:





After you have all of the stripes painted,
return to the blue
and stencil in your stars using this same
dip and drag motion.

I first sketched a layout for the stars 
on a sheet of paper 
so I had a general idea of placement.
Then I cut stencils out of cardstock.

Laying the stencil in position
I used another folded piece of cardstock
(okay how many times can I say cardstock)
to dip and drag across the stencil
working out to in
so I don't get much run under.



Oh, and here are the colors
I used for the stars.



Well, you would think that would be enough.
But , oh no...
Let the layering continue..

Splatter with Orange.



Then a spray sealer.
I might even use a marine varnish
if I hang it outside.

Let's use a fun summer hang-
sisal rope.

I drilled tiny pilot holes in the plywood
to start my 1 3/16" screw eyes.






Say What?
Well, that's what they're called.





You can see how I looped the sisal through
and wrapped the braiding cord around.

Then you'll have a long stretch of rope.
I don't know how much I used but
it might have been 5 - 6'.



Tie that a couple of times
for a loop in the top.

Woop Woop
Now you have an American Summer Colorsplash !















Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you're having a great summer!



Linky Parties:


Tuesday:          Coastal Charm
                         Home Stories A to Z
                         My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wednesday:     Savvy Southern Style
                         Cheap Crafty Mama

Thursday:         Beyond the Picket Fence
                         Shabby Creek Cottage
                         House of Hepworths
                         Delightful Order
                         The 36th Avenue
                         The Checkered Apple Patriotic Party
                         Itsy Bitsy Paper Blog Patriotic Party
                         Fine Craft Guild

Friday:              Redoux Interiors
                         At the Picket Fence
                        The Shabby Nest

Saturday:         Funky Junk Interiors

Monday:           DIY Showoff
                        Sumos Sweet Stuff
                        Craftomaniac
                        I should be Mopping the Floor
                        Between Naps on the Porch
                       C.R.A.F.T