Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gray Paint Gives Dumpy Side Table New Life

It almost went to the trash.

But a few new screws,

lots of sanding,

and a fresh coat of paint

make the little dumpster table

a welcome addition.

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Laurel wants to put this in her classroom.

She has a gray and yellow palette started

with these fun files.

I mixed black and white together to make a gray base.

I love the finish that these paints give.

On the final coat of gray,

I mixed a little floetrol in so it would extend the paint

and make it go on smoothly.

Then I dry brushed white over the top.

We lettered some inspiration across the drawer.

Tape and chalk,

then paint

Always fun to see the afters!


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Countryside Folk Art

I'm a little bit country.

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and I'm always drawn to folk art.

This little slice of country

was a way to explore

light and shadow,

texture and color.

First, I have to show you what inspired me.

I went to the Omaha Summer Arts Festival

and found a wonderful booth 

loaded with color.

Here is a picture of Jennifer Cavan's Work.

I have also admired Cathy Horvath's paintings.

They are also very colorful and have such

interesting light and shadow effects.

and obviously I have a thing for barns

and the quaint countryside.

So I had to get my brushes out and give it a go.

I hope you do too!

I built a box with a 5 1/2" fenceboard and some furring strips.

I made it 26" long.

Base painted a mix of brown and raw sienna.

Using white, yellow, and gold,

I dipped my cardstock into all 3 colors 

and pulled across the surface,

adding more white at the top

and accenting with raw sienna at the bottom.

I mixed two blue puddles of paint

plus I dipped into the white

to make my sky,

keeping it darker on top and lighter

where it meets the field.

I like some of my base board to show through.

Chalk or pencil transfer the barn template.

Brush base white.

Using light tan and white,

pull cardstock down barn sides

keeping it darker on the right.

Raw Sienna for the roof.

Black and White for the window and door.

Add a little gray to the raw sienna

and make a shadow on the right of the barn.

Keep the left side lighter with more white paint.

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Ta-da!  See, you're a little bit country too.

I think there is something beautiful

 about the simple shapes,

vibrant color,


light and shadow

in these folksy art pieces.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Chalkboard "Verse of the Week"- Rachel's Decorating Ideas

Rachel makes a beautiful home.

She has so many fun

decorating ideas!

This week she made a chalkboard from an old frame.

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She painted the frame light gray


dry brushed white over the top.

Then she cut a piece of 1/4" underlayment board

and screwed it onto the back of the frame.

Here is the recipe I used for the black chalkboard paint:

1/4 cup plaster of paris

4 tablespoons water

1/2 cup (or a little more) black paint

The mixture is thin and will require a few coats.

You can make it thicker by adding more paint.

After transferring the lettering to the board 

with chalk,

I took a liner brush of white paint and went over the top

to make it permanent.

You can change the verse

by using a damp black t shirt rag.

Here is other handmade art that she has in her home.

She made this barnwood backdrop

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these rustic summer stars:

Her kitchen looks so festive for summer!

We painted her gray and white table here.

She made her USA banner and Star Canvas.

Do you remember when we remade this old entertainment center

into a pantry?

We made these Coffee Filter Wreaths too!

So many fun projects!

Hope you got some good inspiration 

for your home.

Thanks for stopping by!


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