Friday

Big Beauty!

Isn't she Gorgeous?!!!
This is the craigslist pic, but when I got there is was pretty scratched up and anot all wood, like he said. ARGH!!
 
I found this for my day job client, and she loves it!
I wanted to do all kinds of things to it, but she loves it as is!
So, all I had to do was clean it up,
run some stain crayons over the scratches (had a few)
paint that center white strip (not sure what the heck it's purpose is)
and get some new knobs that are missing.
Here is how it looks for now:

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Wednesday

Nightie Night

Literally from Trash to Treasure!

These were being set out for trash and my son and I nabbed them!
Don't judge us!!  HaHa!!
They were actually pretty beat up and had lots of yucky stuff spilled on them.
I scraped off the yuck, sanded them down a little, just to remove the shine.
I made up some Diy Chalk paint:
1 cup of oops paint
Little water mixed with 2 tbls unsanded white grout
Rolled & brushed 2 coats of paint.








Decided to try my hand at glazing, it was easy and worked great!
I wanted just a slightly distressed look.
The glaze I had purchased a while ago,
and decided to tint it with some of my acrylic grey paint.
Spread on glaze with a sponge brush,
wipe off a little with wet rag.

Then applied wax with a large stencil brush I scavenged out of my craft brushes.
Let set for minimum of 15 mins.
Buffed with a soft cloth.











Details of glazing
I'm really happy with how they turned out!

Behind the scenes:
Here is the 1st edition
I painted with my diy chalk paint
then stenciled the top
No distressing was done.
But I decided to distress them, and painted over the stencil, as it was pretty, but too femine for what I wanted, for these.

In the end, I really like them.
Spray painted the handles some black matte paint I had.

The Answer Is Chocolate

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Friday

Gaudy Chair!

Ok, I know at first glance this looks like it could be something really special!
So, I took it on to see what I can do with it.
It was filthy!  Hideous colors, and yeah, it's plastic, not wood at all!
BEFORE

Primed. There are no screws, the cushion is just sitting on a plastic base.

Primed and first coat of white spray paint
Plan is to paint white, dark glaze to show off all the nooks and detail, then make a new cushion.
Hope to finish tonight, but we shall see.
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Sunday

Newest Recipes!

I love to eat, and yup,
I love to cook, bbq, and experiment.
I have decided to add recipes that are all easy, pretty affordable, and always delicious!
Being a single parent for many many years, I am forced to come up with nutritious and affordable meals to feed a small army!
Happy DIY Eating!!
Click on the "Recipe" tab on my home page, or the link below for details!
Recipes

8-29-13
Chicken Pockets
These are easy, delicous and flexible.
You can add, or take ingredients as desired.
Makes 8

Chicken Pockets!
Soup I use



8-16-13 Oven Boiled Eggs!   Click here to recipe!




8-10-13 Buttery Chicken    Click here to recipe!



8-12- 13 Chicken Salad Sandwiches   Click here to recipe!



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Monday

Mini Projects - Reveals

I bet we all have miscellaneous accessories around that are just there.
I am FINALLY pulling all mine out, one at a time, and re-vamping them.
Trust me, most of these projects are under 10 minutes, but some have taken me YEARS to get the courage to change them!
Not like I can't just paint it back if I don't like it, right?! 
I thought it would be a cool post to keep posting these little projects as I finish them, and see the different techniques, colors and ideas I discover and actually use.
Enjoy!

Mini Project #5 - Bigger Tick Tock
This clock actually belongs to a friend of mine who hated it, but didn't know what to do with it. I had brushed it with a white glaze, then painted it all white, but still wasn't cuttin it!
So, I ran to Ace Hardware, and found their Rust-Oleum on sale! Yeah baby!
Sprayed it Satin Slate Blue!
Look at how much nicer it looks!


Old "after"
First After!
Step 1 - spray painted it an antique gold,
 Step 2 - Mixed up a white glaze, brushed it into all the cracks and all over
Step 3 - Wiped off glaze from raised sections with a damp cloth.

Now it fits in with the rest of her house, is brighter and she loves it!   Pssst It's PLASTIC!!

Mini Project #4 - Tick Tock
Before
After

This clock was like new, and with a natural pine finish.
But I needed some color, so as usual, after 2 paint jobs, I stayed with this homemade blue.
I brushed it on, so you can see stroke marks, but I actually like it like that.
Looks country-ish.







Mini Project #3 - Red Flower


This was a $1 store, plastic framed picture that I #1 -simply wiped a little vaseline along the edges and corners. 
#2 - Brushed (yes, brushed, (ran out of spray paint) - yikes) on some white acrylic paint.
AFTER
#3 - When dried, I lightly sanded with 150grit paper, letting the black show through where the vaseline had been. Took all of 10 minutes, maybe.

To get the actual Vaseline distress tutorial go to Shabby to no End! Have fun!


Mini Project #2 - Artifact
I don't know what to call this . . . artifact, decoration, finial . . ???
It has been all over my houses and though I like it, it was kinda boring and not liking the kinda poop color.
AFTER
SO here's what I did (while watching Netflix)
#1 - I spray painted it silver.
#2 - Mixed glaze with some black acrylic paint & slopped on the glaze.
#3 - Wiped off glaze with a paper towel until I got the look I wanted.
Tried to keep it in the grooves.




Mini Project #1 - Golden
Here is a Renoir print, that I love and have had for years!
Gold frame was not cutting it for me anymore.

I was inspired after a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum.
Yeah, I was taking photos of things that would inspire me in my decor! I know, I'm a weirdo!
My print - BEFORE

Museum paintings- Inspiration

White flat glaze
# 1 - I mixed some light glaze with white flat oops paint I had, brushed it on, 
# 2 - wiped off excess.
# 3 - Brushed on a high gloss glaze.
AFTER






 I think it worked well to tone down the gold.

After close up
Medium Project #6 - Dark & Dreary TO Light and Bright!
I bought this large mirror years ago at a Bed, Bath and Beyond with a gift card I had been given.  I loved it for years, but lately, it has been actually bugging me!
Ever have something that you walk by daily, and it just nags at you to change it?
ARGH!!
Well, last night, I couldn't stand it any longer, so I took it off the wall,
laid a drop cloth on my dinning room floor, grabbed my color sample of a white paint I had, and went to town on it!
It took longer than I thought, because I had to swirl and smoosh the paint into all the grooves and detail.
I loved it all white, (had added grout/water to the paint to make it chalky)
but my daughter said we needed to antique it to show the detail.
 I made a grey glaze, brushed it all over, smooshing again into the grooves/detail, then wiped a excess off and Viola!

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Sunday

Black to White

A simple paint change made all the difference - 
These are some painting a client/friend of mine had, but she didn't like the black at all.
We are taking a lot of dark out of her decor and lightening it up.
Simple taping off with Scotch painters tape, and spray paint did the job.

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