Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Molly Susan Strong-3 Qt. Chalk Paint Give-Away!

Don't miss your chance to be in paint heaven!  
I am still waiting to arrive in heaven.  Maybe this will be my moment! 

Check out Molly Susan Strong this week for a Chalk Paint Give-Away of
                                                            Annie Sloan's  chalk paint from
Michelle Delagado of
Wonderfaux Studio
out of Texas.

Colors being offered:
Aubusson Blue, Duck Egg Blue and Old White 
You have until Monday June 20th to enter.

Did I mention Miss Molly is giving away 3 QUARTS?  
If you would be so kind....Let her know you are entering by way of The Pauper's Castle!
Friday, May 27, 2011

Covered Display Books

I needed some display books to use in our booth, but didn't want to use the old books we had here at the house.  After all, I was using them in my decor.  I went to the Goodwill looking for some old books, but didn't want to spend the $2.49 ea just to have them sitting around...looking good, but still just sitting around. I know...call me cheap, but there is a place in Michigan that my husband and I go to that we can get them for $0.25. Knowing this makes it hard to spend the $2.49.  So I decided to purchase the paperback for $0.99 ea and cover them in scrapbook paper I had at the house. $3.00 vs. $7.50 seemed better to me, even if it did require a little work.
I picked out the paper I wanted to use.  For this project, I used paper scraps left from a previous project. You can see the lines that I had drawn on the paper previously.  Ignore these, they have nothing to do with this project!
 Lay your book on the paper and line up the top edge of the book with the paper and the side edge of the book with the paper.  Before you mark you paper, make sure the pattern is going in the right direction.  Now mark a small line at the edge of the book.
Flip the book to the left, keeping the bottom edge of the book aligned with your pencil mark.  Now make a second mark.
Using a ruler, connect your two marks to form a line.  This will be the line you cut with your scissors or X-Acto knife (this is what I used with a ruler).  No making fun of my pudgy, dry hands! I never claimed to be a hand model.  If you are wondering what that really cool checker board pattern is in the back ground....that is the cutting board my dad made me for my birthday.  LOVE IT!
 This is the line that you will now cut.

Spray the outside cover of your book with a spray adhesive.  I used Loctite, but any brand will do.
Wrap your paper around your book being careful to line up your edges.
This particular paper was a little short (remember, I was using up scrap paper to cover these). So I just made sure to center as best as I could.  Don't worry, I cover the raw edge with some ribbon.  Keep reading you will see that picture.  Open the book, line up your ruler along the edge of the books cover and trim the extra paper.
I hot glued some ribbon around the edge of the book (top and bottom) to cover the raw edge and where my scrap paper came up short.  The others in the picture below were flush with the edge of the book.  No ribbon needed.  Voila' ! Designer covered books to match YOUR decor ...and it only cost me $3.00!  Now go make your own! Total project for all 3, probably took me about 10 minutes! 
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Featured! & A French Themed Table

First I want to thank Denise at the Pink Postcard for featuring my trash to treasure caned chair make-over on her Transformations and Treasures No.16  Thank you so much!

This is a table that we found at our neighborhood garage sale for $3.00!  It was a little rough, very wobbly, but cute with LOTS of potential. Mr. T was kind enough to take the whole thing apart so we could glue it all back together and make it nice and sturdy.  I took advantage of this and painted it BEFORE he put it back together.  Much easier!
I decided to go gray with this one!  I painted the entire piece in a gray miss mix from Lowes.  The edges of the table were painted white (hard to see in photo).
Then I added some distressing!

I decided to make this a "French" themed table.  I took advantage of the cute shield design and the sides of the table and added a french graphic.  I believe I found these at the Graphic Fairy, but I can't be for sure since I have had these saved to my computer for quite some time.  None-the-less Karen has some GREAT graphics.  Check her out!
I used the old fashioned method of transfer paper, a design and a pencil. 
I removed the paper and transfer paper to reveal the traced design.
Once I had transferred my design, I then hand painted it in with a charcoal gray (black and white acrylic mixed together) and highlighted in white.
From there I lightly sanded over the design to give it a more worn feel.
Then I sealed the whole thing in Minwax Clear and antiqued it with Minwax Special Dark.
I think it turned out really cute!
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chalk Paint Give Away

OK for all you .fellow bloggers in blogland.  If you have been blogging and not living under a rock, you have probably heard of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.  

Now I have not actually tried this yet, but I am DYING to try it. However, I have not convinced "Central Office" aka "Mr. T" aka my husband that it's worth the money.  He thinks it's expensive!  Now, he hasn't said I CAN'T buy it...he just thinks it's expensive.  So, I will continue to try and win my first quart!  Then....he will be convinced!
The Screaming Meme is GIVING some away.  All you have to do is follow her blog, leave a comment, and tell her you found out about this from The Pauper's Castle.  That's it and you could be on your way to paint heaven!

Don't forget to tell her you heard about this from The Pauper's Castle!  Thank you! 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

From Retro to Beachy

My husband picked up this little gem at the Goodwill several weeks ago.  I finally had a chance to get to work on "R2D2".  Before his make-over, it almost looked like it was going to take off walking.  Mr. T (my husband), affectionately named it R2D2.  Missing some of the roundedness, but I would have to agree!
 Mr. T was kind enough to sand R2 so I could get to painting him.  The wood on this piece was very different.  It had a LOT of texture...almost like grass cloth...it wasn't smooth.  All the sanding in the world would not have smoothed this piece out. So I decided to run with this.  It reminded me of drift wood at the beach.  So I painted the entire piece white with the exception of the drawer front.  I had a pretty ocean blue paint on hand (miss tint from Lowes) that I used for that.  Then I sanded the entire piece to show the texture of the wood.  I replaced the retro handle with something a little more "beachy" and worn looking. In the open space above the drawer, I found a basket at Wal-Mart, of all places, for $5.00 that fit great and the color was PERFECT! I like it now....Sorry R2, but you had to go!  Mr. T knows potential (I really think he liked it because it looked like R2, but whatever)! Thanks honey!

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Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011

A Caned Chair Recused From The Trash

Yes you read that title correctly!  I rescued 2 of these chairs from my neighbors trash almost 4 years ago!  A sin I tell you!  Could you imagine, throwing these out? The caning was still completely PERFECT!  They just needed a coat of paint and some new fabric. 
They have been sitting in my shed just waiting for me to do something with them.  When we first opened our booth back in August, I had refinished one of them then and it was the first item we sold.  We had just unloaded everything (we hadn't even set up yet) and I watched it walk out the door. It was a bitter-sweet moment.  I really wanted to set the whole booth up and get to sit back and look at the fruits of my labor.  Oh well...guess you need to appreciated the fact that it sold!  That's why we were setting to booth up in the first place, was to sell things.  Now, I have finished the second one and will be taking it to the booth this weekend.

Here is a picture of it before! I had shared this in a previous post

I decided to paint this one black.  I used Rustoleum's 2X Coverage in Semi-Gloss Black since I don't have a spray gun.
Then I lightly distressed it and waxed it with Minwax special dark and recovered it in a floral toile fabric I found at Hobby Lobby.
I added furniture tacks to add some interest and detail
A close up of the detail on the arms
I am thrilled with the end result! What do you think?

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