Monday, January 30, 2012

Something NEW to share!

I have something new to share with you!  But for now...that is ALL I am going to say!  I know.... Mean!?  I promise, it will be worth checking back for! 

French/Swedish-Style Inspired Hand Painted Drop Leaf Table

I found this fantastic drop leaf table at the Goodwill a couple of weeks ago.  I absolutely love drop leaf tables!  You can beat them for functionality. The are perfect for small spaces  because you can fold the leaves down and the seat 2 comfortably. or extend the leaves....1 leaf to seat 4 or 2 leaves to seat up to 8.  When the party is over...fold the leaves down and you are back to 2.  

Our dining room table was my grandmothers drop leaf table.  So needless to say, I had to talk myself out of keeping this one, but in the end, Mr. T convinced me that we didn't need it. 

I wanted this table to be something special.  I envisioned it being purchased by someone with a larger home than ours!  I could see this table being cozyed up behind someone's overstuffed down sofa and serving as a multifunctional piece; an accent piece, a game table, or a writing desk for homework.  Now, I am sure I will never REALLY know where this will end up, but that was my vision. So I knew it needed to be painted as a stand out piece, but I wanted it to be neutral; Swedish, French inspired. This is our journey!
Here are a couple of before photos.
Excuse my messy garage.  If you look carefully you can see the before of the chair I covered in the Faux Grain Sack
The table was in excellent condition.  However, the finish was not.  It either need to be stripped and refinished or painted.  If I kept it for myself, I probably would have stripped and refinished it.  It was beautiful mahogany wood (one of my favorites).  But I know that I am not the norm and most people these days prefer painted wood, so I chose to paint it.
This table has a wonderful storage drawer at one end!  Making it perfect for small spaces and being used for multiple functions.
 I painted the entire table in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Old White and used accents of ASCP Cream and Paris Grey.
After painting the entire table in ASCP Old White, I sketched on my design across the entire table top in pencil.
I base coated my entire design in Annie Sloan Cream and Paris Grey.  Then I added in a bit of brown acrylic along with ASCP Old White for highlighting.
The design stretches across the entire top of the table.  
I also added the same colors to the base of the table to highlight the details and tie the entire look together.
I sealed the entire piece with 2 coats of Liberon Clear (love, love, love this) wax and highlighted it with Minwax Special Dark (will be purchasing a brown in Liberon once this is gone), then LIGHTLY distressed it to give it an aged effect.
I was thrilled with the finished results.  It turned out EXACTLY how I had envisioned it!

Hopefully  the person that purchases this, will love it as much as I do!  Thanks for stopping by.
Ciao for now! Kellie


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Saturday, January 28, 2012

How to paint a Faux Grain Sack

This is a chair I painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Old White) and then recovered in a "Faux" Grain Sack that I hand painted.  I love the look, but if you are like me...they are just too EXPENSIVE.  I have never seen one for less than $40.00 here in the Midwest.  That is just a bit too salty for me. So I decided to paint one using some acrylic paint, fabric medium and you guessed it... a painter drop cloth.  Here is a list of supplies you will need.

  • 1 prewashed and dried drop cloth. (no fabric softener)
  • Masking Tape
  • Painters Tape
  • A paint brush, sponge brush, or roller 
  • Acrylic paint in the color of your choice
  • Fabric medium
  • Paint palette
  • Palette Knife for mixing paint (optional)
Here you can see the roller I used.  I purchased this at Michael's for $1.99.  I think it works better than a brush or sponge brush.  The coverage is more even.
I used Folk Art Acrylic Paints in Wrought Iron (black) and Napthol Crimson (Red).  Any acrylic paint will work just fine.  I used Michael's Brand: Craft Smart fabric medium...I think it was $0.99.  Much more cost effective than other name brands.  I mixed a little of the Wrought Iron into my red to tone it down just a bit.  It was just slightly too red for what I wanted.  But again...this is your project, so use what you like.
This is the palette paper I used.  I LOVE this stuff.  If you do a lot of painting like this, it's worth the investment.  I have had mine for probably 8 last a LONG TIME.  But foil, wax paper, a plastic bag would all work just fine too!
 Next you are going to tape off your 1st stripe (you choose the width) using masking tape.  I like this over painters tape (we will use this later) because it sticks to the fabric better and less leakage.  Simply load your roller and begin rolling over the fabric you want painted.  I think a lighter coverage looks more "authentic" than a heavy coverage.  But again, the beauty of this project, it's completely adjustable to your taste!
Once you remove the masking tape (this can be done in about 5 minutes of painting), you are left with one stripe.  You can leave it at this or go to the next step
Tape OVER the stripe you just painted.  Trying to keep the same amount of masking tape on both sides of the painted stripe.  This space will be the space between your already painted stripe and the new ones you will be adding.
Now, tape a Spacer Tape (2) right next to the center stripe (1).  The taped edges should butt right next to one another.  Then you will add another piece of masking tape (3) next to your spacer tape (2), again butting the edges together.  This piece (3) will become the edge of your new stripe.  You will need to do this twice. See picture above.  

This is where the painters tape comes in! Add a piece of painters tape to the edge of the #3 pieces of masking tape. This should slightly over lap the outside edge of #3 masking tape.  This will give you extra "painting" room so that you don't get paint on the fabric where you don't want it.  Now go back and remove both #2 pieces of masking tape....this will be where you paint your new stripes.
This is what your painted piece should look like before removing any tape.
This is the completed "Faux" Grain Sack after all the tape is removed.
Repeat the above process for the number of pieces you need to cover your project!  Once your fabric is dry...wait at least one hour, then you will need to "heat" set your fabric with a hot iron.  Refer to Fabric Medium directions for this.  That's you are ready to recover your project of choice.
The chair from the front!
The back of the chair!
Happy Painting!  The possibilities are now endless!
Ciao for now! Kellie

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Projects!

I have been quite busy the last couple of weeks!  We are having a record breaking month and I am doing everything I can to keep up!  This is a wonderful problem to have and we are blessed beyond measure, but it has been exhausting!  

So needless to say, I am going to keep the wording short and let the pictures speak for themselves! Hope you enjoy!

Some home decor items refinished in Annie Sloan Cream:

I hand painted the little bee and wreath to give it a little "French Flair"
I finished this is Annie Sloan Cream.  I applied the paint rather thick then used a hair dryer to dry it.  This causes the paint to crack giving you that crackle finish without applying any crackle medium.  I then applied clear and dark wax to pull out the crackling effect.  I love how this piece turned out!
This was just your normal "gold" plastic framed mirror.  Painted in Annie Sloan Cream, Crackled with the hair dryer, then I used a damp rag to rub off some of the paint.  I didn't want to use sand paper because I wanted the gold to show through.  If I sanded, it would have taken it back to the brown plastic.  I then sealed with clear and dark wax.
A magnet board and some framed bird prints (courtesy of the Graphic Fairy).  All the frames were painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream.
A vintage wooden wall shelf painted in Annie Sloan Paris Gray with a new updated backing!
Several other framed bird pictures (all courtesy of the Graphic Fairy).  Annie Sloan's Emperor's Silk was used on the two bottom frames.  One as just the red with antiquing glaze and the other with Paris Gray over top and distressed!
Little side table painted in Annie Sloan's Paris Grey and Old White. Then I hand painted the queen bee and wreath on this as well.

And last, but not least a french styled chair that I painted in Annie Sloan Old White, reupholstered in a faux french grain sack and some "frenchy" hand made pillows to top it all off!

A close up of the detail.  Please excuse the date stamp...I took my daughter to Disney on Ice and forgot to turn it off!  OOPS!
Just a view of the back!
Graphic Courtesy of the Graphic Fairy
So that is what I have been up to for the last several weeks!  How about you?  

On a side note...we dropped off the chair and the pillows Sunday around 4pm and they sold by yesterday at 2pm.  Back to the garage!