Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Flea Market Table Redo

This table was so ugly, the owner of the thrift store just gave it to me!  I promised her I would show a picture of the make over.  Someone had painted the top a terrible gold color.  I am showing the first picture after sanding all that gunk off.

Next I mixed up a custom color of taupe chalk paint.  I was envying the color combo of taupe and cream.  I painted on two coats of color and then applied a clear coat of Annie Sloan's soft wax.  Then a tiny bit of the dark wax mixed with more clear wax. 

I then screen printed my most favorite typography from The Graphics Fairy. Click here to download the image.  Thank you, Karen, for providing the French advertisement.  I mixed a light gray with a little black ink to achieve the darker gray.  Shows up beautifully on the cream!  Here is the end result!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Garage Sale Table Redo

My husband thought this table was ugly and didn't want me to keep it for ourselves.  However, after I turned it into a beautiful swan, he wondered why we were selling it!

I painted the top with my own recipe for chalk paint in a matte black.  I did the same with the grey on the bottom, by mixing just a little black paint into pure white.  I even painted the inside of the drawers with the black. 

The entire piece was then buffed with Annie Sloan's clear wax.  Note that your black can look a little blotchy even after two coats, but I feel it's part of the character created by chalk paint.  (Add your graphic below before applying wax).   I then rubbed on a coat of dark wax (not heavy) over the grey.  Since this particular piece of furniture was smooth before paint, there was not much for detail to rub the dark wax into.  Still I thought it looked fantastic with the added colour of the dark wax. 

The best part of this project was adding the graphic.  You will find this lovely image on The Graphics Fairy.  I love this website so much, I bought the premium membership.  However, there are over 4,000 free images to download!  The image was actually screen printed with a thick white paint; mostly white that was mixed with the tiniest bit of black to get the perfect grey. I am so excited that the same ink you screen print fabric with, can work just as well on wood.  I let the ink completely dry and then put another layer of wax over top to seal.   

Friday, June 12, 2015

Beehive Clothing House table

I absolutely love this beehive from The Graphics Fairy.  For this table, I used Annie Sloan's chalk paint.  I was thinking about selling the Victorian boots, but now I am changing my mind, as I would like to keep for display every time I use this graphic.  


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Another close up of the bookshelf.

Loving French Postcard image

After a break from the furniture business, mostly due to lack of time, I decided to finish a bookshelf that has been sitting in the basement for three years.  The bookshelf was inspiration from one posted on my Pinterest page.  The postcard was expanded by use of this website; love it. Blockposters. The graphic was applied using a Matte medium gel by Golden.  However, a lot of work to rub off the paper!   The bookshelf sold immediately at a summer show in Nebraska.    

Monday, April 23, 2012

My friend and I recently purchased a home screen printing machine called Yudu.  We spent all day Sunday working on screen prints.  I love it.  Please post a comment if you want more information on this machine.  

This very excellent tote bag has been lovingly screen printed and sewn with care. The bag will hold either a lot of groceries or a lot of knitting! The French graphics and medallion are from my favorite site, The Graphics Fairy are screen printed in a dark sepia and finished with a cotton tan ticking. The inside is lined with a fantastic French toile and has a deep pocket for your cell phone, keys, sunglasses or garage door opener. The fabric roses are created with three coordinating fabrics. I recommend gentle hand washing in cool water. The tote measures 14 1/2" wide by 14" deep and 4" squared off bottom. The straps are a generous 27" long for sliding over your shoulder.  The tote bag may be purchased at my Little Etsy Store.  More to come!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

French Graphic Lazy Susan

Our sweet Lazy Susan has been painted with several coats of Eggshell White and a vintage French graphic applied with a water slide decal from Lazertran.   I cannot thank Karen from the Graphics Fairy enough for providing this stunning "Cafe" graphic.  The Susan was then gently sanded back for a time worn look. Measurements are 15" wide and 1/2" thick. She spins beautifully!  This one is for sale at my Little Etsy Store.  If you have time, stop over!