Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sign Tutorial with text and glazing

This week I created a sign for a special order.

The client wanted “nest” with a wooden applique.  Here’s how I completed the task…

After sanding and spray painting the board, I glued a wooden applique to the top, letting half of it hang off the board. 
The decorative applique is from a craft store.  I use E6000 for gluing wood-to-wood pieces.  It works very well on these surfaces.  It is also available in craft and home improvement stores and looks like this:


I used my Cricut to create a stencil and centered it on the board.

Starting with a DRY dauber brush that I dabbed in some brown paint, I pounced the brush up and down on the stencil.
If your brush is not DRY, the paint will seep under your stencil and you won’t have clean lines.   Also, pouncing up and down rather than using brush strokes will also help the paint from seeping under the stencil.

Once the paint dried, I removed the stencil.  Now it’s ready to glaze.

For glazing, I use Ralph Lauren’s glaze tinted in Smoke color.

To glaze, you can use a sponge brush to apply and then just wipe it off.  I used a Q-tip to get the glaze in all the crevices.  I sanded it slightly after it dried.

You can repeat the glazing process as many times as you’d like to get the look you want.  Any amount of glazing will give your piece a finished, aged look. 




Since this one is going to my client, I painted another one using the same process for the stenciling.  Instead of an applique, I hand painted a nest.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Easter and Spring Vignette

Last year I purchased several faux chocolate bunnies from a discount store and they make a great vignette on the buffet in our kitchen … 


I made the tags with scrapbook paper and stamped a letter on each to spell Easter, then attached with sheer ribbon...
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This year, I removed the tags…though I’m thinking of putting them back on for some color.  What’s your preference?


Or maybe I'll add some wrapped candies here and there to put a bit of color back in...what do you think?

Here’s how they look with the rest of the space…


UPDATE: I decided to keep the ribbon and tags for some color. But, I changed the ribbons from blue to orange to go with the carrots already on display...

Coming soon … a tutorial on the “nest” sign!


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Painting a Gray Master Bedroom

If you’ve ever had issues picking a paint color, I can totally relate!   We decided to paint our room a neural gray color.  He wanted gray; I wanted a warm, neutral backdrop for future furnishings and decorating.  How hard could this be?  Famous. Last. Words.

It started with a pile of paint swatches something like this:

Let me just say that after studying the colors awhile, they start to look all the same:

It always helps to have a cute lil’ helper when picking colors…before3 with text

Finally after researching all the gray rooms in blog land, the articles, the pictures, etc. I settled on six samples to try. I highly, highly, highly recommend getting the samples. Best $3 ever spent.  Or $18.  Whatever.  It was so worth it, because the actual paint color looks very different when it’s on a great big wall.
Here is what I sampled:
Sharkey Gray – Martha Stewart (Home Depot)
Frappe – Valspar (Lowe’s)
Collonade Gray – Sherwin Williams
Agreeable Gray – Sherwin Williams
Seagull Gray -  Lowe’s Seaside Retreat collection
Silver Sateen – Behr (Home Depot)

We had Home Depot color match what wasn’t theirs ‘cause we knew we wanted to use Behr paint.  Best paint ever, in my opinion.

Right off the bat, I felt Silver Sateen was too blue, so it’s not in any pictures. Sorry!

So the process begins...by the way, paint a large enough area with your sample paint so you can see how it will look. I painted small areas at first and it was no help.  Paint areas at least this big:before6

Same pic as above, but with paint names:
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I’ll be honest.  I wanted Frappe from the get go.  Looking at the card, the color was gorgeous.  Perfect.  But having all the samples on the wall made be consider other options, which is a good thing.

My first thoughts:
Seagull gray – very pretty light gray, but not much of a change
Sharkey gray – more pink in it than what you’d think
Frappe – my favorite, though seeing it all the wall I definitely saw undertones of green
Collonade Gray – pretty, maybe too blue?
Agreeable Gray – a nice light gray, maybe not enough of a change and if we going through the trouble of painting, we wanted a big difference

Another look:
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I stared at these walls for days.  I fell asleep staring at these walls. I tried to envision the entire room painted one of these colors.  I contemplated how I would decorate with each one. I thought about how they’d look with the ceiling color, the carpet, the adjoining bathroom walls (painted Forest Lichen, Martha Stewart). I asked for opinions from friends and family. I drove hubby nuts with my indecision. 

So what did I choose?

I chose Collonade Gray, and in the end here’s what sold me:  The Collonade Gray swatch PERFECTLY matches the London Fog swatch by Benjamin Moore,  and I found a beautiful room painted in London Fog by Dear Lillie that I loved. Just the right amount of brown undertones for a beautiful neutral gray.

Let’s get this party started…
major thanks to dad for doing all the ladder work!

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Same paint, but big difference once it dries.
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The entire wall (below) is painted, but check out the various shades of color as it dries.  Most dry is on the left:


Working our way around the room.  Yes, I painted too. I just also stopped to take pics.  =)

Enough of the “during” photos…let’s move on to the AFTER:


Yep, it’s a room of hodge podge furniture, but a fresh coat of paint certainly puts me in the mood to change that.  New furniture and decorating is next.   Stay tuned!

One last look…



This color totally warms up the room and we couldn’t be happier.  Now on to decorating … if you have ideas of how to decorate this room, I’d LOVE to hear it.

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