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Rustic, Distressed Paint Finish with the Folk Art Coastal Paints

Rustic Utensil Caddy image transfer

The good folks at Plaid sent me some more paint: Folk Art Coastal

The paints are super-thick and you can use them to create a textured, weathered effect. I was eager to try them out.

I just needed a project and that’s when things got….complicated.

So I ask you to bear with me as this project goes in a lot of directions.

I landed on the idea for a little silverwear caddy but since I always want to do everything RIGHT NOW and stores were closed (4th of July) I decided to make my own.

I’m not actually recommending you make your own – there are plenty of them available to purchase – but just to be thorough – here is how I made mine.

I cut some 3/8″ scrap wood down to size:

  • 2 front panels 4″ high by 10″ long
  • 2 side panels 4″ high by 6″ long
  • Center divider 10″ long, 7″ high with a handle I cut out with a jigsaw
  • Divider panels 4″ high by 2.5 wide.
  • bottom panel cut to size (not shown….I may have forgotten about that little detail until the last minute…..)

To make things easier I pre-painted the interior after marking where the joints would glue together.

I used my pin-nailer to attach the interior dividers first

Then added the end panels

Then the middle divider and the back side.

Ok, NOW it’s time to talk painting (which you may recall was the actual point of this whole endeavor)

The paint is thick, fun to work with and easy to use.  I wanted to use two colors to create that, aged, layered, crumbly effect and I started off with the blue

I laid down a base layer – fairly smooth – just for coverage then, while it was still wet, loaded up my brush and splotched/smushed more paint on to create some texture.

Once that had a couple of hours to dry I went back in with the white.

Again, I just kind of played around with it, smooshing and splotching until I got a look I liked.

THEN I decided I wanted to see how all that fun texture would work if I tried to add some graphics.

I put together a quick BBQ Restauant image

and headed into my go-to image transfer technique using polycrilic.

DISCLAIMER:  I had to photograph all this early in the morning which led to a lot of artsy shadows so please forgive the “film noir” effect.…..Although it does add a certain drama to the whole thing and I came to think of it as Patsy’s BBQ! – you know, where the murders happened!”

After reversing the image I printed it out using my laser printer.

(I seem to be having some serious problems with the whole backwards thing lately.  So, while one does want to PRINT the image in reverse one does not actually have to photograph said image upside down to add to the confusion.  My apologies.)

I laid down a good coat of polycryic

put my paper in place and used a brayer to make sure I had good contact (cleaning up any poly that I squeezed out).

After giving it a few hours in the sun to dry I rubbed away the paper using a damp rag.

This technique works so well – a bit too well actually – I actually wanted a bit more distress so when I moved over to do the other images I added some cracks to the actual graphic, used a bit less poly and rubbed a bit less aggressively.  That gave me the perfect look.

I liked it.  Loved the texture but it looked a bit too clean so I used some Folk Art Home Decor Antiquing wax.

Easy to use – just add a tiny amount to the brush and rub it in in a circular motion.

Suitably rustic.

I really like the textured layers the paint provides (especially keeping in mind that I used MDF wood which has no grain or texture of its own)

The only downside?

Now I’m hungry for BBQ and, of course, I can’t go to Patsy’s…..partly due to the fact that it doesn’t exist but more importantly because they never managed to get the blood stains off the floor.  So unappetizing.

Disclaimer: Plaid Enterprises provided me with the paint and brushes for this project as part of their Plaid Ambassador program.  The idea for the project and all opinions are totally my own.  I received no other compensation.

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Sally’s Visit and Paper Jewelry

My sister Sally is visiting me this week.

My oldest sister and I have a lot in common and once she stopped using the phrase “unnecessary addition” and “ruined everything” to describe my birth we’ve gotten along great!*

(*I’m joking of course, everyone always has been and always will be overjoyed to have me around.  Please remember that if we ever meet.  If you can’t quite put your finger on the emotion you’re experiencing it is overjoyedness.  Trust me.)

Sally dabbled in acting too and has always been an artist working in all sorts of media.  She has, for a long time, had a great passion for paper.  She makes her own paper, does paper sculptures, books etc – it’s all quite beautiful.

After she arrived for her visit and we had chatted a bit she brought out this small bagpaulas-bag

(which, keeping it in the family, was made for her by our sister Paula)

and out of it pulled these suppliessally-kit

Intrigued (and a bit concerned that I wasn’t keeping her sufficiently entertained) I asked her what it was for and she told me about her current passion for making paper jewelry and that this is her travelling workshop.

I’d never heard of paper jewelry and I was fascinated to watch her work.

After cutting out some simple ovals of various sizespieces-parts

she carefully wrapped/molded them into her desired shape and glued them together producing these super cool earrings.ear-rings

Then, she shared a picture of some of her other, finished work:paper-ear-rings-by-sarah-alger

Aren’t they beautiful?!  All made of paper.

And then Sally then revealed her true purpose.

In the paper jewelry game durability is kinda key.

She’d been using a fairly expensive product to coat her work but wanted to experiment with Mod Podge Stiffy to see if it would provide the same results.   And since she knew I was the Mod Podge Ambassador in the family she thought I might have a stash.mod-podge-stiffy

As luck would have it, the good folks at Plaid had sent me a bottle of Stiffy.   I haven’t experimented with it since, A) I don’t really do much with fabric and, B) I’m waaaaay too juvenile to use it or reference it without bursting into extremely immature giggles and/or feel like I’m writing 50 Shades of Grey – Craft Edition.

Anyway, Sally wanted to try it out which was perfect!

She grabbed the Stiffy…

….nope!…

OK.  Let’s try that again.

She dabbed the Stiffy….

….ugh…..

She found the Stiffy….

….I can’t do this…..

OK, sorry, I need to grow up.  But that’s clearly not going to happen anytime soon so………….I’m just going to call it Voldemort.

Take two!

Sally brushed the Voldemort on and between the layers of paper and let them dry. stiffy I was impressed and so was she! It worked beautifully.  Mod Podge Voldemort both provided adhesion between the layers but also gave the earrings just the right amount of sturdiness so that they will hold up to wear and tear.  These just need a final sealing coat on the back and the addition of the findings and she’s good to go.

She has a bunch of other stuff with her so I’m hoping she shows me more of what she’s working on during the visit.

But I’m not going to make her work on her earrings the whole time she’s here.  No, the garage needs cleaning and I need some coaster backs cut too! (she’s overjoyed.  See?!)

Perfect.

Disclaimer: The good folks at Plaid have provided me (though they probably regret it at this point) with Mod Podge Voldemort as part of my Plaid Ambassador position.  All opinions and juvenile asides are totally on me and I have not received any other compensation for this post.  Links are provided just for reference and convenience.

Holiday Centerpiece Idea

holiday-centerpiece-idea-by-cheltenham-roadI always hope to have a relaxing, hot-chocolate sipping, carol singing sort of Christmas season.

I would have you guys over.  We’d snack on desserts and chat.  I would be mellow yet festive, the perfect, relaxed host.

And then then we’d go ice-skating in hell while a flock of pigs flew overhead because only when those things happen will I be mellow  at Christmas time.

 

I love the season, I really do, and I have a great time but there is nothing laid back about it for me (especially now).

So, with my annual Holiday Dessert Party Extravaganza looming it was time to turn my mind to decorating as this is my only weekend to do it.

This year I wanted to come up with something fun for the center of the dessert table and I had an idea that would use apothecary jars, some scraps of wood, lighted mini Christmas trees and a bit of fake snow.

I cut my scrap wood down into different sized blockssupplies-for-christmas-centerpiece

And then wrapped it with some plain copy paper, kraft paper, mini wrapping paper, ribbon and twine I found at Michaelsmini-christmas-packages

I’d purchased some tiny, lighted  Christmas Trees at a post-Xmas Target sale last year.

I wanted to hide the battery pack so I wrapped it too (after making sure it didn’t heat up when the tree was turned on)disguise

I added some fake snow to the bottom of the apothecary jars and then piled in the presents.christmas-centerpiece-by-cheltenham-road

I thought trio of jars on a galvanized tray might look good.festive-holiday-centerpiece-idea-by-cheltenham-road

And I wound some mini lights in the tray as well for a little extra glow  (though I need to hide the wires a bit better)galvanzied-tray

I’m having a bit of trouble taking a decent “night” photo of them but you get the idea I think.apothocary-christmas-tree-centerpiece-idea-by-cheltenham-road

If you wanted to do something similar I think mason jars would look great.  The packages could also be made out of styrofoam and if you can’t find lighted trees then simple bottle brush version would work and you could layer in some mini lights inside the jar.christmas-decorating-idea-by-cheltenham-road

OK!  That’s one decorating idea down!  Onward!

Oh and Happy (almost) Thanksgiving everyone!

Father’s Day Photo Frame

Happy Father’s Day to everyone!!!

The other day I posted my Father’s Day idea for Mod Podge Rocks.

It was a fun, insanely easy and I know my dad would dig it but  it’s not what he’s getting because

  • A) I’m not going to try to figure out how ship a 3 foot long sign,  and
  • B) I had a totally different idea in my back pocket.

A bit of background first.

My dad’s pride and joy for most of my life has been his classic 66 Mustang (I mean I’m sure my mom, sister’s and I rank in there somewhere but let’s be serious it was a maroon 66 mustang with a wooden steering wheel and a great stereo system).  Other cars came and went but the Mustang endured.

When my folks downsized dad realized the best choice was to let his beloved car go.

He’s never talked about it but I’m sure it wasn’t a fun decision.

Anyway,  a few months ago while I was visiting my sister’s and I did what we often do: poked around in local antique malls.

We move in a clump around these places pointing out stuff  and I think we all saw this at once.Vintage 66 Mustang Dash Panel

It’s the dashboard from an old Mustang.

While I just had a little jolt of “how cool,” Phebe and Paula immediately started riffing on ideas about what it could be turned into (they are REALLY good at that game).

In all honestly I can’t remember which of them landed on “picture frame”  but we all agreed it was a great idea.  And then they volunteered me to figure out how to do it.

Paula gathered some pics of all of them when they were a bit younger and I got to work.

After cleaning it thoroughly I wanted to create a backer for the pictures to attach to so I flipped it over and traced out the shape.

It proved to be a bit difficult since it’s an odd shape with a lot of little bump ups and such.  It’s almost as if the original designers never once thought about the fact that one day some nut-job would want to turn their dash panel into a picture frame.  Selfish.

Anyway, the final result was a bit crude but it will do.Fathers Day Photo Frame Gift by Cheltenham RoadI then marked  out where the photos would goTrash to treasure Mustang Frame and attached them to the backer using a glue stick.Fathers Day Gift by Cheltenham Road

Then came the tough choice.

Paula had provided me with one pic each of the sisters but now I had to choose my own.

So many options……

I  could go for cute me-at-my-sister-s wedding pic – rocking my ring bearer ensemble.weddingI could choose from the  upsettingly large selection of shots from the permanent “awkward” phase which followed.

Perhaps Squinty Mr. Big Tooth me would appeal?squinty mcbucktooth

(don’t worry as soon as I saw the results of this disastrous 2nd grade photo day I totally fired my stylist)

Moving forward in time I could go for the “no I don’t get beat up a lot at school why do you ask?” shot of me in all my Star Trek finest.gets beat up

(Yes, those are white denim  Star Trek jeans.  No, you can’t borrow them)

Alternately 70s Fashion Victim, Farrah haired me wasn’t exactly the way I wanted to memorialize myself70s victim

Or I could keep more in theme with the sister pics and go for the I’m Done With High School/I’ve Grown into my teeth but am still trying to catch up with my nose– me.high school grad

I chose that last one.

Unfortunately, unlike my sisters (have I mentioned their older than I am?) I was born in a time when color photography had been invented so I need to change my shot to black and white to make it match.

Once everything was in place I was all set.Using a vintage Mustang dashboard as a picutre frame for Fathers Day by Cheltenham Road

It can sit on his desk or hang on the wall.  A reminder of his favorite car and those other people that kept hanging around wanting to borrow it.Fathers Day Gift using vintage mustang dash board for picture frame by Cheltenham Road

(word of advice for you.  NEVER try to learn how to drive stick shift on a car that was made in the 60s, lacked power steering and was possibly better-liked than you)

I hope he enjoys it!

Happy Father’s Day to all of you out there!

UWUG Project #5 Vintage Milk Bottle Label Wall Art with Free Printables

Vintage Dairy Label Wall Art Tutorial Cheltenham RoadFor UWYG Project 5 I wanted to make use of some vintage dairy label graphics that I went crazy for a few years ago but never quite figured out how to use effectively.

I get these random ideas about projects. I’m at the gym or grocery shopping and think “wouldn’t it be totally cool if I…….”

Often times that’s as far as it goes. Sometimes I make it and realize that it was not, in fact, cool at all and sometimes I put it together and think “yup. cool!” and then….. I’m not quite sure what to do with it.  Is it just for me? A product? A tutorial?

I’m tagging this as a tutorial but it’s not so much a tutorial as an “I did this. If you are not obsessed with using scrap wood you could do this too!… but more easily.”

I started off with one of drawer fronts from that old dresserTrash To Treasure Dresser Project Cheltenham Road

and cut it into three 8″ squares that I then painted white and roughed up and didn’t take pictures of (write that down.  “Not taking pictures” is a key step in this project).

With yet more scrap 1/4 ” plywood and using my scroll saw I cut three, six inch circles and printed out my favorite Dairy Labels. The circles were painted white on the edges and the dairy labels were Mod Podged into place.Trash To Treasure DIY Wall Art Cheltenham Road

I had some leftover wood lattice (1 3/4″ wide) and after painting them different colors to match the lables I made mitered frames around the squares* to create shadow boxes.Vintage Style Decor.  Dairy Label Wall Art. Cheltenham Road

*Mitered corners are not my friend. I should stick with butt joints. I was contemplating calling this post “I Like Butt Joints and I Cannot Lie” but thought that might attract an iffy crowd.

More scrap wood spacers were glued into place and then the dairy label disk was pin-nailed onto that.

A little hanger in the back and look at that.Vintage Dairy Label Wall Art Cheltenham Road

Dairy label shadow box wall art.  Maybe for a kitchen.Cheltenham Road TutorialOr perhaps just sitting around on a table that randomly has flowers on it.  You know, whatever works for youVintage Dairy Cap Label Shadow boxes.  Cheltenham RoadSo, how you can do it better and more easily?

Here are some of my favorite dairy labels for you to download.  vintage milk bottle cap printable cheltenham road

Vintage Milk Bottle Dairy Label Free Printable

Right click on the link for the high res download.

Some other great vintage milk bottle labels can be found via the super generous and crazily creative Angie at Knick of Time Interiors.

You can pick up small shadow boxes at Michaels or perhaps at one of Aaron brothers penny sales. Pop out the hardwood/cardboard backer and paint it or cover it with scrap book paper. Paint the frame (spray paint is easiest and comes in huge range of colors now).

Michaels also sells bass wood disks of varying size and you can Mod Podge your label to that and BAM! you too can have random milk bottle wall art!

As Lovely As My Sisters

Umm…..not my best January.  First I get food poisoning and go down for the count and then my computer gets….well,….ebola I believe.

It went into the shop last Tuesday.  I got it back on Saturday and……..not so much better really.  I seem to have a somewhat whimsical connection to the internet.   Sometimes I do.  Sometimes I don’t.  Sometimes I do and don’t almost at the same time (and always right in the middle of whatever I’m doing.)

It’s awesome!

So I’ve been spending my time continuing to clean and organize the garage.  A job I thought would take a couple of days and is stretching into weeks.  But I’m determined to get it done and get it done right.

Fortunately, my lovely sisters have not dropped the internet ball (partially because they’ve been snowed in) and have been searching high and low for cool ideas.

Mamie Jane  (of mamiejane’s blogspot) saw a cutting board/ipad holder in the Pottery Barn catalog and made her own using a scrabble tile holder and a child’s block (and a cutting board of course).  And saved herself about $40Pottery Barn Inspired Ipad Holder by mamiejanes And, OK, I couldn’t love these bookends more.  I so wish I had an eye that could put things together like this. Found Object Book Ends(The bookends themselves seem to have sold but you can find plenty of veeeery cool things at their creator’s new Etsy shop )

And check out this very clever and beautifully simple shelf organizer, again via Etsy (they have tons of other creative and useful listings as well)Wall Hanging Organizer by Moonlitterra

And how genius is it to simply turn a tool box on it’s side and attach it to the wall (via Design Sponge)! Wall Organizer via Design Sponge

And finally, Paula knows about my big garage clean out/makeover so she found this truly inspiring project from Shanty 2 Chic.Garage Lumber Organizer

Thank you sisters!

OK, my computer goes back to the repair shop this week.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Things As Lovely As My Sisters

While I’ve been busy making things to hold flowers my sisters have been doing their part trolling the web looking for the coolest, smartest, cleverest ideas. And they have come up with some great ones!

This first one almost makes me mad.  It’s so clever and so, well, obvious, that the fact that it had never, ever crossed my mind is embarrassing.

Heidi from Happiness is Homemade simply took an old, discarded drawer, added some shelves and created the perfect hanging case.Recycled+Drawer+Paint+Storage+Shelf

Genius!  Recycley!

Now,  I am not a parent but I have experienced both the glory and the horror of Legos.  Amazing things are built!  Amazing numbers of annoying little pieces are scattered all over the house! Well, over at Fussy Monkey Business she took a beat up old end table (the kind I see all the time but can never figure out what do with)Lego Table Before and created this perfect Lego storage and display device.Repurposed Lego Table

Genius!  Recycly!

Betty doesn’t have a blog but she did a guest-post  on My Repurposed Life showing how she took a collection of chairs and turned them into a charming corner bench.  This would be great finished-bench-003_thumb1indoors or out I think

As I mentioned she doesn’t have a blog but Betty does have a facebook page you can see here: https://www.facebook.com/Redosrepurpose

 And finally, I had no idea there was such a thing as liquid iron (I mean a kind that isn’t scalding hot) but Tara Dennis did.  She made this cool, faux metal sign out of pegboard.  The mind reels at the possibilities contained within this idea.punched_metal_wall_art_MI_600

Thanks Sisters!  And one of my sisters has a new house so I’m hoping we can get a lot of before and afters from her genius mind as she goes along.

And thanks to all of you who said such nice things about my random blogging nature.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciated it. (although we should note this is my second post of the week!  And I went to the gym too!  It’s a whole new me……for about 15 more minutes and then I’m going to have a brownie and nap.)

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