Category Archives: Paint

DIY HeadBand Holder

 

At C3’s baby shower, my lovely hosts had all the supplies to make headbands for our little girl. Everyone made a headband and signed a little note to baby G. I almost put them in a jar, but wanted to be able to pick a headband quick and easy.

Everything I needed to make this wood head band holder was already on hand. The life of a hoarder, eh?
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The piece of wood I found was already the right size for the wall space I had picked to hang it. I applied two coats of Early American stain and called it good.

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I painted the hooks with a few layers of Rustoleum white spray paint. Using a bunch of sample paints I had on hand, I chose 3 different shades of blue. I painted two hooks a bright pink/red that we used to paint the inside of her dresser drawers (more on that later).WoodHeadBandHolder3

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I made the mistake of painting the screw heads before I used them to attach the hooks. I ended up repainting the screws after I attached the hooks because I stripped the paint attaching them. WoodHeadBandHolder5

Do Not paint screw heads before using the screws to attach the hooks. I repeat: WASTE OF TIME!

Do Not paint screw heads before using the screws to attach the hooks. I repeat: WASTE OF TIME!

I attached two eye hole screws to the top of the shelf and found some old fabric to hang the head band holder with.

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WoodHeadBandHolder9Voila. I have since changed out the fabric used to hang the head band holder and replaced it with a teal ribbon. I would post a picture but someone’s napping and we all know the saying… don’t wake a sleeping baby.

 

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DIY Paint Sample Card Art

DIY Paint Sample Card ArtAll of the times I have been to the paint aisle examining paint colors has finally paid off. A while back, I found a frame at Goodwillys and brought it home. It wasn’t amazing. It was plastic made to look like wood and there was plastic in-place of any sort of glass.  But it worked! I very quickly through together a collage from my collection of paint sample cards (is that what you call them?). It remained this way for over 2 year! And it lived in the basement for nearly 1/2 of that time.

So after we reorganized and refreshed our office area, I decided that it was time to breathe new life into the piece.

Here is the original collage:
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ooooh – ahhhhhh

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During our office clean out we decided this ship painting on canvas needed to have a proper home. You can see here that the frame it’s living in now is a bit too big. Notice the spaces at the top and bottom.

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I dug right in, hoping  it would turn out a little less collage-y and more arty.

I took out all the old paint sample cards from the original frame including the cardboard backing and recycled  what was left of the frame. Since I had used double sided tape to place them initially, a lot of them were ruined in the removal process… this limited my options a bit.

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There is a lack of in-progress shots! I used a paint sample card for a stencil, laying it on the larger sample cards, tracing around it, and then cutting out a new size. With the remaining colors that survived the removal process, I decided to do a sky, land, water piece. I used tape to adhere them to the cardboard and then framed it in the frame the ship had originally been in. Here is the final result.

oooh ahhhh.

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And here it is hanging next to my desk in our new office space.

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Merman

After a trip to Goodwill I ended up with an old frame with a wood backing to it. I really had no idea what to do with it so I gathered a few different blue paints I had from past projects and began painting. It quickly began to look like water and I thought that was OK. It remained that way for many months. Recently I decided I needed a rather large piece to use in the bathroom so I pulled it out (thinking it was calming) and hung it up. It was all wrong and so bland! It was very obvious it needed to have a mermaid swimming in it. DUH!

Mermaid Tail

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I used a white chalk marker and drew directly onto the painted surface. It took a few layers.  I then began to draw a pattern in the middle with a pencil. After I was satisfied with my pattern, I used blue chalk markers to trace over the pencil lines.

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I used 2 different shades of blue, a gold marker,  and weighted the lines. 20140210-185606.jpg

The finished result:

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I love it in our bathroom – just the splash we needed.

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DIY Hutch From a Bookshelf (Welcome 2013)

Guess who’s back????
I’ve taken a much needed social media break beginning early November and have had time to collect myself, re-connect with my offline social life, and gather direction for the new year!

My holiday season was wonderful, spent with those dearest to me. I dropped a rather large DIY-bomb on my family for Christmas in the form of their Christmas presents! It involved quite a few  profile pictures, and fabric paint and sewing! That blog post coming….. soon.

My NYE was spent with my BFF in Montana and my birthday (all too close to the holidays) was spent back in Seattle with my farm family and husband. What a great start to the New Year!

I ended up starting to gather my supplies for a project before Christmas, but had to put it on hold to make time to finish my DIY-bomb that I before mentioned. I had been pining for a hutch-something colorful, rustic, and with a vintage flare and I knew it must have chicken-wire doors! After many searches online, I thought I could make one. If  you’ve heard of Anna White, or visited her amazing site, you would be feeling just as empowered as I was. I decided to take a reality check and start with a smaller project. I decided to find a decent shelf, add the doors and then paint it to my liking.

I found this really simple shelf on Craigslist. I’m almost positive someone else made it by hand, re-using the wood, as a lot of the pieces have nail holes. Either way, it fit the bill; a little rustic, a shelf, an vintage -er- used flare.

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My husband ( I need to think of a code-name for him) and his BFF from high school who was visiting from San Diego, made simple door frames.

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After the door frames were attached, we sanded away until they fit together with less friction. I didn’t sand them down to a perfect fit, but after staining them, they miraculously fit together perfectly. My guess? The wood absorbed the stain and shrunk a bit. After the doors were stained, I attached the chicken wire with a staple gun and then stained the shelf exterior.


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We attached the doors and stood back to admire! We are only half way done with this project and have plans to paint the interior, except…. we can’t decide on a color. I think a glossy white and my husband agrees, but suggested we paint the back of the shelf a pop color! Baby steps…

photo (3)Until we make a decision… it will remain with the original interior, that I actually sort of like. It definitely fits the rustic theme.

Any suggestions on interior colors? Pantone color of the year?

~cg

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