Sunday, August 11, 2013
I know, you loved every project. Me too! laurie
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Yesterday, while posting photos of chairs I painted two years ago, I also posted the image transfer that I did on the chair seats. Two years ago, when I posted photos of the painted chairs, I had not yet done the transfer on the seats.
Since I’m not a perfectionist, and I thought the blurred images made it look
like a lot of bottoms had already sat on the new seat covers, a little more antiqued, the look was okay with me. I just didn’t think they were blog-worthy. That is why I was so surprised that some of my visitors seemed to actually like my blurry image on the chair seats! Makes me kind of sorry I waited two years to show them to you.
I always seem to go about things the hard way. I’m one of these people who vacuums the floor, and then dusts the furniture (leaving dust all over the floor). Being anxious to finish my chairs (I’m also a “I want it finished yesterday” person), I cut a painter’s drop cloth and stapled it to the chair seats, and then decided the seats looked a little dull.
See what I’m talking about? Really plain. Of course, I know that if I had transferred the image onto the fabric before I stapled the fabric to the chairs, it would not have been centered and would probably have been very crooked, due to my previously-mentioned “get it done quickly” personality. So, I rushed over to The Graphics Fairy.
Oh, how I love The Graphics Fairy. I could browse through her graphics all day. I found a graphic I liked, downloaded it, and worked on it in PhotoScape (my photo editing program of choice). I added the monogram and reversed the image, and then I printed a copy of it. Since the fabric was already on my chairs, I didn’t feel like I had a lot of choice in the way I transferred the image.
So, I went back to The Graphics Fairy to get the directions for transferring with Citra-Solve. (See, I really do have four chairs ~ for those who saw yesterday’s post).
Since I wasn’t going to post about this on my blog, I didn’t take photos while I was doing mine. But, if you are interested in the directions, just click over to see this great tutorial at The Graphics Fairy.
Before you go, you’ll want to be sure to check out today’s featured posts in the Getting Creative at Home blog tour.
Thursday, Aug. 8:
I promise, you’ll be sorry if you miss any of these posts, so here are the links to the featured posts from previous days:
I’m linking this post to Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy. I can’t believe I’m now bragging about these chair seats that I formerly felt weren’t worthy of a blog post! “Y’all’s” comments yesterday were so nice, you’ve just about convinced me they look okay.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
I am so excited to be a part of the Getting Creative at Home party, which began out of despair. A number of bloggers were having an email pity party about not being at The Haven Bloggers’ Conference. We knew they were all having a fabulous weekend, while we sat at home. Julie at Lilacs and Longhorns (who apparently has a “cup half full” personality) jumped in and suggested that we have a blog party to share our favorite projects.
After all of us dried our tears, we abandoned the pity party and jumped on Julie’s party idea. Of course, Julie made it easy for us. She took charge, and within hours she had created a blog party. Julie, you should become a Blog Party Planner. Thank you for all of your work, and thanks to all 23 blogs who allowed me to take part in this blog tour, especially since I normally do a lot of tablescaping, vignetting, holiday decorating, & furniture rearranging on this blog, and I’m not sure those are “projects”.
My favorite projects (possibly my only projects) are chalk-painting my furniture.
Loooong ago, when my sweetheart and I married, I painted furniture all of the time. I was apparently using stripping agents that were harmful to my health. (Maybe that’s why I can’t remember anything anymore.) When all of those products were taken off the market, furniture painting became too much trouble for me. (I’m impatient and want everything finished yesterday.)
So, two years ago, after reading about this new paint that required no stripping or priming, I knew that was my kind of paint. I ordered my first can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from France. It wasn’t available in the U.S. then. I painted four of the chairs that we use at the table in our sunroom. (When I took this photo, one of the chairs was behind the table, and I didn’t pull it out for the picture – I told you, when I’m doing something, I want it finished yesterday!)
I am sharing something that I’ve never shared before. (Oh, I know you are so excited!) When I did the transfers on the chair seats, I didn’t think they were blog-worthy, so I never posted pictures of them. When I took a photo for this post, I knew somebody would be asking me what those big smudges were on the chair seats, so I bit the bullet and showed the seats.
I didn’t buy another can of chalk paint for two years. It wasn’t available near me until recently. In June, I painted these outdoor chair cushions with Annie Sloan Antique Violet chalk paint. I assumed this was a temporary fix for my out-dated cushions (I was waiting for cushions to go on sale.) However, I’m still using them.
Last month, I painted a china cabinet in our kitchen the same A.S. Antique Violet.
I’m sure my adventures in chalk-paint are not over.
Now, let’s go see the other blogs that are being featured today on the Getting Creative at Home Blog Tour:
Wednesday, Aug. 7:
I know you don’t want to miss any of these links, so yesterday’s and Monday’s links are shown below.
Tuesday, Aug. 6:
Monday, Aug. 5:
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Monday, July 1, 2013
Almost a year ago, I shared pictures of our kitchen in a post, and I asked for opinions about a china cabinet in our kitchen. Some of the cabinetry in our kitchen is painted cream, and some of it is painted a blue-grey color. I was trying to decide whether I wanted to paint the cabinet cream or try to match the blue-grey color of our other cabinets.
My Mother always called a piece of furniture like this a “breakfront”. I’m not sure what makes it a breakfront instead of a china cabinet, but I’m calling it a china cabinet, because I’ve noticed that is the common term for these in Blogville.
After a year of mulling over what to do with this piece, I had almost decided to leave it alone, as some suggested when I asked the question on my blog. However, it is not in great condition, and I frequently see similar pieces in junk stores, and they are not very expensive, so I decided I would be happier with the piece if it were painted.
In my previous post, I showed you the outdoor cushions I painted. I am a very messy painter, so since my fingernails, arms, and legs were already painted Annie Sloan’s Antique Violet, from painting this cabinet, I painted the cushions the same color. Does it match our blue kitchen cabinets? Nope. After thinking about it awhile, I came to the realization that a bargain shopper doesn’t have matching colors in their home (at least, this bargain hunter doesn’t). If I found a china cabinet, painted a blue color, at a low price, I would purchase it and put it in our kitchen even though the blue color was not the same as our cabinetry. I didn’t want to sand and prep the piece, so I knew I wanted to use chalk paint, and I decided I could paint it whatever color I wanted. I have to say, I’m loving it!
You may be able to see the corner of my grands’ play hutch next to this cabinet. Since this is also their kitchen play corner, I decided to not do a lot of distressing on the cabinet. The grands will quickly take care of the distressing for me.
You may be wondering why I painted the drawer pulls. The top “drawer” is a drop-down desk, so the solid piece of wood for the desk covers the screws for the “drawer” pulls. I did remove all of the other drawer pulls before painting, but when I put them back on, I didn’t like the way they broke up the color on the piece. That, combined with my messy paint job, and my cluttered shelves, just made the cabinet look too cluttered (yes, even I think something can look too cluttered). So, off came the drawer pulls again, so I could paint them the same color as the cabinet.
It was impossible to get a photo of the top without glare on the glass. I thought I was so smart to put magazine pages behind the decorative trim on the glass before I painted, so I wouldn’t have such a hard time getting my messy paint strokes off of the glass. I’m afraid some pieces of the pages may be permanently stuck to the back of some of that wood trim!
I painted the cabinet this weekend, while my sweetheart was at hunting camp. He didn’t notice it all afternoon after he got home. That night, our daughter came over and commented on it, and then he started asking where I had purchased it. When I told him it had been there for years, he asked what color it had been before. He’s so observant!
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