Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Carnival Side Table

This table was 100% inspired by the work of Lauren Chapman, a furniture painter/artist.  A while back I saw a table she painted (on FB) with her CARNIVAL TECHNIQUE and I immediately became obsessed with it.  She posted a link to her how-to video, so I decided to give it a shot.  Gotta say, this is right up my alley, too. Using more than one color on a piece of furniture really does it for me!  Check out her other work and follow her here:  https://www.facebook.com/Chalkpainteverything/
Remember, try new things and always Make Your Mark!

I still have to find a place for it!
Watch how to make it here! 
Water bottle
White side table
Before you begin, make sure your furniture piece is painted white!
1.  Mix a small amount of Unicorn SPiT in Blue Thunder with water
2.  Dab off most of the paint on the brush on to a rag
3.  Dab about 80% of the white table with the "dry" brush
4.  Next, water down Lemon Kiss, dab off brush and blend the lemon kiss in various areas on the table.  *Some areas will mix together and create a lime green, others will be just yellow
5.  Continue the process with Zia Teal 
6.  Mix Molly Red Pepper with Phoenix Fire, water down and continue
7.  Go over most of the piece with Purple Hill Majesty
8.  Finally finish off with more of the Blue Thunder
*Make sure every time you apply paint that you dab off the brush and use a "dry brush" dabbing application to the piece.
9.  Spray the entire piece with Minwax Lacquer and let dry
10.  Paint the table surfaces with Americana Decor Metallics in Vintage Brass
11. & 12. Fill in the details with more Vintage Brass and wipe away the excess
*This will highlight the details with gold

This makes me so happy! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Underwater Dresser

I saw this sad little dresser at a thrift store just begging me to take him home.  Seems the broken tracks on the drawers were a "no deal" for any other potential buyer, but not for me!  A little glue, a few nails and he was good as new!  Recently I was inspired by a beautiful two-tone desk and decided to give the technique a try with a few little differences.  I added hints of gold to highlight the edges and details and compliment the hardware.  What a difference a little bit of paint makes, right!  Remember to always give your old furniture a second chance with a coat of paint.  Oh, and always Make Your Mark!
 Styled on the back porch and waiting for a room inside my house!
The glorious gold details!

Watch how to make it here!
Thrift store dresser
1. Remove the hardware
2. Paint the edges and details in metallic gold and let dry
3.  Paint over the metallic gold with the clear cream wax and let dry
4.  Paint the top 1/3 of the dresser in Adirondack chalky finish
5.  Blend the lower part of the Adirondack area with Honor chalky finish
6.  Continue painting the lower half of the dresser in Honor
7.  Using a rag or fine sandpaper, rub the areas that were painted with wax to expose the metallic gold
8.  Spray paint the hardware in bright metallic gold
9.  Seal the chalky finish with a light satin varnish
So in love!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Big Blue Marble Table

I'm all about happy accidents.  For example, THIS TABLE!  Originally I was trying for the granite effect made popular by the inventor of Unicorn SPiT, Michelle Nicole.  I failed miserably!  Not sure what went wrong, but I'm pretty happy with the results anyway.  Just goes to show you that sometimes you just have to take what you get and sometimes what you get is just lovely!  Remember to experiment without fear and to always Make Your Mark!
My Big Blue Marble coffee table!
It reminds me of the earth
  Stacked with my yummy treasures
Watch how to make it here!
Spray bottles
Thrift store table
1.  Mix 1 part Unicorn SPiT to 4 parts water in a spray bottle
*I used Dragon's Belly, Blue Thunder, Zia Teal & White Ning for this table
2.  Spray streaks of Blue Thunder on the table
3.  Spray streaks of Dragon's Belly across the table
4. & 5.  Next spray Zia Teal and finally White Ning
6.  Without moving the table, let the colors blend and dry overnight
7.  Carefully flip the table top, clean the drips and then spray paint the back gold
*The gold with peek through where the Unicorn SPiT separated on the glass
8.  Prepare the Glaze Coat (I used one 1-pint box for this table)
9. & 10.  Elevate the table about 1" on some wood blocks, evenly pour out the Glaze Coat and spread it with a sponge brush
11.  Pop the bubbles with a small torch or long arm lighter, cover and let cure overnight
12.  Spray the table base in a matching color and start redecorating your living room!
The world in my living room!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Embellished Candles with Marabu

It's winter (even here in Los Angeles) and I've been burning candles every day to make my house feel more comfortable and homey while it's chilly outside.  Most of my candles are white pillars, so when Marabu sent me their Candle-Liners, I went a little crazy decorating them.  Candle-Liners are water based, wax paints that melt just like candle wax so you can actually paint ON your candles.  How awesome is that?!  I thought so, too.  At first I tried painting on the candles, but I just couldn't figure out a design I was happy with.  Instead, I printed some vintage images on tissue paper and that's when the magic happened.  I think they're gorgeous.  A terrific personalized gift idea, too.  This is my year to try new projects, like making candles, and I hope you challenge yourself to try something new in 2018.  Whatever you try, remember to Make Your Mark!
I love how these look together!
So much drama!    

Watch how to make them here!
White pillar candles
Tissue paper & copy paper
Hair dryer
White school glue
1.  Press the tissue paper perfectly flat using the no-steam setting
2.  Cut the tissue to copy paper size (8 1/2" x 11") and then carefully glue the very edges to a piece of copy paper
3.  On your home computer, print out the images in the size you want on the tissue paper
*Let the ink dry for a minute
4.  Carefully cut around each image
5.  Using tiny dabs of white school glue, adhere the image to the candle
6.  Using a blow dryer, carefully warm the wax enough to allow the
 tissue paper to adhere to the candle
*Don't get the wax, too hot.  Only a little at a time!
7. - 9.  Embellish the images with Marabu Candle Liners
*Marabu Candle Liners dry a bit darker than the color and the 
metallic gold looks like liquid gold when it's dry.
In love!
 Happy New Year!