Rocking Horse

Welcome Paint Lovers…

Kristen @ Space – Lift submitted her rocking horse.

Power of Paint

She found a gray hobby horse at the Goodwill for only $15. To doll it up, she first spray painted the body with a glossy Rust-oleum Navajo White. Then she hand painted the details with various craft smart acrylic paints. She added ribbons and flowers for accent.  Such a cute update!

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Painting Fabric and Making Your Stencil

Welcome Paint Lovers…

Today I’ve got a tutorial on how to paint on fabric and how to make a stencil with freezer paper.

{Here’s the “how to”}

You can use any fabric you’d like… I’m on a burlap kick, so that’s what I used.

To create the seahorse I found an image online that I like and printed it off.

I took a piece of freezer paper (slightly larger than the image size) and placed the shiny side down on my cutting mat and placed the seahorse image on top.

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I used a piece of painter’s tape to hold all the pieces still.

With an X-Acto blade I cut around the outline of the image cutting through the paper (with the image) and the freezer paper.

Once your images is cut out you will have this…

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Take a piece of your cut out burlap and place the freezer paper shiny side down in the spot you want it.

Take an iron on a “no steam” setting and press the freezer paper onto the burlap.  I held it still for about 5 seconds then moved it around, repeating a few times.

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I took a stencil brush and bounced on my DecorArt Snow White paint and textile medium (this mixed with acrylic paint creates a fabric washable paint).  Follow the direction on your bottle for the correct ratio.

After letting it dry about 10-15 minutes I pulled off the freezer paper… the moment of truth!

Cute right!!!  And so many options of what you can create!

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Guest Post with Miss Mustard Seed

Happy Friday Paint Lovers!  Today I’m so excited to have a guest post by Marian @ Miss Mustard Seed.  I don’t know about you… but I’ve learned tons about painting from her.

Today she’s sharing with us on how she white washes furniture.  Take is away Marian…

I don’t normally do white pieces, but this one was perfect for a white wash treatment.

  

If you want to try this technique, the first thing you need is the right piece of furniture. Pine and oak (medium to light colored woods) tend to looks best with this technique, although darker woods can look really dramatic with this treatment, too. It’s also best if the piece of furniture has a lot of texture to it. A deep grain, worm holes, dings, and dents all work in your favor. This will not look as good on a super smooth piece. I used milk paint for this project, but you can use latex, acrylic or ASCP. Just water it down, so it’s thin.

Brush the paint on in the direction of the wood grain. Then, go back over the painted area and smush the brush into the wood to work the paint into the grain.

  

Go back over the area and smooth the paint out in the direction of the grain. Work in small sections, so the paint stays “workable.”

  

Keep a paper towel handy and wipe away excess paint if it looks too thick.

(I know my mom is looking at my green nails.) Repeat the process with a second coat. One of the keys to this finish is applying the paint in layers.

     

Smushing the brush into the wood on the second coat creates variation in the finish.

  

Finish by dragging the brush over in the direction of the wood grain. Once the paint is completely dry, apply a clear wax or matte poly. This finish would also look great in a soft gray color (a la Restoration Hardware.)

                

I left the inside in the natural finish for contrast when the desk is open.

Gorgeous, right!!!  Thank you so much Marian!

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Beadboard and Grasshopper Wings

Welcome Paint Lovers…

Nicole @ Thrifty Decorating submitted her laundry room makeover.

PoP Thrifty Decorating

She used Behr paint plus primer and beadboard wallpaper from Lowes to give her laundry room a fresh new look.

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Heather @ New House, New Home, New Life submitted her cute side table.

She took an old painted demi-lune table and revived it with Grasshopper Wings paint.  She used antique silver on the edges to create a look of old charm and then distressed for an old world look.

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Carolina Sun and Faux Farmhouse

Welcome Paint Lovers…

Jill @ Weathered Pieces submitted her creamy yellow table.

PoP  weathered pieces

She painted this beautiful antique table with CeCe Caldwell’s Carolina Sun Yellow.

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Kim @ Tiaras and Bowties submitted her faux farmhouse table.

She took a beat up old round drop leaf table that had seen better days before coming to her house! With some Sherwin Williams paints thinned with water, some craft paint and brushes she created her dream table!

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Sweet Dreams and Auntie’s Tables

Welcome Paint Lovers…

I’ve got 2 great projects from Jennifer @ Town & Country.

PoP Town and Country 2

She used an old wooden board found in a field and transformed it into a dreamy bedroom sign with a dry brush coat of Old White from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. “Sweet Dreams” is stenciled in soft black onto the sign. LOVE it!

She gave these two end tables a new coat of white paint and dark wax. To top it off, book pages were decoupaged to the surface of both tables.  So pretty!

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French Cabinet and Mural

Welcome Paint Lovers…

Sunday @ A Sunday Afternoon submitted her stunning media cabinet makeover.

PoP A Sunday Afternoon

She scored this old media cabinet for free on Craigslist – YAHOO. She made her own chalk paint and painted the main sections white and the front piece blue;  then distressed and glazed it. Some spray painted chicken wire and a canvas drop cloth fabric inside makes it pop.

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Lori @ Bleak 2 Unique submitted an adorable mural she painted for her church nursery.

Her nursery at church was just plain blue, so she volunteered to paint a country mural. She used free hand, stencil and projected images to complete the project. Super cute!

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White Washing and Stenciling

Welcome Paint Lovers…

Karah @ The Space Between submitted her white washed project…

PoP The Space Between

She took an old, nothing-special hutch and turned the bottom half into a tv stand with white washing, dry brushing stripes and stenciling numbers. Then added some twine wrapped handle accents.

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Amy @ California Dreaming submitting her stunning dresser makeover.

With some black paint and a stencil she created this beauty!

 

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Freezer Paper can be a Painter’s BFF

Welcome Paint Lovers!

I LOVE using freezer paper anywhere other than my freezer.  And one of my favorite ways to use freezer paper is to create a painting stencil on fabrics.
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{Here’s the “how to”}

You can use any fabric you’d like… I’m on a burlap kick, so that’s what I used.

To create the seahorse I found an image online that I like and printed it off.

I took a piece of freezer paper (slightly larger than the image size) and placed the shiny side down on my cutting mat and placed the seahorse image on top.

seahorse-pillow-how-to-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used a piece of painter’s tape to hold all the pieces still.

With an X-Acto blade I cut around the outline of the image cutting through the paper (with the image) and the freezer paper.

Once your images is cut out you will have this…

seahorse-pillow-how-to-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a piece of your cut out burlap and place the freezer paper shiny side down in the spot you want it.

Take an iron on a “no steam” setting and press the freezer paper onto the burlap.  I held it still for about 5 seconds then moved it around, repeating a few times.

seahorse-pillow-how-to-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took a stencil brush and bounced on my DecorArt Snow White paint and textile medium (this mixed with acrylic paint creates a fabric washable paint).  Follow the direction on your bottle for the correct ratio.

After letting it dry about 10-15 minutes I pulled off the freezer paper… the moment of truth!

Super cute!!!

 

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