Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Red, Rust, & Blue

The Dixie Belle Paint Company recently introduced a
Patina Collection of paints & sprays. And, I have to say, "I'm in love!"
A few weeks ago, I shared a piece of furniture that I made over using the Bronze Patina Paint with the Blue Spray...
You can see that post HERE. If you haven't seen the before, you won't believe the transformation!

My favorite, however, is the Iron Paint with the Green Spray, because it creates rust. And, I love anything rusty!
I decided to add a little rust to an MDF cutout that I had of the USA. When you use the patina, you first need to paint your piece with Dixie Belle Paint. I wanted some red & blue to show along with the rust, so I used Barn Red & Bunker Hill Blue.


The patina paint has metal in it that can settle, so you need to give it a good shake before painting it on. I painted the iron paint on randomly, then sprayed the cutout with the green spray, which activates with the metal in the paint to create rust.

Now for the hard part... stepping away and letting it work it's magic! The process can take up to 6 hours to completion. If you like how it looks before the 6 hour mark and want to stop the process, you can do so by adding a sealer.
I left mine alone and checked on it the next day. I love the result!


The Patina Collection also includes a Copper Patina, along with the Bronze that I shared at the beginning of this post. 


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Monday, August 14, 2017

A Mid Century Marriage

My friend, Valrey, a.k.a. the Picker Chic, is my go to person when I'm on the hunt for furniture. If you need something, chances are she has it! I wasn't looking for anything specific, but stopped by just to see what she had. I was so excited to get 2 of these mid century chairs...
The original vinyl seats were in great condition. And I loved the color!
There were are few scratches on the wood and the caning on the back was faded.

I revived the wood and the caning with Dixie Belle Paint Company gel stain in the color, Espresso.
I love this stuff! It's the consistency of pudding. I just dip a rag directly into the can and wipe it on. There are no drips like with traditional stain.



It only took about 10 minutes to revive these beauties!

Valrey also had a little mid century modern table that I thought would go perfectly with the chairs.
The top was scratched and the drawers and sides of the table were missing some veneer...
I used Swamp Mud to fill in the missing veneer, let it dry overnight, then sanded it smooth.
 I painted the drawers with the color Peacock.
Then added black wax to make them match the vinyl seats of the chairs.
I used more of the Espresso Gel Stain to revive the wood and make it match the chairs.

It's a perfect marriage...
And, it's fitting that these pieces are now part of the decor at Mill Creek, a wedding venue in nearby Griffin, Georgia.


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Bleaching Around The ATL

It's evident that the apples didn't fall far from the tree in my family. My kids have traits, habits, & talents from both my husband and me. Thank goodness, they both got their father's math smarts! 

My daughter, Carrie, has my habit of not leaving anything well enough alone! So, when she got this ATL hat it had to get a makeover. After all, who wants something that everyone else has?

These ATL hats are so popular that the store that carries them can't keep them in stock. So, when Carrie bought hers, they only had black on black. She wanted the ATL to stand out and also wanted her hat to be different from any other, so she filled up a little squirt bottle with bleach, put the hat in the tub, & let the magic happen.

The bleaching started to happen immediately. The letters are synthetic so they didn't bleach, which makes them stand out.
It only took a couple of minutes until the hat was the way she wanted it. It got a good rinsing with water and was hung up to dry.
Bleached to perfection! And there's not another one like it in the ATL!

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dried Flower Phone Case


Cell phone cases aren’t just functional. They have become accessories that show our personal style. Rather than buying a generic one, why not create a one of a kind case?

Here's what you'll need to create a dried flower phone case...
 Supplies:
Cell Phone Case
Pressed, Dried Flowers
Tweezers
Glue
EnviroTex Resin
2 Clear Disposable Cups
Ruler
Permanent Marker
Wax Paper
Craft Stick
Q Tip
Acetone
Glitter (Optional)
 I purchased the dried flowers online. But, of course, you could dry your own.

Cover your work surface with wax paper.
Use tweezers to place the flowers on the clear case to get the arrangement you like.


 Once the flowers are placed how you like, glue them down to hold them in place.

 To mix the resin, begin by placing a ruler inside one of the clear disposable cups. Place a mark with a permanent marker at ½ inch. Repeat with the second cup. It is important to mix the exact amount of resin and hardener.



  Pour the hardener into the cup with the resin, and mix with a craft stick following the instructions on the package.


 This next step is optional...
 Once the resin and hardener have been mixed for the proper amount of time, pour in a little glitter to add some sparkle.

 Mix the glitter into the resin.

 Slowly pour the resin onto the phone case, covering all the flowers. You will have mixed more resin that you need so pour a small amount. Do not pour resin to the edges.

 Use a craft stick to spread the resin to the edges of the case.

 Use a Q Tip with acetone to remove any resin that runs down the side of the case. Allow the resin to dry according to package directions. 


Enjoy your one of a kind case!



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Outdoor Oasis


I've always wished for a place where I could string lights and lanterns from trees. I'm sure you, too, have seen pictures of huge trees with low lying branches filled with lights creating a dreamy outdoor "room" perfect for enjoying a beautiful evening.
Well, in all of our 7 plus acres we don't have any such trees to accommodate my desire for such a space. So, we took a trip to our home improvement store to improvise. 
We already had metal fence posts and my husband pounded them into the ground along the corner of the concrete around our pool. We used 5 in all. Then he attached 2 x 2's that we picked up at the home improvement store to the posts.


I wanted the posts to blend in with the backdrop of the trees, so I painted the wood & the metal with the color, Collard Greens, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company


We strung outdoor lights that I bought at Michael's around the perimeter of the posts and then alternated posts to form a canopy in the shape of a triangle.


It may not have big beautiful trees, but my oasis is perfect!



 And the view of my backyard is pretty dreamy during the day too!

Best of all, it was really inexpensive and only took a couple of hours to complete. The only problem is that every time I walk out to my new favorite spot, I start singing the song Midnight At The Oasis! And, yes, I know that is showing my age!


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