Archive for ‘Furniture’

March 22, 2012

A Turquoise Armoire

An old armoire painted and updated. How cool is this updated armoire? Laura Whitlow created this upcycled furniture project. To get this look, Laura used FolkArt paint. If you’re looking for a way to add a splash of color to your room, try adding a vibrant piece of furniture. This armoire is sure to liven up any room you place it in. If you want to see what this armoire looked like before, click here. You will not believe the amazing transformation. FolkArt acrylic paints are great to use on most furniture surfaces. To recreate this look, see below for a list of supplies needed and instructions.

PLAID Supplies

  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Citrus Green, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Pure Black, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Finishes – Clearcote™ Aerosol Acrylic Sealer – Matte, 11 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Turquoise, 2 oz.

Other Supplies
Primer
Paintbrushes
Soft Rag
Razor Blade

Instructions

1. Sand piece to remove factory polyurethane finish. Using razor blade, scrape flowers off of glass door and clean well.

2. Paint piece turquoise and then paint inside green. Apply  two coats. Allow to dry.

3. Distress edges with 80 grit sandpaper.

4. Mix black paint with water (4 parts paint to one part water) and using soft rag, wipe over turquoise color to “glaze” and  accent. Feel free to use more than one “coat” on this step to add glaze to your taste.

5. Spray a coat of FolkArt sealer to protect.

March 12, 2012

Make it Monday: Silver Mirror

Hello, and welcome to the beginning of a wonderful week. We hope you had a good weekend, and remembered to change your clocks. Once we change the clocks, it signals that spring is fast approaching. Here in Atlanta it feels like spring is already here. We have had the pleasure of experiencing some nice weather recently. During the spring season many people begin doing some spring cleaning, and spring shopping. Home decor, is all the rage especially this time of year. In case you are looking for a cost effective way to spruce up some of your home items, may we suggest slapping on a new coat of paint. I know this may sound simple, but actually a new coat of paint on a piece of furniture can breathe new life into your home. Take this silver mirror, designed by Laura Whitlow. This mirror was given a new life, by adding some FolkArt paint to it. How chic is this? Give it a try for yourself. Enjoy!

PLAID Supplies

  • FolkArt ® Stains – Walnut, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Silver Metallic, 8 oz

Other Supplies

Primer
Paintbrushes
Sandpaper
Soft cloth for glazing
Fancy frame

Instructions

1.Roughly sand piece to remove factory polyurethane finish….then prime.

2. Paint with Folk Art Silver  – apply  two coats.  When completely dry, sand with 80 grit sandpaper to distress edges.

3. Using a soft rag, apply Walnut stain, using more on the distressed edges.

4. Add new hardware to update piece – we chose something with some “bling” – choose what fits your space and taste!

 

August 31, 2011

Web Wednesday: Fall Leaves from Martha Stewart

The web is full of fantastic projects craft bloggers have been making with the new Martha Stewart Craft Line. Check out this multi-purpose craft from Mural Maker and More. This project could be used as hanging wall art, or as a fabulous lamp shade. The colors that were used, are perfect for leaves, and it is very interesting to see all the different ways that this runner was used. To see how this was created click here. What do you think of this project?

 

August 26, 2011

Freelance Friday: Stenciled Pillows from the New Martha Stewart Paint Line

Our friends over at Tatertots and Jello used one of the new stencils from the Martha Stewart Paint Line to create this adorable pillow cover. OMG, these pillows are so cute! I want one of them for myself. Click here to see how this project was made, and read a review of the new Martha Stewart paint line. There are several other bloggers that I am sure will be showing off their projects using this new line. We will be sure to showcase as many of them that we find, in order to give you some inspiration on all the possibilities you can create.

 

May 5, 2011

Sanding Basics with Chris Williams

Get ready to prep your wood surface.

Many crafters and painters are curious about sandpapers, sanding tools and why we sand a surface to begin with.  I thought I would share a little of my Sanding 101 knowledge with you. 

So, just what is sandpaper? Sandpaper as we know it today is made of these components:  paper or fabric backing, grit, and the adhesive to hold the two together. When rubbed against a surface, sandpaper will smooth rough areas. Sandpaper can be purchased as flat paper, in rolls or belts.  It can also be purchased in the form of a sanding block, disc or sponge. I found an article on eHow.com which states that sandpaper can be traced back to 13th century China where it was made of crushed shells, seeds and sand. It wasn’t until 1834 that a patent was processed for the first mass-production assembly, when finely crushed glass particles were used and the product was known as glasspaper!  However in 1916, the 3M Company began developing different abrasives for different types of surfaces as well as improvements in backing.

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August 28, 2010

Saturday Find: Aged Cabinet with a Painted Door

I’ve got to give a shout out to the FolkArt users overseas – there are so many of you who make beautiful projects with acrylic paint!  A perfect example is this cabinet from Monosalaobra.tv, a site in Argentina.  The artist is Leonor Esposito, and she uses both FolkArt Acrylics and Enamels on this aged cabinet with the look of lace on the door. I’m inspired by projects from other countries; many of them have gorgeous paintings and architecture that outdates ours by a long shot – and these provide inspiration to so many projects. Cool, huh? Visit the project here – if you can read Spanish, great, and if not, go here for Google Translator.

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August 23, 2010

Make It Monday: Fancy High Chair

I’ve never seen a high chair like this, so I had to share – isn’t it beautiful? Kathleen from Musings from a French Cottage rescued it from a barn sale three years ago and finally was able to re-do it, and the results are stunning. Kathleen spray painted the chair ivory, but what I think is especially brilliant is that she added an Apple Barrel glaze. Not too shabby for the price of a bottle of craft paint!  Learn more about what Kathleen did here.

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August 18, 2010

Adding Metallic Accents to a Project

I’m not typically a metallics girl, but something has changed in me this year. Everywhere I look I’m starting to see metallic projects for fall, and I’m LOVING them. I was drawn to this desk by Ann Marie at Twice Lovely, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share how metallics can be used as accents. First of all, she revamped this secretary after rescuing it from her neighbor – what a great find! Ann Marie then used some Metallic Champagne Folk Art to hand paint some scrolling detail. Her piece happens to be metallic on metallic, but you could paint metallic on any other color as well.  It really adds something, don’t you think? Visit her entire post here.

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August 5, 2010

Painted Damask is Back

I know it never really went away, but I would like to bring your attention to beautiful damask accessories – in bright color combinations!  Tradition damask in black and white is fine, but I’m here to brighten it up for you and see what you think.  I love the blues and browns used by our designer Julie Lewis on the trunk and container pictured above; I also love the gradation used on the stencils with the shades of brown.  The stencils make these project rather easy (although you have to be patient for the drying steps), and the result is gorgeous. Go here for the container and here for the wood chest instructions.

The wood surfaces for these projects were purchased at Michaels. Visit their website for more great project ideas, and don’t forget to check out Jo Pearson at Where Creativity Happens for additional inspiration!

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May 24, 2010

Quatrefoil Stool Redo Using FolkArt

Patina is one of the best FolkArt paint colors ever! When I found this re-done stool on Tatertots & Jello using Patina, I had to share. Creating this quatrefoil pattern was more of a “manual” process than you would guess, as Jen from T&J hand-painted in after tracing a stencil. The result is gorgeous! You must visit her here to learn more, and then follow her link for a free printable pattern!

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