Tuesday, February 25, 2014

There's nothing like going Au Naturel!

Hey, it's Jeff Blogging today!

OK. There's no doubt that reclaiming and painting furniture is a BIG Deal! And no one Re-Claims vintage furniture as well as the Crafty Chicks! 

But, I'm also a Big Fan of using the Natural finish!

Here's a mirror I just made from Reclaimed moldings 
and bullseyes.

 The finish is the "Original" 
Mormon Oak, or Painted Grain pine

So by Au naturel, in this case I mean Original Finish

Barnwood is also a treasure.  
Mother Nature can create a beautiful finish!

here's a close up of my barnwood Howdy sign

 This sign is made from vintage tongue and groove wood with the original 80 year old paint.

These Industrial Tables are made of wood, rough cut from a saw mill in the 1890's. The color is natural pine sealed with a polyurethane.

You can't beat the classic Chippy paint on old windows! 

Of Course, using every natural finish you find is not always practical, but don't be afraid of using some of the awesome, organic finishes you find!  

Enjoy the Re-Claiming!

We'll see you at the Rusty Ranch
38 North Main in Spanish Fork!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Transferring Antique Labels with Mod Podge Tutorial

Hi all, its Paula from flea.o.logy.  I also write a three times weekly blog,

 called Pollyanna-reinvents, this blog post is a reprint from that blog.

I thought I would share this set of canisters that I bought because 
I loved the metal stand.  Lots of sanding and three coats of paint and
 they were ready to go.

Next I needed to trim the reverse printed labels and get them read to
 be applied. 

I brushed them with Modpodge on the face, then applied them
 face down to the canisters.  Pressing them firmly into place.  
Don't you love the residue of both black and white spray pain
t on my fingernails and fingers?  Well, that's what I do!!

After applying the labels I allow them to dry for at least an hour.
  I have noticed that if the paper layer closest to the item is still
 wet it is more apt to come off with the top layer I am trying to
 take off, thus the wait time.

When the paper is dry through, I dampen a small area with a 
cloth or sponge, maybe an inch square and work quickly, if I 
wet too much, it soaks through to the bottom, and I have the
 same problem as when I don't allow it to dry, the bottom layer,
 with the design, comes off too.  Now with the one square inch 
dampened I start to rub away the top layers of paper, as seen
 above, revealing the graphic underneath.  When I have
 removed all I want to remove, and not too much, I allow it to dry.

After it is dry I lightly sand it with fine sand paper to make it
 smooth.  Then I spray on a clear coat on top to make it water 
proof, a few light coats is best. 

As you can see sometimes I loose a bit of the design here 
or there.  I think this adds to the aged look of the pieces,
 as long as it is not too much, or takes off an important word
 or design element.  When this happens, I print off another
 design, and cut out the missing part I want and repeat the
 process, just with that bit.

Here are the finished canisters.  Because the labels refer to
 varied industries, such as perfume, underwear and food, I
 think they could be used anywhere you have need for some
 attractive storage.

Here they are shown in a bedroom, on a dresser, where they
 could hold assorted jewelry, makeup or pin sand clips.  In a
 craft room they could be used for scissors, glue, tape, pens,
 or markers, well, the list is endless. 

Thanks for coming along for this tutorial.  I hope you enjoyed it.
  I know this method is imperfect, but I cannot tell you the thrill
 it is when you first start to rub away the paper and the design
 you have chosen magically starts to appear.  I guess I am just
 hooked, but if you have been reading my blog for long, you
 figured that out a long time ago, I am sure.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How to Decoupage A Bathroom Vanity

Hi, this is Debbi from Tattered Butterfly. I get asked often how do you decoupage furniture. It's pretty easy but you have to have some patience.  It great way to have unique piece furniture.

 When we were deciding what we wanted in Master Bathroom after the flood we wanted something that we would love and would be useful.  We had two vanities with sinks and hardly any counter top and no useful storage.  It was never very organized.  I had to have a vintage vanity to put on my make up so I could store all the stuff in our master which was taking up more room. Ugh!

I had found this piece below through a friend. It's a two piece hutch but we decided to use just the buffet and use the hutch top for another project.

 So this had good bones and tons of storage! 

 I found an oops Zinsser B-I-N Primer which is my favorite primer of all time. There is no bleed through of water stains.  It covers well and it sands baby smooth.   This had been tinted a taupe color. 

 2 Coats of white and then some distressing. 

 This is the fun part.  I choose this Italian wrapping paper.  You can get at Paper Source at Fashion Place Mall.

 I then coated the edge  and middle of the door with Mod Podge.  Apply a thick coat and make sure you go to the edge. 

I let the paper dry completely.  It will be a little wrinkly that is okay.  If you want a smoother look use a brayer.  This is where you can mess up the paper if it still wet.  
Be patient.  I have to walk away and work on another project.  The anticipation always kills me! 

 After drying completely start sanding with with 100-150 grit sand paper.  I like using a sanding block.  I go against the edge it seems to come of a little easier.

 I lightly sand over the wrinkles to give it a distressed look.

 I use a micro fiber to wipe down any particles.  You want to have a clean surface.

Mod Podge over the surface of the paper.  You want to have a thick even coat.  Let dry.  I sealed it with a Polyacylic.  My favorite is Varathane for floors.  It is water based and is so easy to apply.


Lots  of storage for everything.  My hubby and I get up at different times so we opted for one sink and more counter top.

 The hubs did all the plumbing and cut out of the sink.  I love that it's a statement piece of our bathroom redo.   Off to another project!

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful,


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