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French quatrefoil step stool makeover & tutorial

Good morning! How are things with you?

See the little wooden step stool below? It is kinda cute, right? Well my Mom bought this stool a couple of years ago from Home Sense (aka Home Goods) and it has been a chameleon of sorts.

It originally started out with a solid-painted turquoise top. It didn’t really fit into my Mom’s living room color scheme at the time so she painted it a taupey-cream. Over time she got bored of it, so she asked me to paint it a sage green. That also didn’t work out as planned and she just wasn’t feeling the “new look”!  Then recently she decided that it was time for a change again. It was out with the green and back in with the turquoise. Ha!

Honestly, I wasn’t very happy with the creamy-yellow distressed paint finish on the bottom of the stool anyway, so I decided this stool needed a full makeover this time around.

 

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Here is my Mom’s stool after its makeover. It has a bit of a French personality now!

 

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I really love its new look, but my Mom hasn’t seen it yet. I hope she will love it too!

 

What do you think?

 

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The top of this stool was given an aged-turquoise quatrefoil stenciled finish and then on top of that I did a photo transfer using a gorgeous Paris Wreath graphic from The Graphics Fairy. To finish it off, the bottom of the stool was given a wash with some light cream craft paint.

 

Ugly creamy yellow be-gone!

 

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Too bad this is my Mom’s stool, because now I wish that I could keep it for myself! Oh well, I am happy that I get a chance to do re-do things for my Mom. Besides, I can always paint something similar on one of my own pieces if I am missing her little stool too much!

 

 

So, would you like to paint one of your own stools like this?

You don’t have a stool to paint? That’s totally ok. You can create this look on so many other things. Here are some ideas for you…

How about on the seat of a chair, on the top of a side table or nightstand, on the inside of a serving tray, on an art canvas to display on your wall or maybe as a decorative finish for a storage box? There are so many possibilities! You also could paint this finish in any color to match your decor or even use another graphic on the top.

 

Here is the tutorial:

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 For painting:

          • your stool, storage box, chair etc.
          • turquoise latex paint (I used Behr Gem Turquoise 50% strength)
          • taupey gray latex paint (I used Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Grey)
          • burnt umber craft paint & antiquing medium
          • light cream craft paint
          • Martha Stewart’s Arabesque stencil set
          • paint brushes, including a stencil brush or a foam pouncer
          • some rags
          • 220 or 400 grit sandpaper

 

For the photo transfer and for top coating your project:

          • your laser photocopied/printed image to transfer (printed in mirror image mode if there is text in the graphic) (I used this Paris Wreath graphic from The Graphics Fairy)
          • Golden Soft Gel Gloss Medium
          • Matte Modge Podge
          • scissors
          • rubber brayer or scraper
          • spray bottle or sponge
          • paint brushes
          • dish scrubber (see previous instructions HERE)
          • a moist rag

 

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 Martha Stewart’s Arabesque Stencil

 

 

instructions

PART 1:


  1. Lightly sand your stool and then paint it with one coat of turquoise latex paint. Leave it to dry
  2. Prepare a mixture of half turquoise paint and half taupe paint to use for stenciling. Only stir the paint lightly so that the mixture is not consistent. It gives the finish a bit of variation
  3. Find the center of your stool and make a light pencil mark. Position one of stencil cut-outs right in the middle of your stencil mark, make sure the stencil is straight and then start stenciling using your 50% paint mixture above
  4. TIPS for stenciling: Try to keep your stencil firmly in place with one hand while stenciling with the other hand (you can also tape it down with painters tape if you like). Using the stencil brush and very little paint, tamp in an up and down motion to evenly distribute the paint. Carefully lift your stencil and then use a hair blow dryer to dry your previous section before moving on to the next. Wash your stencil in between applications if you wish

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PART 2:


  1. Once your stenciling is completely dry, lightly sand the entire stenciled area with 400 grit sandpaper to age it and give it a smooth finish
  2. Create a mixture of antiquing medium and a small amount of burnt umber craft paint to use as a wash. I would use about 7 parts antiquing medium to one part paint
  3. Working in one section at a time, brush on the aging glaze with a paintbrush and then before it has time to dry, use a damp rag to wash off the excess. You will be left with a lovely aged finish

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PART 3:


  1. Mix up some of your turquoise basecoat with a small amount of light cream craft paint
  2. Stencil over your original stenciled area again with this new color (you don’t need to line up to the original stenciled areas perfectly-close is good enough!)
  3. It is hard to see in this photo but you will end up with a gorgeous striae (lined) effect in the dark painted areas surrounding the quartrefoil shapes. You will also see a bit of your two stencil colors coming through (see the 2nd photo below for a close-up)
  4. After the top of your step stool has dried, use your burnt umber glaze mixture to give it another wash as in PART 2 above. After that has dried, lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper

 

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PART 4:

For Detailed Instructions on How to Transfer Photos, Please Read My Tutorial HERE


  1. Prepare your photocopied/printed Paris graphic to be transferred (Again, make sure your graphic is reversed if you have text on there). Cut around your graphic neatly leaving a bit of white space all around your image. It can be helpful to cut a straight box around your image first and then cut away any extra parts. Having a straight line on the bottom and top will allow you to line up your image perfectly straight on your stool
  2. Coat the printed side of your image evenly with Soft Gel Medium. Before it has time to dry, flip it over face down and line it up as best as you can on the face of your stool. Once the image is down, it cannot be moved
  3. Smooth out the image with your hand and then use a brayer to remove air bubbles. Use your damp rag to wipe up excess gel medium then leave your image to dry for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight
  4. When your transfer has fully dried, soak the back of your image lightly with your spray bottle or sponge. Using the pad of your pointer finger, lightly rub away the paper one section at a time. Keep the area you are working on moist. Remove all of the residual paper that you can from your image and set it aside
  5. Use your pot scrubber with some water to lightly scrub away any last bits of residual paper. Don’t scrub so hard that you scrub away your image
  6. Leave your stool to dry

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PART 5:


  1. Once your transferred image is thoroughly dry lightly sand over it with 400 grit sandpaper to age the image. Wipe away any sanding dust (My transfer came out crisp and clear but I wanted it to look quite aged so I sanded my image a lot. I didn’t want it to look perfect!)
  2. Paint the bottom of your stool with light cream craft paint leaving a little bit of the basecoat showing through. You can also paint on some light gray paint here and there to create more of an aged look
  3. Once the bottom of your step stool is dry, you can sand the edges of the stool to distress it. Lightly wipe away  all of the sanding dust
  4. Coat your entire stool with two coats of matte Modge Podge for protection

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That is all there is to it!

 

It may seem like there are quite a few steps involved in finishing this stool, but it is actually quite easy. Since it is a small item it takes very little time to paint. I think this step stool took me about an hour to finish total, but of course there were some waiting times in between for the paint and the photo transfer to dry.

 

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I hope you decide to give this tutorial a try sometime. If you do, I would love to see what you have done! Please send me some photos of your finished project and I may feature your project on my blog; with your permission, of course!

And as always, if you have any questions about this tutorial or any of my other projects, please leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I love me some comments, if I haven’t told you already!

 

Happy Thursday!

 

 

 

 

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Acrylic Medium Golden Soft Gel Gloss 8oz

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish

3M Wetordry 9085NA Sandpaper, 9-Inch x 11-Inch, 5-Sheet,Super Fine 400-Grit

3M 10132NA Tack Cloth

School Specialty 4 Semi-Soft Extra-Fine Foam Brayer, paint supplies

Martha Stewart 32266 Large Stencil, Arabesque

Staining/Antiquing Medium-2 Ounce

Stencil Starter Kit

 

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Photo transfers onto wood: a vintage sewing storage box makeover

Good afternoon! It’s almost time for the weekend, and that makes me so happy!

 

{{{this is me doing my happy dance!}}}

 

Let me start things off by showing you my latest project.

 

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I found this little vintage accordian-style sewing storage box at Goodwill a while back for only $7.99. It was in really good shape structurally; I just wasn’t in love with its golden-stained 1970′s finish. I knew that a couple of coats of paint and a couple of embellishments could breathe some new life into it.

Don’t you think it looks a little sad in the before photo above? Just look at the big white splotch on the top left and all of the dust on the top. Oh my! That should give you a clue as to how long it was in my basement. It really was time for it to be made over!

 

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Here is what it looks like now after its makeover.

Much better, don’t you think?

I am really in love with it now!

 

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First, I have to apologize for the dark photos that I am sharing with you. It has been very gloomy here (raining/snowing and really cold) for the past few days so not the greatest conditions for taking nice photos. Maybe once the sun decides to shine again, I can replace these photos with some better ones. C’est la vie! (Such is life!) I guess I was mistaken once again; Spring is apparently not on its way…yet!

 

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Now for the nitty gritty details. I started by giving my storage box two coats of Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray latex paint mixed 50/50 with white gesso. I then gave it an all-over wash with a medium gray craft paint again mixed 50/50 with gesso. After everything was dry, I mixed up some Sharkey Gray paint, some cream craft paint and some gesso in equal portions and applied it to the entire box using a dry brushing technique.

 

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I did not need to prime this piece, nor did I sand it. The gesso/latex paint mixture sticks to the original finish really well. Adding gesso to your paint also gives whatever you are painting a gorgeous chalky finish and it sands out really nicely with fine-grit sandpaper.

 

 

For the top of my wooden storage box, I transferred two identical copies of a French Ephemera graphic that I found on The Graphic’s Fairy’s blog here.

You can find my tutorial on how to transfer photos by clicking on the photo at the bottom of my post.

 

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Isn’t this a gorgeous graphic? It has so much detail and I really like how crisp and clear it transferred!

The wonderful thing about transferring the photo/image to the wood instead of just decoupaging it on is that your transferred image will take on the background of what it is being transferred to. It ends up looking as if it was printed directly on the wood or it was handpainted on. Very cool!

 

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To add a bit of interest to the sides of my storage box, I added a raised stencilled in a damask design. I then glazed over top of it with a coat of watered down medium gray craft paint.  Finally, I coated my storage box with two coats of Modge Podge Matte to protect it and also to bring out the details of my transferred images.

In case you are interested, I will be sharing a tutorial on how to make a raised stencilled design soon!  Please subscribe at the end of this post or on my homepage to receive an update in your e-mail inbox!

 

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In this photo you can see more clearly the layers of paint that I added to this piece giving it an overall weathered effect.

 

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I have yet to fill up my little storage box but I am sure it will give me a lot of space for the majority of my sewing supplies. The rest of my supplies will be going into my main sewing cabinet. I hope to share its transformation with you early next week.

So, what do you think of my little storage box makeover? Please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

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Transferring Photos to Canvas {How To}

Transfer Photos to Canvas {How To}

 

 

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Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish

3M Wetordry 9085NA Sandpaper, 9-Inch x 11-Inch, 5-Sheet,Super Fine 400-Grit

3M 10132NA Tack Cloth

 

 

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A spring-inspired photo transfer project {Tutorial}

With all of the furniture pieces I have in various stages or refinishing right now, it is nice to take a break from it all and do something crafty. Well, lately “crafty” means that it most likely has something to do with photo transfers.

You may already know that I am in love with doing photo transfers. Ha!  I have been at it for a few months now and it is one of those projects that I have yet to get bored of. For me, that is saying a lot as I am notorious for starting projects, losing interest, and then the project never gets finished. These projects get moved to the corner of my basement, only to be discovered months later. Can you relate to this in one way or another?

Anyway, I digress…

What’s not to like about photo transfers? They are so easy to do and they are a very inexpensive project. You can also create unique pieces of art for your home and gifts for your friends and family and they can be used in many ways (think transferring to canvas, wood, clay etc.).

I was inspired to make a spring project after I came across this gorgeous birds and nest image from The Graphics Fairy. Just visiting her blog gives me an overwhelming sense of excitement. She has so many wonderful images to choose from that it is really hard to decide which one to use next!

 


Would you like to create your own spring-inspired photo transfer and aged frame? It is such an easy and inexpensive project. It only cost me $1.00 for the canvas and $4.00 for the wooden frame. The rest of the supplies I already had on hand.

If I can make this, so can you!

Just follow my detailed instructions below, pick up a few supplies from the art store if you don’t already have them, and then you will be all ready to start creating!

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 Supplies You’ll Need:

          • an 8″X10″ photo canvas
          • Golden Soft Gel Gloss Medium (Golden Soft Gel provides the clearest transfer, I have found)
          • acrylic gesso
          • Modge Podge matte
          • craft paints (I used Folk Art – 640 Warm White, 2561 Steel Gray & 462 Burnt Umber)
          • craft paint or latex paint for the picture frame (I used Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray paint)
          • plastic tablecloth or newspapers
          • a paint brayer or flat spreader
          • disposable paper plate
          • a ruler, pencil and scissors
          • paint brushes
          • a dish scrubber (see photo)
          • spray bottle and/or a cup with water
          • paper towels
          • 220 and 400 grit sandpaper
          • bird with nest engraving  image (see below)
          • my text template (see below)
          • optional: paper edging, fabric trim or other embellishments (I used Martha Stewart’s Regal Border Stickers)
          • wooden picture frame with a 8″X10″ opening

Step 1: Painting the Canvas

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  1. Paint one coat of cream paint on your canvas
  2. Dip your paint brush in your water and then into the gray craft paint. Paint random brush strokes with the watered down paint. Complete one small section and then move on to the next step
  3. Scrunch up a piece of paper towel and then lightly dip it in your water cup. Go over the area your just painted and tamp up and down with your paper towel to create a textured design. Finish painting the rest of your canvas as above. Leave your canvas to dry for a few minutes
  4. Again watering down your paint, add the burnt umber paint to your canvas adding slightly more paint to the edge of the canvas to give it more of an aged look. Work on one section at a time so the paint doesn’t have a chance to dry streaky or too heavy
  5. Again, with a slightly damp paper towel, tamp the areas of your canvas that you just painted
  6. Leave your canvas to dry
  7. Add more watered down cream and gray paint randomly on your canvas. Use your paper towel to dab off the paint in spots to make your canvas appear aged. Leave some of the burnt umber around the edges of the canvas
  8. You may have some bits of the paper towel on the canvas when you are all done. You can leave them as they won’t show when you clear coat the canvas and they just add to the texture

 

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Step 2: Transferring the Image to Canvas and Embellishing


  1. For this step you will need to read over my previous tutorial , How-to-Guide: Transfer Photos to Canvas here. Prepare your bird’s nest image and your text template (below) ahead of time and just follow the steps in my tutorial. If you get stuck or have any questions, please ask away! I am happy to help.
  2. Once you have your image transfer completed and you have removed all of the paper fibers you are ready to add your embellishments. I added Martha’s Stewart’s Regal Border Stickers to my canvas to add some interest. You could add scrapbooking borders, pieces of lace or ribbon. If you prefer you could just transfer the image and text and not add any embellishments. It is your piece of art!
  3. Once everything is dry, add two coats of Modge Podge to the entire canvas for protection. The Modge Podge will really make the image look crisp and clear when it is dry

 

 Where to Find the Images and Text:

Below is the text template that I made for this project. There are 5 different font styles to choose from. I used the very first one for my project and my phrase barely fit the canvas, so for your project you may want to choose one of the other styles if you prefer your text be a little smaller.

To save the template, click on the photo below and right click to save it. Then open it in your photo editing program and print it full size. It will fit a standard letter size page (8.5″ X11″). Make sure that you print the page as is so that your text comes out facing the right way when you do the transfer.

NOTE:

I included the gray border around the text only so that you would have a box to cut around. This makes it easy to place your text on your canvas and to center your words. You will want to cut off every tiny bit of border showing or it will be transferred to your canvas and you will be cursing in the end!

The bird’s nest image came from The Graphics Fairy’s blog here. Remember to print your image in mirror-image mode so that it comes out the right way once it is transferred.

 

And now onto the picture frame…

 

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Step 3: Painting and Distressing Your Picture Frame

  1. Wash your wooden frame with a damp rag to remove dust and grime
  2. Sand it lightly with 200 grit sandpaper to remove any glossiness and rough spots. Remove dust with your damp cloth
  3. Mix up 3 parts latex paint to 1 part white acrylic gesso. Apply the mixture to you frame with in one even coat. This mixture dries very quickly and has a very chalky appearance
  4. Once dry, again sand your frame with 400 grit sandpaper and remove the dust with your damp cloth. Apply another coat of paint. Leave it to dry
  5. Using your 220 grit sandpaper, distress the edges of your frame so that the original finish shows through. Sand any areas that might get extra wear. Then use your 400 grit sandpaper to lightly go over the entire frame. This will give your frame a beautiful soft finish. Remove any dust with your damp rag
  6. Optional: Mix up burnt umber craft paint with a little bit of water to make an aging glaze. Apply the glaze to your frame in small sections, working the paint into the grooves. Using your damp rag, quickly remove the paint from the frame which will leave the darker paint in the grooves. Don’t leave the excess paint sit to long or your will have blotchy spots and trying to remove them may remove some of your paint layer exposing too much of the original finish
  7. Once your frame is dry, coat it with two coats of Modge Podge to seal it
  8. Place your finished canvas into the frame and enjoy!

Here are some “beauty shots” of my frame and photo transfer. I really love the way it turned out!

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I found the phrase “Feather Your Nest” all over the Internet. I added to it by coming up with a phrase that had meaning to me. Taking time to feather your nest means a couple of things to me. For me, it can mean taking time to care for the people you love in your life, like your husband and children and the importance of nurturing your relationships with them. It can also mean taking the time to make your house a home. I may not have the most extravagant house, but all of the things I collect and create for my home make it a place where my family and I can feel relaxed and at home.

 

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Here you can see that the burnt umber glaze that I used really helps to bring out the details in the frame.

 

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This photo transfer turned out perfectly. Yeah! All of the image and text stayed intact and it really looks as if they were painted directly on the canvas. That is why I love the Golden Soft Gel Gloss that I use. It does the best job of transferring than I have ever seen and the image is so clear and vibrant. I have tried many other methods of photo transferring and this is by far the best method I have found.

 

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You can see a close-up of the paper edging sticker of Martha Stewart’s that I used. I really loved the raised leaf design that it has.

 

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If you have gotten this far (phew! long tutorial), thanks for taking the time to read my instructions. I tend to ramble on a lot. Sorry about that! I just want to make sure that I don’t leave out any important information when I am writing a tutorial.

I know that when I am reading someone’s tutorial that I hope that the writer has given me as much information as needed to make my project a success. It is really frustrating to start to make something and then realize that there are parts of the instructions missing. I hope what I have shared with you will help you to complete your project with ease. Once you start photo transferring you may become addicted like I am. They are so much fun to do!

Well, I am off to work on my next post so that I can share with you what I found at the Wild Rose Antique Show yesterday. Stop back again soon to see some of things were at the show and what I brought home!

 

I hope you and your family have a great Easter weekend.

 

 

 

My Favorite Products:

Acrylic Medium Golden Soft Gel Gloss 8oz

Sargent Art 22-8803 32-Ounce Extra Thick Gesso

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish

3M Wetordry 9085NA Sandpaper, 9-Inch x 11-Inch, 5-Sheet,Super Fine 400-Grit

3M 10132NA Tack Cloth

 

  Images used in this how-to-guide are from The Graphics Fairy.

 

 

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Wild Rose Antique Show & a spring-inspired sneak peek

Luckily for us, we have had pretty mild weather here for the past week so I had started to plan my spring projects. I also made up a spring cleaning list for the entire house. We all have to start eventually, even though cleaning is not my favorite past time.

Well, I guess Mother Nature is trying to tell me to hold off for the moment because we woke up this morning to this! Crazy huh? Not so spring-like is it?

 

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This was a full-out blizzard ! Over 15 centimeters of this lovely, white fluffy stuff made its appearance earlier today. Just a couple of days ago, there was no snow on the ground and it was a balmy 15 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit). My poor apple tree’s limbs were really bowing from the weight of the heavy snow. Actually, many tree limbs were down all over the city and this storm made traveling difficult to say the least.

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Since my family and I are spending our time in the house anyway, I decided to go with the flow and work on one of my projects that I have been meaning to share with you.

 

 

Here is a sneak peek of my spring-inspired art project. You’ll want to stop back tomorrow to see the reveal. This one will be a tutorial so get ready to create some of your own spring-inspired goodness for your home.

 

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On another note, this weekend the Wild Rose Antique Show & Sale is here in Edmonton and I am very excited to check it out! This show only takes place once a year and it is sure to be a good time. Stay tuned for photos from the sale that I will be sharing tomorrow night.

 

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Have a great night!

 
 

 

 

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Thrift store picture frame makeover

 

If you could see my dining table right now you might wonder if a small explosion had gone off on top of my table!

I’ve been transferring photos like a mad woman after I posted my How-to-guide: Transfer photos to canvas last week. Now the entire surface of my table is covered with paint brushes, gel medium, piles of half finished canvases and scrap pieces of cut out images. Complete and utter chaos!

I hope you too can relate to my situation in one way or another. I find that when I am feeling creative and I have too many projects on the go, my workspace becomes a disaster zone. This is something that I need to work on for my own and my family’s sanity.

Does your workspace also get a little out of control when you are working on a project?

 

 

This chunky wooden picture frame is one of my recent finds while out on a shopping trip with my Mom at a Salvation Army thrift store here in town. This frame was a steal at only $3.99!

I almost missed seeing it underneath a pile of old wire frames at the back corner of the store. It is a good thing that it caught my eye though because it is really a solid frame and it would have cost me a pretty penny to buy a frame of this size at a home decor store.

 

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I decided to paint this frame with a mixture of medium gray craft paint and white gesso. I have used paint mixed with gesso for my photo transfer projects in the past, but I really became inspired to try painting furniture and other pieces with it after visiting Rosemary over at her blog Villabarnes.

 

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If you haven’t ever been over to meet Rosemary, then you are definitely missing out!  She transforms vintage pieces of furniture, picture frames and other accessories with paint and gesso giving them an old world finish that looks like they came directly from Paris.

 

I hope you enjoy all of the “eye candy” while visiting her blog!

 

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I can tell you after trying out this paint and gesso mixture on my frame that it gives wood a gorgeous chalky finish that closely resembles Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I haven’t yet had a chance to try out ASCP, but I think this finish could be a close second. It goes on so smoothly without having to prime and after a light sanding with fine grit sand paper, it makes wood look and feel velvety smooth.

For my frame, I decided to glaze it with watered down dark brown and gray craft paint to give the moulding a bit more depth. After removing the excess glaze, I gave it a couple of coats of my favorite furniture wax, buffing in between coats. The wax really gave my frame a beautiful sheen.

 

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The iron french door knocker art above is another one of my photo transfer creations.

I found this gorgeous image on The Graphics Fairy’s blog. Seriously, what would we do without The Graphics Fairy and her large collection of free images? I am so glad that she takes time out of her day to share these with us!

My printed door knocker image was transferred onto a textured canvas that I found at the art supply store. As you can see it transferred beautifully as a nice clear image.

 

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I really love the way my “new” piece of art turned out!

 

What do you think?

 

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In case you were wondering about the accessories in this vignette,  the a to z book ends were purchased at Homesense (Home Goods) last year and the sea rocks below are from my trip to visit my relatives in Barbados.

I like to keep my special mementos on display to remind me of my past travels.

 

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My little white flowers were purchased at our local Safeway grocery store yesterday. They are really putting me in the mood for spring.

Have a super day!

 

 
 
 

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