Tuesday, August 4, 2015

World Wide DIY Day


How many of you knew that this coming October 18, 2015, is World Wide DIY Day???  A day for all of us DIYers to embrace and honor the crafty among us.  Our very own day!!


How many of you who are addicted to Pinterest and pin the day away, but never ACTUALLY make anything you pin?  I bet there are quite a few of you!

Pull out your craft stash or your power tools and embrace your highly creative minds.  October 18th, World Wide DIY Day, is the day to finally get your DIY on and get some of those projects completed!

So with that said I am going to officially issue a challenge!


No!  Not start drinking wine at this hour!  I am challenging you to create something of your very own using a tutorial.

If you are in the neighborhood of Solana Beach, California, run, don't walk to the fabulous House Vintage Flea Market where my fellow Gypsies, Tramps, and Steve will be participating in a challenge of our own.

With this old wine bottle, we are going to be creating our very own pin-worthy tutorial that you can do with us in-person or at home.  Just follow along!  We will show you how to create a Spooky Potion Bottle for Halloween decorations.



To begin, you will need the following items:

DIY Paint (color of your choice)
Paint brush
DIY Liquid Patina in Crystal Clear Chandelier
DIY Liquid Patina in Dark and Decrepit
Label printed on printer paper (torn edges)
Water
Optional:  Burlap, twine or other embellishments


Follow these steps to make your own Spooky Potion Bottle!

1.)  Make sure your bottle is clean and dry.

2.)  Paint the entire bottle in a thin coat of DIY paint and let dry.


3.)  Paint a 2nd thin coat of DIY paint and let dry.


4.)  Pick your label of choice.  I love downloading cool ephemera from The Graphics Fairy.  Print and then tear the edges to make the paper look aged.



5.)  Using the Crystal Clear Chandelier Liquid Patina, coat the bottle with one light coat.  Let dry completely.


6.)  Spray a light mist of water on the front of your label.  Flip it over and coat the back with a generous coat of the Crystal Clear Chandelier Liquid Patina.

7.)  Position the label on your bottle and slowly smooth out the label avoid bubbles and wrinkles.

8.)  Once positioned on the bottle, let label dry.


9.)  Using a clean paint brush or sponge, coat the label and bottle with Dark and Decrepit Liquid Patina.  Use as little or as much desired to create an aged, grungy look.


10.)  Wipe off or work in the Dark and Decrepit Liquid Patina using cheesecloth or a lint-free cloth.

11.)  Finish with burlap and twine or light a candle in the top and allow the wax to drip down the bottle.

Ta Da!!!  You have your very own Spooky Potion Bottle.

You can do these in any color.  Group together to make a fun All Hallows Eve table decoration.

Come on down to the House Vintage Flea Market in Solana Beach, California, on Sunday October 18th and make your very own Spooky Potion Bottle.

Follow along and root for our fun team,  the Gypsies, Tramps, and Steve!!  Watch for our hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter #gypsiestrampsandsteve #diybootcamp

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

DIY Boot Camp

The store may be temporarily closed, but the business must go on!  I'm heading out to Solana Beach, California, in October along with 23 other DIY Paint experts and we will be holding an amazing flea market, teaching classes, and having fun at Debi's Design Diary's store!!!  If you are in or near Solana Beach on October 18th, I hope you will stop by to say hello, do a little shopping, and try your hand at using DIY Paint!


In addition to the DIY Flea Market in Solana Beach, CA at Debi's Design Diary's store, I will be participating in a DIY Boot Camp.  

We have been placed on teams and will be participating in team challenges.  The winning team gets to take over Debi's YouTube channel and her Facebook page for one week to promote our own businesses to all of her followers.

My team is Gypsies, Tramps, and Steve!  We are your traveling band of unruly DIY Paint wenches...and Steve.  He is the lone guy in the entire competition.



Follow along on our challenges on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and my blog and support my team by liking and sharing our posts.  We earn points for that. ;) 

Debi will also be making videos of our challenges reality TV style and posting them to her YouTube page.  You do not want to miss this!!!




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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Store Closing

***Effective Immediately****

After a number of ongoing issues regarding the safety and integrity of the building we are renting, and our landlord's refusal to perform any proper maintenance, code enforcement was forced to condemn the building at 1340 Walnut Street, Murphysboro, Illinois, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

The Painted Chest will be closed until we can secure a new storefront.  I am having the store telephone number, 618-565-8404, transferred to my home so that my customers can still reach me for questions or to purchase paint.

Those of you who have pieces in for custom work, please know that it will all be completed, it might just take a little longer.  I will be contacting all of you by telephone over the next couple of days to update you on the status of your projects.

I can't thank you all enough for your support and patronage!!  This is just a little bump in the road and I will be back.

If you would like to order Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, please contact me by e-mail or telephone.  If you would like to order Debi's Design Diary DIY Paint, you can e-mail, telephone, or visit this LINK to order.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Vintage Vanity and Bed Makeover

I recently finished a vintage vanity and bed for a sweet little girl.

When discussing how to refinish this set which was being passed down from generation to generation, mom wanted to go a little more neutral with gray and the daughter wanted pink.  What little girl doesn't want pink?

I made a suggestion to mom about using both pink and gray and we made a compromise that made everyone happy.

This set was painted with Debi Beards' DIY Paint in Letterpress Gray and Petticoat Pink.  Two sweet colors that work very well together.  It was finished with clear wax.










The center mirror was broken when it arrived.  Replacing the center mirror would mean that it wouldn't have that great aged patina that the side mirrors had.  We were able to save the center mirror by applying a bead of silicon caulk in between the broken sections and around the edges of the mirror on the back.  That will ensure that mirror will not move within the frame and cause further damage.

We then took a strip of molding and routed the edges so it would fit snug against the frame and attached it over the break.  It looks like it has always been there.




You can purchase DIY Paint in-store or online HERE!  Click on the Products link to choose DIY Paint.








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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Store Hours

Today is my son's last day of Kindergarten!  Wow!  Time is flying by!  Since he will be home all summer and more than likely at the store with me all day, everyday, I've decided to change the store hours for the summer.  

Beginning the week of June 1st our NEW Summer Hours are as follows:

Sunday:         Closed
Monday:       Closed
Tuesday:       Closed
Wednesday:  10-5
Thursday:     10-5
Friday:          10-5
Saturday:      10-3

The only real change is that we will no longer be open on Tuesdays.  

Thank you so much for your business and support!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yellow Painted Furniture

It's a chilly, gloomy, rainy day today.  I needed a little sunshine in my life so I headed over to Pinterest to check out some yellow painted furniture.

Yellow sure seems like a bold color for furniture, but it is amazing how it can give a space that much needed pop of color.





Check out these pieces and see what you think!




















What do you think?  Could  you use a little yellow in your life?

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