Monday, January 4, 2016

Antique Buffet Painted in Mermaid Tail DIY Paint



You guys, I am SO excited about this piece!  The pictures do not do it justice!

This antique buffet was a family heirloom for one of my clients.  It has definitely seen better days.  It had previously been painted and stripped and left sitting for a long time.  It was very wobbly and the doors were broken and warped.  My hubby went to work right away making it sturdy and taking the doors completely apart and gluing and clamping them back together.  Then it was my turn to work some magic.

 BEFORE


AFTER



My client wanted a very rustic, worn look in turquoise and I suggested a stained top.  If you've been following me long, you know that a stained top on any piece is my signature look.  I will say, that this was a little out of my comfort zone.  I don't typically do a lot of heavy distressing and I very rarely use dark wax.  It's just not my personal style.  However, I wasn't doing this piece for me or to sell, I was doing this for a client.




Since the wood was so light in color, I stained the entire piece in Java Gel Stain first.  When that was dry, I painted 2 coats of  DIY Paint in Mermaid Tail.  It's a bright turquoise/aqua color...but it wouldn't be for long.




When the paint was dry, I started distressing using a damp old sock.  DIY Paint is so easy and wonderful to wet distress.  No sanding dust in my house!  WooHoo!




The next day I applied dark wax directly to the paint.  No, I did not use clear wax first!  DIY Dark and Decrepit Wax can be applied directly to the paint without using a clear wax first.  Simply brush the dark wax on and immediately wipe away the excess wax.  You are then left with a gorgeous aged patina.






I love how the dark wax settle into all of the gorgeous details and nooks and crannies.




I have to say, this is probably one of my favorite pieces to date.  I wanted to keep it for myself.  :)  I ended up really loving the heavy distressing and dark wax.  Mermaid Tail was made for dark wax!










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Monday, October 19, 2015

Facebook Flash Sale

Hello everyone!  I just wanted to let you all know that I am having a Flash Sale on Facebook right now.  Home decor, pendant lighting, pillows, and gifts!  I also offer shipping!

New items are being added daily so be sure to stop by!  Click this link to take you to my Facebook Flash Sale











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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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