Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Necklace Holder

I made this when I redecorated my daughters make-up room.  She had necklaces everywhere, on hooks, in drawers, and in bags.  I needed something on this wall and I wanted color.

I had some picture canvas on hand.  I painted it and then screwed in little coffee cup holders across the bottom.  OK, the half glasses, I hear you saying, "I couldn't paint it that pretty."  Really! You can.  I just picked out some different pinks and slopped the paint on the canvas, stroking back and forth. I added paint till I was happy.  If you mess up your project.  Just let it dry and then repaint.  Simple Suzy.

I think it is super Cute!

Rustic Mirror

Rustic Mirror

  Have you seen the Rustic mirrors?  I wanted one, but I didn't want to pay $50 plus for one!  Like so many of my projects, by the seat of my paints, I took on the task.  I bought a cheap ole mirror from Walmart with a plastic frame.  The hardest part of this project.....getting that mirror out of the frame!  LOL! For real!  I had some rough cut cedar and some old rope that I used for the frame.  I used a Miter Saw  to cut my wood, but you could just mark 45 degree angles and use a circular saw.   I fastened it together with wood glue and some small flat brackets to attach the corners. I tacked the rope into the frame with really small trim nails and hot glue to attach the mirror to the back. I LOVE IT!

I LOVE it!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pallet Bar

Pallet Bar

I saw a bar on Pinterest made out of pallets.  I have plenty of those in my hay barn along with a pile of scrape lumber.  I was bored, so with no plan, and a friend was wanting one,  I thought I give it a shot.  The pictures really do no show justice.  Sorry, I thought I had taken some pictures of the process, but can't find them.  I HAVE to make me one!  This gets pinned almost daily off of Pinterest!

First, I found a pallet that was close to the measurements that I would need.  Yes, they come in different sizes and bar stools are different heights.  The hardest part of this project was removing a few boards and cutting that dang pallet in half.  You need proper tools :(.  The pallet has runners on the bottom, these are used for your top, a shelf, basically for putting it together.  So, I took screws (not nails) and screwed thru the boards to the runners.  (see picture). Then I cut 2x4's to the length I wanted the bar and attached to the runners, (the bottom and middle runner) I toe nailed the top one in, between the runners.  Now your sides will stand up. Now, it was easy, cut the metal to fit, trim boards, and top and finished it up.

This is the top of the bar.  My friend wanted the bar and she wanted it to match some red & black bar stools that she had.  I first beat the top up with a hammer and various blunt objects.  Then I took some red paint and dabbed in the knot holes, and in the dents. I then took black paint and did my dry brush technique (explained under rustic doors).  I then stained with a black stain.  And finished with 3 coats of Poly.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Faux Stained Glass

Our home has a huge plate glass window in the Dining Room that has a Great view of......the Sun Room and a Door.  I had made some Burlap curtains for this window, which helped to soften it a bit, but it still needed something.  Now, the door was a focal point when looking out. Honestly, I don't look out, because there is nothing to look at, but the window lets in a lot of light.  I had seen the Faux Stained Glass windows and I thought  maybe that is what I needed.  What do you think?

This was a fun project! My first one ever.  I didn't read or look at any tutorials, just the instructions on the box.  If, you want to make one for yourself, keep reading and I will show the process.

What you need:
1. A window.  I paid $10 for mine.
2. Gallery Glass Instant Lead Lines, you can get this in a roll too.

These make it real easy, or you can use the paint lead

3.  Gallery Glass Paint

I bought this sample pack, but then......
I had to order in more Red, Green & Clear.
The Bottles are the WAY to go.  Much faster than using a spoon to get the colors out of the little sample tubs.

4. Craft Knife
5. Tooth picks
6. A pattern printed off the internet or make your own.

Now, your ready!
First, I decided on a pattern.  I measured my window opening and then drew it out on poster board.  I cut the board and taped it to the back of the window in order to lay out my lead lines. Sorry no picture.  I decided to do one side first and see how it worked out.

2. Thoroughly clean window with glass cleaner before starting your project

3. Apply the lead lines to your pattern.  Be careful to not stretch.  If the line doesn't exactly lay down where you want it, just push it into place push line down firmly.  Instructions say NOT to overlap, but I saw a tutorial where a lady did over lap hers.  I did not and used a craft knife to trim.  Then use your Liquid Line Leading to solder the intersections.  Let it dry completely before painting.  I let mine set over night.

 The painting begins!  HINT*****Do this project in an area with a lot of light!  This paint bubbles, take a toothpick to pop.  They are hard to see!
Using the tip of the Paint bottle, (The bottles are the way to go, Ease of use and cost)  gently squeeze paint around the inside perimeter of the leaded design, filling as high as the lead and then fill in the center.  Use a small tool or toothpick to comb back and forth to pop bubbles and make sure the paint is up against the edge.  The paint will shrink, so if you don't have it against the edge, you will see the gap.  ****Ok I hated one of the colors I used.  So after it dried, I took a sharp craft knife and cut real close around the edge and peeled up the paint. Yep it dries like plastic!

 You can make designs.  The squares, I kind patted the paint with a craft spoon to make the paint have a texture, instead of smooth.  The white will turn clear, but I used a small pointed tool and dipped into different colors and then swirled thru the white. Wipe your point off after each color.
 Do not rush drying by adding a fan, etc. I decided I needed to break up the boarder by adding more lead line.  You never see just solid border in Stained Glass
 Here it is finished!

 Here is a couple of squares that I mixed colors in.
I can't wait to do another one!