Thursday, July 14, 2011

Recent Revamp

First off I would like to credit my husband for the AmAzInG Pics!! And refinishing skills. The table pictured below used to be hideous wood with a faux marble top. As you can see, he has given it new life! (more of his refinishing work will be featured, don't you worry.)

I had been looking for a tray of some sort for months and I finally found this one at a thrift store. I think it was a quarter? Anyways I was so excited when I found it because I knew just what I was going to do with it. This link... Sweetheart Sheet Music where I got my inspiration. After looking everywhere online for the sheet music to our wedding song (forever and for always by Shania Twain) I gave up. Also, I was worried about it not looking as retro as I wanted it to. So I found some sheet music on ebay from 1890 for $10! And its from the LDS Tabernacle choir. SCORE! 

First I spray painted the tray a flat white.It was gold to begin with, not really into it right now. Next I picked my paper, cut/ripped to size, and mod-podged it on. It seemed like it was missing something so I decided to add some lace strips and flowers. Once it was dry and finished I had my husband cut a piece of glass to size and glue it in place so it wont get ruined. However, I know not everyone has a glazer for a husband, so an additional coat of mod-podge will suffice!

Next, lucky me, my sweety brought me home these amazing glass bottles from his grandmothers basement. They were still full of fermented whatever was in there! Yuck. Cleaning the inside of these "aged" bottles proved to be more difficult then I thought. I ended up gluing a toothbrush from the dollar store to a stick and brushing the inside clean. Worked like a charm! I found this tutorial...DIY Milk Glass and got to work painting my bottles. I just LOVE the way everything turned out.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Damask Magnet Board

A few months ago my hubster painted an old frame yellow to match our bedroom. I've known exactly what I wanted to do with it since the moment he brought it home. So finally, here it is. My damask magnetic board.

   Old frame painted the color of your choice
   Sheet of metal cut to fit inside the frame
 (I got mine as scrap from a local steel company. They cut it to size and everything for half the price of a hardware store!)    
   Stencil (I chose damask)
   Spray paint (again, the color of your choice)

Step 1. (for those of us who aren't yet fortunate enough to have a cricket) Find your image you want to use as a stencil and print it off on cardstock. Remember not to pick one that is too intricate because you are going to cut it out with a box cutter.

Step 2. Cut out your stencil. Also pictured above.
Step 3. Lay out your sheet of metal and start stenciling! Make sure ur stencil is laying completely flat or you may get some overspray. You might need to tape it down.

 Continue your stenciling allowing time to dry between each image so you dont peel up the paint with your stencil and mess it up. 

Now, you're ready for some magnets. I finally found a use for those creepy man-head/busts....
I simply glued a magnet to the back and wah lah! They worked perfect!
The bottlecap magnets are vintage bottlecaps spray painted gold, filled with vintage jewelery etc, and then filled with a 1/4 " of craft resin. Once again, I just glued a magnet to the back. Vintage, and beautiful! And the heads are no longer creepy, they are "tasteful".

Dont U just LUV???!
I know I do:)
bLoG lOvE - Sarah G

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