It’s summer and everyone is outdoors having fun. After cleaning up the ‘carnage’ left behind from a winter’s ice storm this spring, I took a look around at the rest of our outdoor decor to see what needed some extra lovin’. I bought this set at auction over the winter. The finish was in rough shape but it was solid, comfy and I picked it up for a song. For color inspiration I did some umbrella shopping and found an adorable red and white stripe one at Target. From there I selected a bright turquoise color to compliment the umbrella. The set came with two benches. I started painting those first. A quick tip for painting benches and chairs is to start with the bench upside down. […]
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DIY Crackle Finish. Celebrating back to school with a fun DIY tutorial on creating a crackle finish with school glue and a chalk type paint. Creating a crackle finish is fun, easy and economical when using school glue and chalk type paints. Follow these simple steps to achieve a nice crackle every time. Step 1 – Paint surface with your base coat and allow to dry completely. Step 2 – Apply school glue on top of base coat. Step 3 – While glue is still tacky, apply top coat. Step 4 – Dry completely. Read on for additional application techniques. The photos above detail how to create a random crackle finish. Photo 1 – Using a pouncing motion, apply glue to base coat. Photo 2 – This shot shows the board […]
Prepping furniture pieces before painting them with Chalk and Clay Paints. There are many items that can be painted with chalk type paints. Stained and urethaned pieces, laminated surfaces, ceramic, metal as well as previously painted and waxed pieces. These paints bond well on almost any surface and for the most part, sanding or priming will not be necessary. However, there may be times when taking the time to prep your item properly will give you a better result in the end. And isn’t that what you are looking for, a beautifully hand painted item to proudly display in your home? As we said before, chalk type paints will bond to any surface. However, chalk and clay paints (or any chalk paint or latex for […]
Recently we had the opportunity to hold a ‘retailer training retreat’ at the summer cottage. There’s nothing like planning, learning and working while staring at a lake. After all the laughing we did, we brought the paint out and began to work. Our favorite technique to share and teach is one that looks very difficult, and in the past, has been an advanced process for paint artists requiring many different products. But now, can be achieved with just one product, any chalk/clay/mineral paint! It’s what we call a “Textured Clay Finish”. Here’s what you’ll need: Chalk and Clay Paint (only one color) Clear Wax An aging dust product Your favorite paint brush Metal scraping spatula (trowel) Sea sponge Paper towel Water Something to paint Step 1: […]
Welcome back! Here we are just cruising along to Week 2 already! Hopefully by now, you’ve had a moment to stop and assess your rooms. I realize most of you may not be freaks who obsess about decorating all day like I do, but when the mood strikes, go with it! Sometimes it takes being fed up with it’s current situation and maybe a gentle little shove in the right direction (that’s what I am here for) to get things done! I have literally had nights that I could not sleep and laid in bed thinking and thinking about a specific room and how it could work better. I once even got up in the middle of the night and moved the furniture around in […]