Showing posts with label Fresh Look. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fresh Look. Show all posts

Monday, May 7, 2012

Fresh Look: beaded edge frame

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It’s easy to give a frame a brand new look with just a few simple supplies. This white frame with a beaded edge had very humble beginnings.

A cheap pink frame and a leftover Christmas bead garland.

Start by gluing your bead garland to the outer edge of your frame. I used a glue gun so that the beads would stick instantly and stay straight. Just be prepared to spend some time picking off all the glue gun threads.

Once you think you’ve removed all the glue gun threads, spray paint your frame in your desired color. Amazingly, glue gun threads kept appearing with every coat of spray paint. I think I finally got them all.

I like how the frame looks in this black and white shot, so I may convert the framed picture to black and white. Yes, that is my son many, many years ago. Time sure flies!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Fresh Look: christmas box to pretty box

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I’ve had this box out since Christmas. Not as d├ęcor but on deck for a makeover.

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Originally the box was bright red and oh so Christmassy. I think it was a container for some candy treats we got as a gift. I had know idea what I wanted to do with it until I saw this post.

Vivienne over at The V Spot, blew me away with this tutorial on how to create faux glazed ceramic – she’s a genius that way. Vivienne is bold and a rebel – she tells us to break all the painting rules by layering paint and while the paint is still wet, coating your project with clear gloss spray paint.

The perfect technique for my red Christmas box. I used white spray paint, silver acrylic craft paint and clear gloss spray paint to give my box a new look.

I did have a few problems with my project. The original tutorial creates faux ceramic from a terra cotta pot and clay - a perfect base for the spray paint to adhere to. I started with a glazed ceramic item, dove in and spray painted it white. All was fine until the final step when I spray painted the clear gloss. Just like the straw that broke the camel’s back, the paint started to drip and expose the original red box.

I let the box dry and filled in the exposed areas with white paint and a small artist’s paint brush. Once that was dry, I gave the box another coat of gloss – this time more lightly.

I probably should have lightly sanded the box or primed it first. Oh well, it turned out fine and I can use it for a variety of things. For now, it will hold bath salts in the bathroom.

I’m amazed what a coat (or 2-3) of paint can do. And these pretty lavender bath salts and fresh lavender add just the right touch of color.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Fresh Look: white candle holders

I’ve been obsessed with lightening and brightening some of my knick knacks lately. And white is my color of choice.

I found these candle holders at the dollar store. This isn’t the chain dollar store – this is a dollar store where most items aren’t really a dollar. Note the price stickers at $1.59. In fact, a lot of items are way over a dollar. But for $1.59 they were still a good deal.

I probably would never have picked these or even noticed them. But I’ve been on the hunt for some interesting candle holders that I could paint white.

I toyed with the idea of leaving some of the detail chippy and distressed looking but in the end I went with all white. I painted these using leftover white glossy house paint and a small paint brush. For the little crevices, I used a very small art brush. I'm sure they could be spray painted but I was worried that the paint would run as I tried to get the crevices coated. I tend to be heavy-handed when I spray paint…

I’m working on my kitchen hutch and have slowly been replacing my knick knacks with various white objects. I keep moving things around but it’s not quite right yet. I’m going to keep working on it but I think the one of the candle holders will end up there.

Honestly, is there anything a coat of paint can’t fix?

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Fresh Look: breakfast room prints

One of my goals for the new year is to freshen up some areas of our home.

There’s a narrow wall on each side of the bay window in our breakfast room and these prints have been hanging there forever. There are two of them – one on each side of the bay window and they fit perfectly. But is was time to freshen up the look.

I painted the frames white and used pressed ferns for an overall cleaner and brighter look.

Instead of cutting a new matte board, I placed the new paper on top of the old matte leaving just the edge of the original border showing. Much easier than cutting new matte board.

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The difference is amazing. The new prints brighten up the entire wall. I tried to get a photo of the entire bay window and both prints but there was too much sunlight coming in through the window – which I guess is the point of a pretty bay window.

Now that my first “fresh look” project for 2012 is done, I can’t wait to freshen up more areas.

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