Sunday, August 31, 2014

One Wall Makeover

If you remember, I painted a few pieces of furniture for my bedroom.  If you don't remember you can check here and here.  Then things came to a standstill for several months.  But, now, out of the rut and moving forward.

The ceiling fan in my bedroom is being switched out for this chandelier that I purchased at St. Vincent de Paul for $20.

As you probably guessed, it had to be painted first.

Can you find it in this greenscape?

I spray painted it with Montana paint.  They call the color Malaria.  I know there is some psychology in naming colors, but this one escapes me.

I used the original candle covers and sprayed them black.


After a long wait in the studio, the chandelier has been installed. (It replaces a very dated ceiling fan.)

Another part of the bedroom makeover was to remove the mantel.

I know it's beautiful, but I have lived with it for 36 years and I really wanted my bed on this wall.  I also was tired of working with the blue tiles.  I know they are gorgeous.  That's why I kept them for so long.

I put the mantel on Craig's list three different times before I sold it.  Then it stayed like this for a few months until my brother could work me into his schedule.

I sold the summer cover with the mantel.

This is what I found behind the cover.  There was a pile of little twigs, finely ground mortar, soot, and a few broken bricks.  This was a not so fun clean-up.


I don't have pictures of the tile coming down but much of it was saved intact.  If you look closely you can see the bricks were laid in an arch over the opening.

The gas pipe also had to be removed.

Adding to the mess was a lot of junk under the hearth tiles.  That all had to be cleared before framing and new flooring could be laid.

This was the beginning of the closing up process.  It took several skim coats to get the flue wall looking good.  This is the point where the memory card in my camera decided to get a little squirrely. Of course, I didn't know this until I tried to download the pictures.  I tried on two computers and even took the card to Walgreens to see if their computer could pull them up.  No luck.  So those shots are lost forever.

The replacement boards are oak but not quarter sawn oak. They are also a quarter inch wider than the original flooring.  The stain looks a little more red than the original floor but when you see it in person it blends very well. (Actually it will be under the bed so it won't be seen.)

Naturally, I did not have any of the wall paint left.  I remember cleaning out the sides and bottom of the can to eek out enough to do touch ups when the baseboards went up a few years ago.  Like a numb skull I did not save the can or write down the color.  When will I learn?  Always in a hurry to move on to the next project and willing to deal with the consequences later.  It took me several trips to the paint store and three quarts of paint to get it "close enough."  Not only the color, but the sheen was important.  I might add that the brand of paint is critical too.  Eggshell in one brand is different from another brand's eggshell.

Baseboards had to be added.  I used two stains to get a close match to the rest of the room. (Provincial from Dutch Masters and Dark Mahogany from Zar.    There is a very weird effect showing up on the walls.  I have no idea why they are blotchy looking.  Seriously, they do not look like this.  Must be my brother's aura showing up on the camera.  He has good vibes so I wouldn't be surprised.

Next came some serious dusting and vacuuming.  Then the furniture went back into place. But, there is one more thing that needs to be done.  Last winter I made a wild purchase.  I bought it thinking I would use it in a commercial space that belongs to a friend.  In the end, I decided to keep it for myself.  It has been stuck behind a piece of furniture for eight months waiting for this day.  Yikes! I'm still not sure it is going to work in here.

My plan is to hang it above the bed on the now empty flue wall.  Check back next week.  It should be hung by then.  I also need to jazz up the bedding, but I really want to see how the large wall art looks first.  I just ordered some blind samples as well.  The wands are broken on my current blinds so new ones will be fantastic.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Toe in the Water

It has been awhile since I posted anything new.  I have good reasons...none of which you really want to hear...so let's get back to business.  I'm easing back into blogging with a post that was inspired by my many hours perusing pinterest recently.

(dianafrey.blogspot.ca)

 I saw this on my DIY board and thought, with my limited energy this might be something I could manage.


One stipulation for any current project is that I must have the materials on hand.


Paint brushes are a staple for me, so no problem there.


They also needed to be well used, or abused, depending on how you think about paint brushes.

The next step was to gather glue, scissors, old jewelry, ribbon, and anything that might lend itself to this task.


A brief period of playing with the possibilities and I was finally into a new mini project.


I jumped back and forth on these but I think this is the first one I completed.  I love the combination of paint colors on the handle, and kept this one simple for that reason.

Because of the blue handle, I chose an earring and a broach with blues stones.  Once those were attached, I searched my ribbon bin.  I'm not a big fan of blue so I knew I would have very limited choices.  Turns out I had this one with the gold stars.  Luckily it was perfect!

Although this one has a beautiful paint patina on the handle, it does not show up well in the photo.  I wrapped the base of the handle in the same ribbon used in the bow.  Then I ran two rows of pale gray rick rack along the edges before I attached the lovely pink and silver broach.  I should really try for a clearer photograph on this one.  If you have eagle eyes you can see tiny bits of pink in the paint.

I cut the green polka dot ribbon for another brush and then decided not to use it on that one.  I don't like to waste anything, so I stuck it on this one along with a band of black rick rack and a little rubber posy.  Looks like I used this brush for a striae.  I may have to pull it off the "decorated" shelf if I need such a brush again.

I thought this would make a nice shot of this brush but it's not so easy to see what I did to this one.

Easy enough to tell here that I wrapped a bit of the handle with twine.  Then I added a band of sparkly trim and a band of black trim that has small beaded half loops hanging from the band.  Another piece of twine holds the rhinestone star in place. (One of my Colorado grand nieces in the photo. Her mom is the star when it comes to photography.)

This is one of my favorites.  Muslin knotted bow through the handle, a row of white trim over the metal band, some small pearls attached to the trim, and a small broach glued between the two make this one a nice mix of elegant and everyday materials.  The broach is a combination of ruby, turquoise and pearl beads in an aged gold setting.

I took several pictures of this one but...


I'll stop at three.

Layers of beautiful paint colors on this brush.  Even the bristles are tinged with pink.  This one I call The Flapper.


 I played with the special effects on this one.

 The broach and coffee filters are something I had used previously on a wreath.  I'm all about recycling so, of course, I had it back in cache.  I added a gold bracelet to the handle to accentuate the gold beaded circle on the broach.  It doesn't get any easier than this.


Another one with a lovely mix of paints, this time on a red handle.  I kept this one very simple with just a blue earring and a few blue beads on twine.

This shot shows the silver and blue rings that are gathered on the scoop of the earring. I think this one has a bit of a Southwest flair.

This is the last one I completed.  The handle is a pearly white and is mottled with a pale gray paint.  In my eyes it works well with the flower on the broach. (Not so well in the picture) The pearls are attached to the flower as one piece of jewelry.   Again, just one of those that does not read as well on the screen, but one of my favorites.



So, there you have it.  Ten mini projects.  Maybe that's a sign that all 10 toes are back in the water.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Party Time

It has been awhile without new posts.
Just to keep in touch, I decided to post a trial mixed media project.  I'm experimenting with some simple techniques to get myself into the groove of working with mixed mediums.

Pretty basic but here I have glazing, stenciling, stamping, decoupage, and 3-d objects.

This is just a mix of papers enhanced with stenciling, paper trims painted to coordinate, and dripping paint.

The idea for this process started with the desire to use quotes in a diagrammed format.

In my mind mind I visualized this with streamers in the background, but when that was not happening, I just moved on.  Hopefully I will be able to better translate what is in my mind's eye as I practice.