DIY Chevron Gold Foil Art

I guess yo could say that I am in love with gold foiling everything lately. I started by drawing my lines and then painted the sections with gold and boa acrylic paint. This was easy and quick. Then I added a layer of Mod Podge over the gold paint, sprinkled on some gold leaf and done! I did at least three layers of the gold leaf to get the chunky effect I was looking for and did one final layer of the Mod podge.In the end I decided that I liked the look of random gold leaf pieces in the black areas and added a little more. This was super easy and I love how it turned out.

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Now for the GOLD!

My New Kitchen Island!!

My kitchen is nice but not exactly what I would pick if I had a choice. I have been wanting to change things up for a while now and decided to start with the island (yes, the tile is not great and not my favorite). This is where we eat a lot of our meals so it gets a lot of wear and tear. The light color of the cabinets has not really held up well to little feet, as you can see. It is also a little too boring for me.

Here is my inspiration: Absolutely beautiful!

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After bringing home swatches and deciding on the color, I cleaned the island and then lightly hand sanded it to ensure the paint would stick. The paint I used does not require you to sand the furniture first but I wanted to be sure it would stick, especially since these are fabricated wood cabinets.Then I removed all the doors, draws and masked down the edges. Now to paint!

This took two coats of paint and some touch ups. I used a small roller and brush to get in all the cracks. This is not a quick process that only takes a couple hours, there is a lot of drying time involved. Ot ensure your brushes and rollers don’t dry out and so you don’t have wash them out each time, just wrap them in saran wrap. It ensures that you can use your brushes all the way through a project.

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Once all the paint was dry I started the fun part of the process (the gel stain). I used a black gel stain (wiping stain as they are now called).

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I only needed one pass of this to get the look I was wanting and it was fairly easy to work with. I used a sponge brush with the stain and would go in sections, starting with any edges or creases first. I then would wipe down the section around the trim, wiping off any excess. I did the large flat areas last. You want to wipe in the direction of the grain, so for my cabinets I would wipe the cabinets from top to bottom. With the stain I figured out that if I had areas that seemed to be setting in quickly and not really wiping of I could add a little more stain on top and re wipe the area. to save your hands, I recommend using gloves while staining.

I am absolutely loving how my island looks with this color. Now for the final part in this process, I need to seal everything. Two coats of sealant and my Kitchen island will be complete. Except that I of course now have to paint my colorful stools black so they match the island.

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Just a Little Sheet Magic

This is a little something that I was thinking about while changing the boys sheets this weekend. If you have ever purchased Pottery Barn sheets, you may have noticed that the patterns are printed upside down from the top of the sheet (this may be true on other brands as well). My boys all have them on their beds and if you put the sheet on with the thickest hem up top, like it should be the pattern is upside down.

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I my self have never had a sheet with a pattern that needed to be in a certain direction but I have been making my own bed this way for years because it makes beds look nicer when made. If you turn the sheet upside down, where the pattern faces the mattress, you can then pull the comforter back and then fold back the sheet over the top to show the sheet pattern right side up. I do this with my bed just so the sheets can be an accent. You can pull them back at an angle like I have done here or do a straight fold across the top. Now Batman is seen right side up, as he should be!

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Fireplace Whitewashing

When the husbands away, this wife will paint! Im not sure why but if he is ever gone for a few hours or more, I feel the urge to paint and change things. This time around it was the fireplace. This was spur of the moment and only took a couple hours, which I did while cooking dinner for the boys. My mantle was black and I had previously painted the brick grey. You could really do this technique over any brick or stone, with or without a base layer of paint. I also recommend taping off all the edges.

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I mixed some trim paint that I had with some water in an empty baby wipe container (these things really come in handy). I first dipped my large flat brush in paint and patted of the excess on my drop cloth (old sheet) and then stippled the paint all over in random areas so there was some variation. FYI, you need very little paint for this! The stippling created more texture which I did not really love at first so I wiped it all down with a wet rag to see more of the main grey throughout. Then with a smaller brush I wiped on a different grey color that I also dabbed the excess off first. the other grey tone really helped to bring some depth and variation throughout. To finish it all off and give it a more smooth look I put a little white on my large brush, with the excess paint removed and then lightly brushed over the entire fireplace and done. This was very quick and easy and looks much better. Sorry, there are no in between pictures of each step. Once I started painting, I couldn’t stop until it was done.

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For a softer and smoother look, I would skip the dabbing all together and just do the last step with a small amount of white paint lightly brushed all over. Its basically like when you are painting a wall and decide you need more paint on your brush. That is when you have the right amount of paint on your brush to wipe all over. I thought for sure it would take Craig forever to notice. I decided to see how long it would take him but I broke an hour in asked if he noticed anything different.  Damn, Im pretty sure it would have taken him days or even weeks. What are you making pretty today?

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From Bite Marks to Beautiful!

I love love love our coffee table and turns out so did our puppy! I hate the chewing puppy stage! I now have several pieces that need some attention. Several of the corners have been gnawed on, now what to do? I will have to do a little more work to get those corners fixed and decided I would strip and re-do the entire table.

Yes, my basement is a lovely mess but not for long, I have plans for this disaster area too (try to ignore it for now). To remove the poly and stain I used Citristrip and I really liked it. There were no fumes and it was fairly easy to use. I painted it on then waited. After an hour or so I tested an area and scraped of the top layer with a plastic scraping tool. The poly I had put on the top a few years back was fighting me so I ended up scraping off the majority of the top and painting another layer of the Citristrip and let it sit over night before scraping it again. I used the Citristrip on a much smaller project and I only and to wait an hour before removing it so the wait time can differ from each project you do. When the stripper is ready to come off it has a fuzzy texture to it and comes of pretty easily. My one issue was removing it from groves and small detailed areas on the legs. I had to clean and sand it several times before i got it all off.

My next step is to make sure and get all of the stripping gel off the furniture with mineral spirits. When I stain I want to be sure there are no poly pieces left so that I have even coverage. Once I have it all cleaned I will sand the entire piece to smooth any rough edges and then address those chewed corners.

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After sanding the table (lots and lots and lots of sanding), I decided I loved the raw wood as is so I just cleaned it up and clear coated the entire piece. The lighter wood lets the hardware stand out a little more too. For those chewed puppy edges, I was able to get away with just sanding all of the corners to look the same. I originally bought some poly to clear coat the table but for experimental purposes I chose to use a clear sealing wax to see how it works over raw wood. The sealing wax has a matte finish that would look good on the raw wood, so I decided to try it out. Fingers crossed it holds up. Here is my finished coffee table, finally upstairs again. Now to get the boys to remember its there when running through the house.

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Mother’s Day Sign

After making the sign for my kitchen, my mom said she had to have one so naturally I made her one for Mother’s Day, along with a #shiplap shirt from Magnolia Market. Yes, this is very similar to the post I wrote with my kitchen sign but I painted the wood a little differently and actually like it better than the one I did for me. I also couldn’t post it before Mother’s Day and let my mom know what I was up to.

I used the same size board as mine, used a darker stain and then did a white wash of paint over the piece. All you need is white paint and a little water. Oh, yeah don’t forget some inspiring music and a tasty drink (I prefer an ice cold tea).  I let it sit for about a minute or so, then wiped it all off. Then I added a little more paint to the edges with a dry brush and wiped it off as well to get the look I wanted.

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I laid out the text on my computer to be sure the letters fit perfectly, printed them out two at a time and then transferred them to the wood just as I did for my kitchen sign. I find it’s better to lay them all out where you want them first and mark the edges of the paper with a pencil so that you can place them exactly where you want them before transferring them.

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After hand painting the letters with black paint, I distressed each letter along with the edges of the sign. For the final step I sprayed the entire sign with a satin sealant so it will last forever. Now to surprise my mom with her custom Mother’s Day present!

Now if only I could get my mom to send me a picture of the finished project in her kitchen. She is one busy mom!

DIY Abstract Art

This was such a fun project to do, especially since I had my boys help out. For this project, I absolutely had no plan as to what I wanted the finished piece to look like. The boys were bored one afternoon so I grabbed some old canvas, acrylic paint, brushes and headed out side. I knew that once they were done painting the color would be pretty muddy but would be a good base once the caked on paint tried. Now the base layer has lots of texture and movement. Oh and the boys loved it!

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Look at those faces! My boys just love getting dirty and then getting hosed down. After several hours of drying I grabbed some left over spray paint and organically added some green around the edges and then accented with gold around the edge of the green.

After the spray paint dried, I brought everything inside to add a few more layers. I then decided to add a layer of a burgundy color that I had along with some jagged white brush strokes that followed the lines of the spray paint. I decided it needed more white accents. I painted the white on and then dipped my brush in water and swirled the brush while painting back over the white until I got the look I wanted. I did this until the white was washed out and used a paper towel to pat down any of the runs or excess water.

I like the look of it so far but doesn’t quite seem done yet. I decided to add some gold foil leafing to the gold areas to finish it off. I first put down some Mod Podge, then started adding the gold foil leaf. Once it was dry I lightly brushed off the excess before sealing it with another layer of Mod Podge.

Now its done and I just have to figure out where it should go or if I even have a wall free in my house. On to the next project!

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