Monday, August 22, 2016

Using Stencils with the Wagner Home Decor Paint Sprayer

I promised on my last post that I would show you my experiments using my new Wagner Home Decor paint sprayer with stencils. I created these two memo boards!
What do you think? The paint sprayer made this project so fast. I have a ton of stencils, and have avoided using them because it was a slow laborious job. I did 5 separate stenciled motifs in about 15 minutes.
I am thinking about doing a tutorial on how to create these memo boards, would anyone be interested?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Look what I sprayed with my new Wagner Home Decor Paint Sprayer

Here is the before pic of the side table I sprayed.
This was a gorgeous Henrendon Fine Living end table. Unfortunately, it had a significant scratch on top. No worries a little paint and wax and good as new or even better. I LOVE this Wagner paint sprayer. It is geared to the home crafter that will be using all types of paints, including chalk paint. I bought it at Home Depot. They now have a small section in the paint department geared to crafters. They have two lines of chalk paint, unfinished wood for projects, stencils etc. I bought the Rustoleum brand called "Chalked." The color of this table is Country Gray. I will be using this on several pieces. Here is a bookcase I picked up at the Goodwill. It is MDF with the "wood grain" vaneer we see so often at Walmart etc. I think the Rustoleum Chalked in Serenity Blue looks great on it. I am super happy with the outcome on this one. The other really cool thing about the paint sprayer is there are no brush strokes to worry about. The dried paint is relatively smooth, I am still experimenting with the dilution and amount of product I am spraying onto the piece.
Next up I am going to use it with stencils. Check back for my results! Would love to hear what you think of my latest projects.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Antique Booth Update

Mary and I have been working hard to redo our booth, Sassy and Stash, at Queen of Hearts Alpharetta. We have new jewelry, some great picked antiques and lots of sweet home accessories.
Inside this awesome picked lobster cage we have some new sweet burlap pillows.
The center medallion is a reproduction, but isn't amazing. We have some others that are different sized and shapes. These would make an amazing collage wall.
Of course there is always new jewelry. Long or short we have some great necklaces for you or a girlfriend's gift. Stay tuned more pics to come! Thanks for stopping by! Denise

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What would you do?

My favorite local thrift store has these coolers that look like the ones you see in convenience stores. I think one on the deck would be great. It has wheels so it could be wheeled away for storage when done. It also has a handy drain tube on the back to easily empty out the water at the end of the party. So my problem is that it is really ugly to me in it's current state. What would you do to make it cute????
You could paint over the label with chalk paint, or tear off the logo. I just can't figure out to transform it. Let me know what you would do all of you creative people please! Thanks Denise

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Salt Wash Painting

I have been looking for some new paint or techniques to get motivated to paint some furniture. One of the products I found is Salt Wash. It is an additive that can go into ANY paint to get a sun/ sea side worn look.
This is how it turned out. I went pretty aggressive with the distressing, but hey it was supposed to have a "worn look." I love it!
I started with a thrift store coffee table that was really beaten up on top. This made the perfect piece to try this technique on since the heavy texture will hide imperfections. Sorry forgot to snap the ugly before picture. I added the powdered Salt Wash product to my can of white chalk paint. I followed the manufacturers instructions and got it to a stiff cake batter consistency. I then covered the table in a almost pouncing motion causing peaks to form.
You can see the texture it created in this close up picture. As the paint gets to the half way dry point, I took my brush and swept back and forth knocking down the peaks a bit for a more smoothed out look. I then did a top coat in a Waverly Chalk paint called Agave. I thought it was a nice beachy aqua.
You can see I did not go for full coverage as I wanted my base color to show in spots. I then took my obital sander to the table and showed no mercy. This was a very aggressive approach. The next project I think will be using the mouse sander to distress as it is much more subtle looking. Honestly, this sander scares me a bit too, it's pretty powerful and if I don't have my full concentration when using it, I can see me hurting myself.
I went crazy with the sander, but it revealed the undercoat and the dark brown wood which I think made it much more interesting.
It was a fun product to play with and I found lots of other inspiration online using the product. They do have great videos made by the people who created the product. You can find them on Youtube. What do you think? Are you going to try Salt Wash?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Busy Creating new jewelry

Our family has lived in the same home for the last nineteen years. My husband and I decided we were ready to finally move to our dream home. That is a lot of years to collect stuff. I was on a bit of a creative hiatus until we completed the move. Now though I am creating again. So happy to be back in my studio. Unfortunately my studio is not totally organized, but I will save that for another day! Here is what I have made this week. Thanks for checking it out. I would love your feedback. You can see more of my creations at www.alphaneenee.etsy.com. Stone stacking bracelets. Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Restoration Hardware Inspiration

I love these two wall displays. (please ignore the the shot of me in the mirror) I love the symmetry, and the simplicity. I think this could be replicated so easily with cheap frames from Hobby Lobby or Micheals. These particular frames held pressed flowers and greenery laid on top of linen looking fabric. I think this would be easy to do as well. I think variations of maybe feathers would be cool too. What do you think? Any other ideas? I'd love to hear them.