Friday, February 13, 2015

Trash to Treasure-Roll Top Desk Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Hello friends!
Today I will be sharing with you one of my latest projects
a roll top desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in 
Pure White
I have started rehab-ing old furniture and selling it on the garage sale sites on facebook. I'm telling you it's becoming a nice little side business. 
I'll be preparing a handy little e-book to share with y'all on how you too can make some nice moolah painting furniture.
I got this roll top desk for $25
I had to act fast before someone else snapped it up.

 Here's what it looked like before I painted. Notice there is a little bowing at the top. My hubby simple cut a piece of wood and attached it to the back to lift it up.
Problem solved.
I started out with a vision. I wanted it to look very Pottery Barn-ish in a crisp white with very light distressing. 
I bought a can of Pure White at my local stockist. I tell you this little can goes a long way. The key is to water it down a little in a container. You see the paint thickens once it's exposed to air. But not to worry, as you can add a little water and you're back in business.
It took three coats of paint. 
First I took a damp rag and cleaned off the desk. 
Then I removed all drawers and hardware. 
I started painting and waited about a day between coats.
The great thing about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is that it has no odor. There is no stench in the air so I can paint inside my house. Right in my dining room! 
In between coats, I took my hardware outside and spray painted it with a black hammered look paint.
When I was satisfied with the finish, I  lightly sanded the surfaces that were most visible to give it a nice smooth, velvety finish. 
Then I applied Annie Sloan Clear Wax with a Viva paper towel in 12X12 areas and wiped off with a clean Viva paper towel. I use these because they are most like cloth and you can just toss them away after you are done.
I waxed all the desk including the drawers.
I then attached the hardware back onto the drawers and I was done.
I was so pleased with the way it came out, I almost kept it!
I just don't have the space to put it.
Here it is:

This sold for $200 in a matter of minutes.
I made a nice little profit that goes towards our annual Christmas vacation. This year we are taking the fam on a Caribbean cruise!
I am currently working on another roll top desk. This time it's an oak one with many cubbies. So pretty. Can't wait to share with you how that came out.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Craft (Day Care Crafts)

It's here-Valentine's Day. 
What better way to remember the truly, precious things in life than with a home made craft :)

This easy craft can be made for Valentine's Day (you still have time)
Mother's day or any day. I made these for my day care moms using their little ones' hand print.
You will need a white porcelain tile. And depending on how big you want the LOVE to be
that's the size you should get. 
Mine is 6 inches high X 8 inches wide
A sharpie (red is what I used)
Metallic paint (Martha Stewart carries some nice ones. But any metallic paint will do)
red acrylic paint
Clear polycrylic top coat or Mod Podge to seal
I used my Cricut Explore to cut the stencil but you can easily get stencil letters at any craft store.
First I go my  red acrylic paint and spread some on a disposable paper plate.
I grabbed the little one's hand and gently pressed it into the paint.
Next I pressed it gently onto the tile careful not to smudge.
I then immediately wiped off the little hand with a wipe.
I did several of them and let them dry for about an hour while I cut my stencil.
Using my Cricut Explore
I typed in 
into Cricut Design Space. I chose the Plantin Schoolbook font at about an inch or so tall
I then cut it onto a scrap piece of card stock I had laying around.

The key is to use stuff that I had already. 
The only thing I bought were the tiles and they cost about $0.70 each.
I grabbed a piece of clear tape (or you can use painters tape) to hold the stencil 
still on the tile.
Using a stippling or stenciling brush grab just a little bit of the metallic paint onto your brush and 
tap on a scrap piece of paper, your paper plate or paper towel to remove excess paint.
You DO NOT want to load it with lots of paint! 
You want as clean a letter as possible. I stenciled then let it dry then went over it again twice 
so that the letters would be darker. 
When dry I simply took the sharpie and carefully wrote in the child's name and the year.
Carefully take some polycrylic and brush all over to seal. Or you can use matte Mod Podge to do the same.
These can be displayed with a simple metal easel or put some felt circles on the bottom and use as a 
pretty coaster. 
It took me less than an hour to make 4 (when the hand stamp was dry)
and only a couple of dollars and change.

I hope you enjoy this easy and fun craft. 
Happy Valentine's Day. 



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