Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My Funky House Project - Living Room Day 1

Hi and welcome to my side project.

A little over 6 moths ago, my family and I purchased a new home, new to us that is.  Built in the late 80's, the interior reflected that awesome decade.  Being something of a handy man, the home was a perfect purchase. I had done most of the renovations in our last home and was really looking forward to this project.  So this week is spring break and school is out, so I am home with my teen and decided to work on the
living room.  So with everything stowed in the dinning room I set about recording my progress.

As you can see lots of wall paper to strip and lots of popcorn ceiling to scrape

 So without further ado I got to work. 8:30 am Monday. I started by emptying the room and then I had to make trip to the hardware store, can't think of a better way to start the day.

I got rosin paper, all new outlets, switches and covers. A couple gallons of paint, some tape roller covers and wall paper remover.  And some lunch.  Before I started the messy process I covered the floor with the rosin paper.  Seemed like the right thing to do. 11:30 am started in this corner.
After an hour or so I got this much of the wall paper removed and this much of the ceiling scraped.

Fun Facts:  Wall Paper first gained popularity in Renaissance Europe by the Gentry as a alternative to costly tapestries.  Many depicted scenes similar to tapestries.They used hand painting, woodblock printing and stenciling to create the patterns

 So by 4:30 I got this far, had to clean up and run a few errands.  Not as far a I hoped by a good start.

Be it known that I hate wall paper.  Never been a fan.  One good thing here is that the walls were properly prepped for paper so the removal is just mostly messy.

Day 2 to come.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wearin' Tatters

Tattered Florals that is!  That's right folks tonight is the last night to get your tattered floral project done and linked to Tim's challenge.  Seek the deets here. And I comin' in just under the wire with a cuff that I've been working on (and off) for a little while.

Tim does some amazing things with his dies, tissue paper, paints and all kinds of goodness.  In this project I took some grunge board applied metal foil tape to both sides and die cut the tattered florals with our vagabond.  I then inked up both sides with some alcohol inks ginger, sunset orange, rust, pitch black and lettuce.  Originally I used plum, stream, cranberry and bottle.  The colors were bright and a little too vibrant for this cuff.  After I had the floral  ready I inked a crystal cut button with sunset orange for the center.  I used some of that waxed linen stuff to hold the flower together.

Next I cut and embossed some grunge board and grunge paper to make the band.  Using distress inks I colored the grunge stuff with vintage photo, walnut stain, wild honey and spiced marmalade.  Hand stitched grunge paper to the grunge board with some metallic threads and gave
the whole thing a coat of CH multi-medium matte.  Next I ran row of large grommets down the center and used more of the waxed linen to secure the chain in place. (on the first cuff I made some time back, I used hitch fasteners, but the grunge didn't hold up)  DW had the brilliant idea for the chain and  I macgyvered it.

Well it's getting late so Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to bed I go.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Altered Cheese Box!


OK, so Tim Holtz has a tattered floral challenge going on this month.  Go to his website for inspiration and see what other crafters are doing with the tattered floral die.

This week I was given the privilege of making a gift box that my daughter needed for a birthday present gift card.  The request was that the box match the personality of the friend receiving the gift.  She was described as liking modern clean lines and not frilly. Purple and blue were the color pallet to work with.

I have said it before and it still holds true, our craftcupboard (craft room) is a magical place, kinda of like the room of requirement.  just focus on what you need the rest take care of it self.

I found the 6 x 6 stack of DCWV Latte paper.  Never been opened, and purchased on clearance, goodness know when,  but obviously for this project.  I used a few of  sheets and cut flowers with the tattered floral bigz die and strip die.  I added some other purple paper and some ribbon  and cut a pile of flower pieces to use,

I painted the edges of the cheese box with Tim's new distress paints (joy) and covered the top and bottom with the most Mid Century Modern looking paper in the stack,  I built up various flowers using the bits and pieces fixed them in place with glue dots.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Painted Chandelier


For today's post I am sharing with you a painted chandelier.  We salvaged (and when I say salvage, I mean never threw away) an old brass/crystal chandelier from our old house.  It has been given a paint job and a second lease on life.

We had seen other painted chandeliers scattered throughout the internet and read the design reviews regarding the technique and whether it was hot or not.  Some people think it's overdone,  but since we didn't have one or two already in our home, it couldn't be entirely overdone, could it?

So for the cost of a couple of cans of spray paint and some alcohol ink, I say it's hot enough for now.

One of these days I'm gonna remember to stop and take pictures while working on a project so that I can share the full experience.  But for now I have some close ups of some of the details.

I started the project by taking the whole thing apart and spray painting the brass metal with some Krylon
primer and then coated with Krylon's Totally Tangerine.

When the paint dried I added a little bling to flower centers to bring in a little pop of color.  The rhinestones where self-adhesive but I used a little E6000 to keep them in place.

For the crystal (glass) centers pieces, I used a technique that I picked up from a video using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, I thought it was for making Christmas Ornaments but could not find it.  Anyway, I squirted the ink inside the glass parts and spread it around with a can of air.  On the small crystals I applied the ink to the back side and edges with a handy cotton swab.  So what was once old is new again!

And now that the chandelier is completed and installed in my daughters room, and since I used some TH products I think I can enter this at The Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes