Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Custom Writing on the Wall

One of my commercial business clients wanted writing on the wall.  "NO, vinyl thank-you", he said, "hand painted".  So up on a ladder I went and left behind my signature.

You can do this in your home.  I recently had another client with a whole wall painted with quotes from top to bottom in her entry way.  It was truly an "Entry" into her home.

I used my projector to project the letters onto the wall to trace them to the height needed, 8 inches. Where I would be transferring the quotes wouldn't allow the projector to work.

After spacing out the 17 foot quote I transferred it onto the wall by putting china pencil on the back of each letter.  This allowed me to just write over the letter and the outline was transferred onto the wall.  Next came painting in the outline.  Now wall texture does present a challenge, but stay with it and you will enjoy the effort.

Other than a neck that almost broke off from being so high up and painting over my head, (note to self, work on arm muscles)  it truly was a simple project and very pleasing to the eye when finished. Their business motto is now visible for all to see....just look up!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Change the Honey Oak

I can probably tell your age by looking to see if you have honey oak furniture.  If you do, well you probably are close to, or in your 50's.  Most of us entered the honey oak stage in our early marriage days.  With it came some unspoken rule that it was to" never be painted."  Now days the pieces that jump to my attention are the painted pieces of furniture, while the honey oak just looks like it needs a face lift.

So this honey oak side table was abandoned at a garage sale.  My friend knew that I no longer abided by the unspoken rule of "don't paint your honey oak furniture" so she rescued this piece for me to play with.

Daughter needed a side table for her "newly-wed room".  She didn't want anything that look like what she grew up with...it had to be modern day, rustic glamour.

I spray painted the honey oak silver.

I found two knobs at Hobby Lobby.  One a glass rose and the other a rust iron knob.  I took the rusted iron knob apart just for the back piece.  I grabbed my silver spray to the iron knob.

The glass rose was then threaded through the iron back piece.....waala....a new knob.

One honey-oak dated side table transformed into a modern day, rustic glamour side table.

Maybe it is time to hide your age by updated a few pieces of your honey-oak....just saying, we all need a face-lift at one time or another.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Floor Cloth Tutorial

My floor cloth post from my original blog has been featured on http://craftstew.com/rugmaking/rugmaking-links....Craft Stew.

My original post on how to make a floor cloth - http://janettessage.blogspot.co.il/2011/10/what-is-floor-cloth.html

Check out this post...you will see other links to some wonderful blogs for making items for your home.