Friday, October 28, 2011

Introducing Davin 3000

A robot. I want to be a robot! Okay then. You’re a robot.

 

I said “of course we can make your costume”. So, he drew up some robot “plans”, and we started constructing. Pop quiz - Who knows how hard it is to actually cut and fit a cardboard box to a 45lb, 6 year old? I DO NOW! holy moly

 

Costume is finished and my ego is recovering. Stupid box. And yes, he is cute. Thanks. Most of the bits and pieces are from the Dollar Tree. Found the heater vent at Walmart. In the end, it wasn’t the cheapest costume, but it’s definitely one-of-a-kind. And still more affordable than a custom purchased costume.

 

I cut and glued a large sponge in the top (technically the bottom) of the bucket. Then, I cut the bill off of an old baseball cap and hot glued it to the inside of the bucket. No more bucket falling off his head or covering his eyes. The LED on top of the bucket is a push light. So it actually shines bright. For Halloween, we are going to tape a bunch of (Dollar Tree) glow sticks to his arms and legs with clear tape.

-Supply List-

  • Dollar Tree:
  • Poster Board x4
  • Plastic Tamborine
  • Calculator
  • Bucket
  • Sponge (inside bucket)
  • LED Light (on top of bucket)
  • Plastic iPhone (on back)
  • Plus a couple more odds and ends.
  • Total Cost = $18
  • Walmart:
  • Box 12x12
  • Heater vent hose
  • Duct tape
  • Total Cost = $12
  • Supplies On Hand:
  • Old Hat
  • Felt pads (colored with permanent markers)
  • Spray adhesive

Have you ever made your own Halloween costume? If so, was it harder than you thought?

 

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

It’s Study Time Children

So. I’ve heard this book referred to as the bible of painting.

 

Well, I’m going to find out. I have been absolutely DYING to use my new ASCP! But like I said, I don’t want to waste it.

 

So tonight, Annie, show me the way. For you are the teacher. I am the pupil.

 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oh Chalk! What the Varnish?

Did I mention I have a bunch of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? Of course I did.

So, I have all this wonderful ASCP and wax. It’s just sitting there. Waiting. And I haven’t used it. Yet! Why? Because I don’t want to waste it! It’s EXPENSIVE! I ordered 2 of Annie’s books, which will be here Thursday. Once I’ve had a chance to flip through them, I’ll be all over that ASCP! Like paint on wood! <----- That was bad.

In the meantime, I still have furniture to paint. And I wanted to experiment. So here’s what I did. I grabbed some Behr Ultra Premium Plus, in a blue, dumped it into a jar (about a cup or so) then I added some Non-Sanded Grout. How much? Ummm…a bit? Probably a couple table spoons full. I didn’t measure. Added some water and mixed it all up. The paint went on surprisingly well. Thick and smooth. I only applied a single coat. If I was going for a more refined look, I would have applied a second, light coat.

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Almost forgot the before!

Once it was dry, the paint was pretty rough feeling. Remember, this is basically chalkboard paint. So I lightly sanded the whole piece with 220. Nice and smooth. Then I lightly distressed the entire thing. But that wasn’t the look I was going for? I wanted more age. Off to orange.

I found some Behr Faux Glaze and thought, sure - why not? I didn’t want the entire quart mixed one color though. So, I grabbed a small tester bottle of a dark green. I mixed about 1.5 cups of the glaze with most of the sample bottle color. I just dumped them into a glass jar. I applied it pretty heavily to the whole piece. But only one section at a time. I wiped off any extra with a wet rag. Voila! That’s the look I wanted!
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I did run into a problem. I’m not sure what caused it? With my crazy recipes, it could be anything. Here’s the problem. While wiping the excess glaze off, several areas of paint peeled away where I had distressed. Really. It just wiped right off? And if I rubbed hard enough in any spot, it would wipe off. My answer (not the correct one) was to just add more glaze to darken the area. But in reality, it could cause a ton of problems on a piece. But my point is - crazy experiment = success! On the cheap!
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And yet again, all iPhone pictures. I just can’t seem to remember to bring my camera. Or maybe, I’m just not expecting anything photo worthy? I’m just happy to have pictures to share.

Would you be willing to try one of these crazy recipes to save a few bucks vs. ASCP?

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Annie Came to Visit

I’m not talking about the Little Orphan. I’m talking about the real Annie. Annie Sloan! *insert happy dance*

 

My shipment of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint showed up today. I was already painting, so I haven’t used it yet. I also ordered 2 of Annie’s books Quick and Easy Paint Transformations and Creating the French Look. They’re on their way, so I may wait until I have a chance to look at them before digging into the ASCP. Waiting will be so hard! But I don’t want to waste it!

 

I’ll be sure to post an update, pictures, whatever, as soon as I have a chance to use it. On a side note, the piece I painted today was an experiment. I used the technique of adding non-sanded grout to the paint. It went on really thick. And the coverage was great! But it was rough. I’ll sand it tomorrow. Hopefully soon, I’ll be able to compare the two.

 

If you’d like to read about the other technique, visit Sherry at No Minimalist. Make sure to read all the comments as well. Lots of good info. Oh, one more thing. I ordered my ASCP through Lady Butterbug. She had the cheapest prices I could find anywhere online. And the shipment was here in 3 days!! So if you’re going to order, give her a visit.

 

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Alphabet Coasters

Look, I made something. Drink coasters.
Fun and simple. I used some wonderful vintage alphabet images supplies by The Graphics Fairy. Make sure you visit her wonderful site! The cool thing is, you could use any images you wanted. Kids, grandkids, pets, whatever.
Here’s what I used:
  • 4x4 ceramic tiles
  • Modge Podge
  • Pictures
First, I selected my images and printed them to fit on the tiles. Technically, the tiles are 4.25 inches. So I printed all my images at 4x4”. The tiles are available from your local blue or orange.

Second, applied a good coat of podge to the top of the tiles and placed the picture. I did one tile at a time.

Third, wait till the podge is dry.

Fourth, applied several coats of podge over the top of each tile and picture. I did three coats. Be sure to cover everything. You don’t want any water getting in there. Remember, these are to set your favorite cold beverages on.

Fifth, I used a sanding block to sand any sharp edges off the bottom. I used 320 grit. It only takes a few passes on each side of the tile.

Last, I stuck on some self adhesive rubber grippers to keep them from sliding around or scratching up the furniture. You can find these in little packs at your local hardware, or even Walmart.

I’ve actually made several sets of these with different types of pictures. Great little Christmas gifts!

What do you think? Would you try this?

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Telephone Bench

No before pictures. None. Why? Because I didn’t think this one was going to be picture worthy.

My plan was simple. Paint it red and sell it. Simple. Right?

But I ran into a problem. After I painted it, it looked cheap. And I mean cheap! I’m talking about the  cheap ,red, kids furniture you find in the mall, kind of cheap. If you have some of that furniture, don’t take that personally. Just deal with it. I figured a bit of light distressing would fix the problem. Nope. Now, it just looked cheap and beat up.

I wanted it to show its age. So I started sanding. Have I mentioned how much I like sanding? Oh, I have? Okay never mind. Anyways, I sanded it a lot. I wanted the ware to look natural. Somehow, in the process of sanding, So, I sanded a ton! I tried to fade it all in nicely, to give it a more natural look. And in the process, I lost part of my thumbnail. No, really! Gone! But I’ll keep those pictures to myself.

Now that it’s finished, I think it’s cute. What say you? Like I said in the beginning, I didn’t think this one was going to be picture worthy. So no pictures from my lovely Canon 5D II. But I always have my iPhone on my. So one image from my iPhone.

What do you think about a hand painted “CafĂ©” stencil on this? Well too late. I was just curious.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Let’s Talk Annie Sloan – Chalk Paint That Is

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP)
You've all heard of it. Right? Well if not, you're missing out on a huge trend. Check out Annie Sloan’s Web Site for more information.

How many of you are using ASCP for your furniture projects? I haven't ventured into it yet for one simple reason, price. I've heard that it's simple, and it goes a long ways. But still? I’m skeptical.

My initial investment would have to be somewhere around $300. That's for a few basic colors, waxes and brushes.

There's no denying that every piece I've seen finished with ASCP is simply beautiful. But is it really worth it? My bigger question is, has anyone found a suitable substitute? How about a DIY recipe? Surely, someone has come up with a DIY recipe. No, I’m not calling you Surely. Not exact of course, but very similar for a fraction of the price.

I’m not trying to take anything away from this brilliant product. I’m just trying to do what most of us do, find a cheaper alternative. Now, with all that said, I’m sure I’ll break down and buy some. But first, I’ll have to sell a few non-ASCP pieces to raise the money.

In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful video tutorial. It’s very informative.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blogging - Comments vs. Replies

Do I ask the readers or the bloggers?

Well, I'm gonna ask both. I don't have too many regular readers, so I probably won't get much feedback. But I'm happy with whatever I get.

Readers, when you leave a reply, I always reply via email, not my blog. Unless you ask a question. Why? When I reply via my blog, you may not have it setup to receive a notification. So you'll never know I replied, and therefore, may not bother reading anymore. If you ask a question, I may reply via email and the blog. That way, other readers can see my answer too.

Bloggers, how do you handle comments? I know some of you receive literally hundreds of comments a week. Naturally, you can't reply to all. But it seems most of you also try to respond to questions. Do you worry that if new readers don't see you replying, or thanking your readers for their comments, that they may not follow you?

I know you can't get em all. I'm okay with that. I'm just wondering what everyone's thoughts are. 

Reader or blogger, is there anything you can see that I should be doing differently with my blog? Well, besides posting more frequently :)

side note* I honestly, truly, sincerely appreciate every single comment left!! Each one means the world to me. Thank you all!!!