June 28, 2011

Painted Shelf

A little shelf re-do to go over my newly painted vanity... 
which is in the bathroom... where I just made over the cabinets with gel stain... 

Plain wooden shelf....it's HEAVY!

Sprayed with rust colored primer then applied several different colors... 
wines, rusts, burgundy and some black thrown in...applied randomly

Smoosh and dab the paint while still wet...

I decided to make the knobs kind of turquoise-ish,
 along the lines of the Vanity finish...so I applied light aqua...

Dabbed on a little darker aqua color with my finger..

When dry, brushed on olive colored glaze and sponged off.

This is how they turned out...I also coated them with a high gloss clear sealer

I added a black glaze over the shelf part too...

It's hanging over this vanity table I just repainted....

Then I saw these tiles I have and propped them up there...
not sure if I'll apply them permanently or not, can't decide...

Since I'm in makeover mode I gave my vintage makeup mirror a little love too.
I really like this mirror...it is BIG!...found it years ago. 

When I bought it, it had regular incandescent bulbs...
Six..., Big..., Heat Producing bulbs.

Since sweating and getting a sun lamp burn 
while trying to put on makeup is never a good thing, 
I ordered fluorescent vanity bulbs from an online specialty lighting store. 

I just replaced the mirror too since the vintage one that has been 
in it had kind of a "soft focus" look to it...
Here I was thinking it was just my eyesight. 
I brushed on a little gold paint over the existing finish on the frame as well to freshen it up.

Now I have a place to hang my hats...

...and my tassel I made

I made this long ago and used a bunch of different ribbons and trim...
you can see more tassels I've made in the past Here

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June 26, 2011

How to Paint on Fabric Hand Painted Designs, Chair Cushions, Pillows, Christmas Stockings, Hand Painted Fabrics

crab cushion DIY
I love to paint on fabric. You can create whatever design you need.
I recently posted on my Facebook page about this Crab Chair with Painted Cushion
and I got quite a few comments and emails asking about painting on fabric
so I thought I would share how I paint on fabric.

hand painted fabric cushions
This is a couch I painted for a local surf shop.
I painted the rattan frame with tomato red spray paint. 
The original cushions were dark blue so I added the waves and swirls.

hand painted couch sofa cushions
I've always used regular acrylic craft paints when painting fabric.

There are specific fabric paints and textile mediums you can add to acrylics 
to make the dried paint feel softer. They also have different directions on "setting" the paints by 
putting it in the dryer, air dry, or with a warm iron.
If I were painting on an article of clothing, I would definitely use textile medium
or fabric paint so the item would be softer. 

For furniture fabric, I've always used straight acrylic paint with no textile medium added.
I find that the more the item is used, the softer it becomes.

If you paint on fabric it doesn't flake, peel, wear off or come off in the wash.
It's just like when you get paint on your clothes... it doesn't come off
and a good portion of my clothes are proof of that!

hand painted couch cushions
Like I mentioned, this couch is in a surf shop where it gets a lot of use and 
has been sat on with wet, sandy swimsuits and has held up beautifully.

DIY painted beach bags
I also painted these canvas beach/tote bags for the same surf shop.
I started with plain canvas bags.

hand painted beach bags
When painting on canvas like this, I always lightly mist the fabric with water before painting. 
I find that is the fabric is very lightly dampened, the paint will apply more smoothly
 and to sink into the fibers of the fabric more easily.
You can also thin the paint with just a bit of water but not too much or it will bleed. 

 Although bleeding paint is fine if that is the look you are going for, 
I used that technique in the pics above.

painted canvas bags DIY
When painting on fabric, be sure to put a plastic bag inside so the 
paint doesn't seep through to the other side.

hand painted beach bags
I painted the handles too and had so much fun painting all the patterns.

seafood print dining chairs
This is a set of chairs I painted a long time ago...way before digital cameras.
I recovered the seats with canvas and painted with sea life and lemons.

poppy print dog bed cushion
This is a cushion I made from fabric that I painted with poppy flowers

hand painted dog bed cushion
I used it in this Dog Bed I made from an end table.
On an intricate design like this, it's much easier to paint the fabric THEN 
make your cushion...ahem...not that I've ever done that!

hand painted dog bed cushion
I painted a big paw print on this dog bed cushion...

 custom dog bed cushion
And I made another paw print cushion on this dog bed from an end table.

coastal shell painted pillow

hand painted Christmas stockings DIY
These are my little family's Christmas Stockings that I painted.
I purchased pre-made canvas stockings and 
painted designs on them for each family member..

zebra Christmas stocking
A little zebra action for my youngest...

rubik's cube stocking
A Rubik's cube design for the oldest...

hand painted Rubiks cube stocking
I actually used a bottle of fabric paint with the squirt top to paint these red squiggles..

diamonds and animal print Christmas stocking
Diamond and animal print for me :)

hand painted sealife stocking
I've since painted lots more Christmas stockings with sea life patterns that I
sold in my Etsy shop for about 3 years but I am no longer making them.
I didn't realize until I started putting this post together how often 
I actually have painted my own fabric!

If you need special fabric for a project, why not paint your own?
It's easy, durable and will definitely be one of a kind.
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June 17, 2011

Vanity Table Makeover

I'm giving my bathroom a little makeover.
You can take a tour and see how it started HERE 
and read about my gel stained cabinet makeover HERE
This is stage 2 of the makeover...my vanity table...

I don't have a before "before" pic of how this started.  It has been like this for years.
It originally started as a small plain table that fit perfectly in my bathroom space.

I built and added a top piece to raise the height and added a drawer for storage...

Started by painting the base in a reddish brown and primed the top...

Added black glaze over the brown base and a couple of shades of aqua on the top...

Repainted an edge around the aqua with the brown paint...

Added an olive colored glaze over the aqua...

I brushed it on and dabbed off with soft cloth...

Lightly drew on a design with white chalk to get the placement down.  
I started with the center design and just kind of made it up as I went...

Started painting with various shades of rusty reds and wine colors...

Dry brushed gold over the base...

And that's it!

This is the rug that was the inspiration for my colors

I'm using this little stand I got at a yard sale for the stool.
I sprayed it bronze and dry brushed with gold

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