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finished unicorn spit table painted with a centrifuge by www.designerssweetspot.com

Hello friends! I have some exciting news to share!

Remember my project from last summer where I painted a little table with Unicorn Spit?

My little Centrifuge Painted Table has been selected as one of the judges favorites for the December Fab Flipping Contest!

I am so excited!

 

2015 Favorites&Reader Giveaway

This month, the contest is a little bit different. There will be several winners selected from the judges favorites from the contest entries over several months.

The biggest difference is that you, the reader, gets to decide who wins!

How much fun is that? There are some great projects here to inspire you!

On top of it, they have some great prizes for readers as well.

Stop on over to this website to enter! (And if you want to vote for me while you are there, that would be great!)

Have a great day!

 

Living Room Revealed

teal couch

I have been meaning to share this for a while. We have finished our living room! It was a major accomplishment as far as things go.

Lots of paint, lots of patience went into creating this room.

dining room

Remember the before? The living room is a very small room, at the front of the house. You can see it in the distance here. Even the dining room is bigger, which is where this photo was taken. The yellow color of the room was dingy and dirty and the ratty dark woodwork made it seem even smaller. There wasn’t really anything else worth taking pictures of in there.

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We painted the walls a pale grey, it’s the same color we used in our Bathroom Project a while ago.  Something about this neutral color makes every thing else stand out. Even the old floors look better against it. The woodwork also got a fresh coat of creamy white paint too. Both paints were from Clark and Kensington.

The new look really makes our teal couch stand out. We haven’t bought a new piece of furniture since 1993. I kid you not. This couch MADE ME BUY. Honestly, it did. Normally I am not such a sucker for newness. I was completely held captive by it’s teal color and new charm.

The couch came from Ashley Furniture. The manufacturer is England. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to sit on. It is so soft and comfortable, we just love it. I hope it lasts forever.

I also love that the L shape fits so nicely into the corner of our tiny living room. We tried having two sofa’s in this room. It didn’t work. They were jammed from wall to wall and were just too big for the overall size of the space. Now, we even have room for a couple of side tables.

side tables side tables2

These little side tables were a garage sale find. I still haven’t decided if I should paint them or not. What do you think? I love painted furniture, but in this room, the wood tones add contrast and I am just not sure I want to give that up.

I love my little plastic bonsai tree. It came from TJ Maxx, and I paid $3.00 for it. It was missing it’s pot. I found a low, wide bowl at the thrift store and glued it in place. Then filled the rest of the basin with river rocks. Problem solved. I would still love a real bonsai some day, but for now this will have to do.

table

The far corner of this room has my grandmother’s drop leaf dining table in it. Along with my Nailhead Pumpkins, and my Salad Bowl Mirrors. The gold frame came from the trash heap down the street, and the lamp was another thrift store find.

I honestly don’t know what I would do without the thrift store.

Or the trash heap.

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There are a few spots in this room that still need some work. I haven’t decided what to put in this corner above the couch. Shelves, perhaps?

I would also like to do something different with the drapery. However, I am slow to make drastic decisions.

The colorful wool pillow was one of my recent projects, if you missed it you can see the tutorial here.

knitting corner

I have to post this picture for my friend. She has a corner in her living room that looks just like this one, where she knits and works on projects. It makes me laugh, we are such kindred spirits. I find that we can’t give up our favorite leather chair, it was a garage sale score, and we still love it. Someday I will get more organized, but for now this is my little work space, as unattractive and disorganized as it may seem.

The picture above the chair came all the way from London and was a gift from my mother.

All for now!

Painting with a Centrifugue

Here is my how-to on painting with a centrifuge.  I hope you learn some  great tips and tricks from this tutorial!

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I finished my Unicorn Spit project a while back, I was excited today when Unicorn Spit shared it on their Face Book page. I had a good time working on this project, but there were a couple of details on painting with the Centrifigue that I left out in my original post. You can read more about it here.Painting with a centrifuge finished

Paint for centrifuge

These were the colors I used, they are called Dragon’s Belly and Blue Thunder.

Love those names!

Unicorn spit colors

 

I finished my table more than once. This photo is of my first attempt which I decided I didn’t really care for, so I flipped the table top over and painted it again.

When it was all done, I finished the table top with a coat of Linseed Oil. You can also use hemp oil or Tongue Oil. I happened to have Linseed on hand, so that’s what I used to seal the stain.

Unicorn spit colors-3

 

This is my make-shift centrifuge. I drilled a hole in the middle of the table and put it on this contraption to paint it. It is comprised of a vice, a giant nail and a couple of washers. The milk crate is just to lift it up higher so it was easier to work with.

I have the video ready, it basically shows how to spin the table top and use a steady hand with a paint brush to get the circular effect while the table top spins.

 

I used both the green and blue stains, dipping the brush in each one and working with it until I got the desired effect that I was looking for. I could have played with this thing forever, it’s rather mesmerizing don’t you think?

 

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Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Mid Century Hutch Makeover

 

Hutch After

This post is sponsored by DecoArt. Any opinions expressed are completely my own.

 

I have had this Mid Century Hutch sitting in our garage for the last couple of weeks. I found it at the local thrift shop, and snapped it up immediately despite the fact that it was missing it's legs.

hutch before

There were a lot of reasons I chose this Mid Century piece, mainly it's compact size. It's not to massive that it would be hard to move. I also liked it's unique character, and rather George Jetson appearance. Something about Mid Century Pieces fascinates me. I don't know what it is but I get suckered into buying them all the time.

An added plus, is that this piece closely matches our dining room table with it's odd rectangular shapes on the doors.
unfinished hutch

Missing parts do not deter me from anything. In this case, I was able to go next door to the Ace Hardware and buy the perfect legs for $3.00 each. I had spent more than an hour online looking for just the right ones, and I was glad I stopped in at the local store before I ordered them. They were far cheaper at Ace than anywhere else online.

I started painting with Deco Art's Chalky Finish paint. I used Everlasting white on the inside and Treasure blue on the outside. I got about 3/4 of the way finished with the piece and stopped.

I didn't like it.

Not at all.

I wasn't sure why, but it just wasn't what I expected.

So, this piece sat in our garage for nearly two weeks while I figured out what to do with it.

It needed something else. I began to search everywhere, not knowing what I was looking for. But, I was sure that when I found it, it would speak to me.

hand made paper

Then I came across this stunning hand made wrapping paper at World Market. Yowza!

It's Bohemian character and rich colors were just what I was looking for.

mod podge

 

I enthusiastically came home and got back to work. I pulled out my handy dandy Mod Podge and trimmed the paper to fit inside the back of the glass cabinet.

Using the Mod Podge as a glue to adhere the paper pieces, I fixed them to the back of the cabinet, then gave them a top coat of Mod Podge to protect it.

 

dark wax

 

I chose the Golden Brown color Creme Wax by Americana Decor to finish the outside of the hutch. This is really deepens the color of the paint and brings out the details in the wood. It is very easy to apply with this large waxing brush.

Note to self: don't use this product out in the hot sun. It was drying so fast, I had trouble spreading it evenly over the surface before it dried on.

side view

However, I don't think that the uneven antiquing takes away from the charm of this piece.

Not at all.

inside

 

Somewhere during this process, I decided it needed a little more color. So I mixed some Decor Art Chalky Finish Paint and created a contrasting flamingo pink paint to add to the front of the shelves.

My formula for flamingo pink is one container Delicate Yellow Chalky Finish paint, and one 1.5 oz. bottle of Watermelon Slice Americana Art Acrylic Paint. The two paints blended together easily and made this luscious color.

I found my vintage turquoise dishes and added them to the display. They were just the the thing for display in this piece.

inside lower hutch

The flamingo color is even more fun on the inside of the lower cabinet.

Hutch After-4

 

I had some leftover paper and decided to cut out a few decals and adhere them to the front of the cabinet doors with the Mod Podge.

appliques before

 

The paper is rather thick and worked well in this way. A thinner paper may not be as easy to work with. I cut these pieces out, spread a think layer of Mod Podge on the back and stuck them to the cabinet doors.

appliques

 

Then it was time for another layer of Mod Podge over the top.

 

mod podge technique

 

When working with decals, wipe off any excess Mod Podge with a paper towel before it dries. It will leave residue on the wood if you don't. Also, try to keep your brush strokes as smooth as possible, the glue can dry in ugly lumps if you are not careful.

Hutch After

 

I am happy to say, she's all done! Yeah! Sometimes things are worth waiting for.

This is the third piece I have completed with the Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint. Every time I use it, I learn something new. I am submitting this piece to the Chalky Finish Paint contest. If you would like to learn more about his product try my Red Chalky Finish Dresser post or the Bohemian Nightstand.

Have a lovely day!

 

Milk Crate Fabric Cube

finished fabric cube

Our family runs a very popular dairy house here in Wisconsin. As a result we have oodles of plastic milk crates laying around. We use them for lots of different things (I think we have had some of them since college!). The crates have been used to store shoes, books, tools, frisbees, sewing supplies etc. We have never used them to sit on, but there is a first time for everything.

finished fabric cube-2

This is what the usually look like, just waiting to store more stuff. I like to put my gardening shoes in this one out on the porch, but no more!

This is what it looks like today. Hard to tell it was once an ordinary milk crate.

My husband helped me make this milk crate into a cube that I covered with fabric to use as a stool in our downstairs bathroom. It wasn’t a difficult project, so grab a crate and let’s get started!

 

For this project you will need:

A sturdy plastic milk crate

6 pieces of medium density fiber board, cut into 12″ x 12″ squares

8 pieces of 2″ x 4″, cut into 10″ pieces

A box of 3″ screws

4 medium size castors

1 yard 52″ wide home decor fabric

1 bag any size polyester quilt batting

Staple gun and staples

 

Directions:

Work with the cube right side up, fit the 2″ x 4″ pieces into each corner of the cube on the INSIDE of the plastic. Screw them in place by attaching the screws right through the plastic crate. You may have to drill first, but our screws went in easily without drilling. Then add the rest of the 2″ x 4″ pieces to support the other inside edges of the cube (especially the area where you will sit), screwing them into the plastic crate the same way. Essentially you want to reinforce the plastic cube to make it solid for sitting on. Sorry but my hubby was too quick for me and I missed taking pictures of him putting it together.

The next step is to add the medium density fiber board to the OUTSIDE of the cube. Cover each side with the board, screwing the pieces into the 2″ x 4″ pieces that you added to the inside. Attach the castors in the corner area on the bottom of the cube. The castors are optional, but they help raise the cube to be more of a sitting height.

Spread out your chosen fabric, wrong side up. Place several layers of quilt batting over it, trim to size. Center the finished cube, upside down in the center of the fabric. Working with opposite sides, stretch the fabric over the sides of the cube, stapling it along the bottom edge and trimming away excess fabric and batting as needed. Fold the corner edges so they are smooth and parallel to the sides of the cube’s corner.

This project was fun to make and cost only a few dollars for the supplies. Most of the things we used were just laying around the house. I am a big believer in just using what you have, so if you have to make adjustments, go for it!  I like having a place to sit in the bathroom to put shoes on or polish your toe nails. It’s easy to roll the Cube over to the tub and put your towels on it when soaking in the bath.

 

The bathroom update is is almost complete, I will have more soon!