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.

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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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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.



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.



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



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!



Red Chalky Finish Dresser

This is a sponsored post. All opinions given are completely my own.

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red chalky finish dresser

Did you watch the horse races this week? American Pharoah was amazing. Our entire family was watching and cheering him across the finish line. It was a great American moment. I am feeling rather patriotic as a result and today I spent my time playing with color, red specifically. It’s so American.

paint for chalky finish dresses

Deco Art was kind enough to send me their Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in red. Romance, they call it. It’s the ultimate shade of lipstick red.

I also had Deco Art send me a sampling of different finishing waxes because I wasn’t sure which one would work the best for this project.

This old Victorian walnut dresser has been around forever. My mother bought it at an auction for $40.00 back in1967. It’s not a very memorable piece, the Carara marble top is chipped, and the drawers are not even dove tailed. All in all, it’s has more sentimental value than financial value. I have been thinking about painting it for years, and today was the day!

The Chalky Finish paint is wonderful to work with. It took two coats of Romance to cover the dark color completely. It sure is a rich color!

I experimented with three different shades of wax to use on this piece before I decided on the dark Cire Creme wax.

After I painted the first two coats of Chalky Finish Paint on, the color looked rather pink. I was a bit worried at first, but when I applied the dark wax over the top, the red took on the deep red shade I was looking for.

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Quite a difference, huh? I love the way this dark wax brings out the details in the carved drawer handles. They weren’t very noticeable before when the piece was a dark color.

Our kitty, Pixel,  sat on the stairs and watched me during the entire process. She was interested in the steady movement of the paint brush. Who knew paint would be so exciting?English Bank-14


The cracked marble top isn’t so noticeable with some of my favorite books and things displayed on top of the dresser. I love the color of this marble, such a classic look.

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The Flag Frames was another project of mine, you can read about it here.


birds eye view



On to the next project! Who knows what I will be painting next!



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Vintage Blue Trunk

trunk as is


I had a great day today, hunting for treasures. My treasures are not gold, but of the vintage variety. This Vintage Blue Trunk has to be one of my favorite finds of all time.




At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to love the old blue paint. In fact, I toyed with the idea of painting it white, or navy blue.

But as I began to put it together with some of my other favorite things, I started to change my mind.

I love the worn down paint.

I love that it has rust around the hinges.

I love the dings and scratches and chips.



When I added some fresh lilacs to the mix, I began to love it even more.

Someone even carved their initial “N” into the wood above the lock.

I find it charming.

I was temped to carve my initial there too, but I didn’t. My kids were watching. That wouldn’t be a good example for them. But, I was really tempted. I even had a jack knife in my pocket.

I controlled myself today, but perhaps I won’t tomorrow.


blue box

I am going to be spending a lot of time sitting out on this porch this summer.