Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

We all get antsy with our decor, but not all of us can afford to go out and purchase something new.  Painted furniture is a pretty great way to change things up for a new style while releasing some of your creative energy.

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Painting furniture is one of my favorite things to do! This dresser has been in my family for years, I love it but it needed a makeover.  You can check out the before and after photos on my blog Designers Sweet Spot.

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Most would agree that painting is great, but the prep work can be a chore! Julie Blanner shares a great way to skip the sanding and achieve the same results.

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Not everyone appreciates a bright piece of furniture in their home.  This charcoal dresser from Farm Fresh Homestead perfectly accented this beautiful farmhouse living room.

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The precise lines on this chair really make the colors pop! Hilda Got Rocks does an excellent job demonstrating the power of paint and tape.  Think of the possibilities here!

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A balayage inspired dresser!? Thirty Eighth Street was inspired by this popular hair color technique.  We absolutely love how this beautiful dresser turned out!

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The Graphics Fairy has an excellent explanation of how to create this jewel tone finish on furniture.  You’ll never believe what this table looked like before it’s fabulous makeover.

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Stenciling is also a fun way to add interest to your furniture.  Here is one of my most recent furniture makeovers.  Designers Sweet Spot has all my tips + tricks as well as photos to explain how I created this fun dresser!

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So you’d like to paint some furniture, but you don’t have the patience? In My Own Style created this colorful chairs using spray paint! She also includes her advice on choosing which brand and colors to use, very helpful.

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Here is another transformation that demonstrates the ability to add a bit of color without going overboard.  We love the herringbone pattern and colors Lovely Etc. chose for this project.
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I have a confession.  I have a problem with painting furniture.  Once I finish one project, I start thinking of the next project I’d like to tackle! This is the last piece I will share from Designers Sweet Spot in this article, but I’m sure you’d be able to find at least a few more on my blog if you took a look around.

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Not everyone would be as brave as Prodigal Pieces.  This dresser  was qualified as junk before its makeover, I bet the previous owner is regretting that now! Its crazy how a little paint and a lot of creativity can completely change a piece of furniture.

Are you a fan of painting your furniture? We’d love to see what you’ve done using your creativity and a bit of paint.

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Pretty Custom Water Bottle for Back to School

Finding a pretty water bottle can be expensive. Here’s how you can update an old bottle to look like new! This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Michaels Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. See the disclosures page for a complete list of disclosure rules.

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Argyle Painted Water Bottle

Pretty Custom Water Bottle

It’s fun to customize your back to school supplies with your kids. That way your children will always know which items belong to them. This project is fun for the whole family and is quick and easy to make. Your kids will love getting ready for school with this crafty project!

I started with these pretty paint colors from Americana Decor. I added in a bit of True Blue (Navy) at the end of the project that isn’t pictured here. Sometimes you change your mind at the last minute! Creativity is rather unpredictable you know.

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Water bottle painted with Blue Haven and Pearl Medium

Custom Water Bottle Supplies:

Stainless Steel Water Bottle (mine came from the thrift store)

Americana Decor Acrylic Paint Blue Haven

Americana Decor Acrylic Mulberry

Americana Decor Acrylic Calypso Blue

Americana Decor Acrylic True Blue

Paint Brush Size 20 Flat

Script Liner Paint Brush #1

1/4″ wide (6mm) Painters Tape (Mine came from Menards)

80 Grit Sanding Paper

American Decor Multi Purpose Sealer

Americana Decor Pearlizing Medium

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Argyle pattern with 1/4″ wide painters tape. Tape is applied in 1″ intervals.

Custom Water Bottle Directions:

  1. Sand the water bottle lightly with 80 grit sandpaper. Wipe clean with a paper towel.
  2. Combine Multi Purpose Sealer with Blue Haven Paint and Pearlizing Medium.
  3. Paint entire bottle with the Blue Haven paint mixture. You may need more than one coat if your original bottle is a dark color. Dry thoroughly with a hair dryer.
  4. Apply painters tape at a 45 degree angle on the bottle, keeping the pieces 1″ apart as pictured.
  5. Add more rows of painters tape going in the opposite direction, resulting in a diamond pattern.
  6. Load the #20 paint brush with Calypso Blue paint and Pearlizing Medium. Paint the row of diamonds, then rinse the brush and repeat for the second row with the mauve paint. Repeat the process for the remaining rows. Dry paint with a hair dryer. Remove tape.
  7. Using #1 Script liner brush, make small “stitches” on each diamond in an “X” shape with the Dark Blue Paint. Let dry completely.
Paint rows of alternating colors in the diamond pattern.

 

Water bottle after tape is removed.
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Argyle Painted Water Bottle

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Thanks to Deco Art and Michaels for sponsoring this post!

If you love this post, check out some of these other ideas:

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Rustic Stenciled Sign

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Living Room Revealed

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

So You Think Your Crafty Week 3 and a Giveaway

 

 

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Here we are on Week 3 of the 8 Week So You Think Your Crafty Challenge! I am still part of the challenge, but this is bound to be the toughest week yet!

This week’s theme is “Paint”.

I love painting, but will I make the cut?

You decide! You can vote for your favorite project over at So You Think Your Crafty.

Voting will remain open until Wednesday evening at 6 pm MT.

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Last week’s winning project was Virginia with her tiny little Peg Doll Craft. Isn’t it cute? The complete tutorial is on the So You Think Your Crafty website today.

Congrats Virginia!

Here’s our giveaway link for this week! You can win a $25.00 Home Depot gift card!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f4c4f74567/

 

Ink Effects Heart Pillow

 

 

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Welcome friends! Today I am playing with paint!

I am loving how my crafty project turned out!

I painted these watery hearts on water color paper and then transferred them to this white pillow case.

It may sound complicated, but it’s not.

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This pillow is printed with a product I newly discovered over at Decor Art called Ink Effects. I ordered the purple and magenta colors for this project.

process

The other supplies you will need are water color paper, tooth picks, a water color brush, jar of water, medicine dropper, pencil, scissors, an iron and a light colored cotton pillowcase.

Instructions:

1) Cut out a heart shape as desired (I used scrap paper for this). Trace on to the water color paper to use as a guide for painting.

2) Dip the brush in the water, wet the paper generously from top to bottom.

3) Using one tooth pick per color, dip the tooth pick in the Ink Effects paint, then drag it around on the wet paper. You can mix and blend the colors, letting the water on the paper carry the ink where it wants to go. This is not a time to worry about colors running together, they are supposed to do that.

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Your work should look something like this. The water color paper may curl a bit while wet, but don’t worry about it, it will flatten as it dries.

4) Let your work dry completely, at least 30 minutes.

5) Cut out your heart shapes from the painted paper.

6) Arrange painted side down on to your pillow case, using a hot iron (on the cotton setting), iron for 3-5 minutes slowly moving the iron over the entire shape over and over to complete the transfer.

Remove the paper and admire your work!

Tip: Try not to move the paper around or it will blur the artwork. Also, remove the paper slowly and peak under the corner to be sure all of your image transferred. I had to go over a couple of parts of it again to completely transfer the entire image.

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There is something romantic about water colors and hearts.

Makes me want to curl up and read love letters…….more on that later!

I had so much fun with this project. I painted an entire pad of water color paper. The only reason I stopped was because I ran out of paper.

Guess I’ll be making a trip to the craft store tomorrow.

Ink Effects is simple and easy to use. I have been researching transfer methods, and so many of them are complicated. I love being able to just iron this one!

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, I can tell!

I will have more fun crafts to show you with this product in the future!

Do you have a craft to share? Come on, let’s link up over at the Spring Craft Blog Hop!