Here is my how-to on painting with a centrifuge. I hope you learn some great tips and tricks from this tutorial!
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.
These were the colors I used, they are called Dragon’s Belly and Blue Thunder.
Love those names!
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.
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?
This post is sponsored by Royal Design Stencils. Any opinions given are completely my own.
This bedroom project was not my idea. Our college age son who is living at home while he goes to college, asked for an urban style loft bedroom. He specifically requested a faux brick wall. This is our child who never asks for anything, and is content in just about all circumstances. If this boy wanted a brick wall, I would move heaven and earth to get him one.
Our son spends far too much time on the internet. It cracks me up that he even knows what an urban loft looks like since we have so few of them here in Wisconsin. We are not known for any lofts, other than those in barns.
It cracks me up even more that our boy even thought I could produce a brick wall out of thin air. It’s rather humbling that he believes that much in my artistic ability.
This is the before shot, the bedroom looked like it needed some major TLC when we moved in. It was featuring grey and red walls (two walls of each, one half red, the other half grey) combined with dirty pink carpeting and beat up old woodwork. Not sure what these people were thinking when they picked out their colors, but they were definitely an unusual combination that left the room dark and dreary.
This is the after shot. My son is thrilled with his new brick wall. It’s the urban college loft on the cheap, right here in our own home. Who could ask for more?
“Mom, it REALLY looks like actual brick!” I heard him exclaim one day when he came up the stairs.
My heart melted down to my toes. I guess I must have done something right.
This headboard is an old door we found at the Habitat ReStore. I just love it.
Along with the faux brick, our son requested a city skyline photo above his bed. This 3 panel set features the New York Brooklyn Bridge. Perfect for a college style “loft”.
Funny thing is, he has never been to New York.
The spot light style lighting fixtures work well with the loft theme, each bed has a lamp for extra lighting for doing homework.
I used a several different latex paints, including a brick red, three shades of grey (a charcoal grey, a medium grey and a light grey) soft white and a golden antiquing wax to create the bricks. These were all colors that I had on hand and I used little bits of them to create the faux effect.
I finished the entire wall with an antique wax glaze. Not conventional, but it gave the effect that I was looking for of worn old bricks. It also will protect the wall from wear and scratches.
Each sleeping area has a built in homework station. Wire baskets and shelves help to keep the clutter at a minimum and make it easy to study in bed. They also provide a place to keep all the phone and computer chargers, cords and extra items that teens love.
A few miscellaneous things make for an interesting display on the far wall. My son loves chemistry. The grey element prints were custom ordered from Etsy and feature two of his favorite elements, Titanium and Vanadium. Doesn’t every teen have a favorite element?
The process of painting the bricks was rather complex so I will cover that in a separate post.
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We are now ready for the Back to School season. I am looking forward to a great year!
How to details will be coming up next! Stay tuned!
A friend of mine encouraged me to join this contest. I hadn’t planned to do anything like this, but here I am anyway. The projects from last month were so much fun to see, I just wanted to be a part of it.
This Is a monthly challenge, how much fun! This month’s sponsor is Unicorn Spit. They had me loving this product at the name! The theme of the month is ” Come On, Let Your Colors Burst”!
Unicorn Spit is a colored stain with luminescent qualities. The creator of Unicorn Spit has a great story, she developed this product for disabled men to use at her daycare center, and with the elderly. They would use his product on furniture items that they would decorate. What a great thing!
A friend bought me this cute little table at Target on clearance. I left it outside On the deck, but it hasn’t weathered well. The top is water stained, and the base that originally had orange paint, is now a faded pink.
I am just not a pink kind of girl.
The after……The cool blues and greens are much more my style.
Here is how the fun began:
I had visioned a circular motif on the table top, and decided the best way to get that look was with centrifuge. My kids have done artwork with centrifical force before, but this was my first opportinity to try it.
What can I say, but things are NEVER dull at our house.
Now, you may think this was a simple process, but designing a well functioning centrifuge for this rather small table was rather time consuming. The first step was to remove the table top from its bass. Then, next step was to drill a hole in the center of the table.
I found a big 10 penny nail in our nail stash and inserted it into the hole in the table top, with the sharp pointed end sticking out from the bottom of the table. This is the pivot point for the centrifuge. It took me a while to figure this process out, but I finally came up with a plan that would work.
I used a heavy metal vice to anchor the centrifuge, I had it sitting on a plastic milk crate on my porch while I worked. This may have been a bad idea, cause Unicorn Spit flies.It flies a lot!
So now I have a very lovely polka dot porch with blue and green dots. I should have thought this through a bit more.
What can I say, but Spit Flies! And now our porch needs painting. Sigh.
note to self: Add painting the porch to the list of things to do.
Anyway, the 10 penny nail was held steady inside the vice. In order to get the table top to spin, I added a couple of washers on top of the nail (under the table top). Then spun the table top on its axis. It’s kind of hard to explain, so I made a video of the Flying unicorn Spit just in case you were wondering what it looked like, see the demo above.
My first attempt was to use the Unicorn Spit along with some acrylic poster paint. I found the results to be muddy and lacking any color definition. I was expecting rainbows of color, and all I had was mud. I wasn’t happy with it after it even after it dried. So, I flipped the table top over and began again using the same process, minus the acrylic paint.
This is the effect with 100 percent Unicorn Spit.I am so glad I did it again! I love how it turned out.
If Unicorns can spit, this is what it would look like I am certain.
The fun thing about this painting method is you never really know what the finished product will look like. The Unicorn Spit is such a unique product, I think it worked great for my little experiment. When the table top stopped spinning the top was done. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.
Afterwards, I removed the nail from the table top. I had intended to plug the old nail holes, but I kind of like them. The holes show that the wood is a reclaimed piece, and I think it gives it character.
After the top was dry, I coated it with Lindseed Oil..
The table bass was refreshed with a coat of Rustoleum spray paint in a glittered graphite grey. Then it was reattached to the table.
The table now sits on our deck, a perfect spot for a morning coffee or an evening glass of wine.
Who knew Unicorns could Spit?
Be sure to visit the other contestants in the Fab Furniture Contest link up below.
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