Monday, February 13, 2017

All You Need Is Love

Check out the transformation (and how to) of creating this fun centrepiece decoration!

After:

Before:


I recently received a Rust-Oleum® DIY Project Kit for Valentine's Day that consisted of Testors® Acrylic Paint, paint brushes, red and silver sparkle spray paint, and wooden hearts. This was my creation from this DIY kit.

Items needed:


Step 1: Remove wine bottle labels.


Use a hair dryer to loosen the adhesive and remove most of the labels with ease.

Hair dryer used to remove labels
Use Dawn soap and hot water with an abrasive sponge to remove any final residue from wine bottles.
Scrubbing off remaining label residue

Step 2:
Rough up bottle with sandpaper for proper spray paint adhesion.

Step 3: Set up a well ventilated work area.

My favorite spot to work with chemicals and spray paint is outside where I do not have to worry about fumes or over-spray.

Step 4: Spray paint L-O-V-E letter color.

I chose to have the red letters so I used a Red Semi-Gloss Spray Paint.

Red L-O-V-E color bottom layer

Step 5: Place L-O-V-E letters on wine bottles.

I used my Silhouette Curio to cut out letters on vinyl to be placed on the wine bottles.

Cut vinyl L-O-V-E letters placed on bottles
#teddymullens wanted to pose for a picture with the bottles

Step 6: Spray paint main wine bottle color.

I chose the main color of the bottles to be white so I used White Semi-Gloss Spray Paint.

White top layer sprayed on bottles

Step 7: Apply sparkles.

Paint brush used to apply red sparkles

Step 8: Remove L-O-V-E stickers.

Tool used to remove vinyl L-O-V-E letters

Step 9: Apply a coat of Polycrylic.

Step 10: Paint wooden heart to be the -O-

I used white and red acrylic paint to create an ombre design on the heart.

Red base layer being applied to wood heart
Ombre design painted on wood heart

Step 11: Enjoy!


Final L-O-V-E wine bottles 
Final L-O-V-E wine bottles with wood heart

Questions or comments!? Comment below!!


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Global Transformation

I inherited my grandfather's globe that I always remember playing with as a child.  I always thought it was super cool and was happy to give it a new home.  The map of the globe, however, was out of date and thus not a proper use of information.  So, I decided to give the globe a fresh new update to become a decoration in our house.  Keep reading to see the transformation (and how to) of this globe!

Before:



Items needed:


Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint
Rust-Oleum Black Chalkboard Spray Paint
Rust-Oleum Aged Gray Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint
Testors Spray Chalk

Step 1: Set up a well ventilated work area.

My favorite spot to work with spray paint is outside where I do not have to worry about fumes or over-spray.  If it is too windy outside, I spray in the garage.

Step 2: Use sandpaper to rough up surface that will be painted.  

Rough up all surfaces with sandpaper for paint adhesion
Step 3: Wipe down surfaces to omit residue.

Wipe down all surfaces before painting
Step 4: Paint globe. 

I applied 3 coats of the black chalkboard paint so the chalk being wiped down in the future will not wear down the paint.  Chalkboard paint dries ultra matte even though it looks shiny when wet.

Wet chalkboard paint
Lightly sand and wipe down the surface between each coat.  The last thing you want is residue stuck underneath the surface of your paint which will lead to easy chipping!

Note: A protective top layer of polyacrylic was not used since I plan on actually using chalk on the globe.

Step 5: Paint base.

I was able to take apart the base for easy spray painting without having to tape up the globe from over-spray.

First layer being applied to base
Base drying indoors since the garage temperature was too cold
Note: I highly recommend buying this handy spray grip for $3!  It saves your hands from cramping and makes the job much more enjoyable!

Recommended spray grip on spray paint can
Remember, lightly sand and wipe down the surface between each coat to avoid residue!

Note: A protective top layer of polyacrylic was not used since I did not want to affect the ultra matte finish of the Chalked Paint.

Step 6: Write message on the globe.

On one side, I can change up the message in chalk with whatever message I feel like for the time being.  Whether it be a holiday message, a birthday message, or just 'Have a Good Day'! I like that I can change it up.  

I used a stencil made with my Silhouette Curio and Testors Spray Chalk to write my first message.

Using Spray Chalk with stencil
On the other side of the globe, I decided to use vinyl with a cute saying that I like to be reminded of!  I created the message with my Silhouette Curio.

Applying vinyl with transfer paper

Step 7: Enjoy!

Chalk message on new globe

Vinyl design - After!

I love this new take on a family heirloom that reminds me of my grandparents!

Questions or comments!? Comment below!!


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Re-Potting on a Dime

This past weekend, we won an adorable red cactus succulent from Sutherlands!  I needed to re-pot 2 orchids we had that were growing out of their original pots, so I thought this would be a perfect time to do so.  Of course, instead of buying brand new pots, I decided to spruce up some pots we had laying around the house, along with the new one that came with the cactus.  This super easy DIY took less than 20 total minutes!


After: Pots painted and matching!

Before: Original pots
Supplies needed:

Directions:

Step 1: Lightly sand Terra Cotta Clay Pots so paint will adhere.

Lightly sanded pots

Step 2: Fully paint a first coat of desired color on the clay pots.  


Spray paint grip accessory helps avoid hand cramps
I always prefer using Rustoleum spray paint as a base coat because it fully seals the item I am using while giving it a really durable paint layer.

Spray paint several base coats
Step 3: Wait for paint to dry to the touch.  Determine if a 2nd coat is needed.  My pots took 2 full coats.

Step 4: Place design on pots using blue painter's tape.

Tape design on clay pot

Step 5: Paint desired color to create a fun design using a foam brush.  I had a sample of Sherwin Williams Pewter Cast that was left over from a previous project.

Foam brush to paint the design

Pewter Cast sample I already owned
I left paint streaks in my gray (Pewter Cast) paint to give the pot some texture and character.  For a more modern look, I would suggest several coats in this step to omit any streaks and "bleed through" of the base layer.

Paint design on clay pot.

Step 6:
 Repeat for other pots
.  I went with a straight, clean line on the cactus succulent. 

Design on succulent pot


 Step 7: Add 2 polycrylic layers on the pots in a well ventilated area.

Aerosol polycrylic

Step 8: Fill pot about 1/3 fill using correct potting mix for re-potting plant.  Since I was re-potting 2 orchids, I used Miracle-Gro Orchid Potting Mix.

New orchid potting mix

Step 9: Remove orchids from current pots, loosen root ball, and place orchid in new pot.

Orchids in their old pots with most of the potting mix gone
Step 10: Fill voids between the root ball and pot leaving 1/2 inch between soil surface and pot rim

Orchids re-potted in new pots

Step 11: Water, let drain.

Step 12: Place in their new home and enjoy!



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