Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rusty Goodness!

The other day I posted a photo on Facebook of these lamps I transformed into all all kinds of rusty goodness!

I've been wanting to post the how-to's ever since, but geeze Louise life has been crazy!  Here's what they looked like in the beginning:

I've had these lamps for a while and I've been wanting to do something with them, but I haven't been able to find any lampshades that didn't require me winning the lottery to justify buying them.  Then the other day I was at Old Time Pottery and they had all sorts of really cute shades at really good prices.    I eagerly grabbed a couple and couldn't wait to get home and give these tired girls some new life.  I originally had another plan for these girls, but just shy of pressing the button on the spray paint can I had one of those light bulb moments!  I had remembered seeing something on Pinterest that just might be better for these ladies, so I rushed inside and jumped on Pinterest...  An hour later (I know I can't be the only one who gets distracted when I get on Pinterest!) I finally clicked on the photo I had pinned with this great idea.  So before I get started on what I did I have to give credit for the original plan of action to Diane over at In My Own Style.  After checking my stash of crap supplies I was delighted to see that while I didn't have exactly the same products Diane used, I did have things that were close enough.  I basically just followed her instructions.

First I spray painted them brown:

Then I sprayed some textured spray paint on a paper plate and used pieces of a sea sponge and dabbed it all over the lamps.

To be honest, I really liked the way they looked at this point and almost left them like this, but then I thought I'd always wonder what they'd look like if I had taken the next step and it would eventually drive me crazy if I didn't.  Besides, if I didn't like it I could always start over and spray them brown again.  So, using bits of sea sponge I sponged different shades of white in the center sections:

They sat on my kitchen counter for a few days (Mr. Flower Child just loves it when I leave my projects on the kitchen counter!  NOT!  but since it helps pay the bills he keeps his complaining to himself - lol!) and every time I'd walk by I'd dab a little more.  Sometimes the white and sometimes the textured paint until I was happy with the way they looked.  I luv, luv, luv how they turned out!  Here are a few close-ups:

Lastly, I painted the metal trim on the lampshade so it matched:

While I was happy they sold, I have to admit it was really hard to let them go.  Now I'm on the hunt for some more sad metal lamps that need a new rusty life!  A big thank-you to Diane over at In My Own Style for the how-to's!


Saturday, August 4, 2012

I luv glaze, and I ain't talkin' doughnuts!

I use glazes a lot.  I luv layering color upon color and how each layer adds another dimension.  I luv how the glaze, while enhancing the original color, changes it so completely.  I get asked all the time how I make my glaze and how I apply it so I thought I would put something together that may help answer some of your questions.

I have to be honest, I have toyed with whether to share "my secrets" and so many of my friends have said "don't give away your secrets," but really there is no "secret" to what I do, and there are many others who do it also, and far better than me.  Besides, I came to the conclusion that after most of you see all the steps involved, you're gonna say "forget that!"  lol!  Seriously, after a lot of soul searching I decided that God gave me this gift to share, as others have shared their gifts with me. 

Now, before I get started let me just say that I am no expert, far from it!  I am self-taught and most of what I do I have learned by trial and error, and let me just say there have been lots of errors!  Please remember that what I'm showing you is just the way I do it. 

Hopefully I'm going to show you how to achieve this look:

So I started with this:

First I painted the base coat (get ready, it's really BRIGHT!):

After I painted the base coat, I mixed up the first glaze.  Now, here let me just say, I am not particular about what glaze I use.  I have used glazes from Home Depot, Lowe's, ACE, Benjamin Moore, etc., they all pretty much work the same.  In this instance I am using a glaze I picked up at ACE

You will need glaze, a bowl and pigment.  You can use any paint for your pigment.  I have used latex, acrylic and craft paint.  Of course you don't want to mix oil based paint with latex glaze, but other than that most any of it works.  For this base I'm using some acrylic paint, just because its the color I need. 

This is what the glaze looks like - kind of milky, but it dries clear:

For this next step I have to apologize because I don't use a recipe, but if you look on the back of the can it'll tell you what to do. Just remember that the more pigment you add the more opaque your glaze will be.  So, just pour your glaze into a bowl:

Now just add your pigment:

and stir it up:

It should look like this when you are done stirring:

And that's it, not very complicated at all.

Now, just apply it with a brush (or a rag) making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies:

Then wipe it off with a rag leaving it in the nooks and crannies.

Now you've added your first layer of color.  See the difference:

If you did a really good job your hands will look like this:  (btw, do you know how difficult it is to take a photo with one hand???  let me just say I am multi-talented!  lol!)

Let the glaze dry (at least an hour), then apply the next glaze.  In this case I'm going to use brown burnt umber.  To save time I'm not going to show you step-by-step, but it is the same as above and this is what it looks like:

Apply the brown burnt umber glaze the same way you did the first glaze.  Put it on with a brush or rag:

Wipe it off:

See the difference:

I know it looks like we covered up the first glaze, but we didn't, its still there, you're just building layers.  Now here comes the fun part!  Look what we're going to add next:

Yep, that's gold alright!  Now don't freak out, its going to be sooooo pretty.  The gold is going to settle into the nooks and crannies and give the whole chair a really pretty sheen!  I can't wait!!  (sorry, forgot to take a photo, but this is just plain ol' craft paint - just a metallic gold, mixed with the glaze)  Apply it the same way:

Wipe it off:

See the difference:

See, I told ya not to freak out, that gold added just the touch it needed.  Here's a few more close-ups:

See, its easy peasy!  You CAN do this!  Just play with it and have some fun!  Remember, its just paint, if you don't like it paint over it!  The more nooks and crannies it has the better.  I will say that it is a little trickier to glaze a flat surface with nothing to "grab" the glaze, but you can do it, just play with it til you get it right.

All this talk of glazing has given me an incredible craving for Krispy Kreme, but luckily for my thighs there is not one close by!  lol!