Sunday, 23 October 2016

Random Photography Around The Back Garden.

Over The Back Wall

Kevin's Grapevine Bumper Crop :-)


Thursday, 29 September 2016

Painted Side Chair Makover.



Small painted side chair makeover in  a Cobalt Blue custom mix  with Annie Sloan Dark Wax all over.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Quick Bird Vase Makeover With Paint!

One of those old fashioned 'bird on a log' vase.  Not quite my cup of tea but maybe in a different colour....

I painted it in some blues and greens and I kind of like it better now.. 

Thanks for having a peek. Let me know if you need any info on this little makeover:-)

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Finding Design Inspiration In Nature..

You can definitely see why a lot of textile designers look to nature for their inspiration. This tiny bug has the most beautiful lime, yellow, green and brown combination. I spotted him on a leaf in our front garden and he seems to be taking on the colours of the leaf!  He was so camouflaged I almost missed him.

 And if you look even closer he's also got a fascinating texture to his body as well. It's almost like a beaten copper effect.  I shot this photo while I was trying out my new DSLR Cannon EOS and after seeing the detail on this little guy I definitely think I'll keep it.
You just can't beat nature.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

DIY Furniture Applique Technique (And it's so easy!)

It's nice to have company while I'm painting. Say hello to Buttercup and her friend Myrtle. Actually Myrtle is out of the shot.You'll see her in a while:-)  So this is an 'after' shot of my table. After I painted over the Appliques but before the wax and gilding went on.

This is the table before all the palaver of painting and waxing etc. It's quite cracked in places and some of the veneer has chipped off so overall a good candidate for a makeover.
Here it is finished (I don't have my 'good' camera at the moment so these are not the greatest quality photos ever but you get the idea hopefully. It looks a bit dark in this photo but you can see the applique.

Here's some close ups of  the clay appliques during the process of testing out what shades of blue or green I wanted this piece to be.

Can you spot Mrytle!

So here's what I used to get this 'Carved Wood Effect'
One pack of wet clay (from any art and craft store).
A rolling pin.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite (for my base coat)
Annie Sloan Parisian Green (I think it's called Florence now) mixed with other artists paints I had on hand to get the final colour I wanted.
I can list these if needs be.
Some wood glue.
Something to use as the design for my carved wood look.  

Roll out a thick strip of clay and then flatten it with the rolling pin.

You'll need something to get your 'carved wood effect look from'. I used the detailing from this little mirror I already had. It's curved so I had to straighten my applique out and patch pieces together to get the length I needed but this was easy enough as the clay is so malleable at this point.
I pressed the strip of clay firmly but gently onto the design and lifted it off carefully and slowly and then applied it to the legs of the table using the glue. 

And that's it. The clay is still soft at this point so I just carefully pressed the applique onto the wood and then worked the edges into the sides of the leg of the table.I then trimmed off any excess with a knife  I know it's a completely different colour here because I used a light green colour on this table first but then completely changed my mind and went for the darker green colours . When it was dry I painted over the whole thing and then gave it two coats of Annie Sloan Clear Wax. 



The girls.

Thanks for reading and if you would like any more information just ask or contact me here.

You can use any paint you prefer with this project but I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint as my base coat because you do not need to sand your piece first when using Annie Sloan paint. And no sanding makes me very happy!  I then custom mix what ever colours I want after that and wax the piece all over with any good quality wax.

and that's it..

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Easy DIY From Plastic Scales to Vintage 'Antiqued Metal' Look..

I bought these plastic scales to try out an idea I had in mind for a while now.  I was trying to see if I could make them look like an old metal scales. My technique needs a bit of tweaking though. They may be a bit to shiny here and there and I still need to paint the numbers back on.  I want to do a bigger project using this technique so rather than take on a large scale project I thought I'd try out something a little small scale first. 

I took off the plastic cover with the lovely neon €5.99 sticker on it first. I don't think they would have had plastic back in the day so away with that..

This is a better close up where you can see the old painted cast iron look I was going for...



Monday, 25 July 2016

Quick and Easy Chest of Drawers Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint..

This was an old yellowed/orange-y pine chest of drawers so I gave it the quickest ever makeover with Annie Sloan 'Duck Egg Blue' Chalk Paint.  
It was an old piece of furniture in great shape. A few dings and scratches but still useful so I just gave it the once over and am quite pleased with it.  

 It's one of the many orange-y pine pieces we have in our holiday house in Mayo and I love it in the Duck Egg Blue colour. Amazing how it brightened up the room once I painted just this one piece so I will definitely be painting the rest of the pine pieces.  It kinda helped that it was a sunny day and I was able to take it outside to paint it while being serenaded by the local sheep baahing nicely  to me in the background:-)

 I might have gotten a little bit carried away but I painted the lamp too!