Sunday, August 27, 2017

HAND PAINTING ARTWORK ON A KID'S PLAY TABLE & TRAIN TRACK ARTWORK PLAY TABLE & TUTORIAL

HAND PAINTING ARTWORK ON A KID'S PLAY TABLE & TRAIN TRACK ARTWORK PLAY TABLE & TUTORIAL

My client had this little table that she kept for her grandchildren in her playroom.
The finish was a lightly stained wood.
She asked me to paint it and this is how it turned out.
I love the bright colors!
Because her grandson loved trains, she asked me to paint this one for his room at home.
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TUTORIAL

I used craft paint for the artwork and sealed with several coats of clear sealer.
If you don't have or can't find a table just the right size, you can build one.  It's not that hard.
You can build it any size you want and legs can be shorter or taller.
These tables were fun to paint.  I bet your children would love painting the artwork.
Remember to seal really well so it won't get scratched. 
 If it does get scratched you can touch it up and seal it again.
Have Fun!
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Monday, August 21, 2017

PAINTING CLOUDS & STRIPES IN A KID'S BEDROOM & TUTORIAL

PAINTING CLOUDS & STRIPES IN A KID'S BEDROOM & TUTORIAL

 Kevy's mom wanted me to paint a sky and stars in her bedroom.
I faux painted the walls with a very dark blue and sponge painted the ceiling with the same blue.   For the stars, I used a stencil and placed them randomly around the ceiling and walls  using metallic gold paint.
  They purchased some light reflective stars and placed them on the ceiling.
When Kevy turned off her light at night the stars were visible.
It looked so pretty.
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THE STRIPES & CLOUDS IN THE ROOM BELOW I PAINTED FOR TWIN BOYS
I painted the walls the lighter blue.  Drew the stripes with a pencil and level.
Painted the darker blue over the lighter blue.
I used the darker blue to paint the midnight sky.
 Stenciled metallic gold stars on the ceiling and walls.
Remember metallics "reflect"
 so, place the metallic paint where it will be reflecting light.
Drew solid white clouds and placed the metallic gold stars randomly on the ceiling.
If you look closely you can see I swiped blue inside the clouds with a brush.
I love the two shades of blue together.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

VISIT MY NEW BLOG ~ STILL WORKING ON IT

VISIT MY NEW BLOG ~ STILL WORKING ON IT

I'm building a new blog.
On my decorative artisan blog my tutorials get lost in all of the other posts.
So, this new blog will be a HOW-TO DIY blog.
I will continue to post on my Decorative Artisan blog, too.
It will take me a while to search all of my tutorials and move them to this DIY blog.
Here it is for now:
Still building.
Thank you for your visits!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

DESIGN & BUILD YOUR OWN FIREPLACE MANTEL ~ EMBELLISH YOUR EXISTING MANTEL

DESIGN & BUILD YOUR OWN FIREPLACE MANTEL ~ EMBELLISH YOUR EXISTING MANTEL

Recently, I came across this picture of mantel assembly pieces.
I'm sharing it with you to show how easy it would be to build your own mantel.  
Or, add colums and decorative pieces to your existing mantel. 
If you think you can't do it, a carpenter will know what to do.
You design and pick out the pieces and ask the carpenter to help you. 
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Sometimes I will see a carpenter working on an existing mantel. 
 At first it doesn't look so good with all of the unfinished pieces being added.
But, once everything gets painted or stained the same color it looks great.
Google fireplace mantels to get ideas for your own creation. 
 I saw several that were $3,000 , $4,000. and even more expensive to purchase. 
Pinterest is another place to find good ideas.
 You can find trim pieces at home improvement stores and online. 
 Try to picture them after everything has been painted.
This is a mantel I painted.  It doesn't have a lot of trim pieces, but beautiful.
Another one I painted.  I love all of the round and curved trim pieces.
They're mostly individual pieces nailed, glued or screwed together.
Another huge mantel that I painted.  It was so tall I had to reach up to work on it.
Thses mantels were all assembled with lots of parts and pieces like the first picture above.
You can do it, too!
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