Large Wood Heart for My Front Door

Last week I looked at our undecorated entry way and thought to myself, “I need a heart.”

No, I’m not quoting from the Tin Man (Wizard of Oz)…lol 😉

I envisioned in my mind a simple big rustic wooden heart to go on my front door for Valentine’s Day.

Normally, when I get something in my head like this, the first thing I do is go searching online for it.  Invariably, every time I spend way too much time looking for ‘it’ and never find it.  So instead, I decided to make one!
2 Beginnings of Wood Heart

4. I painted and added a little of Annie Sloan’s Dark (Brown) wax to give dimension and have a subtle rustic look to it.

keys to add texture

To add to the rustic look I took keys and banged them on the painted heart.

I decided to sand the heart again after I got my frustrations out by throwing the keys over & over on the heart.  I wanted a little of the original light wood to show through around the edges.  I ran into a slight hiccup when I decided to sand over the top of the heart as well.  I explained and showed on the following videos {very amateur videos} what happened and how I was to remedy the problem without repainting it all over again:


Next part of making wood heart

Final Wood Heart on door

My Son says it’s “tacky.”  What do you think?

I heart Valentine’s Day,

Barn Door Shutters

I can’t believe I made these shutters.  They were pretty easy, just time consuming.  No nails too!  I began using Gorilla Glue, but it expanded way too much and the glue stuck to the glass on my counter as well.  You can see the line of glue on the glass in the third photo above.  I painted the boards with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint & Wax first.  After finding out my problems with Gorilla Glue, I found a bottle of this Liquid Nails and it worked like a charm!

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New Life to Heirloom Using Chalk Paint

This desk used to be my Grandparents.  I am grateful it has been passed down to me.  The workmanship of this piece of furniture is a work of art in itself.  I had already began to sand the desk before taking this photo.  The desk was in perfect condition except for some minor blemishes from being moved around a few times.  It needed a bit of love, a new life.  I am hoping my Grandparents will be as pleased with the outcome of this project.  I am very content with the result you will see at the end of this post.I found out about Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint by flipping through a random magazine at Lowes.  I was very impressed with the desk they featured using the chalk paint.  Unfortunately, they don’t sell Annie Sloan’s Chalk paint at Lowes. 🙁  {By the way, they will refer you to the black chalk board paint. That’s not what you want.}  Thus began my quest to find this magical paint.  Google led me straight to the very sweet, southern gal of Perfectly Imperfect.  She has a very thorough question and answer tutorial including videos here.  This helped me a ton! {Thank YOU, Perfectly Imperfect!}  I bought my Annie Sloan Olive Chalk Paint through Canabananas.  However, I didn’t realize I needed the wax until after I watched Perfectly Imperfect’s video. {which was AFTER I bought the paint}  I ended up purchasing the clear wax and dark wax from Classic Wall Finishes because I wanted one of the wax brushes Perfectly Imperfect used and recommended.  Canabanana’s did not have the brush.  Below is what the desk looked like after one coat of paint. {except for the legs}  Let me point out something: once I found out there was no need to sand or prime your furniture before using this paint, I did NOT sand the whole desk. {Yippee! Huge selling point for me :)}  As a matter of fact, I wanted some of the original stain color to come through after distressing it some.

{This was how it looked before waxing and pre-distressing with sand block.}

Below are the drawers before I waxed and distressed.  I used blue painter’s tape to cover the hardware.And now the big revealTA DA! I painted and waxed a desk!  My first time ever and Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint made it EASY.  Seriously, If I can do it, you can do it.  I promise.This desk is now placed in it’s new home, my Son’s room.  I hope it’s facelift will survive a few more generations. 😉

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to help you. {or refer you to the experts who DO know.}

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Canvas Wall Hanging Makeover

Not too long ago, while shopping, I happened upon a huge canvas I thought would be perfect for my daughter’s room.  {We just rearranged her room and she needed something over her bed.} It was contemporary with a camera painted inside. {She wants to be a photographer.} As usual, it was more money than I was willing to pay. {I’m a tight wad!}  I ran across two canvases in the attic last week.  We used them as decoration for my daughter’s surf themed room several years ago.  I had a difficult time finding surf paraphernalia at the time; so I decided to make these very simple canvases using paint and 12×12 scrapbook paper {mod podge.}  Well, thanks to all my blogging friends, I have learned to re-purpose, shop at home or make over things I already own.  I decided I could re-use the canvases and make my own version of the canvas I saw at the store.  In addition, I determined I would surprise my daughter with the canvas as a gift for her birthday.  This was a great motivator to get the project done. 😉

The first thing I did was tear off the 12×12 scrapbook paper.I tore off as much paper as I could.  Instead of getting frustrated, I finally decided I liked the dimension the stuck on paper would give to the painting.

Next, I sprayed on some white primer.

While the primer was drying I decided to work on the camera part of the painting/wall hanging.  Using some clip art on my computer, I printed out a camera.  I knew I wanted to split the camera between the two canvases.  So I used the banner print option.I also knew I wanted to use some very cute quilt square fabric we bought while we were in Iowa this summer to make the camera.  This meant I needed to make patterns for the pieces of the camera.  I pulled out my tracing paper and began tracing the camera.Next, I cut out the traced camera pieces to make my patterns.At first I used pins to hold my patterns onto the fabric.  I had difficulty with the pattern shifting around while I was cutting the fabric.  I switched to using my re-positionable scrapbook glue dots to hold the pattern onto the fabric.  It worked famously!

After the primer dried I took my print out of the camera and tried it out on the canvas to see if I liked the size, etc.I took the ‘master copy’ {the one you saw earlier on the primed canvas} of the camera and began placing the pieces onto it.

This is the right side of the camera.I decided to “antique” the edges to of the fabric to give it some depth.

I did this by using a makeup sponge with brown stamp ink and dobbing the edges to all the pieces of fabric I cut out.This is the end result before gluing the pieces onto the canvas.For my next step I used my new favorite paint…Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White.  I painted on two coats.  The end result made the canvases look brand new again!

At this point you can’t even see the paper that I couldn’t pull off in the beginnning.

I chose 3 colors to paint the background with.  These colors are both in the camera fabric and in her room’s drapes.  Again, I pulled out the makeup sponges, dabbed on some paint and dragged them across the white painted canvas.  It was at this time when the earlier stuck on paper layer created a dimension under the paint.  I had so much fun painting that I didn’t stop and take photos of the process.  {Sorry}  I really like how it looks!After the paint dried, I Mod Podged the fabric pieces onto the canvas.  I brushed two layers of Mod Podge just over the camera fabric pieces.  To finish it off, I hot glued a scrapbook/decorative brad {tore off the flaps} to where the camera button is. {You can barely see it, but it’s on the right panel at the top in the photo below}  This whole process took me about a week to complete.  This means I took snippets of time throughout each day to work on it.  It did not take me 5 days, 12 hours each day. LOL Thank goodness!

Here it is complete!Here they are installed over my daughter’s headboard.I can’t believe I did it!  Project complete…what do you think?

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