1. Just Add Plant!
Let's face it, some projects are just easier than others.
A stool versus an armoire for example.
And some techniques are just faster than others.
Although there is a time for layering, distressing and experimenting with paint,
sometimes it's just good for the soul to get something done,
start to finish...and bask in the success!
I don't get much time to paint for myself, so when I can,
I squeeze in a project here and there that I can complete
quickly and easily, but with the hope of maximum impact!
Here are five such fabulous projects
to inspire the DIY Weekend Warrior in you:
It's fairly easy to find a random disused garden pot
lurking about the shed, yard or garage, right?
It's not just me who keeps random, old stuff that most people dump, right?
You can always pick one up for $1-$2 at Salvos.
On a whim I gave some river rocks a quick coat of
Lumiere Metallic Paint in True Gold and I'm so glad I did!
What a fantastic result and an unexpected addition...
We've all heard about the benefits of having indoor plants.
Bonus? They're back in fashion in interior styling so you
no longer look like the crazy-jungle-treehugger
if you have them scattered about your home.
This is a ponytail palm (Beaucarnea Guatamalensis) and
the label promises me I can't kill it.
It was $26.99 at the local hardware but
I've seen them at Ikea for a lot less.
Oh yes...this was a roadside rescue.
My husband saw it and lugged it to the studio one rainy night, bless his heart.
I didn't have it in me to say, "This one is too ugly to save..."
So it sat in the studio taking up WAY too much space.
With great effort and a fair amount of grunting, it was shifted from storage to
one side of the shop, then outside, over to storage again...
and then back into the studio about 1,000 times.
(Those of you who know me also know I have a slight tendency to exaggerate).
I waited hoping inspiration would arrive...
Then within the week I realised this monstrosity needed a little Parisian love!
It would have the perfect new upcycled life as
the display cabinet for our French Collection Stencils.
Still I wondered though...was this a challenge even too big for Chalk Paint?
What says viva le France better than pink and black?
What many of you may already know is that oftentimes the
first coat of Chalk Paint can be terrifying.
You think....this is NEVER going to work...even though it's proven itself time and again.
Just remember, sometimes the first coat acts
as a primer and the second coat does all the hard work.
I love a good upcycle and this gorgeous vintage dresser was in need of one.
It's the perfect job for Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint!
I thought the colour was lovely, but up close it was quite beat up.
Letting some of the turquoise peek through seemed like the
perfect solution. To add a bit more dimension I mixed up
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Tricycle.
I didn't want the chippy look so I added Bonding Agent.
No sanding or prep required!
Some jobs looks worse before they look better, don't worry!
More than a few months ago when my husband asked what I'd like for
my birthday of course I said: "I want to stencil our bedroom wall."
As any paint-obsessed girl would, right?!
So that fateful day began with us clearing out the bedroom
and painting two coats of Autentico Chalk Paint in Nearly Black.
I've always been mad for stencils.
(This will become even more evident as the online stencil collection grows here at For The Love!)
Some of you may already be familiar with the floors of my studio workspace.
Because they were boring cement with random marks and stains expected in a former garage,
I needed a design that was busy but still visually interesting and ultimately...inspiring!
The thing with larger projects like this one, with a busy pattern, is you can't really go
wrong because the eye never knows quite where to settle.
And, because it is my workspace and would get painted on, furniture
dragged across it, covered with projects etc...
we decided to not take the whole thing too seriously.
By "we" I mean my niece Jill & I...
and not taking things too seriously may be what we do best!
It's a 6x6meter square space with no turns or corners to consider, pretty straight-forward.
I had swept and hosed out the space the day before.
We started at about 10am with great music & coffee.
To begin, we decided two things:
1. Keep a full pattern at the point most obvious from the entrance which was this corner.
2. We roughly laid out the stencil in both directions to see how far to space between the rows so we wouldn't be left with a half or quarter pattern (which can greatly slow down progress).
After making this plan, we custom mixed this paint colour using Chalk Paint.
Jill had the fun job...crawling on the cement and taping down the stencil.
(notice her safety shoes...ha ha)
I followed behind using a paint pole and short-napped roller.
It's wonderful to see the sun again after what has been
an exceptionally cold Winter.
We had the coldest night in Adelaide in 130 years!
So seeing the sun drove me outside in a fit of "PaintingMania"
to feel the sun, get some vitamin D & work on some outdoor furniture.
Can you say Spring Fever?!
I love this Adirondack chair.
A good friend gave it to me & it has been painted
nearly every shade in the rainbow over the years.
I think the paint may be what has held it together in the tough Australian sun!
This was its latest state.
Notice the chipping, peeling paint, the bit of wood rot on the arms & the foot rest.
The paint was peeling pretty bad on the seat as well.
Have I ever mentioned how lazy I am?
I hate sanding & any sort of prep.
That's why the MIRACLE that is Autentico Chalk Paint &
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint was (without sounding too melodramatic)...life changing!
The only preparation I took on this chair before painting
was running a broom over it to remove the GIANT cobwebs & dead critters.
Then I ran a damp rag over it. That's it. I didn't even scrape the chipping paint off
other than what came off with the broom & rag.
Don't Miss a Thing!