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Friday, May 13, 2016

DecoArt Blogger Outreach - Freshen That Bathroom!

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
Thank goodness my project request was approved by the
DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program 
My guest bathroom has been varying shades of pink for the past twenty-six years.  Pink and blue, pink and green, pink and beige.  I really wanted to change things up without waiting for The Hubster to steam off the wallpaper (you know how husbands are when it comes to their "Honey Do" lists.) 
In The Beginning was the Wood!
This is the vanity after I scrubbed all the wood with Murphy's Wood Soap.  
I started dumping drawers then I remembered I needed a BEFORE picture.
 Thoroughly cleaning your wood is not necessary but was important to me.  I was surprised at the amount of furniture polish that accumulated in three months since the last time I stripped the wood. 
In The End was the Americana Decor® Chalky Finish Vanity
I love my new vanity.  To achieve this color:
 Mix One Part Americana® Decor™Chalky Finish "Yesteryear "
One part Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish "Relic."


Remove doors and drawers from vanity.
  1. Thoroughly clean your vanity of dust, dirt, wax, etc.  Clean wood requires less paint.
  2. Apply painter's tape to surfaces you want to protect.   
  3. To achieve this color: Mix One Part Americana® Decor™Chalky Finish "Yesteryear " and One Part "Relic."  Mix paint in small batches.  I used syringes to mix my paint and added an extender to prevent the paint from drying too quickly.  The color will be consistent. 
  4. Apply paint. Usually, only one coat of paint is needed.  I applied two and allowed 30 minutes drying time between coats.  After applying final coat, I allowed my vanity dry for 2 days but I am a little OCD!)
  5. Apply Decor™Creme Wax (clear.) I allowed the wax to dry tacky to the touch then buffed and repeated.  (Just remember, I am OCD.)***
 10mL syringes I used to mix my paint.  I was able to reduce waste by mixing small batches.

I painted the counter of the modesty wall to match the vanity and trimmed it with Decor® "Carbon."
I allowed all of these surfaces to cure for a week.  Lots of wet stuff gets deposited here.
Cabinet hardware is expensive.  Reusing is a much better idea.  Chalk paints provide great coverage and, if properly sealed and cured, will last for years or until your next "refreshing' project!
The toothbrush holder and soap dish were originally pink.  The ring holder was pink and white with little flowers.  The soap dispenser is Ms. Meyer's®.  I forgot to take pictures before I started painting.  The decoupaged design is a napkin!
 I painted over the old metal fixture, put in some new LED bulbs and I was done! What a difference!

Thanks to Americana Decor® Chalky Finishes my bathroom has gone from this:
The new smaller commode helped the transformation.  These cool colors help the room appear larger and the white just feels "clean."
The window shade is white not blue.

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My next planned project for the Blogger Outreach Program is to transform my dressing closet into a craft storage/mini workroom!  I have to estimate how much paint is needed and then decide if it is feasible.  I encourage you to look around your home and find a DIY project.  Start small and work your way up.  Chalk paints are great and easy to use which is perfect for novice DIYers like me!


*** For those who are not OCD!
(excerpt from DecoArt® web page)


Quickly and easily refurbish flea market finds with Americana Decor® Chalky Finish paint. This ultra-matte chalk paint requires no priming or sanding before using. No special skills required to achieve looks from shabby chic to bohemian modern. Customize with waxes or varnishes to finish and protect the paint surface. Unlike Annie Sloan branded waxes, Americana Decor wax does not need to be reapplied to upkeep the protective finish.
  • Ultra-matte, chalky finish
  • Available in 29 vintage, intermixable colors
  • No priming or prep needed
  • Adheres to even the slickest surfaces
  • Easier to distress than other acrylic paints
  • One-coat coverage with most colors on most surfaces
  • Durable due to unique cross-linking feature of paint resin system
  • Water-based for easy clean-up
  • Made in the USA

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Shopping Our Stash #251 - April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

I hope you will join in the fun this week at Shopping Our Stash!  
This week our Stash Reducing Theme is:

April Showers Bring May Flowers 
Create your project using: umbrellas, rain or flowers. 
Another idea would be a creation for a Baby or Wedding Shower.  

My project is pretty pedestrian.  I am working with some new ColorBox products and I don't have many pastels, so I decided to go with the earth colors of which I am so fond!

My flower was created using the ClearSnap Art Screen "Poinsettia."  The background was embossed with the WRMK Next Level EF "Butterfly."
 Rather than fabricating a traditional card, I chose to create a panel card!  I knew I wanted to use the "Grow where you are planted" sentiment but the problem was finding a complementary sentiment for the back panel.

Supplies used:
Stash Items:
The vertical Paintbox has been in my studio since the year 2000, I think!  It definitely qualifies as a stash item! The white card stock is also about 10 years old.  It was left over when we closed our graphics business in 2005.

I used the ColorBox Stylus tool and cotton swabs to color in the stencil.  After the inks dried, I fussy cut the flower and sprayed it with Aleene's Glossy Sealant.  I love the new colors and the fabulous Chalk Paintbox!

Happy Crafting!  Looking forward to seeing your project in our challenge!


Sunday, May 8, 2016


This is my final post as a member of the 2015 Earth Safe Finishes® Design Team.  This has been a fun year and I have fallen in love with the ESF products.  Beyond the fact that the paints and other products are VOC free, the quality of the products is superb.

I always look to grow from my Design Team experiences, and that has happened with Earth Safe.  I am not into DIY/Decor in a really big way and Nancy and Ann had a lot to do with that.   Thanks, ladies, for the opportunity.  I hope I always did justice to your projects.

This project gave me the opportunity to work with some new ESF Chalk Paint Colors, Snicker Doodle™ and Razzleberry Tart™.  Of course, I had to throw in a little of my favorite Chalk It Up™ Licorice!
The Hubster found this chair at the Goodwill Store (his new second home) and we both thought it would be perfect for our eldest granddaughter.  Last week, however, it was claimed by another grandchild.  Fortunately, The Hubster had seen a doll's high chair in his travels, so he went back and got that and I am currently working on restoring that for my granddaughter. 

To create the back, I cut a panel from my burlap cloth and decoupaged it onto a piece of burlap paper!

Earth Safe Products:

Chalk It Up Paints™ Snickerdoodle, Licorice, and Razzleberry Tart

Earth Safe Finishes Sealant
Rocker Front View
I have enjoyed sharing my projects with you over the past year.
I hope somewhere along the way I have inspired you to grab some Earth Safe Finishes® products and get out the and DIY!
Happy Crafting!
72dpi ESF Chana 2015