Painting Furniture

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Exciting news!!!! I just moved 🙂 I recently submitted my LAST paper of my graduate career and couldn’t be more trilled. What did I do in the midst of final papers? I moved. Apparently, I like to challenge myself (both physically and mentally). It gets crazier….I decided to paint an ENTIRE bedroom set of furniture. I do not know what possessed me to take on such a lofty project in the midst of a move and the end of semester chaos.

That being said, the furniture turned out excellent!

In all seriousness, this project was a pain in the butt. I’m too scrawny to move large pieces of furniture outdoors or into the garage to paint. Instead, I decided to paint, inside, over carpets (who does that?). Thankfully, I don’t have to knock on wood when I say this since the painting in complete, but I actually didn’t spill a drop!

furnitureChaos, total chaos.

Words to the wise. Take your time and use a paint roller! Otherwise, you are more likely to experience drips, which look terrible when dried and are hard to remove. Yes, I had personal experience with this. Oops.

I used water based paint from home depot. The color I chose was an almond glaze. The hardware was spray painted a metallic bronze. Much cheaper then buying a whole new set of furniture and hardware, that’s for sure!

Valentine’s Day Goodie Package

Considering my boyfriend lives on the opposite side of the country, we can’t really spend Valentine’s Day together. I still wanted to do something, so I figured I would bake a bunch of goodies and send them his way. Here’s my Valentine’s Day box!

vday package 3Line the box with paper. Just makes a plain old boring box a little more festive!

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Begin filling it with whatever goodies you want! I included peanut butter cookies, puppy chow, and peanut butter balls. Sensing a theme here????

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Then complete the package with a card and a corny saying “we go together like chocolate and peanut butter” BOOM!

Distressed Canvas

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Anyone see on Pinterest this whole distressed canvas/wooden photo’s? Yeah I totally tried it. My friend moved into her very first place so I wanted to something different for her. I filled a black laundry basket with individually wrapped red and white wine glasses and included some black and white dish towels. I also included these two canvas photo’s. Here’s how I did it…

What you’ll need

  • Canvas. I actually grabbed a package of 10, 8×10 canvas’ at Michael’s craft store for $20. They had a special so I figured why not.
  • You will also need gel medium and a brush.

canvas 3Directions

  1. Print out any photo of your choosing. I’ve only tried black and white, since it gives it a distressed/vintage look. IMPORTANT-don’t forget to print the mirror image of the picture. If you don’t, your picture will end up backwards. It’s only a big deal typically if there is writing in the photo.
  2. Take the gel medium and brush it onto the front of the canvas (make sure it is as smooth of a surface as possible-aka smooth out the lumps and bumps caused by the medium).
  3. Place the picture (picture side down) on the canvas. Smooth out with hands. If necessary, take a credit card and smooth out all of the bumps on the surface.
  4. Let dry. I let it dry over night and it was fine the next day.
  5. Once dry, take a spray bottle and spray the canvas, section by section. When you have wet a section, start rubbing your fingers on the paper (gently) until the paper begins to peel off. Warning, this is a long process.
  6. I found that if you over wet the surface, it tends to peel more of the picture off. I did it layer by layer and let it dry each time before I began peeling again.
  7. It will not be perfect, hence the distressed look!
  8. Once the photo is dry, brush on the gel medium to “seal” the picture.