BOTANICAL BUTTERFLY WALL ART {upcycled windows}

Last winter my husband brought home some old windows he found curb side.  Junk, you say?  No way!  

 I've been wanting some old windows for a few projects.  Here is Project #1 - Botanical Butterfly Wall Art.

Here is what I did.

I sealed the window frames with two coats of Country Chic Tough Coat on the old chipping paint.  This will contain all the old chipping paint, just in case there is any lead paint.  When this dried I painted two coats of Sage Advice Country Chic Paint.  Now, because I still wanted the windows to look old, I applied some glaze to settle in the nooks and crannies of the weathered window frame.  You can see the difference in the image below.  Graphite Country Chic glaze was applied on the right side.

I had purchased these ADD-HERES clingy stick-ons from HomeSense a while back and thought it would work for this project.  The great thing about these is that they can be lifted and re-positioned.

I also attached three pieces of moulding with mirror glue to section off the window in three parts.

I left some of the old hardware on for a bit of an industrial look.  I also painted on some glaze on the hardware.

You can see what a difference adding glaze does.  Without the glaze, it would have just looked flat.

I cut out three long lengths of jute cording and braided them together to use as the rope to hang the window.  I will eventually nail in some sturdy hooks.

I have two other projects with these old windows coming up soon.

Have a great day.

- Mary -

Linky parties:

* Anderson & Grant * Knick of Time * French Country Cottage

* Craftberry Bush * The Painted Drawer

 

 

PATIO SET MAKEOVER {Before & After}

I've had this forest green patio set for so many years and it has weathered many Canadian winters outside.

Patio Set Makeover {Before & After}

Patio Set Makeover {Before & After}

It had lots of rust coming through on the backs of most of the chairs.  I was contemplating getting rid of it this summer just when Country Chic Paint announced its new All-In-One Decor Paint.

"Country Chic’s All-In-One Decor Paint is the best choice for repainting any piece of furniture or home decor. This clay paint is self-priming on most pieces, is eco-friendly and will leave a beautiful chalky finish. It gives excellent coverage (requiring less coats) and can be used for both interior and exterior projects."

Exterior too!  Yep, that's right!

"This brand new clay-based line was exclusively formulated by our trusted manufacturer (who has been in the paint industry for over 80 years) and we believe it will rock your world. The adhesion is amazing and the paint dries to a super durable finish that doesn't require a top coat."
"If you want to distress your piece, then this is the best paint for the job. You will love how simple it is to create a shabby chic look with Country Chic Paint."

This was the perfect project for trying out this paint.  The patio set had lots of flaking paint so I sanded as much of it as I could and then primed it with Rona brand rust primer to contain the rust.  I wanted a more vintage look, and white was what I had in mind.

What do you think?  Looks almost brand new doesn't it?  Ahhh, the power of paint!

Patio Set Makeover {Before & After}

Patio Set Makeover {Before & After}

This new paint line is available in most of the same colours as their regular paint.  Eventually, all the colours will become available in the All-In-One Decor Paint.

I mixed up "Vanilla Frosting" and "Simplicity" to get a medium white and rolled on the paint.  You can also use a spray-gun to apply it.  

(Patio Set Makeover - Before & After)

(Patio Set Makeover - Before & After)

I found it covered better when I rolled on top and under the chairs and table.

All-In-One Decor Paint (Country Chic Paint)

All-In-One Decor Paint (Country Chic Paint)

Because of the dark green colour under, it required 2-1/2 coats to get complete coverage, but the rolling really did not take very long.

I had mixed up two 16 oz. jars and had enough for only 3 chairs and the table.

If you are using the All-In-One Decor Paint for an exterior project, it is best to let it cure indoors for about a week before setting it outside.  After the curing period, the paint really does stick.

I love the new softer look.

I moved the table from its original spot.  It looked so much prettier in front of my blooming white hydrangeas.

Some other blooming flowers......

Liatris

Liatris

Miniature Roses

Miniature Roses

Phlox just beginning to bloom.

Phlox just beginning to bloom.

An emerging fern.

An emerging fern.

Double Geraniums

Double Geraniums

Hostas

Hostas

BEACHY BLUE DRESSER

Hello friends,

Today I am guest-posting over at  Country Chic Paint 's blog talking about my latest dresser transformation.  Since we are deep into summer, I thought it appropriate to go for a beachy-theme.

Also, as one of Country Chic Paint's 2015 Blogger Squad, I would love if you would check out our Pinterest Board (click here) where myself and all these other talented DIY'ers below are pinning all of our inspiring projects.

I hope you are having a great summer.

- Mary -

I LOVE WHEN IT CHIPS....!

I just love it when milk paint does its thing and always disappointed when it doesn't.  But this time it did not disappoint.  The milk paint chipped exactly to perfection.....the sun was shining......the curtains billowing in the wind.....a perfect photo opportunity!

This highboy was very masculine looking in its original dark mahogany wood.  I chose to paint it in 'Linen' milk paint by Miss Mustard Seed.  The front of the interior drawers were painted in 'Henrietta' Chalk Paint®

It"s a great piece for storing vintage linens, or if you are lucky enough to have a large bathroom, it would be great for towels too, or of course as a bedroom dresser.

I replaced the plain wood knobs with these aged brass beauties which I ordered from Lee Valley Tools

The wax seals the chipping, scaly paint.  A question I am asked often.  Two coats of clear wax will contain all the chipping paint.

Scalloped backsplash.

I have a small lavender patch where I picked a few of the lavender blooms, but........  {Note to self:  Need to plant more lavender so I can pick a much bigger bouquet.}

This is a faux lavender wreath but I think it looks pretty real, don't you think?  Great trick, by mixing real with faux, it often tricks the eye.

Here is how this piece started.

"BEFORE"

"BEFORE"

GLAZED CANDLEHOLDERS

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing an easy DIY project using thrifted candleholders which can easily be purchased for a few dollars each.  I painted and used glaze to age them.  Country Chic Paint has just added glazes to their growing line of products and I had the opportunity to try them out.  I have many candleholders that are white but it's nice to have some available in different colours to change up your table settings.  

I don't have a "before" picture but trust me these candleholders were gaudy gold and ugly!  As you can see they are not a matching set, but painted in the same colours they now go together.

I started off by painting and distressing the candleholders in "Elegance" Country Chic Paint.

I left the paint to dry overnight and then applied the glaze with a paintbrush.  I used "Smoky Quartz" for this project.  After you apply the glaze, just wipe away the excess with water and a rag and the glaze will stay in the nooks and crannies which will enhance the details.  If your project is large, just work in small sections.

There is also a clear glaze available that can be mixed with any paint color in a 4 parts glaze to 1 part paint ratio, and besides the pre-tinted Smoky Quartz that I am using on this project, there are two other pre-tinted colours, Tiger's Eye and Graphite.  You can view Country Chic Paint's tutorial on glazing here

Here are some close-ups.  You can see where the glaze has settled and enhanced all the details.

You can apply a Tough Coat or Wax over the glaze for added protection.

Rainy days are perfect for projects like this.

Thrifted candleholders using paint & glaze

Thrifted candleholders using paint & glaze

Lavender bunches

Lavender bunches