Decoupagging tiny table with liquor labels

I was so excited to see that my post last week, Making a new door look old, was featured at the Swing into Spring party at http://diybydesign.blogspot.com. This week, I finally got around to using some old liquor labels to decoupage the top of a tiny table I have.

The table was originally stained brown and I chalk painted it with CeCe Caldwell’s Middleton Mustard. It looked okay but I knew I wanted to do something more to it. I saw a few tabletops on Pinterest that had been decoupagged with a map. Since this table is in my dining room near a bar, I decided to use old liquor labels that I found on Etsy.

Liquor labels I found on Etsy.

Liquor labels I found on Etsy.

I don’t have a picture of the original table but this is what it looked like when it was only chalk painted.

Table when it was only chalk painted.

Table when it was only chalk painted.

 

The first thing I did was lay the labels out on the table. After I found a layout I liked, I used some spray adhesive to stick them onto the table. I let that dry and began applying layers of Modge Podge.

Layout of labels before applying Modge Podge.

Layout of labels before applying Modge Podge.

To apply the Modge Podge, I used a foam paint brush and just brushed it over the labels. I allowed it to dry before applying additional layers. It goes on milky but dries to clear. I applied five layers and this was the end result.

Finished project.

Finished project.

Close up of table top.

Close up of table top.

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Making new door look old

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Just recently, I was looking for an antique door to replace the plain white door I have leading to my pantry. I couldn’t find any with those exact measurements so I decided I was going to try making my new door look old using some Annie Sloan chalk paint.

This is what the door originally looked like.

 

Original pantry door

Original pantry door

 

First, I painted the entire door using Annie Sloan Florence. It’s an aqua blue color.

The door painted in Florence.

The door painted in Florence.

I let that dry for an hour before painting a coat of Annie Sloan Primer Red over that. I didn’t exactly paint entirely over the Florence, I let some of that show through the red.919 920

I let that coat dry and finished off the painting with some Annie Sloan Wrought Iron. With this color, I put a small amount onto my paint brush and applied it only to certain areas of the door to give it an old, weathered look.

Wrought Iron applied over the Primer Red and Florence.

Wrought Iron applied over the Primer Red and Florence.

I let that dry then used a coat of the Annie Sloan clear wax. This wasn’t quite glossy enough for my liking so I added a coat of Minwax polycrylic clear semi-gloss.

The molding around the door was white and I didn’t like that contrast so I used some dark brown gel wax to stain it. It took a few coats but I just kept adding stain until I got it like I wanted it.

Painted door but with white molding.

Painted door but with white molding.

Here’s what my door looks like now! What do you think?

 

Finished product.

Finished product.

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Antiquing a flea market table

I recently purchased a not so cute looking half-moon shaped table at a local antique market. It was a light brownish-red shade of wood with a glass inset on the top with a brass colored or gold stripe surrounding it. It was only $40 so I picked it up to try my hand at chalk painting along with a crackle finish.

Here is what the table originally looked like. I forgot to take a picture before I started painting so took it as soon as I remembered.

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I failed to read the directions on the bottle of the Amy Howard Cracked Patina finish and would have saved myself some steps and some time if I had. I’ll explain that later.

My first step was painting the entire flea market table with Amy Howard Windsor chalk paint. I really liked this color and would like to one day find something to paint in this shade.

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After letting that dry for about an hour, I painted over that color with Amy Howard Linen chalk paint. Again I let that dry for about an hour before I put on a coat of the cracked patina finish.

2015-03-02 12.58.492015-03-02 13.56.02The owner of the shop where I bought the paint and crackling medium said I would be able to see it starting to crackle as it dried. Well that wasn’t happening so that’s when I decided to read the directions for the finish. I was supposed to put on the cracked patina, let it dry for 2-3 hours then paint with my first color. After letting that dry for about an hour then I could add my second color for a layered look.

So I let the crackling medium dry then painted with the Windsor (again), let that dry for an hour and painted with the Linen (again).

2015-03-02 15.39.562015-03-02 18.27.24This time I did see some type of crackling happening. I liked the way the old flea market table turned out although it’s not the type of crackled look I was envisioning. Still, I like it much better than before.

I searched Pinterest for some ideas on how to decorate the table and settled on a large glass jug with one floral piece in it, a custom made Landry Family tin sign, and a German weatherhouse like my grandmother had when I was a kid.

2015-03-10 07.30.43There’s also a bottom shelf to the table where I put a couple hardback books with an old wooden shoe mold on top of them.

I’m really liking the way it all turned out! Not bad for an ugly $40 flea market table!2015-03-25 10.51.262015-03-25 10.49.50

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Bathroom mirror frame project

I’ll admit it – I’m a Pinterest junkie! I see all sorts of cute outfits, decorating ideas, projects and recipes and I want to try them all. I’m going to share one with you that I just recently completed with the assistance of my helpful husband.

When we built our house eight years ago, we decided against framed mirrors in the master bath. Instead we just had two huge slabs of mirror hanging over the vanities in the bathroom. It served a purpose but lacked character and style.

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I had seen several pins detailing how to create a mirror frame using crown molding. A friend of mine commented how she and her husband had done that for their master bath, adding that it was super easy and looked really nice.

My husband and I went to Stine Lumber and picked out crown molding that we both liked. We also purchased a miter saw to cut the molding at the necessary angles and some industrial strength, double-sided tape that I used to attach the molding to the mirrors.

Although I’m sure I could have done it myself, when my husband offered to cut the moldings for me I took him up on his offer. We measured the mirrors and cut the pieces of molding to fit using the miter saw. I needed two longer pieces for the top and bottom and shorter ones for the left and right.

Once the moldings were cut, I painted them with a homemade chalk paint recipe I also found on Pinterest. I used Sherwin Williams Gray Cloud paint and mixed two cups of the paint with four tablespoons plaster of paris and two tablespoons water. I did find the mixture too thick so I added water until I got it to a consistency that I liked.

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I first painted the back side of the moldings since it does reflect in the mirrors. I then painted the front side of the frames and allowed them to dry. Once dry, I put a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax and wiped off the excess. I followed that up with some Annie Sloan dark wax to  give it an old, antique look.

Finally, I attached several strips of the double-sided tape to each molding and attached them to the mirrors. Voila – framed mirrors for my master bath!

What do you think??!!!

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