March 22, 2012
An old armoire painted and updated. How cool is this updated armoire? Laura Whitlow created this upcycled furniture project. To get this look, Laura used FolkArt paint. If you’re looking for a way to add a splash of color to your room, try adding a vibrant piece of furniture. This armoire is sure to liven up any room you place it in. If you want to see what this armoire looked like before, click here
. You will not believe the amazing transformation. FolkArt acrylic paints are great to use on most furniture surfaces. To recreate this look, see below for a list of supplies needed and instructions.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Citrus Green, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Pure Black, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Finishes – Clearcote™ Aerosol Acrylic Sealer – Matte, 11 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Turquoise, 2 oz.
1. Sand piece to remove factory polyurethane finish. Using razor blade, scrape flowers off of glass door and clean well.
2. Paint piece turquoise and then paint inside green. Apply two coats. Allow to dry.
3. Distress edges with 80 grit sandpaper.
4. Mix black paint with water (4 parts paint to one part water) and using soft rag, wipe over turquoise color to “glaze” and accent. Feel free to use more than one “coat” on this step to add glaze to your taste.
5. Spray a coat of FolkArt sealer to protect.
March 12, 2012
Hello, and welcome to the beginning of a wonderful week. We hope you had a good weekend, and remembered to change your clocks. Once we change the clocks, it signals that spring is fast approaching. Here in Atlanta it feels like spring is already here. We have had the pleasure of experiencing some nice weather recently. During the spring season many people begin doing some spring cleaning, and spring shopping. Home decor, is all the rage especially this time of year. In case you are looking for a cost effective way to spruce up some of your home items, may we suggest slapping on a new coat of paint. I know this may sound simple, but actually a new coat of paint on a piece of furniture can breathe new life into your home. Take this silver mirror, designed by Laura Whitlow. This mirror was given a new life, by adding some FolkArt paint to it. How chic is this? Give it a try for yourself. Enjoy!
- FolkArt ® Stains – Walnut, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Silver Metallic, 8 oz
Soft cloth for glazing
1.Roughly sand piece to remove factory polyurethane finish….then prime.
2. Paint with Folk Art Silver - apply two coats. When completely dry, sand with 80 grit sandpaper to distress edges.
3. Using a soft rag, apply Walnut stain, using more on the distressed edges.
4. Add new hardware to update piece – we chose something with some “bling” – choose what fits your space and taste!
August 31, 2011
The web is full of fantastic projects craft bloggers have been making with the new Martha Stewart Craft Line. Check out this multi-purpose craft from Mural Maker and More. This project could be used as hanging wall art, or as a fabulous lamp shade. The colors that were used, are perfect for leaves, and it is very interesting to see all the different ways that this runner was used. To see how this was created click here. What do you think of this project?
August 26, 2011
Our friends over at Tatertots and Jello used one of the new stencils from the Martha Stewart Paint Line to create this adorable pillow cover. OMG, these pillows are so cute! I want one of them for myself. Click here to see how this project was made, and read a review of the new Martha Stewart paint line. There are several other bloggers that I am sure will be showing off their projects using this new line. We will be sure to showcase as many of them that we find, in order to give you some inspiration on all the possibilities you can create.
May 5, 2011
Many crafters and painters are curious about sandpapers, sanding tools and why we sand a surface to begin with. I thought I would share a little of my Sanding 101 knowledge with you.
So, just what is sandpaper? Sandpaper as we know it today is made of these components: paper or fabric backing, grit, and the adhesive to hold the two together. When rubbed against a surface, sandpaper will smooth rough areas. Sandpaper can be purchased as flat paper, in rolls or belts. It can also be purchased in the form of a sanding block, disc or sponge. I found an article on eHow.com which states that sandpaper can be traced back to 13th century China where it was made of crushed shells, seeds and sand. It wasn’t until 1834 that a patent was processed for the first mass-production assembly, when finely crushed glass particles were used and the product was known as glasspaper! However in 1916, the 3M Company began developing different abrasives for different types of surfaces as well as improvements in backing.
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August 28, 2010
I’ve got to give a shout out to the FolkArt users overseas – there are so many of you who make beautiful projects with acrylic paint! A perfect example is this cabinet from Monosalaobra.tv, a site in Argentina. The artist is Leonor Esposito, and she uses both FolkArt Acrylics and Enamels on this aged cabinet with the look of lace on the door. I’m inspired by projects from other countries; many of them have gorgeous paintings and architecture that outdates ours by a long shot – and these provide inspiration to so many projects. Cool, huh? Visit the project here – if you can read Spanish, great, and if not, go here for Google Translator.
August 23, 2010
I’ve never seen a high chair like this, so I had to share – isn’t it beautiful? Kathleen from Musings from a French Cottage rescued it from a barn sale three years ago and finally was able to re-do it, and the results are stunning. Kathleen spray painted the chair ivory, but what I think is especially brilliant is that she added an Apple Barrel glaze. Not too shabby for the price of a bottle of craft paint! Learn more about what Kathleen did here.
August 5, 2010
I know it never really went away, but I would like to bring your attention to beautiful damask accessories – in bright color combinations! Tradition damask in black and white is fine, but I’m here to brighten it up for you and see what you think. I love the blues and browns used by our designer Julie Lewis on the trunk and container pictured above; I also love the gradation used on the stencils with the shades of brown. The stencils make these project rather easy (although you have to be patient for the drying steps), and the result is gorgeous. Go here for the container and here for the wood chest instructions.
The wood surfaces for these projects were purchased at Michaels. Visit their website for more great project ideas, and don’t forget to check out Jo Pearson at Where Creativity Happens for additional inspiration!
May 24, 2010
Patina is one of the best FolkArt paint colors ever! When I found this re-done stool on Tatertots & Jello using Patina, I had to share. Creating this quatrefoil pattern was more of a “manual” process than you would guess, as Jen from T&J hand-painted in after tracing a stencil. The result is gorgeous! You must visit her here to learn more, and then follow her link for a free printable pattern!