Happy Friday! Jump for joy and throw glitter in the air. We hope you are off to a good day, and we want to make sure you have a great weekend. Today we want to share with you a great craft idea you can do on a piece of furniture. It is rare to generally find furniture that is ornately designed. In order to achieve a certain type of look, you may have to alter it yourself. This is exactly what Nicole from Diary of a Mad Crafter did. She took several FolkArt paints and a FolkArt stencil to transform her craft station. This is amazing! We love the colors she used, and it is absolutely shocking to see the before and after pictures of this station. This type of project would be perfect to tackle over the weekend. Change the paint colors according to your preference. Learn how to recreate this project for yourself here, and learn more about FolkArt stencils here. Happy crafting.
DIY furniture projects are all the rage right now. Everywhere we look, we are constantly discovering cool and unique furniture projects. While upcycling or furniture crafting is nothing new, more and more people are definitely beginning to gravitate towards it. Crafting with furniture enables you to transform items and personalize them to your exact taste. Often times it is hard to find exactly what you are looking for, so you have to revamp/re-do several furniture pieces. In case you are stumped on how you can revamp furniture, below are a few suggestions.
Add some character to chairs in your home, by adding a cool design. Here is a fun and funky chair, created with FolkArt stencils and acrylic colors. This chair was once just a basic black wooden chair, and now it is a stylish home décor piece. The Plaid creative team designed this funky-stenciled chair. One of the easiest ways to add some creativity to any piece of furniture is to add a stencil design. This technique is not hard to recreate and is perfect for a beginner. So what are you waiting for? Take a chair, or another basic looking furniture item and start crafting. Find all the supplies you will need below, and click here to see the complete instructions.
By Laura – Rethunk Junk
A popular and growing niche in crafting is repurposing old furniture into new and exciting things. There is someone we know who is talented in this area beyond belief, Laura from Rethunk Junk. Laura is a designer who has a special talent for turning old furniture pieces into beautiful works of art. She recently made this awesome wall organizer out of an old headboard. Don’t take our word for it. Read below how she did this, and see the pictures to prove it. Enjoy!
Hello, everyone! It’s Mari from Design Shuffle, a fabulous social networking community for interior designers and design lovers from around the world. As a writer for Design Shuffle, I often have the opportunity to do guest posts for great blogs like Paint Me Plaid. I’m especially excited to be here to share some of my favorite painted furniture. Plaid makes some wonderful paint that can be used on furniture. Click here to see some other furniture pieces paint with Plaid paint. I really enjoy discovering interesting DIY decorating ideas that involve the use of a good paint brush to turn well-worn treasures into gorgeous painted pieces with a new life and sense of purpose. The best part is that painted furniture can be used in any room in your home. For your inspiration, here are eight lovely ways to get your paint on!
This inviting sunny yellow formal foyer is kept down to earth by the pastoral scenes on a gorgeous painted piece.
An antique armoire is enhanced by chalk paint and hand-painted botanical images that flow from its delicate feet, across the doors and over the sides and top.
Chairs often offer an irresistible blank canvas. Here, the artist brought an Adirondack chair to life with a tribute to Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
In this bedroom design a bedside chest is painted to mimic Indian bone inlay work. This pretty effect could be created with Plaid’s FolkArt Painting Stencils using pale paint on a dark basecoat.
Pretty pastel paints turn these white-trimmed storage pieces into decorative elements for a child’s playroom. This is a space both children and parents would love.
A toy storage wall becomes a town when the cabinets are painted and trimmed as whimsical buildings. What a beautifully clever idea!
On this gorgeous chest it’s all about the paint that is missing. It’s been given an appealing distressed look by selectively sanding corners and drawer edges after it was paintedógreat effect.
This intriguing picture documents the evolution of dining chairs given a new life in white with colorful painted details. Can’t you just imagine the interior design these beauties will be welcomed into? Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Find more great ideas from top designers all over the world at Design Shuffle!
- 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.
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!
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?
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.