July 3, 2012
Right before the 4th of July comes around, you begin to see red, white, and blue decorations everywhere. This color palette is very typical this time of year, however after the 4th is over these colors seem to disappear. Don’t be so quick to discard the red, white, and blue color palette. This combination can be used all year round in a room in your home. The living room pictured above is a great example of this. This room does not scream 4th of July, instead it looks very chic and modern. If you are a fan of these colors, don’t be afraid to add them to your home decor. Red, white and blue compliment each other beautifully, if designed well. To see more rooms decorated with these colors check out Home Goods.
This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: Barnyard Red # 611, Country Twill # 602, Colbalt Blue # 720, and Ivory White # 427
June 26, 2012
Now that summer is here, many people are preparing to throw parties outside. If you are looking for a way to add some lovely decorations to your next event, try painting your glassware. Painted glassware is a big trend in the craft industry right now. It is a very easy technique to do and it is a great way to makeover your traditional glasses. Many people are upcycling glasses that they find at thrift stores, or garage sales. Apple Barrel gloss, and FolkArt Enamel paint are great to use when painting the inside or outside of your glassware. This table setting above was found on BHG. The colors used within this design are so warm and vibrant. Click here to learn how to recreate some of these painted glasses. Have you painted any glassware of your own?
This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: Magenta #412, Deep Ocean Blue #2555, Titanium White #480, and Lemon Custard #735
June 19, 2012
Are you a wedding planner, or planning for your own wedding? If so please take a big breath
. While you might be a little stressed, and feel like you need eight arms and legs we would like to lighten your load. Here is an elegant glittery wedding place setting. Make this beautiful place setting for a wedding table with a personal touch. Sherrie Ragsdale created this project. This setting is sure to add an extra touch of class to your very special day.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Steel Gray, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Silver, 5 oz.
- FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Hologram, 5 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Jamaican Sea, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Wicker White, 2 oz.
6″ white tulle’, Large clear gems, Medium clear gems, Small clear gems, Paper mache frame, Poster board, 6″ chipboard cone, White silk rose with stem and leaves, Wooden cutout heart, 8 1/2″ wooden beads, White elastic cording, Drill, 1/8″ drill bit, Hot glue, and Foam square adhesives
1. Base-coat the frame with Steel Gray and Wicker White. Base-coat the heart with Jamaican Sea and the beads with Steel Gray. Base-coat the cone with Jamaican Sea and allow to dry and then add a Steel Gray 2″ border at top.
2. Go back and add Silver Extreme Glitter to the outside of frame, beads and the top of the cone. Apply about three coats allowing to dry in between each. Now add the Hologram Extreme Glitter to the Jamaican Sea and the Wicker White on the inside of frame. Apply three coats as well.
3. Drill 2 holes in the center of the heart about 5/8″ apart depending on how large the heart is. String the beads and the heart using the elastic cording. Tie to secure. Tie a tulle’ bow and add medium gem.
4. Cut out the numbers for the table markers and paint Jamaican Sea. Allow to dry and then add the Hologram Extreme Glitter. Once that is dry, glue on small gems. Adhere to the inside of frame with 1/4″ square foam adhesives. Tie a tulle’ bow and then glue to the corner of frame. Add a large gem on top.
5. For the cone. Cut a piece of tulle’ for a hanger 12″ long. Tie a knot at both ends about 1 1/2″ from the ends. Hot glue to the top sides of cone. Tie two bows out of the tulle and glue to the sides on top of the previously made knots. Add large gems on top of bows.
6. Remove the rose and leaves from stem. Add Silver Extreme Glitter to the rose and then paint the leaves Jamaican Sea. Add Hologram Extreme Glitter on top of the leaves. For each cone made, glue four leaves to the bottom of the rose and then glue to the top of cone.
June 5, 2012
The springtime is often known as the time to do some spring cleaning around your home, but I am sure people still have cleaning projects that rollover into the summertime. One particular room that many people wish to get more organized are their office spaces. Many crafters use their office space as a place to craft. If this is you, then you can attest to how quickly things can become cluttered and unorganized. Even if you are in a small space there are several ways you can get organized, take the image above. I came across this image on BHG. I love how this room is so colorful, and everything has it’s own space. There are only three pieces of furniture to makeup this office space, a chair, desk, and small trashcan. If this is similar to your own space, take some cues from this example. Use colorful storage containers, and desk accessories to brighten up your space. How have you organized your small office space?
This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: Apple Orchard # 2241, Cayman Blue # 513, Glazed Carrots # 741, Maple Syrup # 945
May 22, 2012
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
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May 15, 2012
Are you looking for a way to liven up a room in your home? Perhaps you should take a cue from the image above. I am in awe of this stenciled wall with wall hooks. I came across this room on BHG. I love the mixture of different green hues used in this room. This is a great way to give more life and color to a room. This is a DIY project that anyone could do. While this is not a project you can do in an hour, it is a great project that is unique and definitely eye-catching. Don’t be afraid to not only use color on your walls, but check out stencils as well. Click here to learn more how this wall was created, and learn how to add the wall hooks.
This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: Apple Orchard # 2241, Brilliant Ultramarine #484, French Vanilla # 2573, and Gilded Oak # 2495
May 8, 2012
Do you have plans for Mother’s Day? Several people are planning to take their Moms to brunch at a nice restaurant. If you would like to do this but have yet to make a reservation, you may be out of luck. People have been booking restaurants for this special day way in advance. No worry you can still treat your Mom to a lovely brunch at a special location, your home. You don’t always have to go out to have a nice dinning experience. Create a wonderful brunch right at home. Dress up your table with some beautiful décor. Take this Al Fresco inspired tablescape. We discovered this table on HGTV. The colors are inviting, giving off a warm and tranquil vibe. If possible dine on your porch. Eating outside can provide a wonderful backdrop that can compliment your table décor.
This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: Light Fuschia #688, Vivid Orange 2576, Bayberry 922, and Cardinal Red 414