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
Find more great ideas from top designers all over the world at Design Shuffle!
April 5, 2012
Hello PLAID readers!! I am so excited to be here today sharing a fun little project. My name is Amanda and I am the creator and author of Every Creative Endeavor – a fun little blog about all things DIY for you and your home! I love to make items for my house; there is just something so great about completing a project that beautifies your home. I also love making things for my kids – again, there is something so gratifying in seeing your kids love something you have made them. Today I am going to share a fun little Monogrammed Step Stool I made for my son. We just finished potty training but I realized he would need something to help reach the toilet and the sink to wash his hands and a fun little step stool was the perfect solution!
First, I headed out to Michaels – a great store to pick up PLAID products – and found this fun little stool.
I brought it home and used #459 Hauser Green Light by FolkArt by PLAID and gave it a few good coats. This green is one of my very favorite colors! It is bright and fun and perfect for a little boy.
Next I cut out a “Q” with some scrapbook paper I had in my supplies. I used a cutting machine to cut it out so you could use one of those if you have one or just print one out on your computer and trace it onto your paper – I used to that all the time. It works great!! Using Gloss Mod Podge, I glued the letter onto the stool. I first applied a coat to the stool and then applied my “Q” and then added a few more coats over the top. TIP: If you are finding little bubbles in your letter while the Mod Podge is drying, simply take your hair dryer and apply it to the bubble and it will flatten.
I also used the Mod Podge to coat the entire stool and give it a nice little glossy shine. It turned out perfect and my son loves it!
It is the perfect little step stool to reach those high places. And yes, even I have used it a couple times to reach a few things up high in my pantry. My daughter loves it too so I may be making a fun little pink one in the near future!
Thank you so much for having me today and I would love for you to stop by Every Creative Endeavor to see what other projects I have been working on!
March 9, 2012
It’s March and that also means it is National Craft Month. Since this month is all about celebrating crafts, we also wanted to celebrate people who craft. All month long we will be introducing you to some craft bloggers. We here at Paint Me Plaid love to showcase the amazing crafts that other craft bloggers create, but in addition to showing off their crafts we want to spotlight the crafter as well. Today we have a guest blogger, Malia, from Yesterday on Tuesday.
Happy National Craft Month, everyone! March is here and Spring has (almost) sprung. When I think of spring, I think of birdies chirping and sweet little nests. It’s easy and fun to make your own cute nests with some simple supplies including Mod Podge.
Paper Bag Nests
Supplies: Cling Wrap, Mod Podge, paper lunch bags, a small bowl and a paper shredder!
Cut some strips out of the paper bags 1 1/2-2 inches thick
Meanwhile shred up some paper lunch sacks
Cover the bowl with Cling Wrap
Using a foam brush, paint Mod Podge on the paper strips and press around bowl to make the nest shape. Nest dab Mod Podge on empty spots and gently press paper shreds in
Let it dry overnight
To separate the bowl and nest gently peel back Cling Wrap. Trim top of nest.
Then you get to feather your nest…
With a bird… (Dollar Store find)
Or there’s always eggs!