Feb 26, 2013

Zebra Chair | Time Out Kids Chair

Today's makeover is a cute "Time Out" chair, zebra style.

It started out as an ugly blue/pink heart doll chair, I believe. I had it in my booth for about a month and no one wanted it. Here's a pic of the before, just after I sprayed one strand of white on it... lol. I'm no good at the "before" pics. I usually forget them. But here it is:

I hated the blue/pink/hearts theme, so I thought why not go wild, zebra style? And off I went. I began with a base color of glossy white. I always use the Rustolem brand from Walmart. It runs about $3.75 per can here, but it's well worth it.

Then after all was dry, I began free handing on some zebra stripes with some acrylic Apple Barrel brand craft paint. FYI: for future paintings of thin lines, I am going to use some other type of paint. I had to steadily go back and repaint each line because the lines weren't black enough. Two coats on something this tedious is just too much for me. lol.

Anyways, after about 30 minutes of drawing little zebra lines, or trying to, lol, I finally added the words, "Time Out," to the top. I just used a lead tipped pencil to write it out first. That way, I knew if it would look somewhat centered and would fit before the paint. Then traced over the letters with the same black paint.

And my last and final step was to seal it. This way, in case it really gets used, it can withstand some wear and tear. I used an all purpose sealer from Delta Ceramcoat. Its great on wood and other surfaces too and dries clear. Which is great. Just don't use a heavily soaked big brush for this, because if the black paint gets too wet, since it's craft acrylic, it will run. But like I did, I used a medium straight brush and only put on a thin coat at once, in sections. And it didn't smear the black paint.

Here's the final look at my Zebra Time Out Chair:

Hope you find some sort of inspiration and redo an old unused piece of furninture like this. If you do, please send me a link to it. I'd love to see! :-)

~Happy Crafting!

Feb 15, 2013

Grungy Tags Recipe Without Tea or Coffee

I've been making my own old grungy tags for a while now. And I've seen many posts on ways to get the grungy look. Some of them involve coffee, some involve tea or such. Well, my recipe doesn't use either. It may be since I don't drink either. lol. And I've just learned to try to use what's close at hand. Oh, in the past, I did however borrow some coffee from my aunt and tried that, but I didn't like the smell.

Anyways, here's how I make my new white string tags look old and grungy.

I start out with these stark, white tags found in the office section at WalMart:

Then I mix up a bowl of "grungy stuff." It consists of approximately 75% water and 25% Apple Barrel acrylic paint, in the color of Nutmeg Brown. The water is a little thick, when I get it just right.
Then I dip each one in the mix and lay them out on an old cookie sheet. Then I even take my paintbrush and dab on extra "grungy stuff," to make sure they are grungy enough for my liking. Don't worry about the other side, they will also get good color from the baking in the next step.
Then I set the oven to 400* and stick them in.
And then I wait. Keeping a good eye on them, since I have the oven at 400*. Usually it only takes about 8-10 minutes until they start to crisp up and appear totally dry. Mine usually look like this below:

And then after I let them cool for a minute or two, I get out my stamps and ink. I like to use the "Old Crow," bird stamp and the "Weeping Willow Tree," stamp most of the time.

I ordered my stamps from eBay and got my ink at the local Dollar Mart. I only stamp one side so that I can put my booth # and price on the other. And to keep a clean work area, I lay out some strips of wax paper.
A little thing I do time to time, mostly around spring, is to add some candle "oil flavorings" (found at Walmart in the candle section) to the tags after they dry and before the stamps go on. I just brush it on with a regular paint brush. And boy, does it make my tags smell good. As soon as you walk in my Booth #555 the aroma hits you. I usually use food flavorings such as butterscotch rum to do this. I read somewhere that alot of people have allergies (including me) and yet the food smells tend to bother them way less than any flower smell. And when a shopper is smelling a great food smell, they may linger longer in your booth! lol. Here's to hopeing!

Happy Crafting ya'll.