Sunday, June 19, 2011

Paint Party!

 Its a paint party  and I'm painting everything in sight, so I had to join in. I have a few projects that I want to share. The  first things are these mirrors, I have had them for a looong time. I'm tired of gold although I hear its making a comeback. I painted these mirrors silver. Here's where we started.


 I painted the first mirror in liquid silver leaf, but I thought it looked like bright chrome so I added a wash of black paint...umm no, now it just looked dirty, so finally I put a mercury  glaze  over it and that toned it down and softened it up. I can live with it now. Here's the after:


I painted the second mirror in sterling silver by Folk Art paints. Its a softer silver but it took a jillion coats, I also glazed it in mercury. Here's the after:


Next up was a shelf that  that I  bought  years ago and since I'm in redo mode I decided to try a gesso wash. Rosemary at Villabarnes gave a great tutorial on her blog and I was intrigued by it. I thought  these pieces would be perfect  for it. I have two of these. I haven't decided how to use them yet but here's how they turned out:


Before




After

 I love the finish on these. It has the look of plaster which is great for the style of the piece. Its a soft chalk like finish. I'm  addicted to it now and want to try it  on every thing. I decided to try it on a picture frame. This time I sanded and waxed the gesso and also applied a little black glaze to age it a bit. I did another picture like this  earlier but I painted it. I looked all over for the second picture.and couldn't understand why it wasn't in the closet, well long story short...I found it about a week ago when I went shopping in my shed.


This is the before


This is after the gesso wash , waxed and glazed.
The images are from  the The graphics fairy.  Here are my two gesso washed pieces together.



  Finally  I have these suitcases that look vintage but they're  not. My husband bought them for me at Sams Club years ago. he knows I like vintage  suitcases and had a couple so he thought I would like these. He was right, I do. Wasn't that sweet of him, and he wasn't even trying to get out of the dog  house LOL. Here's what they looked like before:





Here is the after:




I did an imperfect paint job on these so they would look like they've been around a while. I let the brown show through in spots. I painted them in Talc by MS paints.  Four projects down a skillion more to go, but I'm making progress.





I cant wait to visit all of you and see what you've been up to. I'm joining the Paint Blog Party at  Debbie Doos Blogging and Blabbing

                                  
And  Between Naps On The Porch for Met. Monday and Mod Vintage Life for Mod Mix Monday and Funky Junk Interiors  for SNS and  Chocolate Drool And Kisses for The Creative Bloggers Party and Hop
and  It's So Very Cheri for the Party and Hop and Kreative Korner for Tea Time Thursday.

46 comments:

  1. Great transformation on the frames. I love the gesso look too.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  2. Hi Karen,
    EVERYTHING LOOKS GREAT! I can't tell you how good it makes me feel to have inspired you and so many others to use gesso. Thanks for the link back. It means a lot to me.
    xoxoRosemary

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  3. I need to check out Rosemary's tutorial. Everything looks great!

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  4. Love the frame with the globe image. All great stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Karen, hi! Thank you for dropping by :) You did a really great job and I was intrigued by Rosemary's post too. I like the results on your corbels and especially the frame with the glaze in those crevices. Looks perfect for the print you selected. And I like the dark silver toned frames on your mirrors. I'm not familiar with the mercury glaze you mentioned but will definitely make a mental note! Thanks for the hints :) Diane @ home sweet homemade

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  6. Wow i love love love the white frame. I actually love it all!.....Bonnie

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  7. you have been busy my friend. can you believe i just discovered The Graphics Fairy? i love all of your makeovers, especially the suitcases. your husband is a keeper!!

    PS. how much is a skillion?!?! ;)

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  8. Love all of your painted items. You used so many interest techniques! The suitcases are great and it was so nice of your husband to surprise you with them!

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  9. My favorites are the white suitcases. Very cool!

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  10. Hi Karen Sweetie...
    Oh my gosh, have you ever been busy. Now I love the frames, but be still my little heart. I simply adore those suitcases. How romantic they look. Could be used in so many places. Love that you allowed a little brown to show through. Gave them that weathered look that I love so much.

    Thank you for sharing sweet friend. A beautiful, beautiful showing of what a little paint and patience can do for a gal. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  11. Omigosh...that's a lot of painting! I love love the suitcases, you've modernized it!

    Stopping by from Mod Mix Monday!
    -Marie

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  12. I love your paint refreshed pieces! They look new and perfect. The Power of Paint!
    I say refresh it!
    Debbie

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  13. Everything that you have repainted looks just fabulous!!! I love the plaster looking ones, they are great.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  14. Love the frames! I have never heard of mercury glaze-where do you find it and what is the name? The plaster looks great too-my list of to-do's is getting longer!

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  15. Hey Jersey Girl!

    I love all your projects!

    Dee
    Your new follower from Jersey

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  16. great job on all your projects, Thanks for the sweet comments

    Pattie

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  17. You did such a great job! I have a couple of old suitcases, and havent known what to do with them, thanks for the great idea!

    Ps- that enamelware pitcher i found on etsy was only 16.00 and 5.00 shipping! I was thrilled! so often they are 70.00 or more. :)

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  18. Karen, I love those frames...wow...what an amazing transformation. You did such a good job with everything. I love it. Would love to see everything up on the wall and how you display it all. Wonderful post.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  19. loving the transformations, karen. really. i can't paint enough things white around here myself. thanks so much for your kind words. i'll be back soon to soak up more lovely and am a new follower!

    michele

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  20. OH where to begin?? LOVE the frames and how you painted them -- mercury paint, huh? There really is such a thing? I must investigate! The shelves are just perfect -- love Rosemary's technique and you duplicated it perfectly! The suitcases are just beautiful -- what a great husband to know you would love those! The print is FANTASTIC! Did you just run the book paper through the printer?

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  21. What a world of difference this makes on each piece. I love the suitcases. Thanks so much for sharing with the paint party...what a party indeed!

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  22. Good Lord Girl! I am exhausted just reading about what you have done. The mirrors look great silvered. I really love mixing silver and gold in decor. I guess I just do what I like and wait for the fashion to come around. At my age some things have cycled through several times. LOL.
    I love the brackets they look awesome. The suitcases are neat as well. Job will done. Hugs, Ginger WHEW!!

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  23. Wow! You have made some great project-progress! Love the look of those suitecases!

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  24. Love them all! I have a number of things to be painted and just putting it off. I needed some inspiration.

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  25. Oh my, look at all your projects...what a busy girl! Everything looks great. I'm not a fan of gold either :)

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  26. The frames and the corbels turned out beautifully. Love the look of the silver. The suitcases are such a great creative idea. Very pretty. I also love the vignette. Nice to find your blog. Hugs, Marty

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  27. Love the gesso painted pieces. Those suitcases are too cute painted.

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  28. Every one of them is awesome!!! I don't know which one I like best!!!
    I STILL wish I knew about this chalk paint!! I thought it was chalk board paint, like I used for my boys room. Now I see it needs to be waxed and stuff. Everyone is using it but me!! LOL!!!
    xxDaniella

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  29. By the way!! How awesome was your comment on Debbie Doo's blog!!
    You are a true blog friend for sure!!
    We are so lucky to have found Debbie! It is our great fortune that we found her!! Or else, we wouldn't know each other!!!
    xxDaniella

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  30. Love all of this. Isn't it amazing how paint can transform things. Ordinary objects become extraordinary with a little paint. Thanks for linking up at Mod Mix Monday!

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  31. Ok!! Girl!
    I have seen the come back of painted suitcases, and I am loving them white nothing else but aged white, Your are swoon worthy :)

    My daughter is so wanting some white ones for her bedroom as well.

    I am amazed at all paint can do, even when I create of alter something with hesitation that it may not except the paint and look as well as I would like it to look, or the piece doesnot inspire me to paint it, I just go for it and when it is done I am surprised that the outcome turns into a piece I don't want to let go of :)
    I am sure this has happened to you, you plane to sell or gift the piece and when its done you tell yourself I can't let this piece get away!

    Thank you for sharing your beauties over here and your treasured visit to my place leaving a comment on your way out. Thank you for your beautiful comment.

    have a inspiring week to come.
    xx
    Dore

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  32. OMG, YOU'RE the lady with the shabby-chic white leather ottoman! That makeover was epic, turned out GORGEOUS! I stumbled across your blog some time ago, and then could not find you again. One of my co-workers is coming back from Morocco tomorrow, and my fingers are crossed he remembered to bring me a leather ottoman in aqua!

    This post has inspired me to drag out all my old mirrors with the big beautiful (but gold) wood frames and paint them silver. I never was really into the gold, so when I moved I stored them and never put them up in my new place. I am dying to try Rosemary's gesso wash technique on some corbels.

    So I don't lose you again, I am your newest follower! Love all your neat projects!

    Best,

    Kimberly

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  33. Oh wow those are some amazing transformations!! As much as I adore gold, those mirrors look three times more gorgeous silver =D

    xox Linda

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  34. Everything looks great! Amazing transformation! Loved the great job and adore the gold. Now, your newest follower...hope you will follow me back:)

    Have a great week!

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  35. Great job! Amazing transformation! Adore the gold.
    Now, your newest follower....hope you will follow me back:)

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  36. Love the transformations - the mercury glass does tone it down and gives it a mysteriously aged look - the gesso does make it look like plaster! Terrific,
    Kathy

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  37. A little paint makes such a difference! You made all of these items so pretty!

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  38. I love all of it with the new paint! So pretty, and your photos are fun. I'm your newest follower from Homemaker on a Dime's blog hop. Come stop by mine, too, if you have time.

    http://www.meldreamsoften.com

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  39. Wow, it all looks fantastic. I especially like the frame with the frame with the globe. I am a new follower and I'll be back for more great ideas.

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  40. oh, I need to do this!!! everything just looks better...love!!! the suitcases!

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  41. Love all of these amazing painted pieces but the one that really took my breath away was your suitcase paint job! Beautiful! So happy you shared at It's So Very Cheri!

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  42. Great looking pieces...love the suitcases! Linking up via Kreative Korner.

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  43. Wow... looks like you are in a mood for pastels :) Great job done.

    Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun. The party for this week is going on... hope to see you there again :)

    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-4.html

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  44. You did such a beautiful job! I love the color you chose for your mirror!

    Kitchen Benchtops

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