So, what to do, what to do. . . turn to the www of course, specifically Pinterest! I had been noticing that this tutorial kept popping up, so I watched it a few dozen times and thought what the heck, looks do-able.
And you know what??
My table went from this:
(not a great after pic, but you get the idea).
I am in love with it!
I followed the steps in the video.
It was lightly sanded, primed with this stuff:
(here's a little tip also courtesy of Pinterest; line your paint tray with foil - makes clean up a snap!)
Make sure you use a decent quality foam roller:
That was then lightly sanded:
It was then wiped down and dried, and then it was time for the the first coat! I was so excited to get that on, but wait, we ran into a slight glitch. Notice anything (besides the fact that it's a grainy cell phone pic)??
That's right - it's not black, it's blue! Long story short, I chose a colour called "Jet" as in black. When it was mixed, it didn't look right to me but the paint guy convinced me that it would dry black. Well, it didn't. Back to the store I went. . . twice! Moral of the story: stand your ground with the paint guy.
Once that was corrected, it was really fun painting and sanding and painting and sanding and painting and sanding!
And then the really neat part began - the distressing. The right angles were very easy to distress, but the rounded edges were a little more challenging.
I skipped the step with the stain pen, I tried it but didn't feel like this piece needed it:
It was then wiped down thoroughly and given two coats of this, with cheesecloth:
A little of this goes a long way, but the finish is wonderful - satin-y without being shiny?
I highly recommend the video if you are going for this look - it's easy to follow and I just love the end result!
I also painted some furniture for Emma, not quite as subtle, which I'll share in another post!
Also, do you know that registration for Crop and Create Winnipeg opens tonight?? I am beyond excited to be teaching again, and I hope you'll come join me for a class or two:
Class descriptions can be found here! Can you believe the talent I'm teaching with?? Can't wait!
Hello! Just squeaking in here under the wire with my weekly whatever post!
1. My good friend Penny forwarded me this email yesterday full of hilarious autocorrects. For some reason, they just slay me. Here are some that made me lol at work, to the point that I had to get up and leave my desk because I was starting to lose it:
There were others but they're just not blog-friendly, if you know what i mean! Here is to technology gone wrong and good friends who know when you need to laugh.
2. I am sooooooooooo excited to announce that I will be teaching in 2012, it's a sure thing. At least one brand new location for me and somewhere very close to home. I will share all the details when the announcement is made. I am still open to class suggestions if you have any.
3. Rebecca and I have been watching the "Scream" movies - we took in the original and 4 this week and plan to watch 2 and 3 this weekend. For what they are, they're entertaining.
4. I have some furniture painting on my agenda this weekend, can't wait.
5. I will close with a shot of Rebecca and her friends Marlise and Robyn. These girls bring new meaning to the word "girl power" as they travel the Fundy biosphere testing different water sources - more on that in another post:
I spent mine in Halifax, Rebecca toured Dal in an attempt to decide where to study next year, I spent some time with my Mom, went to an amazing store called Bellisimo (my Mom is doing some redecorating) and also stopped by Deb Nelson's new Hali store which was fun. I think in another life I should have been an interior designer, I love that stuff!
I wanted to share my layout from the latest issue of SCT:
My article is about composition and starts on page 35.
I also had the priviledge of snapping some shots of this handsome little guy and his family; 7 days old and absolutely perfect:
Being around a newborn never fails to put a smile on my face and makes me realize that someone up there knows what he's doing.
If any of you were at ScrapFest I hope you had a great time, I know Lisa and the girls work super hard to get these events together!
You would not believe the box of product that Crate Paper sent me – beyond generous!
So, being the very minimalist scrapbooker that I am, I didn't use even half of it - I still have an entire full collection left!
So here's where it gets fun. . . would you like to win it??
Just leave me a comment telling me what you'd like to see me teach – could be simple scrapbooking, photo editing, photography, an actual photo walk, online or in person, you name it!
I get lots of emails about teaching, so I thought I'd reach out to you guys and get your opinions.
I'll leave the giveaway open until Thursday! Good luck, this is some fun product!
As always, thanks for stopping by (I know posts have been scarce!).
PS although I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on the classes, I can only ship the box to a Canadian reader, just too much $$ to ship this big box outside of the country – sorry internationals – thanks for your understanding J
I for one am so glad it's Friday, it's been a very long week for me.
Wanted to share this page quickly, it was done for an assignment but didn't make it into the magazine, which happens, I completely understand, but it was a stretch for me, it's pretty far outside of my comfort zone, and I had forgotten all about it:
Paper - Echo Park Digital; Cardstock and Heart- American Crafts.