Friday, April 17, 2015

What lies beneath...

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A fellow DIY Paints retailer, Josi shared a wonderful technique she uses sometimes and encourage us to give it a try.  Let me tell you people, I couldn't find a piece to demo it on fast enough.  I LOVE this!  See the all caps?  I really do love this look.  It is a stencil technique, but the unique thing is how you hide it.  So it is like a peek-a-boo stencil.  Here is the close up of my first attempt.
How fun is this?  The base color for my dresser is DIY Paints, Hillbilly Blue.  I used various metallic paints I had on hand to stencil the drawer fronts once the base color dried.

Once the stencil was dried I applied my top color, in this case DIY Paints Gravel Road., a lovely pale gray.  Then I simply wet distressed back to reveal my stencil.  Tip #1, if you don't want any of your original wood to show then seal the freshly stenciled piece with liquid patina prior to painting your top coat.  Tip #2, if you are planning to distress back a lot don't worry about completely covering with your final paint coat.
Here's the finished piece.  Have a super weekend!!
Deb

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's all about that Prom, bout that Prom

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It's finally Spring, and if you have a high schooler you know that means.  It's Prom time!!  Dresses, and shoes, and up do's, and flowers, and, and, and.  Oiy!

It's all fun and fun to see them all dressed up and acting all grown up.  How that happens when they were just toddling about a few years ago is beyond me, but there you have it.

This year, the school is not holding a dinner.  Rather than go out, my daughter and her friends decided that we would host a dinner and they would all chip in with sides and desserts.  I actually think that is a very smart idea.  And it gave me an opportunity to diy some spring decor for the dinner.  Here is one of the projects that has been sitting on my pinterest board for a long time.

I picked up some Ball canning jars and game them a couple of quick coats of paint to make flower vases for the tables.  HL even sells the flower frog lids for them!  These are several of the DIY Paint line colors (L to R, Old '57, Queen Bee, Petticoat Pink, Mint Chip, Prom Dress, Fancy Farm Girl, Cowgirl Coral).  It works great on glass!  I wet distressed, sealed with the Crystal Clear Patina, and had some fun decorating them with some clearance jewelry pieces I had picked up, jute and burlap ribbon.

Remember the 'A-Team'?  "I just love it when a plan comes together".  Yeah, that feeling!

What are you working on this Spring?  Check out the class schedule for April in the bar at the top of the page!

Have a super, springy week!
Deb

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Number 1, Number 1!

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For someone who doesn't even like math I seem to have a thing about putting numbers on furniture.
I believe this might be my 3rd or 4th piece where I used numbers to freshen up a flat, dull, beat up piece of furniture.  This classic, simple buffet came with doors falling off, missing veneers and stains.  Don't they all these days?

I used American Paint Company Paints on this one.  Leather Boots is a nice medium brown was my base coat.  After applying the vinyl numbers I followed up with a couple of light coats in Peacock.  It is definitely one of my favorite blues.
I kept it random and in places the original wood showed through on the numbers.  I heavily distressed this piece as I kind of liked the almost faded denim look of the peacock.  Now it reminds me of my girls ripped up jeans.
The original hardware was chunky and fun so I simply cleaned it well, resealed it, and put them back on.  This reminds me the button on an old pair of jeans!
The entire piece has been finished with two coats of Hard Coat our most durable finish product.  I think this would be a great bar piece or Big Screen console.

Happy Hump Day!
Deb

Monday, March 16, 2015

DIY Paint Retailer

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I am proud and pleased to announce that I am now a retailer for an amazing new line of paint and finishes, Debi's Design Diary DIY PAINT!!!

It is an exciting new development for Twice Nice as the DIY Paint line is a delightful line of paint in colors designed by Debi Beard and produced by Heirloom Traditions, a company with years of experience in the industry.  Our DIY paint is a clay and chalk, or Chalk Type, Zero VOC, no prep, no primer, paint.  It flows on like a dream in rich, vibrant colors with lots of depth.  I absolutely fell in love with this paint immediately.  The DIY line has 3 waxes currently, clear, dark, and white.  We also have a Liquid Patina in Clear and Dark that is fabulous to work with.  There are 3 paint sizes, Quarts, Pints, and 8 oz. Samples.  I am getting the booth stocked up as quickly as I can and the initial set up is being completed today.  There will be many more paint sizes and finishes added in the next few weeks.  I'll try and post some photos of the booth once I complete moving product in and getting everything in place.

Carrying two lines of paint allows me to give you more options.  These paints allow you to create your own masterpieces for your home.  Be sure to contact me if I can help you in any way.

I am working on the next class schedule and trying to come up with some new fun ways for you to play with the paints!  If you don't see exactly what you are looking for then contact me and I'll work with you to set up a special class just for you!

Stop by Booth #43, on Utah Ave. at The Brass Armadillo, Omaha, NE and check out the new paints!

You might also want to check out the Youtube videos created by Debi's Design Diary which are sure to inspire your creative bug.  They are fun, hip, and full of tips for using our products.

Enjoy the birds chirping and the fresh promise of Spring on the way!

Deb


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Somethin' is Brewin'...

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Winds in the east, mist coming in.
Like somethin' is brewin' and bout to begin.
Can't put me finger on what lies in store,
But I fear what's to happen all happened before.


More news to come....

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Dump

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Sometimes I have wondered if I should just set up a little stand right outside the dump where I could look over the contents of trucks entering and save a few old beauties before they finish their last ride. The Mr. and I were at a local thrift store a while back and found, and walked away from, a vintage dresser many times.  It seemed a bit over priced considering the top was totally warped and separated from the frame a good inch in both the front and the back.  Now replacing a top does not always throw us off, but this was a Waterfall style.  Rebuilding that kind of curve could take some time and skills.  It didn't help that the mirror obviously didn't go with it and the veneer was covered, interestingly enough, in a sheet of cork glued down.  But as I looked more closely at the body of this baby it wasn't too bad, a few chips out of drawer veneers, normal scratches for it's age, pretty carved wood detailing, and all original hardware intact.  The manager saw us and told us it had been there for a while and she was about ready to send it on to the dump.  We made an offer, and she countered with a lower offer when we said we'd give her the mirror to sell separately.  And we left determined to figure out what to do with that top!

Here is what it looked like after stripping off the cork and two layers of veneer.
Nice concave top huh?!  The Mr., who must be a frustrated engineer deep inside, decided he would tackle this problem and totally ignored my brilliant ideas.   But that's OK, by adding some cleats and drawing the curved ends downward by screwing them in from underneath he made it almost level again.  Want to know why almost?  Because when the front and the back came down then all the pressure to "change" moved to the center.  Do you know what old wood sounds like when it finally gives up to the pressure to move?  A loud gunshot is what!  Scared the crud out of me, and hello new crack down the middle of the dresser top.  At this point we could have purchased some new veneer and attached it, but that old wood was never going to be perfectly flat on the top so we opted to sand off any splinters from the split (ha!) and go with the rustic look.  Now my fun begins!

I opted to use a technique my friend Deb from Lake Girl Paints has shown in tutorials on her blog.  Deb is a brilliant, and generous, artist who has used this technique on a lot of her pieces and shows step by step the process she uses.  Please go visit her site and check out her projects where she shows you exactly how to use this on your own projects.  Deb Hrabik is AMAZING!
I forgot to take a photo after the red first coat, but as you can see I decided to partially disguise the flaws in this piece by creating layer upon layer of paint.  I didn't use a brush until the end.  Want to see what I was using?
Folded card stock and a process that Deb describes as dip and drag.  Can you see those cracks in the top?  We are celebrating those baby!
Here is the 3rd coat drying.  I might have over covered a bit with this coat, but that's OK.  This is a very freeing project where there aren't many rules...just lots of coats!  So far I have used Fireworks Red, Born on the 4th of July, and Smoke Signal.  My final coat was Waistcoat, a retired APC color that I just love.
After a combination of sanded and wet distressing you can see some of all the old colors I layers on peeking through.  It looks old and rustic and added over time.

Dark wax really tones down the intensity of Waistcoat.
See the pretty little Art Deco trim.
And this hardware, oh my.  This photo really shows the texture you can create with the dip and drag technique.
I'm pleased with how this one turned out.  The Mr. even asked if I really wanted to throw a price tag on this piece.  We'll see...

Have a super week everyone!
Deb

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Born on the 4th of July

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Yes, I know it is February.  At the time my heart was looking for red, I craved a deep, rich blue.  Like this...
So pretty with a snowy backdrop.  This is APC's 'Born on the 4th of July'.  It is a lovely, lovely Indigo blue with great, deep pigmentation.  It dresses things up like a classic navy blazer, or dresses them down like your favorite pair of jeans.
The original brass hardware is gorgeous against this color.  It looks elegant and sophisticated even with some gentle distressing.  Underneath a bit of Desert Cactus peeks out.
Up close you can see the subtle color movement.  It reminds me of the depth of the seas and light plays so beautifully across it.

I have one like this already or it would probably stay and live with me for a time.  But, as with most of the pieces I work on it is for sale and will move along and grace someone else's home.  What do you think of this grand French lady?

Have a lovely Valentine's Day with the ones who hold your heart!
Deb