Posts Tagged ‘paint’

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You are my Sunshine.

August 12, 2013

Hello!

When we were children, my mom used to sing “You are my sunshine” to us.  It has always held a very special place in my heart, as well as my sisters’ hearts.  I knew when I wanted to make my new baby nephew a sign, and knew it should reflect mom’s love.

So here’s the sign I made:

You are my sunshine Sign

You are my sunshine Sign

It’s a fence post and acrylic paint.  A little jigsaw action.  And Voila!  I’m in love.  I want to paint 100 of them and share the sunshine!  What do you think?  🙂

Happy Singing,
Amanda

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Dresser Remodel!

March 28, 2013

Hello friends,

I recently purchased a dresser and two nightstands off Craigslist in hopes to transform them into modern furniture pieces for our master bedroom.  I have been wanting to take on a project like this for a long time, but never found the perfect pieces.  I wanted the right mix of quality furniture and detail so a solid color of paint would still allow it to have character.

I ended up purchasing two nightstands exactly like my parent’s night stand they bought in 1978 and a dresser that is of the same make and model (not same drawer layout) as my parents.  They are incredibly fabulous pieces.  They are heavy, solid, and have just the right amount of detail work.

Check out the beautiful before images below and stay tuned for some how to prime, paint, seal these bad boys in a future blog post!

1978 Dresser

1978 Dresser

1978 Dresser

1978 Dresser details

1978 Nightstand

1978 Nightstand

1978 Nightstand

1978 Nightstand details

1978 Nightstand

1978 Nightstand details

1978 Nightstand

1978 Nightstand: Lions

I can’t wait to share the final product with y’all!

Happy hunting,
Amanda

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A dream is a wish your heart makes…

February 28, 2013

Hello readers!

I have been looking forward to this post for a while now, but had to keep it top secret because it was a gift. Now that the gift has been given, I want to share it with you.

My sister-in-law is a big Disney fan and got engaged at Cinderella’s castle at Disney world! She is having a baby girl in the very near future. I wanted to make something sweet for her room and decided on a hand painted wooden sign with my favorite Disney quote, “A dream is a wish makes when you’re fast asleep.”

Instructions:
1. I started with a fence board and drew out triangle on either end to prepare for the jigsaw. (This was actually my first jigsaw project, but like I said before, it was top secret!)

painted detail

painted detail

2. I painted the finished shape with a beautiful grey paint. Once it dried, I sanded it down a bit to age the finish.

3. I decided to hand write the sign so I began with a sharpie and wrote out the whole quote.

hand painted detail

hand written detail

4. After the sharpie layer was complete, I went over with a paint pen to give it layers and a more finished look. (notice the color change as well)

hand painted detail

hand painted detail

5. I taped off the triangles with masking tape to ease the cut and using the jigsaw, cut out the shape.

Jigsaw detail on hand painted sign

Jigsaw detail on sign

6. Finally I covered the sign in a polyurethane to help protect it against the elements (though it will be indoors).

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes When You're Fast Asleep sign

Finished Product

I hope the sign brings peace to my soon-to-be sweet baby niece as she sleeps and dreams in her crib.

Happy dreams,
Amanda

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Jigsaw Project: Marriage sign

February 4, 2013

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing really well.  I am doing well and really excited Valentine’s day is quickly approaching.  I can tell you it is one of my favorite holidays and I’m not really sure why.  In my normal life I don’t love pink and red and hearts, but at Valentine’s I practically go overboard on it!  I have a few crafts I made recently that are full of love and celebration so I thought they would be most appropriate for the blogs leading up to Valentine’s Day.

I was finally able to give the gift of my first jigsaw project away!  It was simple, but something for me to practice on.  My beautiful aunt re-married over the Christmas break to a wonderful man.  As a wedding gift to them, I wanted to make a sign declaring the establishment of their new family bonded by marriage.  I sketched out their name and wedding date after cutting and painting an old fence board.  It was a pretty simple process.  I wrote out the text in sharpie and then painted over to complete the look.  Check out the finished product:

Miller Sign

Miller Sign

I didn’t get around to sealing it with any sort of sealer, but I would definitely suggest doing that.  I also did not attach a bracket to the back because, since it is a small sign, I believe they can hang it or put it on a shelf to display it.

I have yet to make one of these for David and I, but I hope to make one soon.  I made one for Melissa and her husband when they married and used their wedding colors.  The options are endless really, just let your creativity flow!

Miller sign on display

Miller Sign on Display

Happy love,
Amanda

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Letter Wreath

March 29, 2012

The second wreath I made for my grandmother was a foam board letter.  I was given the task to make a wreath for her front door that has a screen door over the front and is not a wide door.  I saw plenty of inspiration on Pinterest and decided on a monogram.  I went to the local craft store and couldn’t find any great pre-made letters in a font or size I wanted.  (I am a font snob, by the way.)

Materials:
-One foam board
-Pencil
-White acrylic paint
-Exacto knife
-Sandpaper
-Ribbon

Steps:
-Sketch or print out a letter you’d like to cut out.  I hand sketched a letter from a font I found online that I loved.  I was doing the letter R.
-After sketching, use an exacto knife to cut out the letter.  This part can be tricky so make sure your knife is REALLY sharp!
-After the letter is cut out, I used sand paper to smooth out the edges (my knife wasn’t sharp enough)!
-Paint the letter the color you’d like.  I went with white to really pop on the front door.
-Add ribbon and hang on your wreath hanger!

Happy Crafting!
-Amanda