PROJECT CHALLENGE (DOORS) with SHELSTRING.COM

Well I have to admit that I am totally stoked to have been chosen to participate in Michele’s Monthly Project Challenge over at http://www.shelstring.com. This months Challenge Material/Subject is doors.

Straight away I knew what I was going to do for this project, immediately I was thinking outside the box because my subject has been staring back at me almost every time I paint for over a year.

Being a lover of Roadside Rubbish I had picked up this very old Kitchen door it was straight out of a 50’s Kitchen and I have been wastefully using it as a painting board ever since. I knew eventually that it was going to be turned into our Family Name sign for the front patio to add to our curb appeal and I knew this challenge was the kick up the butt I needed to do it.


For you to complete a Similar Family Sign What you will need is:

Paint – I used a combination of chalk paint, spray paint and paint pens. Sealer– I used Bees Wax with Citrus Oil. An old Kitchen Door or Dresser Drawer. Strong Glue- I always use E6000. Good quality Masking Tape, Different Grades of Sandpaper, something that will allow your door to hang ( I use rope and a staple gun) Accents for decorating as I have with the 3 swallows and artificial flowers.

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As I had been working with this door for so long I had decided to leave some of the muted colours and incorporate them in the final look. First I taped for a Boarder in Blue.

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I then filled in the colour Blocked areas with purple and white chalk paint. Whilst that was drying I printed a mirror image of the Family Name in preparation for my sign.

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I drew and filled in the name using a terrific invention called Pen Paints which I picked up on eBay for $30. After that I started distressing the white boarder areas in a criss/ cross pattern. I then proceeded to distress the rest of the door.

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This is what the Door looks like with the distressing and now a coat of wax and as you can see I have outlined the Font also using Pen Paint.

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And here is the finished Door Ready for Hanging (well Almost) if you are using E6000 for your glue always wait 5 days before hanging something heavy no matter how dry it feels you would be amazed how much the weather can alter the effectiveness. I have now learnt through experience to be extra patient.

Thank you for reading my post, don’t forget to pop over and look at everyone else’s Door Challenge Projects at http://www.shelstring.com.

Happy DIY

Judith

DIY PAINTED PHOTO FRAMES – A Quick, Fail Proof, Cheap Gift to Make For Mothers Day

This post shows you how quick, easy and inexpensive it is to paint second hand photo frames and how fantastic they are to gift as presents or to resell at a Market stall. With Mothers day just around the corner this would be a great DIY project to do with your children or to sell at a Mother’s Day Craft SalePhoto 25-04-2017, 2 08 27 PM

The Photo Frames displayed in this post have been painted with white chalk paint, a variety of colored spray paints and some have been decorated using a decoupage Technique. How you choose to complete your Frames is a personal choice. This post is a guide line only.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 21 03 PM

The first fun part of redecorating your photo frames is in the purchasing. All my Frames have been purchased from Op-Shops/Thrifts Shops the prices ranged from 50c to $2 Australian. Op Shops always have a massive collection of Photo Frames for sale and if you are new to op shopping you will be astounded by how cheap the prices are so much that you will never want to purchase retail again.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 09 34 PM

Chalk Paint in Australia is rather expensive however one 500ml tin will last you a long time if only used for small projects. My Spray paints, I only use brands that have a primer incorporated in them and that can be adhered to any surface. Generally I only use Rust-o-leum and Krylon. However White King now have a suitable product available in many colours and it is half the price at $7.95 found at Bunnings. It worked perfect on my FramesPhoto 25-04-2017, 2 14 39 PM

Other items I used were Sand Paper- Scrapbook Paper- Tissue Paper- Modge Podge-Lace Trim- Bees Wax Sealer.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 28 45 PM

STEP ONE: Clean all your frames and remove the glass ensuring you remember which glass fits which frame.

STEP TWO: Paint all your Frames and leave to dry. Whilst they are drying The next fun thing is to choose coloured papers and cut to correct size to fit your frames.

STEP THREE: Once Frames are completely dry use your sandpaper of different grades, This being my Favourite part of the project, use the cut of the frame, edges and lines to distress your frame the way you like. I enjoy working with the wood and it’s lines and patterns distressing deeper insome sections than other. If the Frame had an overlaying pattern I rub the sand paper over the top so that the pattern shows through mixed with my paint colour it is very effective.

STEP FOUR: Clean your frames thoroughly ensuring all dust is removed and then rub or spray with you preferred sealer for the frames that are complete, decoupage first the ones that you intend. Then ensemble your frames together with coloured papers and photos and they are complete ready for gifting, selling or displaying.

It’s now time to share your project or comments as I would love to see your choice of DIY FRAMES. If you would like to share your DIY Projects you may like to become a collaborator on my group board PINTEREST INSPIRED DIY PROJECTS. please contact me at curvyandcontent@gmail.com.

Thank you for Reading

Happy DIY JUDITH SUDULIC

Restoring Roadside Rubbish-A Pot Plant Chair Project

Brighten Someones Day, By Brightening their Garden or Porch/Patio with this very Quick Simple & Inexpensive DIY Project

SIMPLE STEPS & TIPS TO HELP YOU FLIP A WORN OUT TIMBER CHAIR INTO A POT PLANT STAND

WHAT YOU NEED

ARTIFICIAL- A chair, florist foam( I always purchase mine cheap on eBay) a container ( I purchased a round washing plastic tub from Bunnings $6.99, artificial plants and shrubs ( I always purchase cheap from eBay) sandpaper of different grades,

Spray paint I would like to tell you about a new brand I have found WHITE KNIGHT SQUIRTS Paint & Prime. This new SQUIRTS Formula has a 10 minute drying time and each can has 3.5 mtrs squared coverage. It Bonds to Wood, Metal, Plastic & more. Now if you have read any of my previous posts you will know that I am very particular about my spray paint and as a rule only use Rust-O-Leum and Krylon. Well after using SQUIRTS Paint & Prime for this project, paying almost 1/2 the price of what I do per can for the other brands and being thoroughly impressed by the products outcome, including the spray flow, no drips, and being true to their word about the extremely fast drying time. I am hooked and will be using Squirts Paint & Prime as my preferred spray paint for all my DIY projects from now on and if you are able to purchase this product to complete your project  I highly recommend.  I purchased mine from Bunnings @ $7.95 per can a huge saving.

 LAVENDER or REAL FLOWERS- I drilled small holes in my plastic tub, The Lavender was on special for approx $7.50 per plant @ Bunnings (x4 plants), a bag of cheap mulch and a bag of white crushed rocks.

HOW TO MAKE

STEP ONE- Remove the centre of your chair (beware of redbacks & other spiders mine were covered in it maybe give the chairs a spray in insect killer first and wear gloves). Thoroughly clean your chairs. I also gave mine a light sanding all over however with Squirts this is not necessary rather a choice.

STEP TWO- You can either use masking tape and section areas as you plan your colour scheme or as I did use your first colour and spray your 1st section I wanted the colours to over lap and blend to give it a more aged look when sanding) Whilst drying Yes only 10 minutes not even, spray your plastic tub. Then spray paint your second coat of your first colour and allow to dry.

STEP THREE- My plastic Tubs only needed one coat of Squirts. Now it’s time 2 spray paint your coordinating colour. On my Real Flower Chair I used 2 coordinating colours on my Artificial Chair I used one colour. The nozzle on the spray paints made it easy to make defined lines and as mentioned I wanted the colours to overlap. You can mask over your base colour now if you do not want this look whilst you spray your coordinating colour.  Allow your first coat to dry and spray on your second coat.

STEP FOUR- Distressing and Blending is my favourite part of a project. I find sanding very therapeutic and this is where your unique style take shape. I love giving my projects the aged/shabby chic look “Perfect Imperfections” is what I refer to them as and I spend sometime using different gradients of sandpaper working to achieve a specific vintage look. Inspiration for these chairs came from an image in my memories of chairs that used to be in my great grandmothers garden. By allowing the spray paints to overlap and then sanding them to blend I think I achieved just that. Once you have completed all your sanding wipe off all the dust. I sealed the chairs with 2 coats of Polyurethane  spray.

 ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS Place your tub in the chair first then add your florist foam. There is no special way to add the flowers I just stuck them in until my tub was full. REAL FLOWERS- I haven’t a Green Thumb so I will not be giving any advice on how to pot your shrubs or Lavender all I can say is make it look pretty.

   Thank You for Reading. I enjoy feedback I would love to hear from you regarding this project or any of my others. If you have a similar project that you have completed or one that you think I would be interested in or you would like to promote on Pinterest ( Beginner Bloggers Welcome ) Please contact me curvyandcontent@gmail.com and become a Collaborator on my GROUP BOARD PINTEREST INSPIRED PROJECTS FOR BLOGGERS.

HAPPY DIY – JUDITH SUDULIC