Saturday, June 22, 2013

Aged Leather Paint Finish

I took three thrift store treasures and applied the same EASY paint treatment to all of them.  It has a great look to it, looks like aged brown leather to me.  I loved the results and wanted to share them with you.  I will tell you how to do it after the pictures below.


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After cleaning the pieces, I sprayed them with Rustoleum brown spray paint.  After that dried, I took some black craft acrylic paint and water it down so it was very thin.  I painted it on and then wiped it off so it mainly stayed in the grooves and crevices.  Easy huh?  The craft paint has a very flat finish and my spray paint was a semi gloss so it was easy to wipe off.  It would be harder to wipe off on a flat paint, just like glazing.  You could use glaze, but craft paint is way cheaper.  I sprayed a finish  cleat coat on them to even out the finish.  

Thanks for visiting,
Selina

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Updating Those Big Forks and Spoons from the 70s

I see these old forks and spoons all the time when I am out thrifting and I remember a big set of them in my grandmother's house!  Here are two ideas for ways you can update them.  First I found a smaller set and mounted them on burlap inside a thrift store frame.  I left them in their original finish and attached them to my burlap covered foam core with gorilla glue, you gotta love gorilla glue!





I found another larger set, believe or not, I did not find them in the same store on the same day!  These were quite gunky from years of kitchen grease, so I scrubbed away and knew I would do a distressed finish in case the paint didn't adhere well in places.  I love the color!



I'm fresh out of big forks and spoons but since both of these sold, I would pick up another set if I saw them cheap!


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