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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Stripping and restaining a wooden hope chest, please help! on: October 26, 2008 09:58:08 PM
I am trying to strip and restain a wooden hope chest that I inherited b/c it is a yellowish color that I really don't like.  I bought stripper at Home Depot and applied it to the whole thing w/ a paint brush.  Then I used a scraper to scrape it off.  The old stain and stripper came off of the top of the chest beautifully, but I had a very  hard time getting it off of the sides - and I ended up with a mess.  I looked at a tutorial online and found out I needed an after wash, so I went to Home Depot and bought that, and applied it to the chest w/ steel wool.  Now the top looks horrible - it has a whitish film all over it - and the sides still aren't completely stripped. 

Does anyone have any advice?  This project has turned out to be much more of a headache than the staff at Home Depot gave me the impression it would be... 
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Black and orange wreath on: October 26, 2008 09:43:43 PM
I made this wreath out of black roses for Halloween:



I ordered the roses off of e-bay b/c they were much cheaper there than at my local craft store.  Then I cut a wreath form out of several pieces of cardboard.  I cut the stems off of the roses and hot glued them to the cardboard wreath form.  Then I attached an orange ribbon to the top of the wreath and used another piece of orange ribbon to hang it on the door.         
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / decorative tray on: October 26, 2008 07:13:28 PM
I found a frame/tray at a thrift store for $1.00.  I painted it black and put a page from a book of Georgia O'Keefe prints in it.  Now it is a decorative tray! 

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4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dennis Kucinich portrait on: July 27, 2008 12:06:58 AM
This is my first oil painting. (I was required to paint a portrait for a class.)   



His hair does not look gray on the real thing, it's just the flash on the camera...
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Matisse print redone in blue in orange on: July 27, 2008 12:05:05 AM
I was assigned to create a painting using only one set of complementary colors in an art class that I took.  I chose to paint one of my favorite Matisse prints. 



I'm not sure if I can post a copy of the real Matisse print due to copyright stuff and craftster rules, but if you're curious, just google "harmony in red." 

I was kind of thinking that the stuff outside the window would be in brighter, more artificial colors b/c the woman in the picture doesn't really know the outside world, though the prospect of knowing it may be exciting to her.  It was kind of a stretch though, so I don't know...
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / candle holder on: July 26, 2008 11:55:01 PM
I found this interesting looking cannister and decided to turn it into a candle holder.  I put sand in the bottom to hold the candle in place, and after it was lit for a few hours, the wax melted into a new shape. 

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fine art bathroom wall plaques on: July 26, 2008 11:50:37 PM
I am really interested in art history, so I frequently cut prints out of art history books and use them for craft projects.  I cut out several prints of famous nudes - particularly fitting for a bathroom - and glued them each onto a wooden plaque that I had painted white.  I think they make great decorations, and they were super cheap.  I bought the plaques at a craft store, and the art books at Half Price for a couple of dollars each. 

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Letter stand/monogrammed flower pot on: July 26, 2008 11:46:03 PM
I'm new to craftster and this is my first post.  I don't really know what to call this craft, so if any of you have an idea, please let me know.  My boyfriend, dog, and I all have names beginning with the letter "C," so I made this letter plant stand to put next to the plants by our front door. First, I bought a wooden box, wooden stick, wooden plaque, and wooden "C" at a craft store.  Then I painted each of them and glued them together when they dried.  I mixed some raw umber in with the white paint so the plaque and box would be a little bit shabby looking, rather than really bright.  I drilled a couple of tiny holes in the bottom of the box for water to drain, put some gravel in it to weight it down, and then put soil and a small plant in the rest.  The whole project took about 3 hours, including going to the store.   


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