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Topic: My Sticks-like Painted Coat Rack/Mirror - pic heavy!  (Read 13726 times)
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« on: April 18, 2008 08:16:09 PM »



If you've ever seen the furniture from Sticks, then you know where I got the idea to make this thing. I LOVE their furniture, but it is too spendy for me! http://www.sticks.com

I've wanted to make my own version for a long time, and I finally got it done. My dad built me the coat rack/mirror at my request several years ago (thanks Dad!) and it's been hiding in the back of my closet waiting for me to paint it.



It's going to go into our master bedroom, and I wanted it to be all romantic...hence the "Love Nest" theme. Wink I put all the Sticks-like little phrases around the outsides, but I made it fit the history of my husband and I.





"Play" - we met playing Ultimate Frisbee
"Follow Your Heart" - well, this is just the falling in love part
"Take a Chance" - gettin' engaged, and yes, my ring has a heart-shaped diamond, too!
"Welcome Surprises" - my daughter was our surprise baby who showed up before the wedding
"Create a Family" - now we have two!
"Count Your Lucky Stars" - why yes, I AM lucky!



I have a thing for crows, hence the two crows. The boy has blue eyes and a little beard like my husband, and the girl has brown eyes like me. Smiley



The house on the bottom is our first house, and it was exactly that shade of purple, too!

So...how I did it...







First I sketched out the pictures with pencil. Then I used a dremel to carve out the lines. I used the cutting guide to help control the thing and stay on the lines. The bit I used was the small one with the cutting ball on the end. In retrospect, I actually made the channels too wide, and it was hard to keep the paint out of them, so next time I would make them narrower, like half a mm or so. (edited to add: I used dremel bit #107, but now I know that the better option is #106) When you set the bit relative to the cutting guide, it is just BARELY sticking out. It helps to practice on some scrap wood. The dremel has a hard time going across the grain lines straight, so if you can use wood without obvious grains, you will have an easier time with the carving.

After you carve it all out, sand it down a little bit, then you paint it all with black primer. Then you put the color on top avoiding the lines that you cut out as best you can, but still being very "painterly". You don't want to be all neat about this - blend your colors as you paint, leave lots of brush marks. The messier you do it, the better it will look. This is the hardest part for me because I am so anal-retentive! lol!

The paint I used was Liquitex Soft Body Acrylics. I'm not sure if that was the best paint to pick, as a lot of it was more transparent than I would've liked, but it seemed to work okay. The colors I used were: Olive Green, Cadmium Red Medium Hue, Brilliant Blue, Soft White, Cerulean Blue Hue, Cadmium Orange Hue, Burnt Umber, Raw Siena, Turner's Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Quinacridone Crimson, Quinacridone Magenta, Hooker's Green Hue. Top coat everything with Polycrilic. I used semi-gloss, but I would've preferred satin.

My dad made the little sun on top from half of some sort of nerf-like ball. It's too cute!

This actually went a lot faster than I thought it would. It's an easy way to dress up an old piece of furniture to something super-cool. Now I'm going to do this same treatment to my craft room door - wish me luck!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2008 08:33:01 PM »

That is spectacular! The colors are so bold and beautiful, and I love how it tells YOUR story - much more personal than anything from a store!

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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2008 08:34:24 PM »

All I can say is AMAZING!!!  Wow, I love everything about it.  The colors, the shape, the history of it are all so awesome.  Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2008 09:05:17 PM »

That is really beautiful! I'm very impressed.
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2008 09:23:18 PM »

LOVE IT! You rock, baby!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2008 10:19:49 PM »

That's really amazing. It's totally something that's gonna be in the family remembering the families story
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2008 12:07:30 AM »

This is incredible!  I LOVE it!
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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2008 12:46:28 AM »

Wow, this is so beautiful! I love it and I have a writing bureau that I would love to do this to if I didn't know for absolute certain that I would give in half way through! You did a fantastic job this looks like something your family will enjoy for generations.
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2008 01:20:58 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2008 03:30:08 AM »

This is too awesome - the paintings are beautiful - the colors - the story - the history! This totally Rocks!!!!   Now I have to have some sticks-like furniture!!!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2008 03:50:11 AM »

wow - wow - wow !!  I love how you really personalized it.

I too have drooled over Sticks for quite some time. In fact, I bought a plain mega-mart armoire for my fabric with the intention of "Sticks-i-fying" it - but have been WAY too intimidated to start. I have both dremel and a woodburning tool and wasn't sure which to use.  And never got past that.

Thank you so much for the tutorial!  It really does make it seem a little less intimidating.  And gives me the idea to start with something a little smaller first.   

Can't wait to see your door!
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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2008 04:29:32 AM »

Wow that is impressive and sooo beautiful!  I love how you personalized it to you and your husband's lives together, that is just precious!  I am super-envious!
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2008 05:07:11 AM »

This is fabulous! Great job!

I checked out your link to Sticks furniture, and I like yours better!
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« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2008 08:29:20 AM »

Thanks everyone! Glad you liked it! Smiley

KarenLouise - I know exactly where you are - I didn't know whether a dremel or woodburning would be better, either. And so I kept putting off the project. I kept going back to the store and looking at the Sticks furniture trying to figure it out. I'm glad I went with the dremel. It took me a little while to experiment with dremel bits and how to hold the dremel so it wouldn't go all crazy out of control. It turned out that the cutting guide attachment/ball-end cutting bit made it tons easier - it actually went very fast once I got it all figured out, almost as fast as I could draw it.

Once I finally decided to start working on this thing, it actually only took me a week from carving to finishing. The style is so loose, that it all goes very quickly. Plus the acrylic paint dries super-fast, so you need to keep moving! lol!

So I hope to see some more projects like this one on craftster soon! Wink
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2008 06:54:04 AM »

This is FABULOUS.

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« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2008 01:47:18 PM »

Wow! This is utterly incredible! You must be so proud! I've seen things painted in this style before and I'm not sure if it was from "Sticks" or if it was just inspired by them, but I've always loved it! Thanks for the great directions on how you did this. I think I'll try something on a small scale first.
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« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2008 09:56:42 AM »

this is really superly amazing, kudos, congrats, and lavish compliments. i hit this rocks and bookmarked in case i come across something that needs come painterly lovin... and im sure i will soon! great job!  Shocked
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« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2008 10:05:43 AM »

whoa!!!

i've never heard of that store. but now i'm obsessed!

thanks a lot ! Grin

This is amazing. im jealous actually.
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« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2008 12:57:48 PM »

This is a gorgeous piece of work that is sure to become a family heirloom.

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« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2008 03:37:15 PM »

 Shocked  OOOOH!! tHIS IS AWESOME!!  gREAT jOB!!  i LOVE THE DESIGNS - THE COLORS - iT rOCKS!
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« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2008 12:16:17 AM »

This is incredible! Something you can keep forever, and future generations can fight over.  Grin So, so beautiful.
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« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2008 04:10:27 PM »

This is so beautiful!! I love every single thing about it, especially the scene at the bottom. Your painting is wonderful. Great, great job! This is definitely being wisted!
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« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2008 07:21:44 PM »

This is incredible.  Very folk-artsy, if there is such a thing.  Certainly is going to be a family heirloom, as others have said.  And I, too, have a thing for crows!  Now if only I could draw....

Again, fantastic work!
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« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2008 09:54:55 AM »

Oh my gosh! So I have this super-rich cousin who has a house full of sticks furniture and sculpture, and I've lusted after it for quite awhile.  I am so impressed with what you've done.  Yours is every bit as wonderful!  Now I am jealous of you, but also inspired.  Thank you Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2008 10:05:11 AM »

That is really really neat!  I love that everything has a special meaning.  Just wonderful!
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« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2008 10:44:03 PM »

That brings tears to my eyes how lovely it is. Falling in love and making a family is such a beautiful thing. So r surprise babies!!! That frame is the story of my life, minus the heart shapes diamond.
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« Reply #27 on: May 05, 2008 01:15:20 AM »

Wow looks like so much detail and effort was put into it! You did an amazing job! What a great family heirloom (sp?) this will be  Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: May 05, 2008 08:18:36 PM »

This is so beautiful, what a great addition to your home!
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« Reply #29 on: May 06, 2008 06:49:40 AM »

this is beautiful. and the sentimental value is really awesome!! i would expect to see this in some sort of expensive boutique!! GREAT job!
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« Reply #30 on: May 06, 2008 08:17:25 AM »

I am in love!!!  New project!!!!   so cool and thanx for the tute~~~~!!!!
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« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2008 08:05:50 AM »

Beautiful!!!!  I love this, and love that style too.  I haven't heard of Sticks before but they have some amazing creations.  Your piece looks like it belongs in their line for sure!  Cheesy  Great job!  I need to think about doing something like this for my house.  Cheesy

I Love how the birds' eye color matches and the boy has a little beard.  Wink  Very sweet detail.
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« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2008 02:38:54 PM »

i love the sticks furniture too-- but yours is so much awesomer b/c it's personal!! GREAT JOB!!! Grin
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« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2008 04:40:38 PM »

SO beautiful, amazingly done. I'm inspired!!
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i'm speechless.... so amazing
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« Reply #36 on: May 11, 2008 09:28:26 AM »

This is beautiful! I love the story behind it too. It's just so lovely Smiley
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« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2008 10:01:42 AM »

You've got some major painting skills!!  Beautiful job.  I love how everything means something to you guys. Smiley

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« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2008 01:13:56 AM »

this is spectacular...i bow at your awsomeness...i dont have the patience nor the skill to even attempt to create this...its simply amazing
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« Reply #39 on: May 18, 2008 03:21:30 PM »

That looks grand. I'm going to go make one myself right now. BEAUTIFUL!
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« Reply #40 on: June 24, 2008 01:43:20 AM »

this is definitely one of my favorite projects that i have ever seen on craftster! this is truly amazing  Smiley definitely the better choice over buying something similar from sticks, this one is much personal which in my opinion is much cooler than buying a table that someone else already has!

now if only i had some wood and acrylics....
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« Reply #41 on: May 10, 2009 09:27:12 PM »

This is gorgeous! I've really wanted to make a similar piece for my aunt but I was afraid to try it. I think I'll try it with these steps. I work in a woodshop so I think I'll practice on scraps until I pass... Thank you for sharing!;D
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This is very very beautiful! I am going to try it on my desk that I currently hate! Thanks for the instructions!
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This is absolutely beautiful. It's sunny and bright and uplifting! Who wouldn't want one of these hanging somewhere in their home? The individual messages are wonderfully chipper. Even more lovely is your story and how it ties into these mini life lessons. You are blessed, and I am blessed for seeing this marvelous mirror!
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