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41  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / night owl on: April 22, 2010 02:59:01 PM
I painted this a couple of months ago. Finally found the camera cord so I could post this. Its a huge painting. The tree and moon are textured using drywall plaster.

42  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / kitchen makeover on: April 22, 2010 02:51:44 PM
We moved into our house almost a year ago, and I knew that the kitchen cabinets had to go. They were the same ugly oak cabinets that are in every house we looked at. We could have afforded to replace them but decided to save the money for new flooring (which we haven't bought yet). Refinishing the cabinets cost about $80 (New square palm sander, sanding sheets, dark mahogny stain, brushes and vinyl gloves) compared to $1500 for similar cabinet from Ikea.

I tested my sanding and staining skills on our bathroom cabinets first. Cheaper to replace one cabinet if I ruined it. I learned a few things from that so the doing the kitchen cabinets was a breeze. It took 5 days from start to finish. Each stain coat dried for like 6 hours and each poly coat for 4-5.

I still have a ways to go until the kitchen is done, but the biggest part is done! Replace counter tops, tile in a back splash, new light fixtures and new flooring.



43  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Jessica's May 2010 Medieval-Themed Wedding Stuff ***Updated with more PHOTOS!*** on: October 11, 2009 04:22:51 PM
I agree that favors are a must. Although I think they should be something people will actually use/enjoy. We bought small boxes from Micheal's and are filling them with fun flavored hershey kisses. (pumpkin spice, caramel, and candy corn - halloween flavors) It's cheap and people will enjoy them.
44  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Niece's bedroom on: October 08, 2009 08:18:26 AM
My sister asked me to paint a mural in my niece's room before she was born. She wanted a really girly garden theme to match the crib set. The walls were covered in really old wallpaper that took forever to get off. Then I painted the background colors.

I painted the green of the trees with a crumpled up plastic bag, then later added stenciled leaves.

Painted some vines and stamped flowers.

I traced an actual piece of picket fence on the walls to make them all identical, then painted them in. Added vines flowers ect. I hand painted the dragon fly and fairy.

I didn't like the blonde looke so I redid it in brown. Painted parts of here dress and wings with glitter paint.

Some of the bugs on the wall are glues on for a 3d effect. Cheyenne's name is on wood blocks with small wood bug decor.

I also painted a growth chart on some fabric so that it can go with my sister when she moves.

45  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / village on: September 18, 2009 10:30:01 PM
I try to make my grandma something christmas related every year as a gift. Hobby lobby had these cardboard houses and village supplies on sale so I went sales happy. I hand panted the houses, and glued all the pieces on with cement rubber. I think they look pretty professional.  Cheesy They have some cute touches like santa upside down in the chimney  Grin

46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Flower Necklace on: September 18, 2009 10:13:14 PM
47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Five Victorianesque Necklaces on: September 18, 2009 10:12:09 PM
I love asymmetrical necklaces! I only wish I knew how to make them.
48  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Kitchen mural on: September 18, 2009 10:06:58 PM
 I really wanted to paint a room in our house green. I chose the kitchen since it's my domain. My hubs picked the paint and on the chip it wasn't so bright but we dig it. After staring at the bright green I just knew it needed a mural to calm it down, but what? I just grabbed some acrylic paint and went to town. This is what I came up with. Not everyone will love it, but you can't help but smile at it. All free hand painting.

Sneak peek of the color:

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49  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / painting w/ water bottle on: September 18, 2009 09:45:54 PM
 I painted these to compliment our cherry blossom comforter. Painted with acrylic paints. The flowers are the bottoms of water bottles. I cut them off and painted them with acrylic. I attached them to the canvas using rubber cement. I plan to paint 3 more with a black background and red and tan flowers.

Tell me what you think..

50  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: refinished table on: September 18, 2009 09:43:24 PM
Thanks for the compliments. I love the result too.

Ugh I hate light wood too. My next big project is to either stain or paint our oak cabinets.
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