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11  Sun, moon, stars chairs in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by rissaroo on: March 18, 2005 06:37:25 PM
I did these about five years ago - they have been through a couple of interstate moves and so are a bit beat up, one of these days i need to match the paint and touch them up. Still, you get the idea!

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12  fun light switches in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rissaroo on: March 18, 2005 06:18:01 PM
When i painted the bathroom, the light switch covers were clear and had an insert of the former ugly wallpaper. I found postcards from a "Play with your food" book and used them as inserts.

In Boyfrind Donny's bathroom, i was looking for something other than boring off-white plastic that was there. I was inspired by fancy metal ones with wire swirls and marbles at an art gallery - this was my cheaper version:

unfortunately Boyfriend Donny keeps knocking them off. At first i used super glue, but that was crappy and left a cloudy residue around the marbles. then i tried craft glue, which stinks and still didn't hold. Most recently i used some really stinky stuff for repairing car decals. we'll see if it holds...
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13  Red and Peach Flower Stamp Kitchen in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by rissaroo on: March 18, 2005 05:33:05 PM
I painted my kitchen awhile back, but finally borrowed a digicam and hence the craftster posting frenzy.

This is the whole kitchen:

and up close where i stamped around the hooks:

Where i stamped flowers:

And also, i put a red background for this wire rack:
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14  Painted Furniture *new stuff added in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by rissaroo on: March 18, 2005 05:15:48 PM
Here is the latest, a furniture revamp for my boyfriend's dresser and nightstand. He picked the colors. They are a bit girly but at least it matches the other stuff there. I wish i had before pics to show how different it looks. Oh well, picture beat up brown stained wood with plastic faux leather trim...

Here are some pictures of things i have painted. Most of them are done using acrylic craft paint. The "wine rack" is metail so i used metal craft paint.

Happy pink chair - this one reminds me of a lisa frank notebook!

I love this school desk/chair - i got it from my old work, we had a bunch of these lying around and my boss hated them because of the awkward shape. This took a lot of masking tape!

The purple stool i did years ago as a TV stand - now i have a bar so it is a stool. I had to do another one since Boyfriend Donny moved in because we were fighting over it!

i have one sad lonely bottle of wine at the moment on this - it was actually a bathroom organizer, originally...

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15  Re: Happy Giant Paper Mache Flowers w/short tutorial in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by rissaroo on: March 18, 2005 04:55:35 PM
While i was making these, Boyfriend Donny said "make a tulip make a tulip!"
Well the tulip didn't come out quite right and i could not figure out how to mount it on a flat wall. It was going to become a bucket, but someone at work suggested that i make a lamp. So, i punched a hole near the bottom and glued in the bottom cap for a socket. I ran the wire through and use a 25 watt iridescent candle bulb- pretty and sparkly! it gives a nice, romantic glow and so far it has not gotten very hot. Hope you like!

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16  Happy Giant Paper Mache Flowers w/short tutorial in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by rissaroo on: March 18, 2005 04:49:14 PM
I made these flowers as a decoration for my bedroom. They take up the wall over my bed. Now that they are done, I want to add a few more, it looks a bit empty.

First, i used wire to make a frame for each flower.

Then, i paper mache-ed each one, with strips of newspaper and a flour/water mix. It took at least 2-3 coats on each flower to make them thich enough.

Then I sealed each one with Mod-podge. This prevents mold (one did get moldy while waiting to dry, but the mod podge seemed to halt this) and also gives a better surface for painting.

Paint flowers with happy colors of your choice. I used about 2 coats of solid colors, then for the top coat i used multiple colors blended together. I am partial to the Folk Art metallic colors, since they give a nice shiny texture.

Finish with mod podge.

I used small pieces of wire that i punched through the paper to hook on the wire insides, then looped these around and hung on nails to mount.


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17  Clothespin clips in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rissaroo on: March 18, 2005 04:39:37 PM
This is a neat, cheap idea for organizing or displaying pictures, notes, etc.

I took apart clothespins, painted, and reassembled. I used strips of command adhesive from 3M (cut to make them fit) to adhere to the wall.

For others, i used a long piece of wire (18 guage, i think) from Home Depot and strung it through the springs, twisting it into an interesting pattern.

I have also done these with magnets, though i have no pics of those.

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18  Re: Pretty Batik Lamp! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rissaroo on: March 18, 2005 04:31:39 PM
Here's my pics - thanks for the great idea!

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19  Marble lamp base in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rissaroo on: March 18, 2005 04:25:38 PM
My mom bought me this lamp shade from a mexican imports store in San Antonio. We searched many stores for a deserving base but never found anything we liked. So, we made this base. It is basically a glass hurricane lamp from Michales with marbles glued on. (I also glued marbles on the shade!) I bought a lamp kit from Target, but attaching it all without cutting the glass was an adventure. For the bottom, i used a circular wooden cup from Michael's that happened to fit just inside the glass. I drilled a hole in the wood and glued the beads in rows above it, for the glass to sit on. there is a paper wedged inside the glass to help keep it tight. Then i happened to find a plasitc ring that fit just over the top of the glass which i glued on and let sit overnight. I then glued the base and harp of the lamp kit to this ring, and once secure put in the wiring and the socket. Again, if you can cut glass there is probably an easier way to do the same idea with a glass bottle.


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20  Beer Box Organizer w/tutorial in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rissaroo on: March 18, 2005 04:15:35 PM
Boyfriend Donny is a big beer snob and i can't stand the stuff, but the other day he bought some beer and i really liked the box. The d-man is very disorganized but resists buying desk stuff (how not fun) so turned it into this organizer.

To make the beer box organizer you need:
12-bottle box with cool design
mod podge
extra cardboard
acrylic paint in color(s) that compliments the box design
craft glue

1. Cut the top off of the box. Reinforce any seams of cardboard that need it with craft glue.
2. Cut a square or trapeziod shape out of the front of the box. Save this piece for later.
3. Cut three pieces of cardboard of increasing height that will fit inside the box as your upright dividers. The tallest one should be about 1 1/2 inches shorter than the height of the box. The shortest one should be at the height of the square you cut out.
4. paint the inside of the box and both sides of the cardboard pieces with acrylic craft paint. You might need two coats.
5. Put one or two coats of mod podge over the inside and outside of the box, and over each painted piece.
6. When dry, attach the square/trapeziod shape you cut out to the inside back of the box, aligning it with the top. (this is optional, but it makes the box look more interesting when empty.)
7. Using the craft glue, place a thin line of glue along three edges of the cardboard pieces. Put in place upright, spacing evenly through the box.
8. Let dry and organize!
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