Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A faux corbel

At one estate sale this past summer I ran into a lot of interesting wood pieces.  There were legs, trims, and molding, but the most interesting of all was this piece here.
It reminded be of the beginning of a corbel.  What else could it be?  Since I don't have the tools to cut such intricate work, I opted for a way to sass this up without cutting into it or adding wood.

Friends, meet foam board.  I the corbel onto here 2 times and cut it out.  From there I sketched a design and cut that out.  Hot glue worked  great to attach it to the wood.

Like this.

I painted it brown (made by mixing a red and green together because I didn't have brown).  My plan was to make it crackle so it looked older.  I had tried the glue technique before with success, but this time I didn't have enough glue on hand, and I wanted to try the blow dryer technique.
Fail on that one!  It was probably because my paint didn't go on thick enough.  In hindsight I should have let the paint sit out and thicken.  That probably would have worked.

Have any of you had success with the blow dryer?  If you are unsure of what it its, you paint a piece and before it's dry blow dry it.  The accelerated drying creates crackles.

Here is my faux corbel, sitting on a ledge in my living room.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

2 pinterest inspired projects

I like the inspiration pinterest gives me.  I pin things to try all the time.  I don't always get to those pins, but as it gets colder outside, I am going to do my best to get something from one of my boards done each month.
Here are 2 things I finished this week, inspired by pinterest.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

An old secretary gets a new look

At one of the last estate sales I went to, I found this secretary desk.  At first I looked at it, but walked away.  I came back for it a few minutes later.  It needed some work.  The drawer was in pieces, the top didn't close, and it had this vinyl adhesive inside that needed to be gone.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A nice black!

Hello all you chalk painters!  Have you been searching for a nice solid black like I have?  There are some pretty dark greys out there, but not really black.  At least not that I found until now!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Saving a radio cabinet

I love old radio cabinets!  Who wouldn't?  They have such great detail and they can be made into so many useful things. This radio cabinet was in need of a rescue.  It had some severe water damage, but it can be saved!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Some tips about upholstery fabric

I've been upholstering for a few years now.  It started with very basic seats and gradually I got up the courage to upholster difficult pieces like an antique couch.