Thursday, June 25, 2015

~ French Chair Makeover : Distressed French Blue : Wet Distressing with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The Decorated House - Tutorial Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on French Chair
Oh no! I am longing for a nice, not too rustic, distressed chair. Oh well,
sometimes we just have a need for a little change. And since it is only paint, we can
certainlyrepaint a chair  ... once or twice or maybe 20 times!
Not this chair, but maybe a couple others are about to get a simple, new look.

Looking for a really rustic, distressed French Blue look? Try this method.

Distressed Rustic French Chair from The Decorated House using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Only a few years ago stores such as Pier One offered imports from countries like Italy instead of all the more cheaply made goods from China. If something is made in China, I try first to find something made in our country that has contributed to jobs here, then any other country than China, and if nothing else can be found, I'll buy something made from there. As consumers we could change the economy for the better if we spent a few cents or dollars more to buy made in the US first. At least we have a choice.

These French style chairs made in Italy are an excellent quality, useful as a side chair, and but not too comfortable. I still love their look. They began as a white wash finish, I redid them to look like wood, and as you see in the picture they were redone to a very distressed look. They have since been painted again to a simple white with a touch of distressing that you can see here with a tutorial on how to change out the seat. The color was Old White with some flat white added for a less "yellow" white.

For the look of this chair:
  1. Painted first with medium turquoise blue color. I used a mix of Provence chalk paint with Turquoise (flat turquoise acrylic paint, not ASCP) added.
  2. Dry Brushed with ASCP Paris Grey mixed Provence.
  3. Rubbed with a damp cloth. This is like a  gentle sanding. It will remove some of the chalk paint before it has days to really cure. This gives you a very smooth distressing without the dust.
  4. Dry brushed with Old White chalk paint * and some light waxing.
  5. Sanded to distress. This can be a lot of sanding. Some of the sanding went down to the original wood which I like. But as you can see you can control the amount of sanding to expose the differ colors beneath your top layer.
(No final coat of wax was added at the time of these pictures.)

When that was all done....
it was too much shabby for me.
Now it is painted with Old White.
Which you can see Here.
Yes, after all that work, I painted over it.

It's only paint!

See Y'all Soon~

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

~ How To Create a Faux Cement Paint Finish ~ Urn & Succulents Gardening

Readers' Favorites : How to Create a Faux Cement Paint Finish

using an inexpensive plastic urn. 

Update: May 2015
The urn was painted 3 years ago. For a while it sat on a cover stoop/porch area
so it was out of the direct elements of sun, wind, etc. It has also so outside with my other pots for  a months now. It looks exactly like it did when it was first done. The only changes have been keeping the plants to a nice size. Even succulents can get quite large. The aloe grew a lot and was cut back and some put in the ground or in other pots. The other succulents have been
clipped as need, but all did very well. It is now about time to replant the whole thing, but it lasted
for a few years with very little attention. The urn itself is doing a bit more aging with the rain and humidity, but the paint has held up very nicely.

After going without rain for some time and spending so much time watering to keep all the pretties alive, we had a few days of non-stop rain. Another downpour early this morning, before the plants could dry out even a little from the last few days. Mother Nature teaches us patience or why it's good to buy plants where there is a one year guarantee.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

~ Decorating with Succulents & Silver and How To Create a Succulent Dish Garden

Decorating with Succulents & Sliver at The Decorated House

It's a great time of the year to bring in a little touch of the garden. After cold weather or too much rain (or too little) in some parts of the country, wouldn't a little touch of living green add some warmth?!

You can grow succulents in any number of containers, and silver is a
really pretty choice. Complemented with white, the silver
adds a bit of reflective light and show offs the rich green. 

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Monday, May 4, 2015

~ How To Make a 5 Minute Pillow ... Maybe 10 Mins.

The Decorated House - How to Make a 5 min. Pillow Cover

You can make a pillow like this in 5 minutes!
(Or maybe 10 if you are like me with sewing.)
Tutorial and Step by Step Directions:
Read on to see another one of my Reader's Favorites
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

~ How to Print on Fabric Using an Inkjet Printer - Image Transfer - DIY - Tutorial

The Decorated House: ~ How to Print on Fabric - DIY - Tutorial - Inkjet Printer Image Transfer

There are many ways to create an image transfer on fabric. This is one of my favorites!
And it has become one of my reader's favorite tutorials as well.

Forget the spay glue adhesive and freezer paper. This is much better.
It is very easy to do and requires no messy chemicals to transfer your image to fabric. 
This tutorial will show you how to use your inkjet printer at home.
(I have read that others used their laser printers for fabric,
but I have not tried it, so I cannot say how it works from my
own experience.)

** All art in this tutorial is the original, copyrighted
art of Donna, The Decorated House. **

Friday, April 3, 2015

~ Happy Easter!

The Decorated House. 2014 Decorated Easter Mantel

Wishing You
a Very, Happy Easter!

See Y'All Soon~

Sunday, March 8, 2015

~ Spring and Easter Decorating : The Decorated House

The Decorated House - Decorating for Easter Vintage & New

It's Sunday and it's sunny! Makes your heart sing for Spring, doesn't it?
Although if you still have snow or cold, I'm sure your 
heart is really, really singing loudly for Spring to come find you ... now.
And I hope you have some spring flowers soon.

The Decorated House - Easter Cloches & Abigail Bunny Art

Have a Wonderful, Happy Sunday.
See Y'All Soon~

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

~ Decorating Peat Pots for Spring and Easter

The Decorated House : Decorating Peat Pots : Altered and Decorated Peat Pots for Spring and Easter!
Looking for some fun ideas for Easter decorating? 
How about making some pretty peat pots?!

Peat pots can be found in the garden section of the big box stores, nurseries and even ol' Big Lots and Target.  They can be dressed up or left more rustic, whichever way appeals to you. My choice was to

Sunday, March 1, 2015

~ Antiqued White - Adding Embellishments - Painted Furniture

Donna ~ The Decorated House - Painted Antique White Furniture

The skies are gray today, and it seems a tougher sell to get me going with some streamlining of possessions and things around here. I go through spurts of being very determined, then a holiday, or some project and/or repair comes along, and things creep back into the unacceptable state of too much crap!

In the midst of more soul searching - decluttering, I see so many items that have been handpainted over the span of a lot of years, such as the 1920's-1930's armoire in the bedroom. If I touch it, it is still a happy possession; brings back the fun memory of Sweet Hubby going to a PBS auction and us picking it out. Too few people showed up for the auction, so we were able to just purchase the items we wanted. Money was tight so we left with only the one piece, at the time I wished I had stretched the budget for more. Now I have no idea where another large furniture piece would go anyway! But the one I have will stay for years to come since it is functional and feels quite happy as well.

The simple armoire was natural wood on the inside but painted off white on the outside. So it was easy to lightly repaint it. But it was very plain, which might be more to my liking today. Back then I figured it needed some embellishments and I actually still like them very much today.

The elements I added were made of resin, I painted them the same background color as the off-white armoire. Then I began to "antique" them so that they looked old and worn, but not too much, no chipping and flaking.  I wanted just a nice patina of age and dusty feeling of years gone by. I used raw umber and taupe glazes letting them settle into the crevices then wiping most of it off the higher, raised area. When those glazes dried very well, I dry brushed over the highest areas with white to accent it.
The pieces were then adhered to the armoire using liquid nails and tiny nails  hammered through small drilled holes.

See Y'All Soon~

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

~ A Few Valentine's Day Decorating Ideas

Valentine's Day Decorating :: Pillow by The Decorated House

It's almost Valentine's Day! 
Here are a few ideas for your holiday decorating. 
Click on the pictures for more pictures and 
the full post for each one. 

Valentine's Day Mantel : Black and White with Pink by Donna @ The Decorated House

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