Tuesday, September 1, 2015

~ Green Envy - Only the Pretty Kind

By the date on the calendar, it will be Fall soon enough. But here it is still in the nineties and only a few flowers make it through so many days of this heat. Even the zinnias are coming to the end of the their summer season. Each year I love zinnias more and more. 

And this is one of my all time favorites. Green Envy!

Few color combinations make me as happy as grouping Green Envy with lots of Purple!

In the flower garden the  lime green is the perfect complement to the deep purple of
Persian Shield and the lighter tones of  Angelonia.
A dash of  yellow is so pretty with the purples. 

 I had forgotten how different each blossom can be even out of the same package. Some have many petals in a few layers, and other might only have one or two layers.  As the bloom matures and goes to seed, it continues to be just as beautiful. 

When I brought them inside to enjoy, I used the same purple and yellow with the lime green combination, with a bit of baby's breath that was ready to harvest too.

See Y'all Soon~

Thursday, August 20, 2015

How To Create a Beautiful Aged Turquoise Patina - "Secret" Tutorial - French Drawer Pulls - DIY Tutorial

DIY How to Create a Beautiful Aged Turquoise Patina - The Decorated House 
How to create this beautiful patina for 
French Drawer Pulls 
or any other thing you might want to paint!
The "secret" is how  darn easy this is! I certainly hope it didn't sound like the painting of the drawer pulls was some difficult or complicated secret. It certainly isn't. It's quite simple. Like most "secrets" this one is pretty easy to figure out, and you probably already have! Don't worry about changing it to suit your needs, go right ahead, it is very adaptable. Over the years, this has been one of the most asked questions, how to create this look. So here are the directions!

Friday, August 7, 2015

~ How-to Create an Antiqued Silver Paint Finish. Diy. Tutorial

The Decorated House - DIY an Antiqued Sliver Paint Finish

It's funny how you really never know how some little gift you give will be something the person will treasure for a long time. Nor do we ever know how quick something that was more costly to purchase ends up at the GoodWill or a charity like it.  But it's the thought behind the gift that counts, right? After that you just have to let it go even if you worked hard or spent generously, if it just wasn't something the receiver wanted, you did give from your heart.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

~ Is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Worth The Price? And A Few More Tips

The Decorated House ~ Is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Worth the Price?

So as you check out blogs and see some fabulous makeovers using chalk paint you could be thinking that you might give this ol' chalk paint stuff a whirl. Then you see the price, especially if you have to pay shipping! It's expensive enough if you can find a local source, but by the time you add shipping it is really expensive. I've been using it for a few years now, and my thoughts on it haven't changed.

** Please note if you are not familiar with these paints, it is NOT "chalkboard" paint that you buy at the craft store. Although they now sell a folkart version of chalk paint which you might like to try if you use a 40% off coupon. But it is not the same "recipe" for chalk paint as the ASCP.

The Decorated House - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Worth the Price?Here are some of your questions you have asked me:

Why did you start using chalk?

I really wanted a very flat, matte finish so that I could easily manipulate it for an aged look. At first I thought I might try milk paint again. It had been several years since I used it, but remembered the dull, chalky old look of it. Looking for chalky looking paint,  I wound up finding Annie Sloan Chalk paint. And the hype was pretty darn good. I doubted it was that much different than regular flat latex paint. But it is ....  and it isn't.

Could you have done most of your projects with a cheaper paint and still  have been as pleased with the outcome?

Mostly yes, but there were times when regular paint would not have given the same finish.  Flat and matte finish paints will sand off or distress, but not definitely as easily or as well as the chalk paint. And I've been painting furniture and everything else for many years, and the chalk paint is actually easier to use the less you know, and great to use if you are very experienced with painting.

The Decorated House ~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, is it worth the Price?
How about the blue mirror in the last post, was the chalk paint that important?

Yes. This is the first time that I found the paint and wax made a such huge difference.
The mirror finish came about due to the properties of the chalk paint.
There was a play between the paints and the wax that would not have been the same while painting, nor looked the same with afterwards by using other paints and a paste wax.

Is the wax a lot less work than paste wax?

Not to me. But others have said it did not take a lot of buffing for them.
To me, I had to put some buffing elbow grease into it anytime I've used the AS wax, maybe a little more than paste wax.
It has been a while since I used the paste wax on a large project, but I do remember it is work. And worth it, just as the AS wax is.

When you use a damp rag to wipe off the paint or excess, is the paint still wet, or do you let it dry first?

This one depends.

When doing an antique glazing, you apply the glaze, and quickly wipe off the excess. Usually a glaze is darker than your base paint color, and you need a damp cloth to get the excess off. Often quickly because the glaze pigment can stain the areas you don't want glazed or darkened. So when working with a glaze, wipe it off before it dries.

With the chalk paint, you want it to set up and be more dry if you are using the damp cloth to distress it. Don't wipe too soon, or too much will come off. Wait until it dries too much, and it is just more work, but it will still come off. A kitchen scrubby works wonders if it gets dry before you get back to it. But again, the scrubby and the cloth will give you slightly different looks.

Where do you get this gosh darn expensive stuff?

It is available all over the place now! You can order it online, just look up Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Stockists in a search. It will be much cheaper if you can find someone who is local to skip the expense of shipping. I did pay shipping for the first year I used the paint and thought it was still worth it.

Is it worth the high price?

The paint was about $40 a quart the last time I bought it, and often runs another $10+ shipping depending how many cans your order. It is usually cheaper to buy more than one can at a time.
There is the huge advantage of being able to paint without much prep. Just clean the item well, and start painting. No sanding or primer usually. That in itself is the reason most people think it is worth the price after using it. It is still very expensive, compared to larger brand paints.

This post is not  a sponsored by the paint company. It is just a little information to help you decide what kind of paint you might like to use for your project.

See Y'All Soon~

Saturday, July 18, 2015

~ How to Create a Beautiful Antique Look with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ~ Blues - Wet Distressed & Waxed

The Decorated House ~ Create a Beautiful Blue Distressed Antiqued Finish with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
There's a lot more to these chalk paints then just painting a quick coat of paint and doing a little sanding! Sometime ago I read Annie Sloan discussing working with her chalk paints and waxes to get different looks. So this was an experiment to see how to make a beautiful more aged look.  The finished look is really worth the work. (Click on Continue Reading Link Below for more Information.)

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.

Click on "Continue Reading" Link Below for the Instructions:

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.

Click on "Continue Reading" Link Below for the Instructions:

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:
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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. **

Click on "Continue Reading" Link Below for the Instructions: