D.I.Y Glam Gold wall art

It’s been a while since I last did a post, but I’m back now and hopefully, the posts will be more regular. We have had lots of exciting things happening while I’ve been away from blogland.

I have posted a video on my You Tube channel of a D.I.Y. Glam Gold leaf wall art tutorial I did recently.

The client is a very stylish 12yr old girl and I’m very pleased to tell you that she loves it ! ….. phew.

I have an old school OHP Overhead Projector that I purchased on eBay many years ago so I choose a silhouette of a pair of lips and printed in on acetate ( the clear paper for the printer) I purchased the acatate from Staples but you get it on Amazon and Ebay too.

The rest of the supplies were

  • Gold size/adhesive
  • A small artist brush
  • Gold leaf ( bought from Amazon )
  • A fluffy blusher brush.

I projected the image onto the wall and carefully painted on the gold adhesive when the glue had come to tack I applied the Gold leaf. When the entire surface was covered I used the blusher brush to gently brush off the excess leaf.

Hope you like it, leave a comment and let me know.

Mae sure you subscribe to my channel for my newest projects.

Sarah X

I had a couple of good quality bedsides in my stash and thought it was time for a quick makeover. They were solid and a good classic shape but very dark and sad. The wood was in good condition, so I decided to strip the top. I used an old brush and liberally applied the stripper to the top. The brand I used was Polycell and it hasn’t failed me yet, also I like the smell …. it smells like marzipan ! For health safety and common sense reasons, please don’t sniff the stripper! use in a well-ventilated area.

It only took about 20 minutes for the finish to bubble and peel, I then scraped it off and put the goo in an old paint can which I keep for this purpose. I cleaned the entire piece and once dry gave it a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a custom mix. The colour was a very pale Linen/beige and was made up with one part French Linen and four parts Original.

I gave it another coat of paint and stained the top with Java Gel Stain which is made by General Finishes, it’s a dark stain but the top had come up fairly light from the stripping so I didn’t leave it on too long before I wiped it off

All finished.

All finished.

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gel Stained furniture

Gel Stains

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the shop, new stock in and out and lots of commission painting has been done. Although I love to paint I also love to refinish wood, and one of my favorite wood treatments is Gel stains, they are thick in consistency so don’t run or drip and are easy to use.
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Home Office

Home Office

Running a small business is no easy task, but one of the areas which I don’t excel in is organization! The amount of paperwork which is required to keep the machine going is huge. So a designated area was needed for my overflowing inbox. I don’t have a spare room but I do have a large kitchen so after a little re-arranging I managed to clear an entire wall at the end of the room. I then went trawling for inspiration in the usual places and found some great ideas like this one on Pinterest.
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Confessions and Crafts

I have a confession to make ….. like lots of people I am a bit of a hoarder (massive understatement), and I was going through my linen cupboard the other day and came across all my children’s baby blankets!

I didn’t want to throw them away so decided I should make something with them. Now I’m not really a crafty person as such but after much deliberation and thought ( a visit to Pinterest) I decided to try a rag rug.

I like things that give me instant gratification ( another confession ) so this was perfect, quick easy, and pretty.

I cut the blankets into rough 6inch by 1inch lengths with pinking scissors and poked (TECHNICAL TERM) through a piece of hessian and tied a knot! before I started used a felt tip pen to draw a pattern and followed the lines …..easy peasy.

This is what I ended up with how pretty is that?
Confessions and crafts pillow

It’s easy to wash and my grandson uses it to play on, all in all, I’m glad I didn’t trow them away.

Sarah X