Rock it with SK

Two ancient rockers regain a little respectability and fun while growing old(er) together

Each of these old oak rocker has their own personality. The bigger and older rocker has more detail to play with.

Sanding lightly then using my custom chalk paints. I sand in between each coat. With the final paint coat dry and sanded back and antiqued,  I use a paste wax and then buff. I wax and buff three times.
Love The Graphics Fairy and use her work as much as possible. These cute little birds fit perfectly.
Dots and Doolittle
I have always enjoyed the MacKenzie Childs painting style. Fun, Crazy and sometimes outlandish. I thought it might be fun to try this time consuming paint style for myself with my custom chalk paints.
Lace and Lady Bugs. 

Again using The Graphics Fairy, this little bird is looking for a snack.  Fly Away, Fly Away Home..
This fun pair will sit on a sunny porch somewhere to enjoy the views.                                                 Thanks again The Graphics Fairy.

Mr. Bassel on Easter with SK

We All Have that one Friend...

Holly at Borei Designs causes trouble...I see what she is playing with and I immediately want to play too.

UPDATE: Borei Design has elevated Mr. Bassell into her realm of fun and friviolics. My own special word for my own special friend. Thank you Holly at Borei Design

I saw her paper mache French chicken and voila. There I go again starting another project, before I finish the five semi-finished, And overdue projects sitting in the studio. Ah well.

Thanks Holly. This was such fun.  You can see her complete tutorial at the following address.
 Borei Design
With Easter just around the corner and me bored with my latest five projects, I decided to create a French Rabbit and name him Mr. Bassell.

As Mistress Borei says: (mine went a bit differently just because of size) (Mr. Bassell is just under 2 2/1 ' tall. So he needed a wire body for the sheer weight of his size.)

1. I sketched out a very basic shape of a chicken's body on the back of a piece of scrap wrapping paper and cut it out. I then traced it on the side of an old cardboard box and cut it out.

(SK) I sketched my idea out but he just seemed to get bigger and bigger.
I began to wrap wire around a 1" wooden dowel. I screwed 1/4"x1" wood feet to the bottom of the dowel so he would stand sturdy.
As I wrapped the wire, I began to form his head, body and back legs. Pushing and prodding until I achieved the shape I was looking for. 

When the wire frame was complete I started to stuff him with paper.
Kinda creepy if you ask me...
With Bassell stuffed and standing. I wrapped him in masking tape. Holly used white. Smart girl which she is. I had blue, so that's what I used. Not realizing the blue color would show through his thin paper skin. Duh!

Holy also used a clay to cover him. Another smart idea.
11.  For extra durability, I then covered the entire project in Activa Celluclay and  allowed it to air dry.  I sat him in the window and he dried in completely in about two days.

I skipped this step. I shouldn't have. Holly's a smart cookie. It would have made Mr. Bassel too heavy for the size he was.(or so I thought)
I used Holly's paper mache recipe to begin his "skin".  It's fun and messy to work with. I made sure to cover my work space, because I know I'm a much more messy person than Holly.

Here's Holly's magic
4. I whipped up a batch of paper mache paste and ripped up some newspaper in strips.  I then added a couple of layers of paper mache (paste-dipped) strips all over the body.  I dried it in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit in between layers.  Drying in the oven helps speed up the drying time of paper mache paste.  Just make sure you don't "overcook" your project and check it every 15-20 minutes.  You can also use a hair dryer to help speed drying time.  Just make sure your project is completely dry before each new step.               
Holly's Papier-Mâché Paste Recipe
5 Parts Water
1 Part Flour
1-2 Tbs of Salt


Put 4 parts water into a pot on the stove and bring it to a boil. While you are waiting for it to boil, mix 1 part flour to 1 part warm water. Beat this mixture briskly to remove lumps. Once your pot of water is boiling, slowly stir in salt (helps to combat mold & mildew) along with water and flour mixture. Mix well and let it boil for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Mix to a gooey glue-like consistency.  Add more flour and/or water as needed to achieve desired consistency.  If you make more than you will use in one day, be sure to store excess in the fridge overnight.  When ready for reuse, heat and add additional water to thin and smooth if necessary.  

This was fun stuff. Hot as hades at first. Just keep working with it. I used an entire batch for Mr. Bassell.
My paper is tissue paper from Hobby Lobby, which I cut into 2-3" strips.

I then created funky arms and his little nose with twisted wet Papier-Mâché  (ooo la la. Must be French) and using wire attached his arms into place. I moved them a couple of times. I couldn't get them in a position that didn't look weird. I just kept positioning till they looked a bit more natural. I just used more paper to cover the wired points.
With a lighter polka dot tissue I added a vest and the inside of his ears. With a long piece of folded paper I created his stand-up collar. When the paper was dry, I cut his vests front points. The back of his vest is pleated.
Using wire to make his whiskers. I curled one end of the wire, then poked a hole through his nose and threaded the wires into place. Then cut them and curled the other side. A pretty teal striped cardstock made his bowtie. A little teal and diamond button holds his vest in it's proper place.

After he was completely dry, I sprayed him with a satin lacquer finish.
A little painted heart finished his attire for Easter Sunday.
He needs a SMILE! Ok, Ok.

Thank you Holly for your inspiration and techniques. I'm onto the next one. He's three feet tall....Next time.
Holly of Borei Design is a Hometalk professional. Here is her Blog Address.

Thanks for visiting. And thanks again for Holly's inspirations. I can always count on her.

Black Damask Refrigerator with SK

From Plain and Ugly to a French Armoire with SK


Old Gym Lockers with SK

Heavy Metal Gym Lockers with New Finishes

Friends and cohorts are great to have on your side. I have several whom save special finds for me.

I had designed my studio around three very special pieces of furniture. The old lockers being number one on my list.

These old gym lockers had stood outside in the weather for ten years by the time I got my hands on them. They had dents and rust galore.
I painted the interior with a spray primer which had been tinted aqua.
I then painted the interior of the doors with Modern Master Metal Effects Paints, copper and iron.
This color was chosen to match my studio floors.
Although the picture below seems to be a different color than the floors, they are actually the same exact paint and colors.

The exterior is painted with my copper and rust oxizing paints from Modern Masters.
Using  Hard Rock Putty paste and a vine stencil, I added a three-D design and painted it with the iron/rust oxizing paint.

 I screwed through the metal backs of the locker to my shiplap wall for security. When they are filled with tools and paints it is very heavy.
The shelving is old wood. Adding and glueing pretty old black paper finishes the inside backs.

The finished lockers are placed on a shelf which hold all my stencils. We then crown molded the top and I painted it rust.
As my studio is finished one step at a time, the finished lockers are all I envisioned, as I dreamed of my amazing personal space.

Thanks for visiting. SK

SK Adding To Her French Blues

Adding to SK's French Blues

The set of French blue is continuing with a re-built headboard.

French Blues with SK

The French Blues

This "little" project was a joy to create. The old, rickety chairs, little desk and bedside table had seen better days.

Borei Design French Chicken with SK

A Snow Day (week) Project with Borei Design

I have three feet of snow outside my front door. And it's Still snowing. Snow Day! Holly's cute little French chicken will be a fun project as I can't get out anyway.

Thanks for sharing Holly.

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ProX & SK

ProX Home Center Ladies Night w SK

Just a quick thanks to ProX Home3 Centers for hosting this years Ladies Night.

What a fabulous turnout and such talent abound in this valley. You ladies were such fun and make me feel welcomed to your community. Now I'm part, and I thank you.

SK on Elderberry

WindThrough The Willows with SK

Wind Through The Willows.

 An old cracked leather chair deserves additional life with SK

My first go round with this cracked leather chair didn't turn out brilliantly. I could not fix or disguise the leathers multiple cracks.

My decision to cover the old leather was a hard one. I so wanted to keep the old leather. Twas not to be.

Using painters canvas tarp, I covered the entire fabric of the chair.

I then began to paint. That's what happens when a blank canvas is dropped into my lap.

I could not find a braid the correct color, so using the chalk paint to dye the braid and it came through with flying colors. Sorry bad pun... 
Chickadees gather to share warmth on this cold winter day, on the only branch they could find. Lucky they chose my chair. Thank to the Graphic Fairy for the pretty birds. The Graphic Fairy is the very best place to find amazing graphics.
My design was an attempt at simplicity. Hmmmmm.

I will be sealing this canvas with Scotch Guard fabric protection. Waxing her is not an option because the wax isn't truly "clear".  It yellows fabric a bit.