Yes. Yes. You can paint brass. Just like anything else. You just have to be careful with preparation – no surprise there. Continue reading
I have been working on this afghan for nearly a year now. My big plans were to get one square done every 2 weeks, finishing it in 18 months max (which would be Fall 2017). I’m Continue reading
3-inch square boxes. Plain old wood. Nice lines. Calling out for colour!
Removing the varnish was easy with a single layer of stripper and sanding. The small interior dimensions made it a bit tougher to reach the corners, but fiddling with clamps and folded sandpaper bits did the trick.
I don’t know what the wood type is, but it’s consistently found in these small pieces almost always made in China (though that doesn’t mean that the material also comes from there). In another life I’ll learn what all these trees are!
I didn’t see any nails. I didn’t see any glue. Each piece fit together perfectly with each post hinge for the tops precisely inserted.
I painted the boxes in 3 distinct exterior colours, then moved each colour one box over for the interiors. The photos show a work in progress.
With the usual gloss varathane finish they were done! A Christmas present for a member of my family.
These tables were pretty cheap. Made of particleboard covered by thin veneer, they were unwanted leftovers from a living room set that had been sold. You see handles but no drawers. Those warped lower shelves were tacked to the legs with tiny screws. I decided to simply do away with them.
(That isn’t entirely true. They have become great bases for painting other small items in my workshop!)
The first task was to sand all the veneer. Though thin, it didn’t peel and it handled the sanding without trouble. I was even able to round the edges slightly to take away the “scratchiness” of them.
A layer of primer went on, then it was on to the lime green. Such a fun colour!
I decided to add some darker green detailing on the legs to make these little beasts a bit snazzier. I also painted those fake drawer handles the same green after I sanded and spray-primed them. I’m pleased with how they ended up.
Two coats easily covered the little tables and the obligatory coats of Varathane made them glow! They’re ready as great little conversation pieces!
I’ve always loved containers. Any container, large or small. They’re easy to strip, they’re fun to paint. I can work at just about any available table, and I can work in tiny pockets of time!
This tray with its three boxes started out in basic black. With studs. Not at all my style, thank you…
All those little “stud” tacks were the first to go. Continue reading
“Occasional Table”… from the Free Dictionary: “a small table with no regular use…” but fun to have sitting just about anywhere. It’s a great conversation piece and comes in handy at unexpected moments!
I have mentioned in a past post that working with red hues can be fatiguing… mainly because you never get away with two coats (and one is out of the question). This table was no exception. It took 5 (5!!) coats of orange before I was satisfied that the colour was true, and it took at least that many for the wine border. Apparently it has to do with the pigment distribution but I am unable to find useful scientific information on the subject. Continue reading
This cupboard can be used as a bedside table, a coffee table, or in any other spot for a bit of storage and a splash of colour! I think it would be perfect for a little girl to store doll supplies in its spacious interior. Continue reading