Create Patina with Paint

A Mermaids journey, Isn't it just amazing what we can achieve by apply paint to something that's outdated and turning it into a beautiful jaw dropping piece?? I never tire of this process! Watch and learn how to take a bright brassy chandelier to an amazing mysterious statement. 

Create decorative details with clay and create your own oxidized Patina with Chalk Style paint!

Create decorative details with clay and create your own oxidized Patina with Chalk Style paint!

I started out with just a basic high gloss brass chandelier that was ever so popular in the 90's....eghh the 90's ...am I right?? I made sure I cleaned and in particular used a degreaser on it. 

Say goodbye to this boring finish ...buhhh..bye!!

Say goodbye to this boring finish ...buhhh..bye!!

I decided it needed to have some type of special embellishments to make it really unique so next enters those fabulous mould offered by Iron Orchid Designs! 

***Find the IOD moulds at my AFF link>>>  http://amzn.to/2l6vR5I                      

Lucky me! I found this sweet whimsical Mermaid shape that fit just perfectly on each side of the cylinder of the chandelier!

 

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 ...take a look at the entire "how to" video below to learn how to properly achieve all the creative steps for the oxidized patina finish!

 

Lovely natural patina finish chandelier with beautiful handmade clay detailing 

Lovely natural patina finish chandelier with beautiful handmade clay detailing 

Lastly I finished it off with clear wax from the DIY line and added just a hint of dark wax around the mermaid detailing to help enhance it even more!

Find all the Diy Paint products from debisdiary.com or find a local retailer near you! 

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Check out my HOMETALK Live diy on Tuesday March 7th doing the Salty Kiss Patina on galvanized buckets!!! 

 

Watch march 7 at 1:00 on Hometalk FB live!!!  giveaway too!!!  

Watch march 7 at 1:00 on Hometalk FB live!!!  giveaway too!!!

 

See live on Tuesday March 7 at 1:00 est. I'm doing a giveaway!!! 

Art with Otis 🐾

I had the sweetest lil customer come in the other day! Meet Otis, Otis was on a sleepover with his Grammy when they decided to surprise Otis' momma with a very VERY special valentine that Otis helped design!  Come join us on this creative fun little journey!

 

 

Meet Otis! 

Meet Otis! 

At Girl UPcycled Studio we absolutely live for the projects that connect loved ones and bring a little extra special experience to our customers lives... this is a great example! Watch the short video on this sweet little project!  

 

Otis was quite the natural artist and so so patient with us!  

 

A gift to last a lifetime! 

A gift to last a lifetime! 

Thanks so much Otis! Your mommas going to just love this!!! 

Thanks so much Otis! Your mommas going to just love this!!! 

Watch the video of this sweet pet diy project!

Watch the video of this sweet pet diy project!

A Christmas Angel

There's nothing like the magicical feeling you get during the holidays. But we all know (kids don't read this part lol) that it really comes from that creative spark that lives inside of us and not really little elves in a workshop.

A Christmas Angel

A Christmas Angel

Take just a few seconds to watch this video I've prepared and see the step by step creation of this lovely dreamy display. 

 

I used very little new materials when creating this and yes the chicken wire actually did come from a chicken farm located locally that had some pieces going to trash.

find the DIY products at this link: http://debisdesigndiary.com/ref/38/?campaign=Christmasangel

 

hope you find inspiration in this UPcycled project and encourage you to jump in there and give it a try! Please share your experience too! I would live to hear what you e created and how?

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Romance is in the details

Soft hues of grey and lavender (accented details by Iron Orchid Designs IOD) 

Soft hues of grey and lavender (accented details by Iron Orchid Designs IOD) 

Oh my goodness, if you could have seen the shape this girl was in! Scratched and dings with dull wood that had hints of the beauty she once was! 

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You can see how beautiful this piece must have been in its glory days! But this is the perfect piece that will actually be worth more after its fixed and painted. So I decided to start with the earthy rich color prairie gray from Debi's Design Diary DIY paint line. This paint is an all natural clay-based paint (and yes it's a chalk style paint) which means it's thick and texturized and makes for the perfect paint to blend the old with the new decorative details perfectly.

 

Added accents from Iron Orchid Designs Moulds IOD

Added accents from Iron Orchid Designs Moulds IOD

Because this piece originally has wood carved details at the top of the mirror, I decided to add some detailed accents to the focal point inside the oval. I chose to use the high quality decorative moulds from Iron Orchid Designs (IOD) company . I just started with paperclay (may also be found though IOD) slightly rolling a small amount into my hand until it warms, then thoroughly pressing it into the moulds. 

Important to make sure your edges are crisp and clean before removing from moulds

Important to make sure your edges are crisp and clean before removing from moulds

Watch this demo from my Facebook live feed below-feel free to ask any questions you need-enjoy!

So next I chose to paint a soft lavender accent again by Debi's Design Diary called French Millinery on the clay details I made, handles, all existing accents that the vanity already had and finally to the chair.

 

My special helper for the day Cassidy my daughter she did a great job don't ya think? 

My special helper for the day Cassidy my daughter she did a great job don't ya think? 

Don't skip painting the interior-makes such a big impact! 

Don't skip painting the interior-makes such a big impact! 

One of my favorite things to do is to add a bright pop of surprise on the interior of the drawers for this piece I chose a color from the DIY paint line called old 57.

 

Create Elegance and beauty with the accented details

Create Elegance and beauty with the accented details

So lastly and most importantly I decided to make a glaze using clear patina mixed with vintage linen both from the DIY paint line mixing it three parts clear patina to one part paint adding just a touch of water until I achieve the perfect fluidity. This of course can be adjusted to your personal taste.

 

Scored the perfect designer fabric!!  

Scored the perfect designer fabric!!  

Beautiful Glam for just the right woman

Beautiful Glam for just the right woman

This is such a statement piece to be enjoyed by a Woman that enjoys the perfect feminine touch! 

For more information and to see more exciting UPcycles join me over on my Facebook page to keep up with all of my projects daily! 

The Perfect Paint Finish for all Styles of Decor

 

Learn to create a professional touch! 

Learn to create a professional touch! 

After getting overwhelmed with emails and messages from Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook from people wanting to know the secret behind my biggest selling paint finish... I am so stinkin excited to finally be able to now ofer the online furniture and home Decor painting workshop! Woohoo!!!

Here I teach you step-by-step,  my most popular paint finish I offer in house to date. But before I show you how to get the link I just want to go into a little more detail about WHY this is "THE" perfect paint finish for anyone out there no matter if you are a professional painter that is flipping furniture for profit or even the DIYer looking for a fresh new finish to incorporate into your very own home.

This my friends is "the go to paint finish" that I myself use anytime I have a piece that has a good amount of damage to it or that boring piece that needs a little something extra to give it a special custom touch-you will be shocked to see the "before" of one of the tables!

Paint like a pro

Paint like a pro

This paint finish may take just a few extra steps but as you can see it is every bit worth it. Rich layers of color mixed with a specially applied application that gives it its unique depth and rich luster!

I hope you enjoy this special online workshop and have as much success and fun with it as I've had! And be sure to watch the sneak-peek trailer of this fun exciting video below too!

 

Find the direct worshop link here! 

http://www.girlupcycledstudio.com/painting-classes/paint-texturize-like-a-pro

 

Easy Wall Stamp DIY with IOD Stamps

 

Wow, this wall stamp couldn't be any easier to use! I really couldn't believe it, but see for yourself as you watch my step by step video. I'm already excited and thinking about more creative ways I can incorporate the Stamp designs into other upcoming projects! I can already picture the stamps on the sides of the drawers on a dresser so when you open it up "POW" instant impact! Or what about Stamping on some simple drop cloths then just simply clip them up on curtain rods for a punch of design and color on curtains? ohh, I could go on forever!

What ideas are you thinking of with these beautifully made stamps?? I would LoVe to hear about them! Please feel free to share any tips you've learned along the way also.

see my affiliate link below to take you directly to this very stamp! Enjoy!

My Dream Is Yours

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This is possibly my favorite project to date because it has such personal touches added within it to always remind a very special baby girl of her grandmothers love. 

 

Vintage buffet repurposed as a diaper changing station 
Vintage buffet repurposed as a diaper changing station 

I had created a similar design about a year ago that my customer had fallen in love with so when she had gotten the wonderful news of a new baby girl coming to the family she was looking for a nice diaper changing station -I had a very special plan to repurpose this retro buffet into the diaper station and incorporate very special personal hints of grandmother within the actual design itself!

This particular customer is a jazz and classic guitarist so the perfect addition was to incorporate little hints of her very own sheet music within the feathers themselves. One of the songs incorporated in a feather was called "My Dream Is Yours", the name I chose for this post. We also decided it would be fun to pull the lavender tone into the feathers using some extra scraps of the very same wall paper from the grandmothers home. 

 

 

Mixed media with sheet music, wall paper then a touch of lavender paint on the tips of the feather. 

Mixed media with sheet music, wall paper then a touch of lavender paint on the tips of the feather. 

I just simply ripped the paper off in long strips so the shape would mimic a feather. You can use anything personal you like, pages from a favorite book, a special hymn, what about using a handwritten letter from your grandmother? 

What are some other ideas where you could put a very personal spin on something that is otherwise a common piece?  I would love to hear about them!

Beautiful crystal knobs finish it off so lovely! 

Beautiful crystal knobs finish it off so lovely! 

Oh and don't forget to put extra attention into the knobs, these are crystal drawer knobs that are just absolutely stunning! Think of the pulls and knobs as the earrings that complete the final look of an evening gown.

DIY paint French Millinery was used on interior and on feather tips

DIY paint French Millinery was used on interior and on feather tips

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Tropical Boho for my little lazy river town

Nothing welcomes spring and generates excitement like seeing bright and vibrant colors, so that is just what I set out to do with the Spring/Summer Girl UPcycled Studio window design for the season. Is there anything more cheerful than seeing a warm tropical setting, something that reminds me of all those beachfront vacations I've taken throughout the years! This is my tropical tribute to my community in our lazy little river town, I think it will make them smile!

Tropical Boho Storefront Window Design  

Tropical Boho Storefront Window Design  

I knew when I spotted this big beautiful vintage peacock chair at an instant that I wanted to do a bright ombré paint technique to her so I started with (Debi's Design Diary DIY paint) the color "Mermaid Tail" at the bottom, I mean really...with that name I just had to! Then the next layer is "old 57" which I applied full strength. As I moved up the chair I just simply started to dilute the old 57 shade with "Vintage Linen" until the very top was eventually full strength vintage linen.

Use a stippling method when applying paint to wicker products  

Use a stippling method when applying paint to wicker products  

Next was to create the large scale leaves, we chose tropical shapes for our particular theme. 

And just why you ask do I not just buy them?? Because I'm promoting as much locally handmade products as possible in the studio so I want the front window to display  handmade hand touched UPcycled and repurposed items whenever possible.

A special thanks going out to Christine Drozda and her daughter Madeline for helping me on this, it made it so much fun with you two!

we just sketched out random tropical leaf shapes of poster board and then cut them out. 

Cut random banana leaf shapes and cluster them together 

Cut random banana leaf shapes and cluster them together 

When painting the leaves do not dilute this thick clay based paint as it will give the leaves a thicker yet pliable finish. I also painted in a V like angle to mimic the natural patern of a leaf. Add touches of Golden Ticket to add highlight to the front of leaves.  For added effect, you can crumple the poster board before painting then dry brush for a textured vein effect.

 

Using Fancy Farmgirl green with Golden Ticket DIY Paint from Debi's Design Diary

Using Fancy Farmgirl green with Golden Ticket DIY Paint from Debi's Design Diary

Live Periscope demo of the making of the banana leaves

I hope you've enjoyed watching the progress of this funky vintage tropical  bohemian setting and I hope it leaves you with memories of your summer vacation spots!  What ideas of your past vacation spots would make for the perfect window display?