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On the Horizon

I MUTILATED A CLOCK

I know… it was a crime of passion and I feel no remorse. Mainly because I have diabolical plans for its remains. You are probably thinking “What steam-punk rococo funk monstrosity is this woman attempting?” But I can see it, and it’s going to be marvelous…. Or it’s going to be a disaster, either way the clock ran painfully slow so no harm, no foul. I’m actually going to use its hollow remains as a shadow box/display case. I can’t really take credit for the idea as it is something I saw in the Tim Holtz idea-ology section at Michael’s today. Michael’s actually sells brass alarm clock shells, but… screw that I have one at home that would be so much more fun to tear apart. With bonus steam punk gears inside! Side note: if anyone knows how to remove pins from sprockets that would be helpful information. This is just a “side” project with no deadline or motivation other than “oh my god I’m going to tear apart a clock older than I am”. Not that everything else I do is a primary imperative in any way. I’ll get there eventually or I’ll just have a torn apart clock laying in a box for a long time and I hate useless things laying around; I guess that’s the motivation.

So what else will be coming up in the next few weeks, possibly months, maybe by the end of the year? I’m not good at deadlines when it comes to personal projects.

As previously stated in Old Junk New Funk (one day it will have a better title) I do really have an overabundance of jewelry boxes so another makeover is coming along with one of them. This time it will be my first foray into Milk Paint. If you have any tips or tricks you would like to share with me regarding that please let me know. I figured I better start small when it comes to that because I have a couple of future projects that I know I want to use either Milk or Chalk paint on.

Speaking of those (far off) future projects one is a new (and by new I mean antique or thrift store) desk, seeing as though my marvelous computer that has allowed me to start this blog is currently sitting on a fold up table. That will have to wait until funds allow, which shouldn’t be too long off. Another major project to be tackled is liable to be my boyfriend’s new (and by new I mean thanks to our dear friend who moved to the sunshine state) table. We will be reupholstering the seats at the very least and likely painting the chairs and table base, though maybe not all of those things all at once. We have yet to decide if we will paint or just refinish the top. It’s something that I would like to do in chalk or milk paint so I’m doing this dry run on the jewelry box to see how things go. And once again any tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated. This is another something that is going to have to wait until funds allow (upholstery fabric is surprisingly expensive) but the greater obstacle is waiting until the weather cools down a good bit. 95 degrees plus 95% humidity is not ideal for painting.

It is never a good idea for me to go into a craft store or any HBA section as I spend too much money and time there. Clearance at Michael’s was amazing. I have a $10 gallery wall in the making. This is a project that will take longer to arrange than it will to actually make. Just slap some paint on it, find a good wall space, and figure out how to arrange them. And I have exactly the wall. Because they are so light weight I’m guessing if you placed strip magnets on the back of the smaller ones they would make wonderful refrigerator frames for kid’s artwork. Something I don’t have to deal with, but it’s a quickie tutorial I might do for those who do have little ones around. I can also probably attach them to the wall without putting holes in the wall thanks to their weight, so they would be great for apartment use as well. My mind is just going crazy with the possibilities of these cheap and wonderful little do-dads.

I don’t have any health and beauty blogs lined up. Mainly because I don’t feel confident in myself (despite it being my job?) but also I think beauty tutorials come across much better in video form and I don’t have the equipment for that. But I will continue doing write-ups on anything that I find particularly interesting. If I happen to try out any new products I’ll do reviews (Clinique smart serum review may be incoming). I have just started using prescription retinol (tretinoin) and will be chronicling my experiences with it but I would like to give it at least four weeks (more likely 6 or 8) to see how it does.

Anyway these are the things I have lined up. There are lots of little crafty things I have done over the years that (unfortunately?) haven’t been documented. I’ll put a couple pictures of finished projects below. I’m also working on a follow up blog post that is nothing but projects I’ve completed in the last year. Let me know if there is a project you would like to see me do a tutorial on, whether it’s a project I’ve finished once already or a new endeavor entirely.

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Old Junk to… New Funk? No. I need a better Title for this

There is an overabundance of jewelry boxes in my house. Seriously, some families have a collection of china or crystal or silver spoons… snow globes even. What do we have? A butt load (technical term… seriously check it out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_wine_cask_units) of jewelry boxes. So what does one do with a bunch of old jewelry boxes? Things like this apparently

 

 

I got creative with this one a while back and decided it would do well as inspiration for a second one that my skin care fit perfect in. The one pictured is a bit more fancy, and because of this I completely disassembled it (including taking off the little Barbie sized handles) in order to paint it.As you can see I also decoupaged the top of this one. I’ll do a later DIY involving mod podge undoubtedly but its pretty straight forward.

So the first step in any furniture painting project is to clean the object to be painted, I usually do this with just a damp cloth. Just to get off any dust or patina collected over the years but you don’t have to be too thorough because the next step is lightly sanding, my cat was opposed to this idea. You don’t have to be thorough with this either, its just a matter of scuffing up the surface so the paint will stick. After sanding you once again have to clean up the piece to make sure you’ve gotten off all of the dust off. Here is where you get a bit more thorough.

Next you want to prime, I’ve found the best primer for wood surfaces is actually ceiling paint. I know that sounds odd but its relatively cheap, dries quickly and despite not having the best coverage it has really great tooth, a rough texture that allows subsequent paint coats to stick to it. This is after one coat of primer, you could do a secondary one since the wood is dark, but one is all I did and it seemed to do fine with it.

Now moving on to paint. If you are going to do two tone (or possibly more) it’s a good idea to have your layout now instead of trying to do it on the fly. It’s also a good idea to do what is going to be the primary color first and work on the detail color second to avoid secondary line cleanup. In this case the beige is going to be the primary color with green being all detail work. Make sure you have good brushes that you are comfortable using. I’m picky about my brushes both for painting and makeup (oddly my cat is not and will steal all of them). I don’t necessarily buy the most expensive ones but I buy ones of a decent quality that I’m comfortable with: Synthetic fiber that I know will clean up well and last me longer than ones that are sometimes impossible to get washed up nicely. A small preferably angled head for detail work and for larger areas a brush that is smaller than what you think you need.

I tend to use satin wall paint for my furniture projects, it’s readily available in any color you can imagine and about $3 for a small batch. It cures nicely but also washes relatively well. The higher the shine the easier a paint will be to wash, but the more likely it is to stay green (keep some pliability and tendency to take an impression, not good for furniture). The only problem with sample pots is that the small plastic jars they come in tend to be crap. So eventually I end up transferring them to mason jars which are pretty easy to come by and wash up great to be reused.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when painting, whether its walls or furniture or anything else is overloading their brush. You only need paint on about 1/8 to ¼ of your brush (just the tip guys). Admittedly by the end of any project even I will have an overloaded brush but starting out with the proper amount of paint on your brush will give you more even strokes, better coverage in the long run and prevent any drips or thick spots and thus your paint will cure faster. So now that you know all the basics. Off you go… paint to your hearts content. Paint the town red, or paint that red door black. Or paint an overabundance of jewelry boxes in unabashedly girly two tone colors so you have somewhere to put your face creams.

Oh! Keep going… The knobs needed a redo too. I pulled inspiration from my nail polish.

 

So I got all done and those sad little knobs screamed at me, I think they are plastic made to look like brass, or possibly they are brass, I’m not sure, either way they were not cute. But my nails were at the time so …

 

And Voila!!! An afternoon spent well.

 

 

 

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Whimsy What?

Well hello darling! If you are reading this you’ve found yourself in the depths of the DIY and Beauty blogger community. This is likely an error and you should be able to navigate yourself out, I’ll give you a hand. There is an address bar at the top where you can place your pointer and begin typing. Google is a good place to start and begin the getting lost in the depths process all over again. If you would like to go farther down the rabbit hole of internet strangeness I recommend reddit. On the off chance you came here on purpose or are still reading it out of a false sense of altruism I suppose I should first thank you and begin compelling you to sit and stay a while.

So a bit about myself and my blog. We will say my name is Chelle, let’s leave it at that, no need to get to personal at first blush. I am incredibly girly, not like “make you sandwiches and stay home with the kids and rub your feet” girly but, makeup and paint and lace and sunshine and rainbows and unicorns and glitter (ok, maybe not glitter) girly. I love getting my hands dirty, though preferably with paint or ink or pigments or potting soil, which I contend is not real dirt. I love doing things myself, which is usually the cheaper way and often the more rewarding. I don’t have much expendable income nor do I have much time these days, so I’ve not been doing as many projects as I have in the past. Which is the main reason I’ve started this blog. To prompt myself to do a project (hopefully) every week. Even if it’s just a makeup tutorial using products I already own. We often get so caught up in what we don’t have that we forget what we do have. Essentially this is my own personal motivation… oh, I’m starting to sound like one of those inspirational bloggers and this is just the intro. Bring back the sarcasm.

Secondarily I work in the cosmetics industry and am incredibly fascinated by said industry. So in addition to little DIY projects that I may stumble through I would love to pass on the knowledge I’ve learned about skin care and makeup to you. I’m often amazed (and occasionally shocked) at the questions I get. From the slightly counterintuitive benefits of using oils on oily skin to the just plain odd putting moisturizer on after makeup (yes I watched someone do this). I’ll forget that not everyone is an expert and not everyone had mentors and industry resources to teach them these things. So if you’ve made it this far and are still somehow intrigued, kick up your feet, stay a while. Let me know what you think and feel free to leave ideas for future projects.