DIY Painted Easel Project

This easel was found at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for only $10. I love that it was donated by someone who didn’t need it anymore, found a new home in my apartment, plus the money I spent went to Habitat for Humanity.

This easel came to me unfinished and a bit rough looking. . .perfect for a DIY makeover! The first thing I did was lightly sand the easel. I then used Minwax’s Wood Finishing Cloths to add a bit of stain to the easel. You can read about my process and see the post stain before image on my Being Tazim blog.

I wanted to add a bit of colour to the easel to make it look more interesting, so I used Frog Tape’s new Scallop Shape Tape to mask out some sections on the leg and front part.

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY Vintage Paint Refinish on Chairs

I’d heard about Chalk Paint in the past, and seen the different completed projects online, but I wasn’t sure how well the paint would work for me. Turns out, it’s easy to re-finish and revitalize vintage furniture with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint! With the French Linen colour I got, I thought I’d paint one of the vintage church chairs I bought from The Habitat for Humanity ReStore last fall.

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Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged

Confession time: this post is really hard for me to write and share. I was asked to participate in the Habitat for Humanity Ultimate Upcycle Challenge for the second year in a row. The challenge is meant to promote upcycling/diverting perfectly good stuff from landfills. This year, the challenge was called “unhinged” and was all about up cycling doors. Some people started with solid doors, but mine was panelled and hollow. This presented a few challenges, since I don’t have any tools. If I had had more time, I could have borrowed some or done more with the door. As it is, I am a little disappointed with how mine turned out:

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Annie Sloan Interview — Chalk Paint Creator

You probably know her from the line of Chalk Paint she created, but did you know that Annie Sloan also designs fabric? I learned a few other interesting things about Annie Sloan while doing a bit of reading and research on her recently. Check out some of the answers she gave me for the interview questions I asked below.

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1) I’ve seen so many creative projects created using Chalk Paint! Can you tell me about a favourite project that you or someone else has put together?

Goodness, so so many things that have been done! In Canada everyone is doing such beautiful things particularly Diamonds & Toads in St Thomas, Ontario but a bit of a standout is Malenka Originals in Ottawa who does quite quirky modern designs.

2) What are your favourite paint colours for fall 2013? How do you decide what new colours to add to the collection?

Blues are still very important but maybe as we get more optimistic, brighter blues will be more important. Bright yellow will be used more and more too.

3) I understand that you come up with the names of all your paints. Do you have a particular formula for this? For instance, do you think of the name first and select a colour that represents what the name relates to, or do you create the colour first?

The colour definitely happens first! I know where it originates, its background and history, so the name follows easily.

4)  In what ways do you think people can use your Chalk Paint and fabric collection to make quick changes to their décor this season?

So many ways but painting and dying fabric are getting people very excited! It’s not just for furniture! I have been painting and waxing walls too! So cool!…continue reading

DIY Painted Mason Jar Project with Video

Mason jars—not just for canning food. I’m sure you’ve seen hundreds of great ideas on Pinterest for ways to use Mason jars. One project that I decided to take on recently was painting mason jars. I’ve been seeing them online for a while and have seen a few different techniques for how to paint them. See the video below to find out what I used to paint the Mason jars that I received from Canadian Tire.

DIY Painted Mason Jars

Instead of using regular acrylic paint and then worrying about having proper ventilation for adding a sealant to the jars, I picked up a few colours of Martha Stewart Multi-Surface paint. The paint comes in glitter, pearl and satin finishes. Depending on what look you’re going for, and what season you’re decorating around, it might be nice to have a glitter finish.…continue reading