I was really needing a “mindless” day of projects– and I had a few things at my immediate reach.
~The 1st Monday of the month is St Vinnie’s ½ price sale.
-You already know about the chairs I’m making into a banquette– more coming on that.
-I also found all of this china–service for 8, plus platter and vegetable dish– $20.
-And several really cool cable knit sweaters that will be made into pillows–each was 75¢ ~seriously! Aren’t they pretty textures and colors?!
So do I feel like sewing pillows. . ?
And I got two chandelier shades for $1. Great shapes, but pretty ugly right now.
I’m planning to cover them with some flea market monogrammed linen, but I want the undersides to have a little more pizazz!
Many years ago, I painted the inside of a lamp shade~but didn’t like it. I painted it with something else~still didn’t like it. Tried another paint~and got a really happy accident! A chemical reaction of the paints! When I want that “funny, crinkled texture,” it’s my go-to recipe! ; D
Maybe I feel like playing with this. . ?
If you want to get that weird, crinkly texture (a cool look in the lamp-light)—
*I’ve seen these textured shades with some hefty price tags in lamp shops.
#1-“Hand-Hammered” spray paint, paint the interior with any color, it doesn’t matter, you’re doing it for the texture!
#2-Rub’n Buff. Use this to cover over the (well dried) spray paint. I like to use cotton pads or cotton balls–it’s just easier than a rag. I like to go over it lightly–twice. And by the time I’ve made my way around the whole interior, it’s dry enough for that 2nd coat.
#3-Liquid Gold Leaf-ing paint. I use it within minutes of the rub’n buff—probably the reason for the “texture.” Use a 1″ fine artist brush (a throw away), it fits in the little jar easily, and you can control the “brushstrokes.” The reaction happens pretty quickly!
*I’ve also done this with just #1 & 2 and #1 & 3 –btw~I’ve noticed that this finish looks better with a gold finish than silver.
**Btw– the spray paint (even plain) makes an opaque foundation. When I’ve skipped this step, I could see a lot of streaking through the shade when the lamp is on.
But maybe I should get crackin’ on this project, huh?
Girlie-poo was being especially sassy–got sent to her room. In a tantrum–kind of wrecked the bed I made for her. Uh-oh, wuz my niece UP-set. “It’s “okay” –I can fix it.”
*girlie-poo not quite living up to the theme of her new bed~ heehee, 3yr olds!
I stumbled on to this cherub wall paper border in a clearance bin–99¢. I just thought it was kinda’ sweet~~su–cker!
I saw this bed out on a curb one night. Couldn’t believe someone would toss this! Next morning, went outside to admire my “curbie” and saw a note taped to it saying “$5″ –ooop-sies! Didn’t see THAT in the dark.
–Painted it pink, painted some clouds and sky–and paaaaaatiently, cut out the little angels to decoupage on to it, and sealed it with whatever I had on hand–that you can see yellowed the white paint.
So when I get off the computer, I’ll sit quietly watching some backed-up DVR-shows and c-u-t o-u-t more/replacement angels!
And seal the sucker sooooooo good, she’ll never be able to do it again! How could I ever be mad at this little curly-head?!? And YES–she’s playing with more of the crystals I painted but haven’t shown you yet!
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