Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sparkling Mermaid Lingerie Chest Tutorial

DIY Vintage French Provincial Lingerie Chest Makeover
By Jen Burns

Sparkling Mermaid Blues and Greens using CeCe Caldwell Paints, Unicorn SPiT Colored Gel Stains and Plutonium Paint

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

Recently Unicorn SPiT released a new colored gel stain and I was lucky enough to be one of the few to get their hands on. It's SPARKLING GEL STAIN! Yes, this stuff is gorgeous. These new stains were recently released in limited quantities. They have 11 new colors and I was lucky enough to get my hands on 6 of them.

Onry Oriole, Lici Thunderbird, Rock Chalk, Patina Peacock, Grace C Hummingbird
Seemed like the perfect time to step out of the box and do something fun.  I started prepping a vintage Henry Link French Provincial lingerie chest by first cleaning and doing a light overall sanding.

I wanted a deep blue/green as a base color to go with a mermaid theme I had planned.  I started making some sample boards using Cece Caldwell Paints in Newport Navy and Thomasville Teal.  Cece Caldwell had a feature for a while called "Mixology Monday" where new color mixes using their current paint colors were featured.  I searched through those posts until I found the one that featured a gorgeous "Manteo Blue" which called for 2 parts Newport Navy and 1 part Thomasville Teal. 

Once I had my base color mixed and swatched on my sample board, I did swatches for each of the Unicorn SPiT Sparkling Stains I was using.  

Once my sample boards were complete, I started painting.  I first did two coats of the Cece Caldwell Manteo Blue. 

After a light sanding over the entire surface with 400 grit sanding sponge, I grabbed my Unicorn SPiT Sparkling Gel Stains.  I had originally planned on just using one color but decided to do several to add contrast.  I used Patina Peacock, Grace C Hummingbird and Rock Chalk. 

I worked with all three colors at the same time, blending and layering the colors as I went.  Some areas I went more blue and some more green. I ended up doing two coats, letting each dry fully after blending the colors over the entire chest. 

I wanted to keep the original hardware but it needed a face lift.  Using a small wire brush and barkeeper's friend, I cleaned and dried the drawer pulls before spraying with Plutonium Paint in the color 1st Place.  Plutonium spray paint is my absolute favorite for any time I'm using spray paint and their gold (1st Place) is gorgeous.  It's a true gold without the brassy yellow tones or the look of cheap jewelry.  

Plutonium dries super fast and since it sprays 360 degrees in all temperatures, it only takes a few minutes to make the drawer pulls look brand new. 

Once I let the last coat of stain dry overnight, I did one quick spray of Plutonium clear to set and seal my water based stain.  Since Unicorn SPiT is a water based stain/glaze it needs to be sealed/finished with a sprayed top coat or an oil based finish.  If you prefer water based sealers, you will need to spray your finish to avoid smearing your color.  
Once the color was sealed I finished the chest with two coats of Polyvine Wax Varnish in satin to keep the sheen. 

The last touch was to line the drawers using Rifle Paper Company's mermaid paper and seal again with Polyvine Wax Varnish. 

I did keep the pattern in line going down the drawer sides to make sure the mermaids didn't lose their heads. LOL

Here it is finished. 



It's just so amazing what you can do with CeCe and SPiT!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Swap It like it's hot take 6!

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

Hey y'all! SO excited to announce that it's my turn to #swapitlikeitshot! :)

All this week, we got to see how my bloggy friends swapped some thrift store goodies and turned them into amazing home decor items! I just love how talented my friends are!

To see where it all kicked off, and to follow the whole round robin set of posts from the beginning, make sure you check out Charlotte's blog Ciburbanity!

I sent my bloggy bestie, Lynn of Fern Avenue, the following items so make sure you check out what she turned them into!

Thea of That Sweet Tea Life, sent me these items!

Here's what I did with them!

The tray I left alone. Here's why: I. LOVE. SILVER. TRAYS! :) I actually collect them and have about 20 of them. Yes. I hoard silver trays. I use them, though!

The potpourri (which by the way, made me sneeze the ENTIRE time I handled it, so thanks, Thea!) I used two ways. I put it into apothecary jars for some pretty fall decor. For the large jar, I used my brand new Cricut Explore Air 2, and some Cricut copper adhesive foil and cut the words "Happy Fall" then used some Cricut transfer tape to put them onto the jar.

Here's a close up of the lettering. Isn't that font so pretty!?

I think the font is called "Hello Casual". I downloaded it onto my laptop and it comes right up in Cricut Design Space for me!

I also used the potpourri to make a fall wreath, which quite frankly I don't like AT ALL. Hey, even we bloggers have craft fails. I just choose to share them with you because let's be honest...everyone loves to laugh at a good craft fail. :) So here you, for your entertainment pleasure.

Sigh. You're welcomed. It was worse, actually. For some reason I decided to put a stick in between the two apples. Think about what that looked like for a second. HA! It was "Nailed it!" moment, for sure!

Here's what I did to the cups!

I used some Unicorn SPiT in their brand new 'Sparkling Stain" line to jazz them up so they match my daughter's room. I figured she can use them to store her large brushes. She's a little artist just like her Momma! Maybe I'll add some lettering to them. I used the 'stain press' method then sealed them with some spray lacquer. Obviously, after using the spray lacquer on them, they're no longer food safe. They're super cute, though!

I think these are my absolute favorites! HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL!

Make sure you check out all the amazing Swap it like it's hot projects below! These bloggers really came up with GORGEOUS 'afters'!






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Monday, October 10, 2016

Vintage Oak Server/Sidebar Makeover

Refinishing Vintage Furniture with 100% All Natural Products

*Although this post is sponsored by Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company, Unicorn SPiT and Daddy Van's all statements and opinions are mine.*

This vintage Henredon oak server was tucked behind a pile of broken plastic chairs at a local thrift store.  It was spray painted high gloss black with some ridiculous plastic knobs.  Whoever had decided to "spruce it up" has literally painted the folding leaves shut and the double serving ware drawers. One of the thrift shop employees had labeled it as a child's dresser and if you didn't pay attention to the hinges and pullout arms, you would have never known it was actually a server. 

I started by first stripping the entire surface with Soy Gel Stripper.  Soy Gel Stripper doesn't have harsh fumes and since it is also a lead based paint encapsulate, it would also safely remove the paint even it contained lead. 

Even with my favorite paint remover, some areas had to be coated more than once to remove all the old paint. 

Once I had all the old paint removed, I scrubbed the server down first with hot water, vinegar and dawn dish soap.  Then a quick wipe down with denatured alcohol.  I did sand the top and fold out leaves to remove some scratches and an old burn mark.  Since I was then left with a raw oak surface, I mixed up my Old Fashioned Milk Paint without any bonding agent.  Milk paint used on a porous surface acts like any other paint and will not chip. If I was wanting a chipping look I could have done a coat of shellac first or randomly used a barrier such as wax or hemp oil in areas I wanted it to chip. 

If you're painting over an existing finish with milk paint and want a smooth finish, make sure you're adding a bonding agent to your paint.  I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Soldier Blue, painting some areas thicker than others.  I wanted a differentiation of the color to get lighter and darker areas. The first coat of milk paint is usually very thin and can be a bit scary looking.

I then used Unicorn SPiT to mix a few colors together and match a Dark Walnut stain.  Because this server is oak, a good water based stain works well due to the dense grain of the hardwood.  Unicorn SPiT did a pretty awesome job on this top.  Once I let that dry for about an hour I grabbed Daddy Van's clear lavender scented wax.  

I had originally intended to seal the top with another sealer due to using a water based stain, but because of a happy accident Daddy Van's proved to work great.  

I finished the entire server with two good coats of Daddy Van's and let it cure for a few days.  Here it is all finished up. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Matching Wood Stain Colors

By: Jen Burns

You can read about our blog contributor Jen here. Please make sure to follow her on social media for tons of woodworking inspiration!

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

I've been asked hundreds of times over the years how to match a stain to the current finish on a piece of furniture or trim/flooring in a home.  If you're not familiar with doing this, many times people resort to stripping an entire piece of furniture for a simple repair.  With the right tools and a little patience, it's not difficult to match a current stain or an expensive name brand.  Using Unicorn SPiT you can match any color imaginable. Unicorn SPiT is a water based stain/glaze with a very vibrant based color that doesn't lose it's pigment when diluted. It is also non-toxic and VOC free. Being able to mix and match your own wood stains with safer products not only saves money and time, but also allows you the freedom to use them indoors or with your kids help.  

wood finishers color wheel how to match wood stain
The Wood Finishers Color Wheel
Tools Needed:
- Universal Color Wheel
- Unit based measuring container
- Unicorn Spit colored gel stains in Lemon Kiss, Rustic Reality, Weathered Daydream, Midnight's Blackness, Squirrel, White Ning and Molly's Red Pepper

First, whether you're matching an existing stain color on a table or out of the can you need to be able to determine the base and the added toner/tint.  This is where a Finisher's Color Wheel will come in hand.  By spinning the inside wheel and laying the color wheel next to what you're matching, you will be able to get a rough match with the color matching closest in the inner circles.  The outer circles of the wheel represent base colors of wood stains and universal tints.  Once you have found your closest match, look in the color ratio section of the wheel for your beginning mix. 

In the photo above you'll notice I'm using the Finisher's Color Wheel to first match the stain on a dresser drawer.  Dialing the color wheel in, I can see the mix ratio to start with is 3 parts Cordovan (Substitute Molly Red Pepper) to 1 part Black (Substitute Midnight's Blackness).
Hair Color Measuring Cup
I found these measuring cups a few years ago at my local beauty supply store.  They're used to measure hair color in salons, but they work perfect for mixing stains or paints. You'll notice down the side of the cup are the lines marked out for units.

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Start with the recommended ratios off the color wheel and using a test board, adjust if you need to. Keep in mind that when you're matching the stain on an existing piece of wood, do some prep first.  Find out what type of wood you're working with.  Some woods will need to be toned before staining to avoid your stain looking too red or too green.  Use your Universal Color Wheel to determine what complementary color to use on woods to tone down reds or greens. 
For matching oil based stains, it's always best to have a sample to compare to.  If you don't, no worries I've done some of the most popular for you. 

I've matched the colors for all the stains pictured as well as a few others. 
- Varathane Carbon Grey
-Varathane Weathered Grey
-Rustoleum/Varathane Kona
-Rustoleum/Varathane Expresso
-General Finishes Nutmeg, Antique Walnut, 
Brown Mahogany, Java
-Minwax - Dark Walnut

You can see I started by doing swatches for each color on the test board above. 

Then testing and adjusting each color as I matched them. 

I tested each color until I thought my eyes would cross.  Finally I had color matches and ratios for each.  Since Unicorn SPiT is a water based product it has a flat/matte sheen until it is sealed as you can see in the finished color match board below. 

Here are the color ratios using Unicorn SPiT to match each of these colors:

Carbon Grey- 3p Weathered Daydream, 1p Midnight's Blackness
Weathered Grey- 3p Weathered Daydream, 1p White Ning
Nutmeg- 6p Squirrel, 1p Lemon Kiss
Dark Walnut- 7p Rustic Reality, 1p Squirrel, 2p Midnight's Blackness, 1p Lemon Kiss
Antique Walnut- 7p Rustic Reality, 1p Squirrel, 1p Midnight's Blackness, 1p Lemon Kiss
Kona- 5p Rustic Reality, 3p Midnight's Blackness
Expresso- 50/50 Rustic Reality and Midnight's Blackness
Brown Mahogany- 6p Squirrel, 1p Midnight's Blackness
Java-  5p Rustic Reality, 1p Molly Red Pepper, 1p Midnight's Blackness and just a touch/squirt of Purple Hill Majesty

Here are a few examples of pieces finished with these mixes of Unicorn SPiT.

Unicorn SPiT Mix for Nutmeg
Unicorn SPiT Mix for AntiqueWalnut

Unicorn SPiT Mix for Java

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