Friday, April 5, 2013

Little "Otomi" Seat

I have a minute while some paint dries, so will write about this little bench.  It was "thrown in" with some other things at an auction.

I primed the whole thing first to make sure the red and yellow was covered and the paint would hold when I pulled off the designs.   I painted the seat and back with AS Old White.  The Otomi designs are from Lena Corwin's book (Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens).  I cut them out of contact paper and arranged them on the seat and back.  Then the whole thing was painted with a couple coats of AS Provence.  I very carefully peeled off the contact paper (the best part!) and then waxed it with the Annie Sloan clear wax.

Cute, eh?  By the way, if you use this contact paper method be sure to use paint with a flat finish.  Anything with latex in it will tend to pull off more than you want it to and that's not good.

Oh, here's the "Before":

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

More little stools

I brought home three stools from an auction last weekend--stools are one of my favorite finds.  Being little they finish up quickly and are just plain fun to do.  It's a good chance to try out new paint combinations, too.  Here's how these two look now:

The little "tuffet" got new foam, batting, and an old seed sack covering.

The "Befores":
(And yes, I paint in the dining room . . .)

The third one is almost done.  It's totally different than any I've done before.  
I'll try to finish it and get pictures up tomorrow!

Monday, April 1, 2013

French Wine Crate End Table

I painted this end table a while back (with Annie Sloan Old White), but felt like it needed something more.  A few weeks ago I remembered that I had an old French wine box in the basement.  My end table had its top!  It went off to Liberty House and sold already (still a thrill for me!).

I'm working on a couple more little stools--will try to get photos of them up tomorrow!