Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Little Bit of Everything

First Day of Vacation Bible School
She is absolutely having a blast with Vacation Bible School. I was surprised how excited she was to go to VBS. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised because she loves school of any kind. She was up Monday morning ready to go by 7:30 and we didn't have to get there until 8:30. LOL! For the next hour, all I heard was "is it time to go yet?"
Second Day of VBS - It was Hat Day!
She loves this hat. This hat once belonged to Whitney and she passed it down to Katie. You can't really tell from this picture, but the hat is pink with blue whales embroidered on it.

Today's Craft Idea
I couldn't find a wall decor with the antique whitewash like I wanted, so I took my own advice and made one. I got this black metal wall decor for $7.50 from Hobby Lobby and tried my hand at antique whitewashing. It wasn't difficult or a time consuming project.  I meant to take a before picture, but forget.  I think you can imagine a black metal wall decor.  Right?

I think it turned out perfect, just what I had in mind.
Whitewashing Black Metal
What You'll Need: Antique White Acrylic Paint (found in the craft section), sponge paint brush, drop cloth, rag and Clear Acrylic Coating Protector Spray
  1. Rub the metal with a clean rag, to make sure there is no debris left on it. 
  2. With your drop cloth down on a table, pour a little paint on a tray (I used a paper plate)
  3. Apply a thin coat of paint with your sponge paintbrush onto the metal.  If it looks a little thick in places, I dabbed a little water on my brush and run over it. Keep in mind, some of the black needs to show through.
  4. Let dry
  5. Once dry, apply a thicker coat of paint.  Paint in sections because you don't want your paint to dry completely this time. 
  6. Take your rag and wipe over the still wet paint.  You just have to play around with it to get the right amount of whitewash you need on the metal.  There were times when I applied another coat of paint just because I thought there was still too much black showing.  You can't mess this project up.  In fact, the more you work with it, the better it gets. 
  7. Once all the paint is completely dry, take your antique whitewash metal outside.  Lay it on a drop cloth or newspaper and spray evenly over the metal with the Clear Acrylic Protective Coating.  This will seal your project.
I really enjoyed doing this and I'm tempted to get another small piece and do another antique whitewash. 

My little "Project Update Bathroom" is in full force.  I'm not planning to paint until next weekend, but that isn't stopping me from preparing for all the decorations going into our new bathroom.  I'M SO EXCITED!

Purple Candleholder with floral ring
This is the candleholder, I mentioned in my past post. I got this from Hobby Lobby for $7.50. I got the floral stems yesterday for $8. Today, I made the stems into a candle ring and I think it turned out pretty good. The colors are off white, lilac and a splash of red.

I'm taking Laura's advice about displaying the above pictures in my bathroom. Of course, I used Adobe Photoshop to make them look like this. I'll be sporting my favorite tubby pictures in antique whitewash 5x7 frames that I got from tada, Hobby Lobby.   


1 comment:

Laura said...

Those are great bathroom pics!! And I love that iron design. You did a great job!