Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vintage Window Painted Sign Tutorial...

I picked up a vintage window at a yard sale for $10. It was actually a package deal I worked out for a brand new space heater that had $15 on it and the windows had $15 on them. I gave the gal my last $20 for the heater and the window. The space heater was still sealed in the box and is worth $75, score!
But I was really excited about the window. I didn't look at it before I bought it, the side facing me was all brown wood. Then my daughter picked it up for me and when she turned it around it was painted turquoise and white, score! Sometimes things just work out lol. 

 First I made the graphic (find it free below)  in Photoshop and printed it out using the poster option on my printer so the image printed out over 4 sheets of paper.
 I then taped the printed design to the back of the window and started painting the glass, tracing over the printed lines.
Next I removed the printed design from the back of the window and painted the blue color on the back of the window to show through the outlined letters. I love the 3-D look of painting the outlines on the front of the glass that the filler blue color on the back of the glass, also when the lights are on it casts shadows of the painted letters on the wall, too neat!

 My kitchen remodel is really coming along. Yay! I'm loving it so far. :)
Have I told you how much I love my mason jar light fixture? Well in case I haven't I really do!
This is the graphic I designed, feel free to use for your personal projects or gifts but please do not sell and do come back and share what you've made when you get a chance, I really wanna see! :)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kitchen ideas, plans, and not so much progress...

I know I haven't been around much but I am still working on my kitchen. It's a remodel that has gotten interrupted more than once. I did finally put all my cabinet doors back up this week...I know...it's been months! But at least I'm making a little progress lol. 
I still have to paint the bottom cabinets and am psyching myself up for that. (I really hate painting). I see all these articles and websites proclaiming that painting is the easiest most inexpensive way to update your home, well I'm not a big fan, although I love the finished product I just HATE painting. Anyone else feel that way?

Anywho, my brain is wandering again and getting excited about starting another project for the kitchen. Yes yes I know I haven't finished painting yet. I got it...now onto my new project...

I saw this post by Kara Paslay...
Where she makes this backsplash out of Sculpey homemade tiles. I love it! I can't afford real tile but I can so do this. Walmart has large packs of sculpey 3 clay for under $4 and that is WAY cheaper than real tile. Especially the tile I want which is an arabesque Moroccan tile shaped like this...
But I want to do it in a matt finish white like this...
I'm totally in love with this image. I have the darker Ardex countertops and white cabinets and even the kitchen window so its really easy to imagine my kitchen turning out like this. 
I have to try this...and I want to do it so bad that I'm not going to let my self start till I finish painting the cabinets. It'll give me a little incentive to get my painters cap on.

For now I just want to do it on the one wall behind the kitchen sink, but when I'm finished I may decide to wrap it around behind the stove wall too. But that's a decision for another day. :)

I'm also reading up on making a cookie cutter from scratch so I can cut the tiles out easily and quickly instead of hand cutting each one like Kara's tutorial. Cause the fish scales I would imagine would be a lot easier to cut than these Moroccan ones.