Monday, June 15, 2015

Beach Box Coffee Table

This reminds me of my beach art.

So I'm calling it a 

"Beach Box" coffee table.

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What I like most about it are the

textured shades of blue and gray.

And, since it has a hinged lid, 

it really could be a storage trunk,

toy box,

or side table too.

This one will be a coffee table for my daughter's

living room.

She found a picture of a coffee table online

that we are trying to imitate.

I used a large sheet of wood that I picked up at Menards

for the top of the box.

I stained that with "Provincial"

I used plywood, furring strips, and fence board

for the build.

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Then for the fun paint part.

After basing everything in a brown wash,

I pulled paint across the rough fence boards

using a piece of folded cardstock.

I like to call that "dip and drag".

Layering multiple colors is my favorite part!

So many fun possibilities for color and function

with this piece.

Hope you have some fun projects too!


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Making Dining Room Wall Art





and laugh...

 blessings to share in your home.

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So large board wall art can express that sentiment

in your dining room.

I used 3 boards...

Two 1 x 8's. (which actually measure 7.25")


One 1 x 4 (which actually measures 3.5")

The boards are 48" long,

so the entire piece measures 18" x 48".

It can hang either vertical or horizontal.

I didn't have a place to hang horizontal to show you,

so I rotated the fork and spoon art

 in photoshop to give you an idea

of how that would look.

After connecting the boards with a large sheet of utility panel

on back, I based in a brown wash and then

top coated in off white/white.

Lifting the paint brush before I get to the edges 

leaves a brown edge.

I pencil transferred this pattern onto the board.

Then using tan and black,

I put both colors on my brush and started painting.

I shaded the bottom and right edges black


also shaded the entire outer boards black.

Using a dry chip brush, I added white highlights.

For the lettering I used a small flat brush

and pressed down and flat on all down strokes

and then lifted the brush onto it's side

for a fine line upstroke.

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Because white paint filled in between the boards,

I took a butter knife and ran in between to get a

separated board look.

Large scale pieces are fun to make

because you can get art with impact

and it is budget friendly.

You can find details on the "Eat Drink and be Merry" sign here.

And this art will fit either a horizontal or vertical space.

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Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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