Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cook Book Shelf

Hey, Froggers! I hope you all aren't melting too much in this heat across our country.
I've been wanting to paint this baby for a long time. It's a shelf. I think it used to hold encyclopedias. Remember those? They were volumes of heavy books that you used to use for research projects? Wow, and to think that I have my entire Bible, complete with about 15 different versions, all on my Droid that I can hold in my hand. I still marvel at technology today. But I digress.
In keeping with the tradition of being an incomplete blogger, I didn't take a before picture of this bookshelf. Just imagine that it's a boring brown color- like most of the furniture that you all refurbish.
I used Old White chalk paint for the base. I also wanted to have a design using a vinyl resist (my current fave technique). It's important to remember that when you use this technique, that you base coat the piece in the color that you want the design to be.
Here's it is with the vinyl design. I do admit that the design is not mine, but I can't remember where I procured it. If I figure it out, I will def. give credit!

The vinyl was cut with my Cricut, using my Sure Cuts a Lot program. Once I place my vinyl on my piece, I rub it well to make sure the paint doesn't seep underneath.
Then, I paint over it carefully. I used Louis Blue chalk paint as my top coat. Once the top coat is dry (usually just a few hours or so), I pull off the vinyl. This is the fun part since it reveals my cool design.

I then waxed this piece with clear Briwax, buffed it, then gently distressed it.

I may go over it with some oak Briwax, but for now, it's still sitting in my garage waiting to be adorned with cookbooks. However, I need to organize the books and magazines with prettily decopaged magazine holders and lovely book covers. And, we all know how long that's gonna take. Sheesh. There's a hole in the bucket....
As always, feel free to leave a comment. I love to hear from all of you!
Fondly, Tami
And, today I'm linking to Modern Country Style, who has a tutorial on using AS chalk paint. Way cool! Also, Diddle Daddle , Creations by Kara, Craft Junkie too, Funky Junk Interiors, Beyond the Picket Fence and Skip to My Lou, Miss Mustard Seed, and Flamingo Toes. Enjoy!