Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Summer Copy Cat Challenge

Although I can't afford much from the Pottery Barn catalogs,
I do love to look at their great vignettes and rooms for
decorating inspiration.  This Summer they have used glass jars
and rope to show off the vase fillers that they have available.

For Debbiedoos Copy Cat Challenge, I wanted to try to mimick
some of the elements of Pottery Barn catalog's summer vases.

The only thing I had to purchase for my copy cat attempt was
the shells.  I was impressed with the affordable bags of shells
that Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, and Wal Mart had.

To copy the Pottery Barn picture, I studied it to break down what
types of objects they had used to make a great display.

Clear Vases
Here is my hodge podge of  clear glass vases and containers before the elements were added...

...and after.

This star fish was added with thin silver wire

Sea shells were added to some of the candles with hot glue.

Sea Shells

Star Fish

These two starfish are made from foam.  You can see how to make them in Whimsical Starfish post.

Rope and Vintage Beach Pictures

Rope also got added to the tops of some of the glass containters.

A Touch of Silver
Well, my silver shells are silver in paint name only. 

They started out life as plaster shells from Dollar Tree.

Then got a couple of different colors of silver-ish paint layered on.

This was a fun and easy Summer display to do.  I only wish
I had done it earlier in the season...only a few more weeks
of Summer are left! 

Update:  I only got the display and photos done for the
copy cat challenge the late afternoon that the party started
so the above photos are practically night time shots.  The next
morning I took a few more shots to show the display
using natural daylight for the pictures.

I am sharing this at Debbiedoos Copy Cat Challenge
and at
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Cowgirl Up! @ Cedar Hill Ranch
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Sizzle Into Summer @ DIY By Design
Potpurri Friday @ 2805 Blog
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Monday Metamorphosis @ Between Naps On the Porch
The Inspiration Board @ Carolyn's Homework

Friday, July 27, 2012

Faux Lobster Bouys

Another project that I attempted with the homemade chalk paint
I made with stuff I could find at my house is to repaint these
decorative lobster bouys that I found at Hobby Lobby.

I mean, I THINK they are supposed to be lobster bouys but they
are not painted the cute colors that the ones at Pottery Barn are.
They actually remind me of stubby pencils the way they were painted.   I also got the decorative fishing reel and (what I think
are supposed to be) dock scale weights on sale to make a vignette.

I had been watching the price of these items come down till at
last I found them at 80% off.  If I couldn't make them look like
vintage-y lobster bouys, I least I wasn't out much money.

Retrospectively, I don't know why I painted them all
cream color first.  Was I thinking they needed priming? 
Anyway, I used what I had on hand to make
 some chalk-y paint which was latex paint
mixed with powedered wall texture and water.
 The ratio was:
1 ounce of latex (or craft) paint
1 heaping tablespoon of wall texture
1 tablespoon of water

  Then I painted on a couple of brownish colors (same homemade chalk paint recipe) to have wood tones on there when I sanded them down.  Lobster bouys used to be made of wood.  It seems
that the wooden bouys messed up modern boat propellers if they
ran over them so now lobster bouys are made of foam.

The fun part was to add the new decorative colors.  I had "googled"
vintage lobster bouys and saw some good examples to go by.
This shows the approximate ratio of powder to paint.  You can play with the ratio to suit yourself.

I used the Frog Tape from our swag bags at Haven to tape off
sections of the bouys to make decorative designs.

I stayed with the blue and green colors that I had used to paint
objects on my Summer mantle so the colors would co-ordinate.
The larger bouy in the back has had its tape removed and been sanded down to make it look
time-worm.  The smaller ones still are waiting to be finished in this photo.

This is the middle sized bouy sanded...

...and all three of them sanded down to expose layers of color.

Some of my favorite bouys that I saw on the internet had
numbers on them so I added numbers to two of the bouys.

To transfer the numbers onto the bouys I ran a font that I liked
on the computer and cut it out.  Then I scribbled on the back
to make a type of carbon paper to transfer the number.

To transfer the numbers, trace around the outside of the
numbers/letters with a pencil.

The numbers were painted with the homemade chalk paint.
Here is a photo with the chalk paint ingredients before mixing.

You can make the numbers something that is meaningful to
you like a birthday or anniversay.

The lobster bouys I saw on the internet were mostly wooden and
had a hole drilled through the top to add a rope through. 
To mimick the rope look, I just glued the ends of rope to the
 plaster faux bouys and tried to tie them convincingly.

To add a little life to the vignette, I gathered some barely
hanging in there house plants into a driftwood-colored boat
planter that I recently got at Jo Ann's at 75% off.

Since I wanted to keep a rustic look to the bouys, I did not
seal them with a wax or other type of protective finish
but if you use this chalk paint "recipe" for anything that
is going to get "wear and tear", you would probably
want to add a finishing layer.

I am sharing this post at
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Potpurri Friday #34 @ 2805
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Saturday Night Special  @ Funky Junk Interiors
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Inspiration Board @ Carolyn's Homework
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper


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