Saturday, April 30, 2011

North Carolina Lighthouses!

I love painting the Lighthouses of North Carolina. As you can see I got carried away! Each time I found a piece of furniture that needed repurposing, I painted a lighthouse theme!!

To get each piece ready for paint, I lightly sand the piece, then spray with a good primer like Kilz. Once dry, I lightly sand it again, then add two basecoats. After that dries, the fun begins.

If you have a knack for painting, simply draw your design and paint away. If you aren't quite that confident, then look for a stencil to give you a great design or create your own stencil. The point is to have fun!! Any mistakes can be painted over.

Finish each piece with a couple of coats of sealer, to ensure years of durability!!  On to the next project!!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Stencil a Mural!!

This project is easier than it looks so don't be alarmed. I dressed up this boring stairwell by using stencils, sponges, paint, and lots of imagination! Magazines and coloring books are great places to find decorative ideas!

Using a rectangle sponge, I created the faux brick wall with a terracotta acrylic paint. It's not perfect, but I like it. Ivy was created using a stencil and green paint, and I used a paintbrush to create the roses. You can find stencils for everything like flower pots, birdhouses and a picket fence!

If you look really close you can see a possum hanging from the fence rail. I didn't have a stencil, but I used a child's coloring book to get that design. The tree limb and flowers are painted freehand, but I promise, you can find stencils for those also.

To finish the stairs, I stenciled Ivy all the way down, then coated with a good sealer. It has lasted for nearly 14 years!! Now that is durability!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wine Down with Nikki Cherry at Cherries Cafe in Clemmons, NC

come paint this "Shell"

MUST email Nikki to reserve your canvas:


$35 / supplies provided!

16"x20" masterpiece of your very own to take home

please arrive 10 minutes prior to pour somethin' to sip and grab a seat!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Painting Pink Trees with The Preppy Possum!!

Painting Pink Trees with Nikki Cherry!!

I took the most wonderful painting class yesterday! This is the final result! You do not have to be artistic to take this class. You do not have to have any talent at all. Nikki walks you through one brush stroke at a time and you leave with a beautiful finished painting. I was surprised at how patient Nikki is with everyone. She was the perfect hostess and teacher. You can find her on Facebook, just look for The Preppy Possum! Click on the Events Tab to see where and when the Classes are offered.

All supplies and class time are included for a fee of $35. This is definitely a must do art class!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Paintbrush to the Rescue - Recycled Stool!!

This was a great find and another Freebie. This sturdy little stool was already distressed but in great condition. I used my favorite beach design to paint the seat. Then added 3 coats of a sealer for added protection.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Recycled Shutter!!

This is a great recycled project. The wooden shutter was a Freebie and already painted black. I added the sky blue background, then a slightly green ocean using painter's tape to make my horizon level, and finally a sandy color for the sand of course. Grass and palm trees create the beach scene, little bits of white paint on a brush give the illusion of breaking waves and finally wispy clouds and a seagull complete the sky.  As a plus, the back side of this piece has the 7 lighthouses of North Carolina (but I forgot to take that pic). You'll have to see it in a later post!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saved by a Paintbrush!! A sad little desk - RESCUED!!

I found this little sad desk at a thrift store for $10.  After lightly sanding the entire piece, I painted the top and sides black and added a grape design with a combination of Stencils and free hand painting!! The result was a lovely little desk that is now a nice conversation piece!! The storage underneath and the pull out drawer are additional perks!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Beach Inspired!!

These canvas paintings were some of my favorites!!  I gave them away as gifts!!  I love painting beach scenes.  I especially like attempting to create pretty clouds. And the beach is so inspiring... maybe I should go there now....

Friday, April 22, 2011

Canvas Paintings!!

Although I love painting furniture and I find no limits there, I do find myself quite intimidated by painting on a Canvas. These Canvas paintings are quite large and took me quite a while to paint. Although, not perfect, I am proud of the results. I hope to take some classes from Nikki Cherry, a fantastic artist. She offers classes most Tuesday nights at Cheries Cafe in Clemmons, NC and also at Circa Gallery in Asheboro. All supplies are included, so come and join the fun. You'll leave with a remarkable painting!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words!

Remember in a past post, I mentioned that Art takes on many forms. Photography is another form of Art that I truly appreciate.  I expect professional photographers to move me with their beautiful photographs that capture the moment forever on film. But I find true satisfaction in amateur photography. The person that captures a moment without knowing exactly where the sun should be or what the best camera is.  Michelle from Total Kitchen Makeover took this photograph at the beach and used it as the family Christmas Card.
So get out that camera, and take some pics. You never know when you will capture that perfect moment!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easy Spring Wreath!!!

This cute project is rated as EASY!!!  A small waterhose can make up to 3 or 4 wreaths, so enjoy this project with a few friends.

You need a section of waterhose, glue, florist wire, glove, birdhouse and fake flowers, spanish moss and a raffia bow.

Instructions: First cut the hose long enough to circle around 2 times. This makes a nice wreath. Using wire, add spanish moss to the bottom 1/2 of the wreath by wrapping the wire around the hose to secure the moss. See it behind the flowers and under the birdhouse?!?!?  Next fill your glove with Spanish moss and a sprig of flowers, glue those securely inside the glove. Add the glove to the wreath with some hot glue. Then secure it with a bow by tying it to the wreath and making a pretty bow at the wrist of the glove. Add flowers to the opposite side using wire to secure. Glue in decorative items like a birdhouse, flower pots, butterflies, etc.

With a little care, these wreaths can last outside quite a long time, but beware, birds love using the Spanish Moss for their nests!! So be prepared to replace some moss from time to time!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

As Welcome as a Cool Summer Breeze!

I think we all enjoy a cool breeze on a hot day! At my house, we have lots of windchimes that let us know when the wind is blowing!

These windchimes are inverted flower pots painted with Patio Paint and some glass chimes added for a fun sound. You can use scrap objects to make the chimes or purchase premade chimes. Use your imagination to paint any fun design, polka dots, stripes, etc. The Patio paint is self sealing and will not fade.


Create your own and enjoy the sound of your chimes in the next summer breeze!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Beach House!!

Ok, so I don't really have a Beach House. This wall in our living room is covered floor to ceiling with ocean waves, lighthouse, rocks, sand and shells. It took approximately 20 hours to paint.

So if you can't have a house in your favorite place on earth, bring the beauty of it to your own home with the help of paint, stencils, wall murals, painted windows, etc. Use your imagination and create your favorite place!!! Remember, it's just paint, you can cover up mistakes with a swipe of a brush!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fishing Lure and Pink Trees!

I am really excited about the classes being offered at Circa Gallery in Asheboro, NC and also at Cheries Cafe in Clemmons, NC. The artist is Nikki Cherry of the preppy possum  and her classes look like loads of fun!! I'm waiting for the next class in Clemmons. So hurry Nikki and bring on the paints!!

Fishing Lure class Thursday April 21 at 7:00

Pink Trees Class Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00

To paint the Pink Trees or The Fishing Lure $35/all supplies included ...
email the gallery to reserve your canvas

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Circa Gallery, Asheboro, North Carolina

Circa Gallery is one of my favorite Galleries in North Carolina. The Preppy Possum is offering wonderful Art classes with all supplies included for a minimal price. Tonight is "Rooster" Thursday, April 14th at 7:00. Visit their websites for more information!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Recycle, Repurpose, Relax!!!

I know you are asking yourself, "How many chairs did she paint?" The answer is "I haven't finished yet, so I don't really know!!"  Chairs are one of my favorite pieces to Repurpose.
This rocking chair was begging for a beach scene. The primer was added first. Then a coat of latex blue paint. Once the blue was dry, I loaded a dry stiff brush with white paint and removed the excess with a papertowel, then quickly dry brushed over the blue, to give it a saltwashed look.

I painted the beach scene with Folk Art paints, and sealed it with a spray on sealer. I applied 3 coats for durability. Now it is the perfect recycled, repurposed chair, just waiting for me to relax!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Second time around

This makeover rocking chair started out as a purple primed rocker on my brother's front porch! He and his wife eventually changed their furniture on the porch which resulted in a Free rocking chair for me to paint. Free is good, makeovers are even better.

The first step was of course purple primer, the second step was a coat of spray-on white primer. After the primer dried, the entire chair was sanded to create a distressed look.

Then the fun part began. I painted details in the seat and on the back rungs of the rocking chair. I love this summer theme!! Stencils can be used to create a design or if you have some artistic talent, choose a design and paint it!! Either way have fun and Makeover a Chair!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Musical Chairs!!!

Do you remember the game of musical chairs? These freshly painted chairs remind me of that childhood game.  If you were the last one sitting when the music ended, you were the winner!!

These chairs were originally scattered throughout the house just waiting to be brightened up with a coat of paint.
It took longer to decide what color spray paint to purchase than it did to actually paint the chairs.  I purchased 2 cans of exterior/interior spray paint for each chair. I took them outside and sprayed the underside first, allowed it to dry and then sprayed the top. I rate this as an Easy project that anyone could do!!

Kiwi Green

Summer Squash Yellow

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Take a Seat!!

This adorable chair was created by a dear friend, just for me!!  I love the simplicity of this idea!
A coat of bright red paint and neckties in coordinating colors create a unique conversation piece!!

The neckties are woven to create a patterned seat and tied underneath in a nice tight knot.
This is such an inspiration piece, I'm ready to create my own. So off to the thrift shops to find some cast off neckties!!
I'm thinking "orange".........

Friday, April 8, 2011

Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse!!

I can't take credit for this idea, but it is one of the best Recycling Projects I have seen!! I saw this "horse" while driving one day and I had to stop and take a picture. This is a wonderful example of recycling to create art!!