Friday, January 23, 2015

Ikea Computer Cabinet Transformed Into Craft Cabinet

     Part of my Dancing in the Craft Room plan was to convert my computer cabinet to becoming a hard to recognize craft cabinet. I am thrilled to have +DecoArt  sponsor the plan to take a pine +IKEA USA computer cabinet that we no longer used into a craft cabinet. This was my first time and they said yes! I will include a list of supplies I purchased and sponsored provided at the end of the post.
Before Ikea Computer Cabinet, Tuesday Morning Rug, Color Inspiration
 The Before picture of the Ikea computer cabinet with the  rug purchased at +Tuesday Morning is the color inspiration for Dancing In The Craft Room II.
Ikea Cabinet DecoArt, Decor Americana Chalky Paint Finish, First coat Treasure
 The first coat already looks beautiful. I could have stopped here. I love the color named Treasure. This cabinet has to compliment our family room colors. I need to tone it down to better suit the area. Look closely through the next few posts to see where I kept that bright color I love in the cabinet.
DecoArt Story board for cabinet transformation, Vintage, Relic, Treasure, Layers, Decor Vintage Key Stencil
            This represents my story board of paint color and stencil from DecoArt.
                             DecoArt Decor Americana Chalky Finish Paint Treasure, Relic, Blue Roll Cork Board backing with Relic Trim painted boards.
 This is going to be a great spot to work with my Silhouette Cameo. I love how my plan is coming together. #AHeapOfChangeChallenge has been a great inspiration for me to make my craft room functional as well as pretty. The Back of the cabinet is cork board with the Relic paint wood trim to give the edges a flawless finish.
                               The inside of the completed craft cabinet, Blue Mason Jars, Storage, Silhouette Cameo
As you can see she is painted relic on the inside with wax on the walls. The desk, and shelf surfaces are finished with varnish to make them more durable.
Craft Cabinet After, Gray, Blue, Antique Blue Mason Jars, Keys, #AHeapOfChangeChallenge
 The color Vintage is brushed over all the outside and inside the doors but the not the base. I added one dry brush coat and decided to add more. After the second application I loved the effect of the two colors peeking out from each other. No sanding for this beauty since the effect turned out just as I wanted. I added the Vintage Key Stencils do the two doors painted using Relic and a very dry stencil brush. I painted the base Relic for a little weight at the bottom, plus I think it ties the color story together nicely. Two coats of creme wax, buffing in between and I have a beautiful place to work in my craft room.
Before of Ikea Computer Cabinet, After of Craft Cabinet, #AHeapOfChangeChallenge, DecoArt Sponsored Post.
 Before this was an unused piece of furniture. After it is a useful surface with storage to create a efficient and beautiful work space. You know what that means I am Dancing in My Craft room while making #AHeapOFChangeChallenge progress everyday.
 Are you wondering why I did not use dragonflies? I chose the key for my adventures in my craft room and blogging as in the, Key To Success!

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Karen Marie

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Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Blog Planner Designed for Dragonfly & Lily Pads

    We are all planning to get organized for 2015. This is my first year using a traditional planner. I can see the challenges are stacked against me as my plans seem to be ever changing. Are your days like mine? Starting out with strong goals to accomplish, ending with where did the day go, and adding at least a few of the tasks to the next day.
  The Silhouette Challenge for January is organization. Last year I did Create Craft Room Labels which was part of my The Best of 2014 a Year Review. This is the first time since I participated in the challenge I have made something for my blog. I think after a year of giving me a great sense of accomplishment this project of mine deserves some attention. Since I bought the planner I decided to give it a little shot of Dragonfly & Lily Pads decor. My strategy: if  I am going to work with the planner everyday it mine as well look pretty. 
I bought this planner from the +Dollar Store selected my vinyl colors from my stash of a variety of companies. You can see the colors behind the planner and in the +Silhouette America Cameo.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Rust Ravaged to Beauty Salvaged Lamp

     This poor lamp was ravaged by the salt air of sea side living in Florida. Now I realize these are not glamour shots but, I was working under difficult conditions. This sweet Lamp was used to stage a home I was tasked with getting ready For Sale in less than two weeks. The lamp was in the home as you see it in the before getting ready to paint. I bought two types of paint the gray that I decided to use the Bronze hammered.  I did not use it in this project.
Brass Floor Lamp, rusted, Paint Cans, Table Cloth, Dollar Store, BeforeBrass Lamp, Rusted, After, Spray Paint Gray, Rust-Oleum 2 X Coverage, Painted 1 Coat
1 Can of Rust-Oleum 2 X Coverage Gray Spray Paint, Brass LampSupply List, Rust-Oleum Gray Spray Paint, Dollar Store Table Cloth, Sandpaper, Painters Tape
It was a gorgeous sunny day so I had to keep the lamp in the shade of the carport so it would not dry

Friday, January 2, 2015

My Five Favorite Posts of 2014

     My favorite posts from 2014 are probably different then yours but that is because they are my projects and I know the why,what, when and how of each one. I am learning how to express myself to share those portions of the story with out becoming *boring! Of course I want to write a great tutorial, take awesome pictures, and keep you interested in coming back. Telling all the back stories might become a Blah, ba, ba type of post. +Michele Alger owner of Shelstringblog asked a group of us to round up our favorite post of the year.

 At first I though this is a piece of cake but, then it was like choosing a favorite child. They all are special to me, although it was hard to choose here are my 5 favorite posts no particular order.