Ceramic Cat Sculpture Green Tarnish Verdigris Patina

From Scary to Handsome: a ceramic cat gets a make over.

The cat before a little scary

The cat before a little scary

This is my first sculpture that I made over. When I saw him at the thrift shop he was scary with a capital S. He was Halloween all the way but he had a nice shape. I knew he would look amazing with a little bronze and a little aged green patina.

Because he is ceramic with a very shiny finish I first painted him with primer that was a little gritty to give the paint something to stick too , then the modern masters acid blocking primer. I love the acid blocker primer because it is chocolate colored so for an hour or two I imagine having a solid milk chocolate

lion Paw with the chocolate colored primer

lion Paw with the chocolate colored primer

cat or lion paw.  I don’t have any pictures of these steps. I do my painting outside it was starting to rain; I brought my cat inside with the intention to take pictures of his chocolate primer phase the next day. I so excited to work on him as soon I was he was dry I painted him with the bronze paint. Oh well, here  is a picture of my lion paw in it’s chocolate phase. You get the idea.

Cat with bronze and copper paint

Cat with bronze and copper paint

Then the bronze paint, then copper paint for accents, then the aging patina. The sprayer  stopped working mid spray so I was worried how he would come out. He spray doesn’t work right away so I had to wait 15 – 20 agonizing minutes to see how he would turn out I think he is awesome and gorgeous. I love him. From scary to classy for sure. What do you think? Check him out in my shop.

Cat with his green Verdigris Patina

Cat with his green Verdigris Patina. What a handsome fellow. Check him out in my shop.

The Lion Paw: The Best Desk Accessory Ever

I spotted this Lion Paw at a garage sale. There he was sitting among tools  and cheap bric a brac. I knew I had to have him.

The Paw and the frame from the garage sale

The Paw and the frame from the garage sale

I was a little worried because the guy running the sale wanted close to retail prices. I nonchalantly grouped the paw with some other items and asked how much. I was pleasantly surprised by his answer. I also scored a beautiful metal frame but my luck didn’t hold out. I left of stack of picture frames behind when we couldn’t agree on a price, he wanted more than they would be new, they were obviously sentimental. I was very lucky he wasn’t too attached to the paw. That Paw was mine now. He was separated for his original furniture, he was stripped of his original finish but he was still gorgeous. I knew exactly  what I would do with him. With all of his hand carved detail  He would look amazing with a Metal Tarnish Verdigris finish. Time to break out the paint.

Last year Modern Masters sent me one of their metal effects paint kits to  review, check out my original review. Their is primer, metallic paint and ageing patina spray. I am still using it and loving it. Give them a look.

But before I did that I wondered about this paw. What kind of foot was he, hound, wolf, lion. I settled on the Lion. What kind of furniture did he come from. He looked like he would be a base of a bed or the table but his top is so flat and it doesn’t look sawed through when he was removed. Hmmmm it’s a mystery what do you think? I’m still wondering. But now on to the paint. One of my favorite parts of this painting process is the primer, it is the color of milk chocolate. Now who wouldn’t want a big milk chocolate paw. Then the bronze paint, then the copper paint. You only need to do one color of metallic paint, not both but what can I say I love how both color’s interact.

Step by Step from raw woof to aged metal

Step by Step from raw wood to aged metal

Then the ageing spray. I always freak out during this step because the spray takes a while  work and oxidize to create the patina. I made myself walk away and let the spray do it’s job. I was a little worried if it would still work, the paint has been stored in my hot un-climate controlled storage. But after 5 minutes they was my beautiful patina. Just what I though gorgeous! I love the randomness of the finish and that you can’t predict you exact results.  Check his handsome perfection out in my shop.

Paint glass Shiny Tutorial and Giveaway

I like shiny things. In really like shiny things.  I am so excited I want give something away! You might have seen my previous post on taking things from trash to shiny.  So when it came  time to paint some  mason jars and vases with pretty metallic paint  I couldn’t wait. Now before I started

Gold and Silver Metallic Maons

Gold and Silver Metallic Masons

painting I ignored my own advice. When painting glass, I say prime, prime prime!!!! Primer is your friend your best friend! I like Kyrlon’s Colormaster primer but I was on Pinterest and followed a link on “how to paint glass” no primer needed she said “Spray paint is meant to stick to anything.” So I listened and tried it again without primer. A big mistake!!!! A I usually do I didn’t handle the jar for 24 hours to let the paint cure / dry thoroughly , metallic paint is different and dries faster than regular spray paint, but I wasn’t taking chances. The finish was beautiful but the second I  moved it around the paint scratched. Listen to  me  and listen good prime prime prime before painting. I was very excited to paint this carafe I came across. I had already painted with blue glass paint

Silver Metallic Carafe

Silver Metallic Carafe

but it was so blah. but it came out amazing!!!! I just used the paint I had on hand for this project Rusto-oleum  Metallic finish in Gold and Valspar Metallic in Silver.

Valspar Rust-oleum Matallic pain

Valspar Rust-oleum Matallic pain

I prime and let it dry for 1/2 hour to an hour,  paint with the metallic spray paint (I love how the a paint goes on) light even layers to minimize drips. Check the paint instructions on when to apply your second coat. I hold the jar or vase in the mouth of and turn it as I spray. I leave the bottom unpainted so I can handle the vase. I rest the the jar or vase on it’s neck then I paint the bottom. I leave the painted piece to dry for about 24 hours. With the metallic paint I will probably be totally dry in about half the time but better safe than sorry.

Voila, gorgeous shiny awesomeness. If you don’t feel like waiting for the paint to dry pop over to my Shop Caribbean style Decor and use the code Hometalk15 to get 15% off. And don’t forget to enter to win a set of these shiny beauties.

Mason Jar DIY Soap Dispenser

Mason Jar DIY Soap Dispenser

This post has been a long time in coming considering I do a tutorial for almost all my projects and these jar are have been the most popular items in my shop

for months. Well better late than never. I am using a Ball heritage mason jar that is already blue  If you would to learn how to tint your masons gorgeous vintage blue for pennies a jar check out my tutorial on painting glass here.

This is a pretty simple process I include tips I have learned from making about 100 jars. But if you have any tips please share with me.

First Gather your tools

You mason jar lid.

I am using a ball mason jar with the two part self sealing lid but i have also used this technique on regular old spaghetti jars lids.

Washer with 5/8″ opening. I have found this to be the perfect size that a soap dispenser will fit through. You can get it at home depot or Loews about 40 cents.

Mason Jar DIY soap dispenser

What you need

A nail
A Hammer
Pliers
E600 adhesive available at your Local craft store
Soap Dispenser pump. Save your old ones or soap with a dispenser from the dollar store.

First center the washer on your lid and trace the inner circle on the lid. You can draw free hand this just is really easy with the washer and the perfect size soap dispenser.

The I use the nail and hammer to punch holes around the circle. After you have punched the holes all around the circle use your pliers to twist the metal and remove it  out of the hole. it’s pretty easy at the metal of the top is thin.

A funny aside is that it drives men crazy when  they see me do this. They think its too much work. My ex husband spent two hours running around trying to figure out how to do this with a drill. Meanwhile i had done 22 lids with my low tech technique.

h wasn’t happy with his result, I thought his outcome was perfect was perfect but apparently the drill was so out of control going though the thin metal he was afraid he would get maimed. I didn’t actually  see the wild drill but I’ll give it a shot myself and see what the fuss is about. I have an idea to improve on his technique. i’ll keep you posted. My other male friend is working on sharpening the end of a pipe so it can punch straight through the metal; he’s been working on that one  for months.  But I got distracted, back to the tutorial!

Mason Jar DIY soap dispenser

Making your hole

With this particular lid I spray painted it black obviously you don’t need to do that, but you can. I think it is a very elegant combination the black and the blue. if you are spray painting your lid make you hole before you paint. That way you won’t remove any paint as you make the hole.

So with your hole you are ready to glue your soap dispenser in. I use the Adhesive E6000 as it is very strong, water resistant. I had used hot glue before and if the lid was jolted or fell it would come apart, not so with E6000.

Mason jar DIY soap dispenser tutorial

Gluing your soap dispenser to the lid. I glue a washer to the bottom to protect from the jagged edges

Apply E600 the base of  the soap dispenser and place it through the hole. Your glue should set in an hour so you can handle it. I have been gluing a washer to the underside of the lid so no one will come in contact with jagged metal edge from making the hole. I  just came across a great idea to put silicone around the jagged edge. Sounds fab I can’t wait to try. I’ll let you know. Now look at your fantastic result.  Till next time… Melissa

Mason Jar DIY soap dispenser tutorial

Your handy work. Now you just need to figure out where to put it.

How to turn a plain jar into a beautiful vase

How to turn a plain jar into a beautiful vase.

Create your own design vase

This piece sold almost instantly from my Etsy shop heading to Australia

Step by Step on how to make you own amazing vase that will make an interior designer jealous. We have all seen it, that gorgeous pop of color that is the star of an amazingly designed room. We have drooled over that one of a kind gorgeous piece that was ridiculous money from hoity toity showroom. Well here lean in close, I’m going to teach you how make you own wowie  zowie vase. Hey and its pretty easy.

There are a few simple things to keep in mind.

1. Shape

Pick a vase with a strong shape, maybe some texture doesn’t matter if it is a bit of an ugly duckling it going to get a make over. When I saw a simple jar at my local recycling center  all I could see was an elegant vase. But don’t worry what you have doesn’t knock you socks off.  The next step is more important.

2.  Color

I have made a kit with everything you need to makes your own Vase

Even more important than shape is color. Pick a strong color one that you love, something bold and front and center. Now don’t get me wrong I adore white, I collect white things. In my world white a bold front and center color. It’s a personal choice make sure you love it. Right now I am completely obsessed with Valspar Exotic Sea. It has become a signature color for me.

What you will need:

Turquoise Vase in my Etsy shop

I am happy I found a similar vase to the one of a kind piece I found. Check it out in my Etsy shop

The vase or jar of your choice.
Your choice of spray paint. I advise spray paint because of the uniform smooth finish it gives.
Spray paint primer don’t even think about skipping this step. I’ll explain later.
Spray Paint Clear gloss top coat. I like Rustoloem in Clear gloss.

First clean your item really, really well I use regular soap and water and right before I paint I wipe it off with alcohol to get any lint remaining, lint in spray paint in not cute.

Next so so important prime. My glass other pieces,  that I didn’t use primer paint, I would breathe on it and it would scratch the finish so be sure to use primer. I used Krylon Colormaster primer and it was dry and ready to go in about 30 minutes. It very good and made to work on glass. Some people say you don’t need primer. i didn’t have good luck with that.

Next after your primer dries spray on your color sweep from side to side not staying in any one area too long, no drips allowed. You want a light even finish. Usually one coat will be fine but if I want the color deeper. I’ll do a second coat. Usually I will hold the piece just inside the rim and turn it as I spray. I leave the bottom unpainted so I can hold it and turn the piece. When the body is painted I turn the vase upside

valspar Exotic Sea Spray paint

valspar Exotic Sea Spray paint

krylon colormaster primerdown so that it is resting on it neck, then I spray the bottom.

Now here comes that part about patience. The label will tell you that your piece will be dry and able to be handled in about 30 – 40 minutes. You just forget about that leave it right where it is for a full 8 – 24 hours if possible. Let the paint fully dry and harden . After 30 to 40 minutes you can handle the piece but the paint is still sticky and can easily be marred. Just yesterday eager to check out my handiwork I Create your own design vaseturned over a vase an hour after I painted it, yes it was gorgeous. Then I walked away distracted, my son was probably looking for his playmate, me.  Hours later when I came back it was stuck to my workbench, remember sticky paint, nooooooooo! My bottom was ruined but no matter it was still gorgeous, lesson learned. But don’t let this happen to you. Be patient, don’t touch.

Oh so now you have waited patiently, maybe you had a little peek. Turn it over enjoy admire and now its time to protect your beautiful piece. Spray you new gorgeous vase with the clear gloss. Good news the top coat doesn’t take that long to dry. You should be good to go in about an hour.

Create your own design vase

The Vase first pictured in this piece was sold and went all the way to Australia. click here if you want to check out my other Beauties in my shop.

Now grab your flower real or fake it doesn’t matter your vase can rock any flower. Where are you going to put it? And don’t forget to send me pictures. Till next  time. -Melissa

The Vintage Masons

The Vintage Masons and the oldish Masons.

My tale  of love for each one of these new masons.

By the way I tinted all of them. If you want to check out my tutorial on how to color glass check it out here.

Mason Jar love the Vintage and the oldish

Mason Jar love the Vintage and the oldish

Anyone who knows me knows I love Mason Jar. I fact my online shop started off will mostly furniture and a little masons now it’s mostly masons with a little furniture. A few months ago a friend of mine handed me a bag with three mason jars in it. How my heart skipped a beat just because they were Mason but then she said these have been on her friend’s closet for about 30 years and she don’t know what to do with them. And she thought there was more in there. I didn’t want to seem to excited but I was over the moon. She was already looking at me like I was a little crazy with my ear wide smile hugging my new masons.

Three beautiful wide moth masons with wonderfully worn tops.  I knew I had to keep one. put them aside because I wanted to be in there perfect mood to color them. I love Masons and I swoon for a Blue mason better.

The next time I saw her she presented me with three short chubby 12 oz Kerr wide mouth jars. I grabbed them and squealed, now cute. Yes I actually squealed. They

32 oz wide mouth Vintage Beauty

32 oz wide mouth Vintage Beauty

were the cutest jars I had ever seen.

I share pictures of my 12 oz cuties as an option with a customer in England before they hit my shop. She snapped it right up. So with one for me and that just leaves one for my shop. Because I loved the shape soo much I made sure I would be able to get a modern version to keep in stock. I sure can but they comes with silver lids. So I just have one vintage honey with the warm gold lid.

In the fright frame of mind I tinted my jars to a gorgeous light blue with a hint of green. Grorgeous!

12 oz wide mouth Ker r-- So cute

12 oz wide mouth Ker r– So cute

Already on a high with my precious vintage Mason jars in hand I headed to my local recycling center where I can find unique jars and vases and things I never thought of. I turn around there are more mason jar 2 more wide mouth 32 oz-ers 2 Kerrs and a wide mouth 16 oz. Wowie wowie!

From the labels on them I realized they were about 6 years old. I was privileged to give them new life

High on masons I tint them all in one session and turn their tops into soap

Kerr 32 oz and 16  oz jar set

Kerr 32 oz and 16 oz jar set

dispenser. What so you think? Anyone love masons as much as me? until next time.

16 wide mouth mason

16 wide mouth mason

How to make a beat up coffee table into a Beauty

How to turn a beat up table into an Elegant Beauty

How to turn a beat up table into an Elegant Beauty

How to make a beat up coffee table into an Elegant Beauty. My neighbors were moving and this coffee table was one of the last things left in their house. They were generous enough to offer me several things they weren’t  taking. I walked right by this table thinking it looked too rough. They threw it into the trash and when I saw it there I thought well I should try to do something with it.

So I gave it a fresh coat of paint and pulled out my Cutting Edge  Stencils Damask Stencil.  A Damask Stencil is not just for walls. I won this stencil so sign up fot their blog and when you see they are having a contest enter, enter.I used a metallic gold-ish/ copper paint. I also used the paint to line the edges and details on the table. I think that is an elegant touch. It didn’t take that long and I think it came out great. What do you think? -Melissa

Check out my other stencil projects:

The Finished Table

The Finished Table

Little Table A Modern Antique Beauty

Little Table A Modern Antique Beauty

So you want to paint some glass

Hand Tinted mason set

So you want to paint some glass!!! maybe you don’t need all that Shiny DIY mercury glass effect (but it’s so fun check my tutorial out here). My best advice to you, wait for it…. is to get yourself some … Continue reading 

Faux Mercury Glass Tutorial in any color

Blue Mercury Glass vase

This is a simple Tutorial on how do beautiful faux mercury glass in almost any color Faux mercury glass is so beautiful on its own, but wouldn’t it be fun to do it in any color? From the moment I discovered how … Continue reading 

4 Amazing Furniture Transformations

4 furniture RedosI wanted to share some Furniture Re-dos that I thought were awesome. The thought for this group is seeing an amazing  transformation in something I would think had almost zero potential. Now that’s me thinking it has zero potential, my personal opinion. Now Create Inspire’s table is quite lovely before but I would have walked right by it because I tend to stencil and with the raised detail it might now work for me. But…… after seeing how she refinished it. My mind is totally changed I am now looking for a piece with a lot of detail so I can glaze that sucker up. I hope you find some inspiration like it did.

The Finished Table My Epic First Stencil project. I learned a lot making this piece. If I did again right now it wouldn’t take me as long. I am sure proud of this Beauty. Read more and check it out in my Shop.
teal-table This is little Blue table that blew my mind and showed me the potential of glazing a piece. Can I say I love Blue? Check out the full transformation on Create Inspire’s site.
1-1 I love this piece because it shows the power of paint. To me the piece before is dated and boring. I wouldn’t have looked twice at it, but look how lovely it is with after Carrie’s crisp white paint job. It got me looking for a majorly underwhelming piece to transform. Read more at her site Painted Furniture Ideas.
Round Blue Table And finally the Round Blue table. This table I left at the a garage sale because I had no idea what to do with it. After I went home I saw a similar round table in a nice bright color on Pintrest. I went flying back for that sucker with fingers crossed and it was still here waiting for me. Read more and check it out in my Shop.

Share your favorite Furniture transformations in the comments. Lucky Melissa. Till next time