Before my kids graduate from high school I should probably get a start on preserving some of the adorable, one-of-a-kind art projects they’ve brought home over the years. Things are getting a little (very) dusty plus starting to fade and become brittle. I decided to experiment with a Mod Podge protective coating thinking that it might preserve my favorite pieces and maybe even restore them a bit. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I had a couple of questions: Continue reading
Need new appliances for your home or rental? The Albert Lee Appliance Sale is coming this Nov 1 & 2nd. We’ve seen everything from your standard kitchen appliances to Viking ranges, Miele vacuums, to outdoor BBQ’s and more. Check out this link as it also contains important hints for shopping. You may also want to bring a smartphone for research on the spot. Be sure to get there early – 3:55 am if you’re serious (and crazy like Monica) – they will have coffee…
We make a lot of mistakes when painting, so we have a couple quick ways to fix them.
The first is to simply wipe them off with a wet rag we carry in our canvas work apron. You may end up wiping off paint from the surface where you actually wanted it, but that’s OK, just paint again – and sometimes you will need to wipe fairly hard to remove it ( depending on how long you waited to address it. Our advice – do it right away.)
Small Putty Knife
Cover it With a Wet Rag
The second is a tip from the handy husband. He used to paint houses in the summer to save money for college. You simply wrap your wet rag around a small putty knife. This allows you to clean up tight corners and other hard to navigate areas.
How easy is that! Happy painting 🙂
PS – Daly’s Paint, has a gift for signing up for their e-newsletter; a free pint of C2 paint each month. We just picked up Tangerine! Sign up for the Color Club here.
Share your hot painting tip with us – if we receive enough we can write a post with them and will be sure to give you credit!
This post originally appeared at Mod Podge Rocks Blog. Check it out for more great crafting ideas. Over at Hammer Like a Girl, we usually try to use materials that have been cast off, scrounged, or salvaged. So when we first were planning this DIY votive project, we thought it would be a great idea to use cut-off bottles. You’ve all seen the technique online – soak string in acetone, wrap it around a bottle, light it on fire, turn turn turn to get an even burn and when the flame starts to die down, dunk it ice water, and the bottle breaks where the string was, essentially turning a bottle into a glass. It sounds so cool (and easy). We went out and bought acetone, dug in our recycling bins and went to work. Maybe we were doing something wrong, but for the life of us, we could not get a nice clean break. The edges were jaggedy, like something you’d see in a bar fight. So with singed arm hair, we went to the Goodwill, where we bought 3 glasses for $.69/each instead. Here’s some instructions – not how to singe your arm hair – but for making unique decoupage votive candle holders. Continue reading
This post originally appeared last month on Mod Podge Rocks Blog. Check it out for lots of great craft ideas!
We have always been inspired by the art you see nowadays in Pinterest-land where people use (free) paint swatches. (We’ve often wondered if the paint suppliers mind this upcycle trend.) We came up with an idea using paint swatches, paper, and large hole punches to create polka dot DIY wall art. It is a simple project that you can easily customize with your own color palette and favorite patterns. Continue reading
We had our class a couple of weeks ago at Second Use Building Materials and it was so much fun to meet other people who are excited about using salvaged materials. There was a good turn-out and we only saw one person in the back row drifting off to sleep. So, we consider our first class a success.
At the end of the class, we had a little “participatory exercise” where we invited folks to go out into the store and pick out cool things that were priced under $30. The idea was that we would review, examine, and select one item that we’d take home and use for a salvaged project of some sort.
This is what people brought back:
A very cool blow torch.
Light fixture, reasonably priced at $1.00.
Big “e”, lock plate, door knob set, drill.
We had to make a choice and pick ONE THING. What would you have chosen? We deliberated and debated – the blow torch was super cool, but we felt it was already art and tough to improve on. The light fixture was very affordable at $1.00, but the 1970’s vibe was a little challenging. The old drill was awesome, it sort of fell into the same category as the blow torch – don’t need to do much to it, it’s already cool. The porcelain knobs and the little lock plate were very nice, those were very strong contenders.
But in the end, we went for…
(wait for it)
…the big “e”.
So now our job is to use the “e” in some sort of project. Stay tuned and check back to see what we come up with. Hopefully it will be soon, although sometimes we have been known to mull over things for months. Hey, beauty and quality can take time! 🙂
This post was originally posted March 27 on ModPodgeRocksBlog.com. Go check it out for some more fun decoupage projects.
A while back, we made a lamp from an old tripod. It needed an unusual lampshade so we made one from galvanized duct work. But time went by and it was time for a change – something lighter and brighter and funkier. When I think funky, the first thing that comes to mind is 60’s fashion (doesn’t everyone?). Learn how to decoupage a lampshade just like this one below. Continue reading
We stopped by the Laura Frost Fine Arts Gallery in Ballard to check out the Recycled Art Show sponsored by RE Store. It’s a great show – lots of local artists using a variety of salvaged materials. Check it out if you are out and about. It runs through May 7, so you don’t have much time.
5805 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Open Tue-Fri 11-5, Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5
Here’s a preview:
Julius Pierpoint Patches, Julius Brenno
Beijing Layered Time Space Map, Laurette Chasse
The Merlot Meteor, Randy Morris
Climate Change Yin Yang: #2 Running Hot or Cold, Mark Wilson
The 3 Graces, Margo Westfall & Don Lovett
Blue Grass Trio, Margo Westfall & Don Lovett
Cheerio Chair, Sari Israel
Taliesin Llewellyn, Laurette Chasse
Fear of Machines, Kari Seng
Godiva, Jennifer Kuhns
Jack Lamp, Hammer Like A Girl
Vessel, James Taylor
Belle Aire, Dennis Brandt
Baling Mat, Julie DeRouche
Column 1, James Taylor
Standard Issue MK XI High Frequency Electron Scramber, Gary Wallace
Caster Table, Hammer Like A Girl
Gimli, Jennifer Kuhns
The Space Between, Bret Lyon
Movement #37, Bret Lyon
We just learned that the Seattle RE Store is closing on May 31. They’ve posted a brief statement on their website that says they are going to focus on their Bellingham location.
This is really sad news – they are a great organization doing really good things in the community.
Some reasons we will miss them:
- An in-town treasure box, packed with local history to pick through and incorporate into your home (flooring, lockers and slate chalkboards from a demolished high school; cabinets and freestanding closets; classic windows, doors of all shapes and sizes; long, long, long old growth planks of beautiful wood from the bygone days.)
- Their staff with a good sense of humor are willing to help with finding just the right thing.
- A near-by place to take used building materials rather than throwing them in the landfill.
- Knob, hinges and hardware for just about anything.
- A fun outing if you are obsessed with sustainable and functional art.
- The cats lounging on the cabinets.
- The weird and wacky restroom, decorated with weird and wacky objects.
In memory 😦 here are some projects we’ve done with pieces from the RE Store.
We are excited to announce we are giving a class about designing with salvaged materials at Second Use Building Material on Sunday, May 18th. See details below. We hope you can join us, it should be a fun time!
DESIGNING WITH SALVAGED MATERIALS WORKSHOP
Sunday, May 18th | 11-12:30 | Presented by DIY Blog Hammer Like A Girl | FREE
Second Use Building Materials 3223 6th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98134 206-763-6929
Do you wander through Second Use wondering and wishing you could re-purpose some of the awesome stuff into your home or life, but end up leaving it all behind for another day – AGAIN?
Heidi, Monica and Mary Jean, will be at Second Use Building Materials to share some of their projects and tips to help you envision and then reshape salvaged materials into unique home improvements and functional art. Their projects range from transforming a discarded old car jack into a light fixture, to reusing multiple materials collected (sometimes stored for years) into a bathroom remodel. Come join the fun and take away some inspiration!
RSVP to Mary Anne Carter
Email Mary Anne