Wood Tray with Folding Legs

Have you ever gone into a store and saw something and thought, “I could finish that item! If I did, my sister would love it”? That is exactly what happened to me earlier this year when I was strolling through Hobby Lobby.

Wood Tray with Folding Left finished by Sarah

The first step was to purchase the Wood Tray. If took me several trips to Hobby Lobby before I decided that I would work on this project. Next, I sanded all sides of the tray including the legs. Originally, I was going to stain the tray a traditional color. As I was looking through my collection of stain, I found Worn Navy by Rust-oleum. Perfect! My sister likes greens, blues, and teals. I painted the bottom of the tray with primer and stained the rest of the wood with Worn Navy. After it was dry, I placed a light coat of varnish over the stained area.

My original idea was to create a mosaic on the bottom of the tray with just leaves. I already had some leaves cut and baked which I made from Sculpey Clay, but I decided to add some flowers too. I used Sculpey Polymer Clay to make the flower petals and additional leaves. After everything was prepared and laid out, and even though it had a nice gradient, I decided it was too plain. I drew a tangle on every leaf, petal, and circle using acrylic paint pens. Each petal and leaf were glued to the bottom. Mint Puff Paint was used as the grout. I sprinkled three colors of glitter over the grout before it dried.

I seal all my work with polyacrylic before applying the resin. Sealing the piece helps to reduce the number of bubbles in the resins. My flavor resin to use is made by Art Resin. Their resin calculator is very useful.

I could of stop there and it would have been beautiful, but no I had to paint flowers on the outside edge and vines and leaves on the legs. I used acrylic paint pens. I like color, so the flowers were painted different colors.

After the painting was completed, I put a few more coats of polyurethane on the tray (sanding between each coat). You would think I was done. No! I was concerned that if it was stored, the legs would open at an inopportune time, hitting someone and causing an ouchy. Another trip to Hobby Lobby and I purchase belt buckles and ribbon and put my limited sewing techniques to work and made two straps. Again, they were a bit plain, so I used Puff Paint to paint flowers on the straps.

Flower Chests

These chests were a pain to sand and stain. An absolute pain. It took me over two years to complete them and at one point I almost tossed them in the garbage. The boxes were purchased from Hobby Lobby.

The problems: First the tops and sides of the boxes were so fragile they were difficult to sand. Second, I tried to use Minwax Gel Stain on the inside of the box – that went very poorly. On the plus side, this was a test of the Gel Stain before I put it on something much larger. I tossed the Gel Stain to never to be used again.

Three Nesting Boxes

First, I sanded the boxes and applied stain all over, even the areas I intended to paint. Second, I applied the first coat of varnish to the areas I was not going to paint. I apply varnish to seal the wood just in case I accidently got paint on unwanted areas of the boxes. Paint can easily be cleaned off the varnish areas before it dries, otherwise the paint would soak into the wood. Next, I painted the tops, sides, and the inside bottoms of the boxes using chalk paint.

After everything had dried and I was satisfied with the painting, I sanded the box again and applied another coat of varnish. Matte varnish on the painted areas and gloss varnish on the stained areas. Afterwards, I decided to add something extra. I created a mosaic pattern on the inside of the box, which I created from Sculpey Clay. I put a light coat of varnish on the bottom of the box before I poured resin over the pattern.

Since the bottom of the box was already painted. I didn’t see the need to fill the spaces with grout.

I still was not satisfied with color of the boxes. I wanted them to be darker. So, I lightly sanded the boxes with steel wool and applied a coat of Minwax Polyshade. It has stain and polyurethane.

Felt was added to the front and sides of the boxes because I thought if anyone wanted to store anything small in the boxes, it would just fallout through the holes.

Double Crosses

These are the crosses I did for Mother’s Day gifts.  I ordered the blank wooden crosses from ArtisticCraftSupply on Etsy in July 2016.

The top piece on the cross was stained.  I left the back side of the top piece unfinished so I would have a better chance for the pieces adhering together when they were glued together.  The bottom cross was sealed with white primer, several coats.  I did a fluid painting pour over the top of the crosses using chalk paint.  The colors were: Dark blue, white, light pink, light green, light purple and light yellow.  I added Floetrol and water each paint color to help the paint flow, and silicon to the mixture to help form the cells.

After the bottom cross dried for several weeks, I cleaned the crosses with a mixture of Dawn and water.  I sprayed the mixture on the crosses and wiped gently.  After I let it sit for several weeks, I glued the top cross onto the bottom cross using wood glue.  Several coats of glossy vanish was used to finish the cross.

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I put a hanger on back of each cross attached with a screw.  The screw goes into both pieces of wood, so if the glue fails I have a backup.

Fluid Painting

I love fluid / pour painting.  I am not sure what the difference is, but I am still learning.  This was my first attempt at putting silicone in the paint to make cells.  I never thought I would like the cells, but my first attempt looks amazing.

Thanks to MomDot.com I learned that you could put Floetrol in your paint to make it flow easier, instead of more expensive alternatives.  I used acrylic chalk paint because I wanted the matte finish look.

I hope they dry as pretty has they look now.

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Pour Painting – The Stools

Fluid Painting / Pour painting is amazing! I could sit and watch the videos all day.  My first attempt was the tissue box and it came out great.  (In my opinion!)  All of my sisters have birthday in January.  I thought they would each like a stool with the top poured.

First I sanded, stained and applied varnish to the stools, except for the top.  For the top,  I applied a coat of white primer.  After the top dried for a couple of days, I wrapped the stools in a plastic bag (except for the top) and tape around with bottom edge with blue painter’s tape.

The first stool, I used metallic acrylic paint that came in the 2oz bottles.  But, first a applied a thin layer of white metallic paint.  I applied each color separately.  After a lot of tilting and tapping, this was the result.

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The second stool, I used acrylic glitter paint.  I had the idea, but I first asked my sister “if they considered themselves a glitter family.”  The paint was applied the same way as the first stool.  White glitter paint first, then each color.

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I finished the stools by adding several coats of polyurethane.

Piano Jewelry Box

It appears I forget to share my Piano Jewelry Box.  Since, I give away most of the items I finish as gifts,  I normally have to wait until after their birthday blog about it.

The piano box was ordered from Amazon in November with an expect delivery date in December.  It was delayed so many times, Amazon threaten the supplier with cancellation if they did not ship it.  It finally arrive in early January 2017, which left me with only two weeks to finish the box and ship it out.

The box was finished with ebony stain.  I wanted to get it dark, really dark, like a grand piano.  The box appeared to have the keyboard cover down, so I did not have to paint keys on the piano.  The name plate was made with polymer clay. The balls on the legs were painted with silver acrylic paint and numerous coats of polyurethane to give it a high gloss shine.

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I thought about putting music notes inside the jewelry box, but after some thought and test runs, I decided the space inside was small and it would not hold much.  So, I made polymer clay roses and put them inside the box.  The leafs were left overs from other projects.  The roses were glued down and coated with several layers of polyurethane.

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Maybe I should write a blog about how I make roses from clay.  I make them differently than what I have seen on other websites.  And, I have been making the same way since the Play-doh days.