Fall Pinterest Challenge: Dancing on Canvas

I know. Everyone else posted their Fall Pinterest Challenge projects on Tuesday!

So why I am just linking up now? Well, you see, I had a plan to wait until Halloween was over so my Grunge One & Two pumpkins could stay in the spotlight for the occasion. But since this Challenge has become a little mini tradition for me, being late to the party was better than not partying at all!

Here’s a look back a my projects from the other Challenges:

Summer Challenge 2012: Mini Dipping!

Winter Challenge 2012: Light Please, Capiz

Fall Challenge, 2011: Serving It Up In Style

Summer Challenge 2011: My Rocking Chair

It was tough to pick a project this time around with the ton of inspiration I’ve pinned, but in the end a magazine ad decided for me. DIY canvas art has been on my radar, and this is where I jumped off…

This project was created by Char from Crap I’ve Made blog and shared in a guest post over at Tatertots & Jello blog.

Here’s the magazine image that caught my eye.

You can see the edge where the page has been torn from the magazine. And it’s because of this edge that my project took on a life of its own.

I liked the softness of the torn edge, and decided to tear around the rest of the edges.

I didn’t want the insert at the top, so tried to tear it out by following the curve of the ceiling.

And even though I’m a big fan of Freixenet, I wanted to remove all of that from the bottom, too.

I think the ‘Wonderfully Unexpected’ adds to the feeling of this piece, so I decided to leave it in. I mean, it’s not every day you see table dancing like this!

Next, I used Elmer’s Spray Adhesive to glue the image onto the canvas.

And Krylon’s Matte Finish to protect it.

The canvas was just one I’ve had kicking around, and you can see it’s not a top-of-the line canvas. Notice the staples?

They’re not ideal, but I was planning to paint the canvas edge black.

See how most of the staples become invisible at a glance?

I used a small foam roller to paint the edges, and leftover black paint from our TV easel project.

At first I tried to keep the edges crisp where the black was painted, but I didn’t like how it looked. So I randomly rolled the paint just over the edges.

That seemed to work better with the jagged edges of the image.

Next came the big leap of faith in this project. To cover the image and canvas with Modge Podge.

One last look before the point of no return…

And then the leap!

I used a foam brush to apply the Modge Podge, and worked horizontally. I started at the bottom and gradually covered the surface with long, even strokes.

And… not only can you see these long, even strokes, but look at the ripples in the image.

Yah, apparently magazines and Modge Podge tend to do that 🙁 Did you know that?

So while my project was ‘curing’…

My fingers were crossed that these ripples would magically smooth themselves out.

And while I waited for it to ‘cure’ I did a little reading up on this whole process…

Here’s what I learned:

  1. When you cover magazine pages with Modge Podge, you need to expect ripples and wrinkles. That’s because when magazine pages get wet they will crinkle like you see here.
  2. But… if you must seal the deal with Modge Podge, then you are advised to use a foam brush (whew, at least I got that right)
  3. And brush a ‘very’ thin layer over the surface in short strokes, working out the wrinkles as you go.
  4. The caution is to not over-wet the surface. (Um… I guess I got that part all wrong!)

So, after all that are you dying to see the outcome? I know I was, but I bet you’re not holding your breath like I was!

We went from this…

To this…

To this!

You can definitely still see ripples and wrinkles, but they did flatten out a lot. Still, this was not the outcome I had envisioned.

I’m not loving the perma-ripples, so I might give this project one more go. But wouldn’t you know it, I couldn’t find this ad in any of my other magazines. So my hubby, being the kind of guy that he is, went out and bought me another copy! And I didn’t ask him to do that. Think I’m committed now 😉

Freixenet is a Spanish sparkling wine that is hugely popular world-wide, and is a pride of Spain. I was first introduced to it by my cousin when I was about 20, and it’s been one of my go-to’s ever since! Thanks for the introduction, Wayne! Aside from my own affection for this sparkling wine, one of the things I loved about the ad image was its intensity and heat. It reminded me of Goya’s La maja, which I wrote about here!

And that’s a wrap for me in this Pinterest Challenge… when I give this project another try, I’ll be sure to post the outcome!

Thank you to these lovely hosts for another fun challenge!

Sherry from Young House Love (Click here to see Sherry’s project)
Katie from Bower Power (Click here to see Katie’s project)
Sarah from Ugly Duckling House (Click here to see Sarah’s project)
Carmel from Our Fifth House (Click here to see Carmel’s project)

If you haven’t already, you might want to pop over to their blogs to see their projects, and all the others that entered this challenge!

I’m curious… do you have any tips for me before I take the plunge and give this project another go? What are your tricks of the Modge Podge trade?

 Thanks for stopping by!

Photographs: Sheila Zeller

Fall Pinterest Challenge: Serving It Up In Style

Did you know?

Last week Sherry from Young House Love mentioned that the Fall Pinterest challenge was back. And today is the day when all the projects get posted.

I participated in the Summer Pinterest challenge in August, (you can read about it here), and really enjoyed the extra nudge to start and finish a project on such short notice. I felt spurred on every day knowing there was a deadline looming, and I bet I wasn’t the only one! So when I heard the pin-fest was back, I was definitely up for another challenge!

This is my Pinterest inspiration.



I’ve never tried gold leafing before, and was super thrilled to find the tutorial for this tray on Pinterest. Isn’t the tray awesome?

And this is the other tray I pinned, because I liked the idea of repurposing a cabinet door like this.


If you’ve been reading my blog then you’ll know all about the repurposed cabinet I just finished (here), and the re-covered lid of a pine chest (here). With these two projects completed, my project for this Pinterest challenge was the perfect DIY to tackle next…

And you might have guessed… making a tray from a salvaged cabinet door.

I picked this one up at ReStore. It was a brand new door, never been primed, painted, or stained. Perfect!

Let the project begin.

To tie in with the cabinet I just finished, I decided to paint this door in the same colour.

And to compliment the gold damask fabric on the pine chest, here is some of the hardware I decided to use.

I wanted to give the tray a hit of Hollywood Glam, so decided to go with all brass hardware, and accents.

I started with the brass box corners. I picked these up at Canadian Tire in two different sizes, and ended up using the larger ones.

The corners came with screws for mounting, but I swapped them out for small brass furniture tacks instead.

I thought they would look better with the nail head trim I had planned.

Next, I trimmed the sides in larger brass furniture tacks… and this is where pre-drilling the holes was the way to go. There’s no way the tacks would have survived otherwise. They would bend and/or break, and the rounded shape would take on an unintentional ‘hammered’ look!

I placed a felt pad on the end of my hammer to save the tack.

After the brass corners were in place, and all the trim was finished, I had to ask my hubby for some help.

Next came mounting the handles, and this job was better with two sets of hands. Besides, he’s better with the drill for this kind of task.

But first we needed to create a mini template for the screw holes.

And then drill the holes.

This part went a little slower. We swapped out the screws that came with the handles because the head was quite large, and we wanted to counter-sink them. Just to be sure to save future surfaces from harm.

This part was definitely the most tedious, but so worth taking the extra time. The screws counter-sunk perfectly. I added little bumpers to the corners…

And voila!

I couldn’t decide on the gold leaf, but if I do go ahead with it, I’m thinking just in the center of the tray. What do you think? Would you go with gold leaf?

Here’s a look at the tray on the re-covered pine chest in Kaleigh’s room.

Slowly, piece by piece, her room is starting to come together!

Another Pinterest challenge wrapped! Check out all the Fall challenge submissions here (mine is #100). And for the Summer challenge submissions, click here (mine is #201).

Thank you …

Looking forward to seeing what you came up with this time!

So what do you think? Gold leaf or no gold leaf? I have 2 votes for, but I still can’t decide…



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Summer Pinterest Challenge: My Rocking Chair

Did you check out the Summer Pinterest Challenge?

Today is the reveal of our Pinterest inspired project! I have been pondering repainting my oak rocking chair for some time now, but just never settled on the colour.

This is my Pinterest inspiration…  (here)

I really liked the idea of perking my old rocker up with a fun, fresh colour… turquoise came to mind.

But then I saw this rocker in black (here).

And I loved how elegant the black looked. Of course with a vintage rocker like this one, how could it not?

Here’s my rocking chair.

In the garage just waiting for me to get started.

As you can see, it’s very Colonial – not really my style, so that’s why I decided to go with black. I thought the black would downplay the Colonial features, and give it a hit of sophistication. This is a sentimental piece as it was given to me by my Uncle for a house warming gift, and that’s why I’m changing it up with a fresh look instead of moving it on.

Step 1 – Sanding (after a quick wipe-down to make sure it’s clean)

Here’s the top half of the chair sanded out.

I’m committed now!

Step 2 – Priming

I thought about brushing the primer on, but with all the spindles and grooves, decided a spray primer would be better. So I went with a Zinsser primer. Did I mention that flip-flops are a bad idea when you’re using spray paint?

Very albino. Is it covered evenly enough? I tried, but definitely made some sanding work for myself… note the chair back!

Step 3 – 1st Black Coat (after the primer is dry and a light sanding has been done… okay, maybe a heavier sanding in some spots 😉 )

I started on this side first. Can you see the white peeking through on the underside and inside areas?

Again I used a stock spray paint. This time it was Rust-Oleum’s Painters Touch in Gloss Black. I was going to get a paint colour mixed so I could get exactly the black I wanted, but I don’t have a paint sprayer. And have you guessed, this whole process is a bit of an adventure for me. I’m learning as I go. In fact, if it wasn’t for Jenny’s article from Little Green Notebook on how to reupholster a chair, I might never have gotten the nerve to at least paint one!

On the note of colour, I want to thank my buddies from Maria Killam’s True Colour Expert group who gave me suggestions for a black to use. I have another project up my sleeve, so maybe on the next one 😉

Step 4 – Light Sanding and 2nd Black Coat


Step 5 – Let It Dry (meaning, Don’t Touch!)

So after I left the rocker to dry overnight, I decided it needed a gloss coat as the finishing touch. Um, not such a good idea. I didn’t do any sanding, and probably should have left well enough alone. In the spots I put the gloss, the paint started to bubble and crack. Arrrggg. After it dried I got out the sandpaper and sanded over these spots. And then proceeded to repaint them 😐 Luckily I only did some of the back, so you can’t really tell where it went wrong. Whew.

Here’s another look at the rocking chair before all the painting began.

And here’s how it turned out when the painting was finished.

I’m happy with the way it turned out, and like the black so much better. You can still see the Colonial lines, but at least the detail is toned down now.

And it was a lot of fun to  join in the Summer Pinterest Challenge. It motivated me to get at this project, and kept me going so I was finished on time… even when the paint cracked on me!

Thank you so much…

for making it happen… I can’t wait to see your projects!

So, what tips would you give me if I was to do this again? Mine would be to wear runners! You should’ve seen my feet when I was done 🙂

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