Renew: Two-Toned Painted Chair

First, the after photos:

After, the before photo:

painted chair by homemadecity.com

We’ve had this chair for a while–it’s one of the few in our house that is wobble-free, but I wasn’t a fan of the reproduction Colonial stenciling. I’ve been thinking of painting this chair in two tones or “dip-dyeing” it (as the pinners of Pinterest put it). I wasn’t sure if I should go with a light hue on top or bottom. I admire the switched logic of this chair posted on Mobel Pobel:

Mobel Pobel chair

In the end I went with the less-gravity-defying version: Ben Moore’s pale elephant pink on top, Moore’s italiano rose for the legs, and a light brush of poly. I’m pleased–it’s adding some color to my winter days!

Make: Post-Holiday Hurrah!

Is it over?

My favorite part of Christmas is the next day. The morning when no one is motivated to get up at 5 a.m., when instead everyone is slow and sleepy, and drowsy pleasure takes the place of excitement and package-tearing fever.

At our house a few presents remain unopened, waiting for visitors.

This year, I wrapped gifts in brown craft paper and decorated with stamping, pom poms and neon dots. One of my sons helped with stamping but mostly my kids cheered me on, always bemused by my crafty antics. (Maybe next year I’ll post before the holiday, but probably not.)

By the way, this is what has become of my project table. Portable ping pong, anyone?

Portable Ping Pong with homemadecity.com

Make: Popsicle Pop Art

Popsicle Painting by homemadecity.com

 

How to explain this pink popsicle painting? First, a confession: I’ve spent an evening or two watching sitcoms with my teenage son. OK, that’s an understatement. Maybe we’ve binged on a few seasons of New Girl, and even though it’s an amusing enough show, sometimes the mind wanders . . . hey, what’s that on the wall behind Zooey Deschanel’s bed?

Jess's room from New Girl

I’m also a fan of Maira Kalman, master of the Hostess cupcake still life (among many other beautiful paintings, all of which are painted with a frosting of delicious color).

Maira Kalman

 

It couldn’t be too hard to do, right? Well, it’s been a while since I’ve painted anything, and I was a little stiff about moving paint around. Also, how exactly does Maira make her paint look so edible?

I used acrylic paint (a practical option when painting where you live and breathe) but lacking in gloss. So, I’m going to apply some varnish and hope that gives it a little sparkle and shine . . . that is, when I get around to it.

DIY Crepe Paper Chandelier

 

I made this for my school library (where I’m a cardigan- & cat glasses-garbed librarian). The room has high ceilings and big windows so I’m always looking for tall, colorful projects. This one is easy and whimsical. The kids tell me that it looks like a jelly fish.

Materials:

Crepe paper streamers

String, preferably clear nylon (I only had baker’s twine on hand, so I used that!)

2 embroidery hoops–one big and one small

scissors

masking tape

Step 1: Cut lengths of crepe paper in various colors (I left my lengths super long)

Step 2: Open small embroidery hoop. Tape one end of streamer to the inside embroidery hoop.

Crepe Paper Chandelier by homemadecity.com

 

Step 3: Wrap the streamer around the hoop once.

Crepe Paper Chandelier by homemadecity.com

 

Step 4: Repeat until you’ve covered the hoop with streamers. Re-attach the outside hoop and tighten. This will secure the streamers in place.

Crepe Paper Chandelier by homemadecity.com

Step 5: Cut 4 equal lengths (about 16-18″) of fishing line/string and tie one, hanging down, to each quadrant of the small embroidery hoop. (These will attach to the large embroidery hoop.)

Step 6: Cut four lengths of fishing line/string and gather together to hang the chandelier. (At this point, there’s a lot of streamer and string and whatnot. Take a moment to hang up the whole shebang before you try to attach the large embroidery hoop.)

Step 7: Now tie the fishing line/string to each quadrant of the large embroidery hoop. I had to play around with the lengths to make sure the second hoop wasn’t too crooked.

Step 8: Finally, drape the crepe paper streamers over the large hoop.