Friday, March 21, 2014

DIY Plaid Wall

We recently started working on our Family Room. One of the things I've been thinking about, for a long time, was painting the fireplace wall in a plaid pattern.
It took two tries, but I finally got it!
This project can be done with any combination of paint. You do need a light, medium and darker set of colors.

I used Benjamin Moore paint in these three colors
Chantilly Lace (White/light color)
Stonington Gray (Pale Gray/medium color)
Coventry Gray (Darker Gray/darker color)
The two gray colors were on the same color card from the paint store.
I used the Eggshell Finish

The measuring and taping process for this project is very time consuming.
Once you've measured, remembering to tape inside the lines you want to leave unpainted and outside the lines you want painted is tricky!

The picture below is from my first try.
It wasn't at all what I was looking for!
What I tried to do the first time was to make the plaid look like fabric. I did this by dragging a stiff bristle paint brush through the rolled on paint. I used a paint product which kept the paint wet for a longer time.
It had a very uneven appearance and did not appear darker at the intersecting lines.
The picture below shows the beginning of the "Re Do".
I started the project by measuring the walls.
I wanted the squares to measure around
 12" X 12"
The wall was just about 163" wide
I divided 163 by 12
It came out to about 13.6
I knew I didn't want any half squares, so I tried 163 divided by 12.5"
It came out to 13.04 
The ceiling has a peak, so I knew I wouldn't get complete squares along there. I decided  there would be complete squares along the bottom. This made some of the calculating much easier.
For the vertical measurements I first had to find  the center and make sure to mark a 12.5" centered square. I did this by going out 6.25" on both sides of the center line. 

I used a light pencil mark and painters tape to mark the lines. I then marked a 12.5" line from the two side walls. I finished marking the lines at approximately 12.5" intervals.
I would advise using a level and a plum line for accuracy.

I should mention that I first painted the fireplace wall with two coats of the Chantilly Lace Color. I allowed it to dry overnight before I started the taping process. You can see the previous green color in the side walls.
Below are pictures of the walls taped for the horizontal stripes. If you look close in these pictures, you can see how every other stripe looks slightly wider. This is what I was referring to taping inside the stripe you don't want to paint and outside the stripe you do want to paint.
I used small pieces of tape on the rows that were not to be painted to help me remember. This step becomes even more important as you get further into the project. It helps to keep you from painting the wrong stripe or square.

 We were also in the midst of installing oak flooring. 

This is where the pictures and the directions will get out of place due to having to re do the wall.
Your next step would be to use the medium color, in my case the pale gray (Stonington Gray), to roll on every other stripe. I left the bottom stripe white and the next stripe up pale gray and so on. 
The painters tape should be removed at this point. If left too long, you risk pulling paint off with it.
Once you let that dry and do a second coat, if needed, the painters tape should be removed. If left too long, you risk pulling paint off with it.

The next day mark the vertical lines and roll as you did for the horizontal lines, with the medium color (Stonington Gray). That needs to dry overnight also.
The reason for this is also so you don't risk pulling off paint.
The last steps to the plaid wall is taping off the intersecting squares. 
In this picture I have taped off the horizontal lines. I didn't really need to do all that, I just needed to tape the actual squares.
These squares were painted with the darker color (Coventry Gray).
I used two coats. Once I finished, I removed the painters tape.
Here are a couple more pictures of the finished wall.
While measuring for this project, I realized the fireplace wasn't centered! I went ahead hoping the plaid wall didn't emphasize this.

My mantle settings will have to be asymmetric!

The family room is an ongoing process...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Artichoke Grilled Cheese Vegetarian Sandwich

Our family has a favorite holiday appetizer called artichoke dip.
Some of the ingredients are artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese.
It's baked and you use crackers to get the gooey goodness.
I was watching Diners, Drive Ins and Dives' when Guy went to a restaurant where they were making a sandwich that reminded me of our favorite dip.
Unfortunately I wasn't paying close attention and when I looked up the Food Network site, I couldn't find the recipe for the sandwich.

This is my improvised recipe.
Two cans of artichoke hearts packed in water
1/4 cup of Roasted Red Bell Peppers
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon paprika
One cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Swiss Cheese Slices
Bread (I like to use a crusty, rustic type of bread)

This is a hearty sandwich, so it needs a hearty rustic bread to hold it together.

I strained the artichoke hearts and even tried to press as much of the water out as I could.

Once it's strained well, I chop it into 1/2 to 1/4 inch pieces

I also chopped the Roasted Red Bell Peppers into similar size, about 1/4 cup

I used a smoked paprika, but I'm sure you could use regular paprika

Grate enough Parmesan Cheese to make one cup

The ingredients are mixed together

Butter two slices of bread and spread the mixture over one slice of bread,
add slices of Swiss cheese to cover.

Add the top piece of bread and grill slowly on each side.
This gives it time to warm up and melt the ingredients together.

This recipe makes three to four large sandwiches or six to eight small sandwiches.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vintage Playmobil People

On a recent trip, with my youngest daughter, to the Salvation Army we came across a bin with small toys. The sign said "Fill a Bag for 99 cents".
I started out looking for dinosaurs for the boys my daughter babysits. My daughter joined me in the hunt.
We kept coming across Playmobil People. By the time we finished we had 80 plus little people.

They're so cute. There are some medical people, clowns, construction people, police, a skier and lots of little children and more. 

In addition to the people, there were some Playmobil Animals.

There were four horses, two polar bears, five penguins, a pig and two parrots.

They're laid out on the towel because they've just had a bath!

They'll be going on the Vintage Toyland Shop on Etsy, but I think it's going to take a while to list them!
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Before and After Antique Standing Frame

This antique frame was not in good condition when I picked it up at an Estate Sale. I really liked the carved parts of the frame.
After one botched paint job I came up with the final product.

Here is the way it looked when I purchased it.

My first attempt was using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Antoinette.
I followed up with the gold paste wax rubbed on the raised areas of the frame.

I've come to the conclusion that there are not very many things I've painted with Antoinette that I like. It's probably my least favorite ASCP paint color.
The gold-ish highlights didn't help.

That's when I decided to try again.
This time I used the Graphite paint. I used the ASCP Clear Wax before I added the silver highlights.

Once I finished painting and highlighting with the silver paste it needed something.
I decided to put sheet, music stamped with a fleur de lis, in the frame.

I like the way it turned out.

I finished off the back with the original backing and taped it again.
It can be easily taken apart to add a different picture.

You can see the details of the raised areas of the frame and stand in these pictures.

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