Sunday, September 4, 2016

Gorgeous DIY Door Pulls

DIY Fantastic!!!

Make any design!  Make any color! Make any size you want! 
DIY Fantastic!!! 
You can make custom designed knobs that will perfectly match the prints and colors you are working on. You create what you want and save some time when you don’t have to hunt down knobs that never seem to be just the right ones, and you can make these in about an hour’s time.  
I was given this vintage like storage cabinet from some dear friends of ours.  My husband called and said,  "I have a surprise for you if you want it."  He explained what it was and I said yes because I can't turn down a great piece of furniture. I was so excited when he took it out of his truck.  I just screamed, "No way! I love it".  He smiled big and told me to have fun.  
I love these multi drawer cabinets. 
 So many things you can use them for and put into. 
Needless to say they look awesome. 
I wanted to custom design the knobs so I began with asking myself what was I going to use to make it special and one of a kind? I was saving  some flower printed papers that I just adore, so I chose several different ones to use for the knobs.  I chose a favorite color from each print and matched it to paint the whole piece in. 
My design was coming together.

Then I needed my supplies.  Here is a list of supplies I used to create my custom knobs.

Wooden Knobs
Patio Paint
Top Coat
Paint brush
Curved modeling tool
Pallet for painting on
1 to 1-1/2 inch hole punch
Screws to finish
(Measure your knobs for fit)
I have to say I have my favorites when it comes to making these little beauties. Here are some of them:
·         Knobs- There are many wooden knobs for sale in many sizes. Visit and hardware store, Hobby Lobby, Michaels or search the internet for the best buys.  1-1/2 and 1-3/4 are the two common sizes for drawers and pulls.
 ((SECRET#1) is below)
·         Patio Paint- This is in most any craft store, in the painting section.  This paint is great to use because it is made for outdoor use, which makes it durable to use for indoor knobs.  It comes in many colors.

You can purchase paint tester samples from the hardware stores in just about any color you like. They run about $3.00 each and are about 8oz. (FUN STUFF RIGHT THERE!)

·         Top Coat by Sweet Pickins Milk Paint is thinner than some of the other adhesive types which makes it perfect for laying the papers on the top of the knobs to adhere them. This also works great when using tissue papers. It dries to a flat finish, and can be covered with any sealer.

·         Crystalac- Is a newer product that is environmentally safe, water clean up , comes in high gloss and satin finishes, and it’s waterproof.
(SECRET#4)  This new product is amazing! Intro. just for you.

·         I have a favorite brush that I get at Michaels for about $2.99.  I grab a hand full when I can. It is a 3/8” Royal brand.  They last and are cheap to buy.  
          Modeling tools are also available at most craft stores.
·         A plastic pallet that is sold at most art & craft stores and even the dollar stores.

        Then I needed my supplies and found some really cute vintage papers at Hobby Lobby.   I chose several for the back plates and the front of each drawer.  

 I purchased raw wooden knobs.

I painted all my knobs the colors I wanted and matched them to the papers. I used Sweet Pickins Milk Paints for this. You can use the Patio Paint line as well, they work great.

Put one paper on each knob top and press paper down with the palm of your hand to create a curved effect.  Lay aside and complete all the papers the same way. Turn upside down for application.

Taking my Top Coat I squirt a bit into the pallet and took a brush full.  
NOT too much, but enough to give a good amount to work with. 
Spread it evenly over the top.  
Take one of the papers and place on top.
Using your thumbs, center the paper so it is even all around starting in the center. 
Smooth out the paper as much as possible. 
Only go to the inside edge. 
Do NOT press sides down yet.  Your paper is dry at the stage.

Using your still loaded Top Coat wet brush continue smoothing the paper out to all sides.
The next step you need to make sure the paper is wet and stays wet until the paper is smoothed out as much as possible.

(BIG SECRET#1)  Using the sculpting tool, push gently on the edges until they are as flat as possible. 

When the edge is down it will be permanent.  Creases are set so take your time.   Make sure you have all the sides glued down when finished.  This takes practice and patience, but worth it in the end. 

Using the wet brush, go over the top one more time making it as smooth as you can.  Set aside to dry

Once your Top Coat layer is dried you can paint a layer of the Crystalac on the whole knob.  You can apply as many coats as you like.  This dries quickly and make this project super fun.  No waiting for hours.

Place the final coat of Crystalac on the top and let dry. 

Here are the pictures for the finished storage cabinet. 
It turned out beautiful and it is one of a kind, original!  

Finished knobs, back plates and more are available here:

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Baby Mum Mums and Your Babies Christmas Advent

Being a Grandma is such a special job. 
You are always looking for the best 
for your babies Christmas or just always.
When my 2 year old sweet baby love was 
1 year old, I wanted him to be part of our traditions
at Christmas time and be able to open
some of the little gifts that we do in our
Advent calendars, but he was too young.
He couldn't eat candies or have
small toys but he did
love Baby Mum-Mums.
I had purchased a couple of boxes for
him to stuff his stocking with when
I thought up the following idea. It was 
a great way for him to join
in at least one of our traditions.
He LOVED it!
Wasn't too sure what scissors
were and cutting, but in time he will.
This was easy to make 
and fun for him
to unwrap and eat.
Here is what you will
need to make one for your
little Bug.

*10 Baby Mum-Mums
*Wrapping paper (about 4ft.)
*Coordination ribbon
*Cute Card or Decoration to put
at the top.
Keep Mum-Mums in their wrappers

Cut a 4 ft. piece of wrapping paper into
two pieces.
Cutting LONGWAYS in half.

Cut 12 pieces of ribbon 
about 9 inches long each.

With the right side facing down,
fold the long sides in 1/3 
of the way as shown.
Do this on both papers.

Tuck a Baby Mum-Mum inside. With a 
piece of ribbon tie a knot at the 
bottom of the paper , leaving
about 2 inches. Tie another knot
at the top of the Mum-Mum.

Continue until you have 5 on each 
piece of paper. Leaving enough
room to cut at the top of each

When both sides are complete you can 
tie the tops together with more ribbon.
Fasten a name tag or other decoration
to the top of the papers that come together.

Hang your Baby Advent somewhere
that they can cut a Mum-Mum each
day when you are doing other
advent calendars.
(Note): You can make it for 
12 days of Christmas by adding
more Mum-Mums. Be sure to calculate
your paper for the extra Mum-Mums.
You could add small baby toys if you like.
I also used extra string to tie a small
pair of scissors onto the top so I
would have them to cut each day.

Have FUN!
Hope your (grand)babies love them as
much as mine did.
Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Oh Such A Cutie!

Today I want to share the latest piece I have finished for Auntie Em's. I love how this turned out and love the
Sweet Pickins paint line I used on it.
****First Steps****
I used Flour Sack as 
the base color for the whole piece and for the
two colors, of the green and blue.

This is two pieces that come apart so
I started with the top piece and sanded it so it
had a bit of a tooth for the paint to grab.
I painted the whole piece in the Flour Sack
and added some Extra Bond,

also from SP paints, just to
make sure it would adhere to the piece.
After the paint dried I sanded it
****Painting The Top Piece****
Next I used some Vaseline in areas
so that the paint would come off in
specific spots. 
Worked great!
It sanded right off
when the paint dried,
and I began sanding again.
You can see in the photo above
the areas that are
still white is where I used the Vaseline to
get it to chip away.
****Mixing The Green Color****
I began by mixing Flour Sack and Sweety Jane,
 3 parts Flour Sack and 1 part Sweety Jane. 
It was a bit too dark and I wanted it to
be even lighter so I added more
of the Flour Sack until I got the shade I wanted.
Sorry bit I didn't measure, but easy enough.
****Mixing The Blue Color***
The Blue was a mix of Flour Sack, and
then I mixed Colbalt and Ole Blue in
randomly until I reached the color
I wanted, which was something of
a light, light blue.
Sorry, again I didn't measure.
(I cook the same way!)
I painted and sanded.
****The Drawers****
Since there are 2 drawers
I needed some knobs, but they had to
go with the theme of the piece.
I didn't have one yet...
I had been wanting to use these
 beautiful napkins
I had ordered for a
unknown future piece and
so decided this would be the one.
Since knobs is my business I began
running through all the designs I offer
and was so pleased to get to use 
these NEW little birdies.
They are so adorable
and like I said, they are NEW!
I get to use them too!!!
As you can see the napkin and the
"Birds to Sing to Me"
are a perfect match.
If you are as crazy about them as I am here is
where you can purchase a set of your own.
I don't think these napkins are still
available but Aimee has more beauties
to choose from.  Reasonable prices too.
****The Wrap Up****
I layed the napkins out the way I wanted
them and then used a clear glue to glue them
down.  When they were dry I lightly sanded them.
After a good dusting I used SP Oil Wax to
go over the whole piece.
You don't have to buff it out but I did a bit.
She is fini!

Thanks for following.  Until next time...
God Bless You Real Good!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Furniture onParade...

1.  WHO who? 

Re-finished Baby dresser with Custom Owl Knobs made to match babies d├ęcor.



2. Ciao Baby!
Re-finished Vanity with Custom "Ciao" Knobs were designed just for this piece.


Close ups


This is available at Euntie Em's in Tehachapi, CA
3. Sitting Pretty

Re-finished Chair with  character.


This was the most comfortable chair.  It has sold.
For questions on paint colors and processes please email me
Until next time....
God bless you real good!