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Posted by admin_upcycle on June 7, 2017

How I decoupaged this Salvaged Glass Window

Vintage, Salvaged or Old Window Sitting around? DIY Decoupage it! 

You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/rBxDI_U-CHo

But I would also like to show you the still pictures of this romantic shabby chic window. Now that I have finished it . 

Did you ever find something on the side of the road and KNOW you could do something with it-but you weren’t quite sure what? It can be overwhelming right? Do I paint it? Leave it alone? Hang it? How do I paint it? Can I do this? For me, I have to do a couple of things in order to get to the point where I’m enthusiastic about getting this one. For one thing, I had a need for it in a spot in my bedroom. Is need the right word? For me, yes it is. I have to be able to see romantic things around me, things that inspire me. Things that keep me smiling and remind me of what makes me happy. Only because there are those mornings when I wake up after a bad dream and I’m so annoyed with someone. My husband? A friend, Verizon. Depends on what the dream was about. I also know I’m being irrational.  I stay there in bed surrounded by at least 4 animals, sometimes 5 if my one cat decides to come up in bed. I chat with each one of them and pet them, tell them how important and special they are, and I look around the room. When I open the shades in our bedroom I see tree tops and birds and the current weather. In the bedroom? I see the new sea foam green that we painted the walls, I believe it’s called Garden Twilight. I see the nautical vintage clock I have above the TV, and I see several pieces that I have decoupaged. All to my liking. Not something I bought, but something I made. My husband loves contemporary furniture which doesn’t exactly fit in with shabby chic. But like most couples we’ve learned to compromise with one room this way and another one that way. Or a mix of the both in a room if we can get away with it. When I looked over towards the top of the dresser and saw only glass….I just had to add something to it! It can’t just be white and bare. By the way, how about those little pink lights around the outside? I can only find those at IKEA and they won’t ship them -darn. We go to IKEA about every 4 months and I’ll stock up on things like these lights that I can’t find anywhere else. So back to our Salvage window.

Another Necessary Step in the Decoupage Process

Do you know that for me, I HAVE to get out into nature. I can look all over Pinterest for ideas, but for inspiration I have to have to have to get out no matter what the weather. I live on the East Coast of USA, an hour from the ocean and a mile from the Beautiful Delaware River. I always have to find my way towards some body of water. I’m sure it’s the negative Ion’s that flood my system and always make me feel happy for no reason, the sunshine, the trees, the vegetation and the wild life. 

I mean, how can I not be happy when I step outside of myself and my home and have a look around at all of the prettieness going on around me? I know that’s not a word, it just should be. 

I tend to be one of those people who habitually says, “I don’t have the time!” But I notice that seems to be for the things that need to get done, or that I don’t want to do sometimes. I also noticed that it became a habit to just keep repeating that. I had housework to do, bills to pay, blog posts to write, and video’s to make! But when I get out in nature, all I need to do is relax and take it all in. That’s when I get inspired. That’s when I can feel what I want to do with my projects. For this window I suddenly went from being overwhelmed and not having any time to do it to knowing that I was so ready to get this done, I went home and got right to work on it.  I know you may not live near a body of water. You may live in a city, but I’m sure there is a spot somewhere – where you just feel inspired, or calm or just better about life. I used to live in an area where I felt inspired by driving to this one parking lot in an upscale office building. The car was always safe and warm, and the parking lot was designed so that it was like a park. There was shade where I needed it, fountains, birds singing and for me a break from a desk job where I heard a lot of complaints all day. I hope you find that time and place for yourself. You will never ever regret taking that time out for yourself. 

Something else I wanted to mention before you have a look at the supplies. Did you know that you can purchase anything and everything you need on Amazon through my site? If you’re shopping for bath towels, vitamins or dog toys, you can still get all of that on Amazon with your Prime membership through my site. Click on any of the links below to get what you need and when you’re done getting your decoupage supplies, you can click on search and continue on with your shopping. * Napkin patterns change all the time and some napkins are not available anymore. You can also click on any link and do a search for the specific napkin pattern you would like. Floral, botanical, nautical, etc. 

Happy Pasting my friends! 

Here are the supplies you’ll need for this project. 


Decoupage Glue                                                                  http://amzn.to/2s4KXLS 

Stencil used in Video                                                            http://amzn.to/2rMg1No

Level                                                                                      http://amzn.to/2s4MWji

Painters tape                                                                          http://amzn.to/2qX18a0

Small spouncing brushes                                                        http://amzn.to/2rWfYkz   

Liquitex Matte Varnish                                                           http://amzn.to/2s4TYVr   

Rose Napkins (multi color)                                                    http://amzn.to/2sgzsAL    

Rose Napkins Pinks                                                               http://amzn.to/2s4zWdz   

Decoupage scissors (curved)                                              http://amzn.to/2sgJHF9  

Saran Wrap                                                                            http://amzn.to/2s4BEM1

Brush Set                                                                               http://amzn.to/2rMEoea

All of these brushes for 15 dollars! 

Chalk Paint (Sampler kit)                                                       http://amzn.to/2s4R1nC

Large Spouncer Brush                                                          http://amzn.to/2r6ATx3

Elmers Glue (White)                                                               http://amzn.to/2rCbMpq

Chip Brushes                                                                         http://amzn.to/2qXCiqm







Posted by admin_upcycle on June 1, 2017

How To Repurpose a Plastic Bottle with Decoupage

Gotta Love Decoupage! 

So I took this Dawn dishwashing bottle,  And turned it into this….to keep near my sink.                                                       You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/qpQI5ER9VFo     

    We use these two accessories so often.  My husband enjoys a glass of wine and likes that big uffy glass cleaner-while I tend to like to scrub everything before I put it in the dishwasher. (Why do I do that )      I see them several times a day so I decided that I wanted something to store them in that looked pretty. But what? Glass? Easy to find but not practical around the sink for everyday use. I wondered what I could use that would fit nicely in this one little spot on my sink where the Dawn Dishwashing liquid bottle was. Then it “Dawned” on me. Alright, that was bad, I know, but I am wondering if I should bring this bottle with me for inspiration from now on. Anyway, I knew I could cut the plastic, I knew I could decoupage it and waterproof it, I also knew I could find kitchen themed papers easily. I know what some of you are wondering. “Don’t you make kitchen themed papers?” They are coming. They are in the future project box.Which is not an actual box although now that I think of it, why isn’t it? This is how I think….I could decoupage a box! I could make a DIY Youtube video showing you how to decoupage a box! I digress. Let’s get back to my dish accessory container. First of all, I’m excited to say that my all time favorite decoupage glue is finally available with free shipping on Amazon! Yay!!! You can find that right here: http://amzn.to/2qC8zU0  Even though I’ll still suggest the Spar Varnish, I am so impressed with this decoupage glue that comes to us from Germany. I have German blood in me, my husband is German and there is just something about a German car. They sure know how to make things and make them well. But let’s get back to getting our kitchen to look pretty. 

Design your DIY project to match your home.

Have a look at these lemon, botanical, viney French themed napkins…Can’t get much more kitcheny than that. You can get those napkins here: http://amzn.to/2rVKGdL   But what if you prefer Hummingbirds, Orchids and French script? you can get those here: http://amzn.to/2qHzi0x and they look like this….Now—THAT is romantic…perhaps you have a different theme in your home, Maybe a Victorian theme? http://amzn.to/2rGlKra  this link will take you to these napkins……. What about Baroque? 

Imagine this sitting on your sink proudly! You can get those here: http://amzn.to/2rqx5KS   You may just prefer some lovely cheerful Daisies like these: You can get those here: You know what I love about this particular pattern? The actual petals are white, meaning you can paint the background white and have the daisies really stand out! Which brings me to the paint you’ll need to use. 

How to Decoupage on Plastic

It’s very important to use a product that is meant to adhere to plastic. Plastic is not only flexible but it’s so slippery that you need special paint in order to retain whatever design you put on your bottle. Here’s the solution for that. http://amzn.to/2rqUCv5  As of today the price is less than FOUR dollars!! on Amazon. With free shipping. It would cost me more in gas and the price of this in the Hardware store to run out and get it! How does Amazon do it? So you may have noticed that I have the Matte finish for sale here and there’s a reason for that. For one, you’ll be adding a top coat/varnish over your finished project anyway, never mind the decoupage glue, so you can add the shine at the end. But for me, a matte coat as the base of any of my projects just makes my napkin or tissue paper pattern stand out that much more and it seems to adhere better. It is best to use the same color paint as the background color of your napkin. If your napkins have a cream colored background you can go ahead and click on that link above next to the can and search cream plastic spray paint, or whatever light color you have. This is the main ingredient you will need in order to make this project a success. Well, that and your amazing talent…

Supplies Needed to Decoupage on Plastic

Napkins, click on the links above and if you don’t care for the napkins I’m showing you can still do a search for the exact napkins you are looking for. Here’s a head’s up for you. Michel Design, Punch Studio and Ideal Home Range all have lovely napkin choices. When you click on any of the napkin links above you can enter any of those into the search and maybe you’ll want to grab a cup of tea or coffee while you peruse all of the beautiful napkins that you’ll see. Of course you’ll also want that spray paint just for plastic above and these following items. 

Glitter                                                                                     http://amzn.to/2rWb72V

*Martha makes the Fireiest Glitter ever!

Straws                                                                                   http://amzn.to/2rGkYKN 

E6000 glue/clear with precision tips                                       http://amzn.to/2rqNteu

Clothespins                                                                             http://amzn.to/2rWfR90

Viva Decor Decoupage glue                                                   http://amzn.to/2rGb2Rg

Spar Varnish Spray                                                                  http://amzn.to/2rVX1Pl

As you’ll notice in the video it was a bit challenging to add the straws around the top of my surface, and I mentioned that was because I didn’t use the correct applicators over my E6000. Hot glue will not work over this project and I did try it though I thought I would have problems with it. The E 6000 will hold up under all of the wear and tear this will get being near your sink. And Don’t forget about using that top piece! it came in so handy when I wanted to add bird food to my feeder. I get these huge bags of bird food from Costco but i can’t lug them around the yard-filling the feeders. So I bring the feeders to the bag and use my very well rinsed container. For now though, I’m loving my new container! And I didn’t have to go buy it! 

Posted by admin_upcycle on May 25, 2017

How I Weatherproof My Decoupaged Terra Cotta Pots

Got Terra Cotta – Pots or Planters, Like this one? 

How about we turn it into something that looks like this. Watch the video here:      https://youtu.be/SFnhKvd4mMc         This is one of the few times when I will not be using chalk paint-I’ll be using Martha Stewart’s Multi surface paints like these. http://amzn.to/2qXRzun I may have said in the DIY Video that these come in a pack of 12 but it looks like I should have said 10. These colors are stunning. I use them on bottles, cans, boxes, and of course, planters. Terra Cotta is very porous.  For that reason you have to seal it to make it waterproof and weather proof. Here’s the main reason I used these paints as opposed to chalk paints. These paints can be baked on in order to make the item you’re working on, waterproof. The paint becomes permanent. You do not have to bake your project, and in some cases you can’t. If you prefer not to bake your project you can leave this to air dry for 21 days. You can’t use it or add anything over the top of the paint for 21 days while it cures. That’s not very practical for today’s purposes though. We want to decoupage! We want to add a UV protectant, and we want to put this outside for the spring and summer. So here’s how we can cure this a lot more quickly. 

Make sure your paint has dried for at least one hour, it must be dry to the touch, no tackiness before you put it in the oven. So if you’re working on a terra cotta pot, paint it, leave it dry for at least one hour (longer is fine-if you can’t get back to it until later in the week, no problem) Place your pot in a room temperature oven. Set the oven to 350. When oven reaches 350 set your timer for 30 minutes. Allow oven to cool back down to room temp with your pot still in it. Then remove. Then we can begin to decoupage. I wanted to make sure I had napkins that flowed in an upwards direction. Like these. So that it looks just like flowers are growing up the pot! You can purchase these napkins here: http://amzn.to/2rS3O9x

Now we can Decoupage our Terra Cotta Pot! 

I took a fine artists brush like this one, (a filbert brush)  which you can purchase here:http://amzn.to/2rVVyoc to wet the area of the napkins I wanted to use. I tore the flowers out from the napkin – making sure I didn’t separate them yet (you want to make sure you are only decoupaging with the top ply of the napkin) I then began to decoupage. Once I was finished decoupaging …

Let’s add the waterproofing to our terra cotta pot now. 

it’s all about the Spar Varnish. This is the varnish that is used on boats, whether they go into a lake, the ocean or just sit in someone’s driveway. The surfaces of a boat usually get all of the elements depending on where you live but they certainly take the brunt of the sun and the water. For that reason you need to protect them with something specific, and that would be this: http://amzn.to/2riLTMt    If you are outside of the US, you can google “Spar Varnish” in your country and see what comes up. I am not sure if this is available in all countries. You’ll notice that the label says it is meant to be used over Exterior Wood. Just so you know, I have been using this for years over my decoupaged projects and it works perfectly. 

Here are some of the other items you’ll need for this project. 

Viva Decor Napkin Decoupage glue                                                  http://amzn.to/2qXX5gz


Posted by admin_upcycle on May 11, 2017

DIY Any Glass Jar Into a Storage Container!

 Got Glass Jars? 

Spaghetti, Pickles, Salsa, Olives, what else? How about glass jars that you just have from who knows where? I keep some of my prettier or larger glass bottles because I know I’ll be able to do something pretty to them, but I also love to store my foods in jars. Plastic has all kinds of problems unless it’s BPV free. , Metal can be especially harsh on acidic ingredients -one of the reasons that salsa is sold in glass jars and glass just seems that much more substantial to me. 

Let’s do an image transfer over decoupage.

The large glass jar above with the word Cocoa on it was a lot easier to make than I thought. As the video shows I first painted the jar with Chalk paint. http://amzn.to/2pyHqj6

You can use any color. If I was going for an ocean theme I would use this beautiful color. You do want to make sure your tissue papers look pretty over the color though. When you click on the link above though you can select whatever color you want. Also you would want to decide if you would like to make your jar simple and just paint it any pretty color and add the transfer to it? Or like me, would you like to add some decoupage papers around it to make it look even prettier?  In the video I showed how to add this high gloss top coat called Triple Thick. http://amzn.to/2qtt3Ss and sprinkle some of Martha’s very shiny coarse glitter along with the other 2 that are included in this pack http://amzn.to/2qtocjQ to add some added depth. But if you don’t like glitter you can add embellishments like these http://amzn.to/2pAYiqm and trust me, these sparkle in certain spots making the pearls stand out and really compliment your piece. These come in different colors so you’ll want to get the one that matches your project. But you may not want to add anything except for lovely tissue papers to decoupage like the ones I used here. https://www.zazzle.com/watercolor_pink_roses_carnations_baby_breath_tissue_paper-256791941424358350     and on the larger jar I used this paper (pink blush hydrangea watercolor) https://www.zazzle.com/vintage_heart_shaped_hydrangea_tissue_paper-256245290269434470 

If you would like to have a Matte Finish on your project you would do well to use this one. http://amzn.to/2qtvKDy   I find this one to look invisible once it’s on your surface, no shine, no gloss just a clear protective cover over your work. 

How to do an image transfer over decoupage…

When making the large Cocoa jar (which I immediately put to use tonight…I first painted it, then decoupaged the large blush pink hydrangea over it. Let it dry, added one more coat of decoupage glue and by the way, this is a good decoupage glue for you to use, http://amzn.to/2pADhfp and once it dried I used another Liquitex product called Liquitex matte gel medium. I have been doing transfers for years and let me just say that I was constantly getting frustrated with myself before finding this. I always thought it was me as I followed instructional video after video, blog posts and book instructions on how to do transfers. Finally I found this one when reading a blog post about a different subject. The blogger was writing about how frustrated she was with decoupaged plates because there were uneven spots of dryness through the plates. Even after years, some places looked wet and some looked dry until she started to use this. I bought it for that same reason but in a pinch I experimented with it on a transfer and FINALLY I was so excited to have transferred one of my pictures onto a piece of canvas successfully. I now use it all the time no matter what the surface is for the transfer. Although I have found that chalk paint really takes hold of a transfer. Back to our regularly scheduled blog post though…I used this paper https://www.zazzle.com/kitchen_jar_labels_reversed_for_transfers_tissue_paper-256686971816402936          and tore away the word Cocoa. I applied my gel medium only over the spot where I was going to place the word and after smoothing it out with my fingers I placed the tissue paper with the image side down,  (the words will be facing the correct direction as you place the word down.) The tissue paper is so thin that this will look as if you simply ordered papers that came to you backwards. Yes the words are backwards but that is only so that when you lay them down to transfer them they will be facing in the right direction. Have I confused you yet? The video makes it a whole lot easier than I probably am. Once  laid the paper onto my decoupaged surface I placed the glass jar into my cold oven. I set the oven to 170 degrees and once I heard the ding to let me know I had reached that temperature, turned the oven off and left the jar to sit in there for a half an hour. When I took it out the paper (and gel medium) were completely dry. I then wet my fingers and began to rub away the thin tissue paper leaving only the word “Cocoa” behind over my decoupage. By the way you can also use the words printed in reverse here for lables -you will find Coffee, Sugar, Flour and Tea on this sheet. https://www.zazzle.com/reverse_tea_coffee_flour_sugar_tissue_paper-256083228393099119


If you would like you can watch the video and see how I made my kitchen organizing jars. You can also do this with bottles. 

Don’t forget to like and follow me on Facebook at Upcycle with Decoupage. You will get to see my video’s sooner this way. I don’t know about your but I am subscribed to so many youtubers that I get inundated with emails telling me what to watch next. As if I don’t have enough video’s to watch on youtube! But there are so many talented people out there aren’t there? Alrighty friends, off I go!

Have fun! 

Posted by admin_upcycle on April 27, 2017

How I Recycle Old Furniture Easily

How I turned this piece of Furniture into this piece of Furniture- Easy Upcycle 

Whether you call it upcycled furniture, recycled furniture or repurposed furniture, there is just something about taking an unused possession and giving it new life. I made sure to put the word Easy in the title because I finished this in a few hours in one day. One day! I love projects like that.  I also made sure to make the Decoupage as simple as possible. For instance, you can buy the pretty pink fairy rose paper right here: https://www.zazzle.com/pink_fairy_roses_tissue_paper-256783409162144145. While you’re there, please check out my other papers. I design my papers specifically for decoupage, transfers and mixed media work. I even let you know it’s ok to use my images to sell your work-as long as you are not mass producing anything. If you’re selling at craft shows, or on Etsy-or in other words using your own talented hands to create, then have it at! I am adding more and more designs every month. I can’t wait to get to the Coast and snap up those nautical themed images. I will spend a whole day just taking pictures. O.K. I will break for a latte and some food, but that’s all. 

Simple Decoupage and Easy Painting on furniture

As you’ll notice in the video I used this brush http://amzn.to/2qg0fIC  and I would say that I can’t begin to tell you what a difference this brush has made, except that I can! This is the beauty of the blog post, I can add so much more in here than I can in the video. This brush is firm, it’s sturdy and it’s perfect for applying chalk paint or the wax that goes over the chalk paint ….but wait!!! I am often asked if it’s advisable to use wax over decoupaged chalk paint, and it is n o t. You can apply the wax to the rest of the piece of furniture that you are repurposing but you would want to stick to a matte varnish over the decoupaged part(s) of your furniture. Like on this Stool, you would only want to add wax over any part of this stool underneath the seat top. By using about 3 coats of this varnish, http://amzn.to/2p587zf You can protect the decoupaged surface for years to come. I have been trying out varnishes as well as Decoupage glues for years, and if you want a totally flat matte surface, this is the stuff. 

And what can I say about chalk paint? From the velvety smooth finish that goes over your project to the simplicity of painting it on, I mean come on, I don’t have to sand anything??? I couldn’t believe that when I first got this paint. After using it for years, I can say that it’s all true. Once in a blue moon I’ll hear someone who says that they do not like chalk paint. I doubt they have ever used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, since the color selection alone is amazing. Annie’s paint is not that readily available though. I have to travel a half an hour which isn’t so bad, to buy it, but before that? I had to travel at least 2 hours to buy the paint here in my state. I think you can order it online and that’s even more expensive so I wouldn’t go that route. Instead I experimented with a lot of other chalk paints and found this one by Home Decor to be a very good option. http://amzn.to/2p5ddeH Folk Art has done their homework and created this nice sized smooth chalk paint in a lot of very pretty colors. No sanding required. I know I have already mentioned that but I used to spend hours and sometimes a whole day sanding an older piece of furniture. Not only was it time consuming but my arms got sore. It was probably a good workout but I would rather stick to my yoga. 

I know I’ve mentioned the painting and the top coat (varnish) but let’s go into the decoupage a little bit. Did you ever notice that sometimes people will give you instructions and say, “It’s so easy!” Yet what they don’t realize is that since THEY have been doing something for years, it IS easy to them. I hesitate to use the word easy for that reason. The decoupage process of today is easy though. I suspect that some people think it’s a complicated art form. It certainly sounds highfalutin. While decoupage can involve some very intricate cutting of patterns, the decoupage that I teach is of a much more practical nature. I also like to make things simple. I want to enjoy myself-not get frustrated. That’s why I have started my own line of papers also. For this week’s project I used this paper,  https://www.zazzle.com/pink_fairy_roses_tissue_paper-256783409162144145     and you’ll notice that I have several other papers you can use. Since the paper is tissue paper, it’s a bit more sturdy than napkins but not quite as thick as regular paper, making it very easy to work with. You cut out the image and paste it down. That sounds really simple right? There are a few more tricks to it but even if you don’t think your first project is sheer perfection….it will not take long before you feel very talented. The best part though is you will create and have genuine one of a kind pieces of furniture. I always did so well when I sold my furniture through boutiques, consignment stores and word of mouth. The biggest hassle was schlepping it to the destination. Some pieces took a couple of months to sell and more than one boutique went out of business before a piece or two sold. That meant I had to then cart them back home. Luckily my husband’s business requires him to have pick up trucks. I was hooked after I found a lovely old vanity in a Salvation Army store. The surface had crayon scribbles all over it, a few kids stickers that were half on and half off, on it, and a few decent scratches. Those were the days before chalk paint when I spent a few days sanding. I also had to use very hot water to first soak off the stickers, then remove the tacky glue left behind. I used a trendy (at the time) soft yellow paint, then decoupaged the surface using a botanical print with matching colored flowers over white lattice. I paid 7 dollars for that piece. Seven Dollars! I sold it for 300 dollars. I was then hooked on decoupage and upcycling. Of course I began to decoupage everything else that I could get my hands on, and as you can see, I am still working on furniture pieces. Here are the other items you’ll need to complete this project. The Fine artists brush set link that I list is for a set of brushes to apply your decoupage glue and it costs less than six dollars. You don’t need (or want) an expensive brush to apply your glue. All of the links below go through Amazon so if you’re a Prime member you get free shipping. 

Decoupage Glue                                                                http://amzn.to/2oxQXLS

80 grit sanding block (to age the piece)                            http://amzn.to/2p5uYuc

Fine Artists brush set                                                         http://amzn.to/2oxUCtd

Chalk paint brush (listed above)

Chalk paint                                                                          http://amzn.to/2pnnX8Z

Liquitex Matte Varnish (listed above) 

Decoupage scissors                                                          http://amzn.to/2oND3Bl  

Saran Wrap                                                                         http://amzn.to/2pnzAfT

** Felt Guards                                                                     http://amzn.to/2oxXrKB

** Chalk paint Wax                                                              http://amzn.to/2oy3AGP


** = optional.. If you’re going to use the chalk paint wax you will need two separate brushes to apply the chalk paint, then the wax.  You can watch the video here!   https://youtu.be/XOhZ92Z1m48