Where do I begin with today’s post? This was quite an undertaking but now that it is finally done? I couldn’t be happier. You can watch the video to see how it’s all done but I’m happy that I can add some more comments here about my floor. Before I go on I want to add the link to the stencil from Royal Design Studio that I used. https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/products/springtime-in-paris-lettering-stencil. The name of the stencil that I used is called Springtime in Paris-but if you would just like to have a look around this beautiful site, you can head on over to the home page and have a gander. https://www.royaldesignstudio.com I am going to include a few pictures of the floor so you can see it under different lights. Here is how it looks at night under a light. You can see the rich royal blue color and the contrast of the metallic silver French Script a lot more clearly now. Before I began this project I knew it was going to require a commitment from me-I needed to commit a lot of time but I didn’t know how much. For this reason I procrastinated for years-literally. When we moved into this house there was carpet down on the floor. Wall to wall carpet. I remember when a fastidiously neat cousin of mine had her carpets removed to have new hardwood flooring put down. She had the carpet removed from the least used room in the house. The carpet that she steam cleaned regularly. She was so embarrassed by how much dirt and dust there was on the floor once the carpet was pulled up. The padding beneath the carpet looked pretty bad too. Possibly from the steam cleaning? The steam got into the padding and how could it completely dry? Yuck… Around that time I was living in a house in this adorable quiet and safe neighborhood. I used to jog a couple of miles a day. For some reason though, when I got back to my room I would always start to wheeze. Not while running, not right after running, but only when I got into my wall to wall carpeted room. I knew the rugs in this room were old but only after I moved out did I realize how old they were. They were making me sick. Back to our present day home… I knew that a man lived in our house before we moved in, and eww, the thought of all of the hair, dander and spray that didn’t quite make the throne in the bathroom used to make me gag. I did the black light test over the rug and knew it had to go. I had no plans or money in the budget to do anything to the bare floor but I didn’t care. I justified that I would find the money, do something myself or just not allow anyone in that bathroom. I did do a faux marble technique over the plywood. It actually looked like marble except for one big problem-it looked like marble painted over plywood. I never ever liked it. So the bathroom did become the room that was only seen by us. I knew that the cure for plywood was thicker paper over it. I had seen the paper bag floors done on youtube. I was impressed by a few of them but I also felt so limited. What if I didn’t want an amber hued floor in there? Especially one that looked like faux leather? I wanted more of a romantic feel to the master bathroom, and so? My idea was born. 3 years ago. Life happened in the interim and I found myself saying ” I don’t have enough time” throughout all of my days, not just some days. I was doing too much, not finishing enough and certainly not feeling satisfied. It was only after I took a break from making weekly youtube video’s that I realized just how much time I was spending on the videos. It was preventing me from doing so much of everything else. I loved making the videos and I put in about 3 years of weekly videos without ever taking a vacation. Missing only a couple of weeks at different times due to people passing away. My poor husband lost both of his parents last year, and while trying to keep up with my video’s and blogging, we also had to clean out a whole home with decades worth of memories, clothes and furniture. We had to of course still take care of our own home too. . But I digress. Somehow thank God!-this floor is finally done. You do need to know that there are different grades of plywood. I’ve seen some people paint plywood and it looks lovely, but it’s not as bumpy or rugged as the plywood on my floor. I’ve also seen some painted plywood that doesn’t look so lovely. Since my plywood is a bit bumpy too, I can see a few ridges in my finished floor. But I don’t mind them at all. I will also be adding a few throw rugs and they will cover up some of the “not so perfect” spots. That said, I did mention that I would put the link to the woman’s blog post (from the site Domestic Imperfection) about her experience with top coats over paper floors. Here is her link. http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2014/04/the-paper-flooring-experiment-part-iii-sealer-options/
Now let me list the supplies you’ll need and the links to those supplies.
Contractors paper http://amzn.to/2nGfA8B
Matte Paint (chalk paint is great) http://amzn.to/2opMXK6 I used a little more than a quart
Metallic Paint http://amzn.to/2pv7Hzl Used less than 1 container.
Cutting Razor http://amzn.to/2oAGP3T
or Sponge roller brush http://amzn.to/2nGdqpP
Low Tack Tape http://amzn.to/2nGjU7Y
Coarse Sanding block http://amzn.to/2pvlK8f
Dirt Devil Electric Vacuum http://amzn.to/2o8fXUP Only 19.99 and is a best seller! I use mine without the handle. & by the by? This is perfect for cleaning up around the litter box. I do not like to use the house vacuum for the kitty litter.
Decoupage Glue 1 Gallon Matte Mod Podge http://amzn.to/2pvAdAK I used only about a half gallon. Make sure you get the size needed for your project.
Angle Paint brush http://amzn.to/2nGfIF5 For less than 6 dollars this was the best investment!
Fine Artists brush http://amzn.to/2pvgfGG
T Square Ruler http://amzn.to/2pvw3ZK
Top Coat Paint -brush http://amzn.to/2o7K0gc
Fine Mist Bottle http://amzn.to/2pve6uo
Water Wiz Applicator http://amzn.to/2oZn4Un This was perfect for applying the Varethane that I used.
Varethane http://amzn.to/2opImYv I used a quarter of the gallon of this. And I’ll be adding at least one more coat.
Don’t forget about things like tacks, sponge brushes and a few lint free rags. This is a gloss varathane that I used and you may want semi gloss, satin or matte. I’m not sure if this company makes a matte finish but make sure you ask your salesperson how all of these work. Tell them what is most important to you. Drying quickly? Heavy traffic? Easy to clean? Fewer Coats? You may want to do your own research on a top coat since the blog post I have shown is from a few years ago. It was where I started because it made me ask other questions that I would not have known to ask. If you go to a quality paint store, there are usually very qualified people in the store that are trained to know which products will work best for you. Some of the floor top coats even state on the can that they should not be used over paint. Some say that they dry to a nice amber hue. Amber hue? On my blue floor? No way! So I had a lot of my own research that needed to get done too. This is one of the most satisfying video’s I have ever done, but I can only say that now that I am done. Now that I am done with my blog post, I can finally feel good about having completed this floor which had been on the back burner for so many years. Have fun my friends!
LLet’s take these candle votives that started out as clear glass and turn them into these romantic vintage rose themed beauties. I actually bought this box of candles here : http://amzn.to/2jgEHrx I love that there are 8 candles in a box in clear glass votives and they cost eleven dollars! I got the green color because my friend got them and the scent was very light. These do come in all different colors and scents though. I made sure to use my tissue paper since I made them specifically to fit over small votive jars. Vintage white roses, carnations and baby’s breath all in watercolor. I wanted to make these as romantic as possible. Romantic candles, the 2 words go together. These would be great party favors for a bridal shower, or they can be placed on the tables in front of wedding guests. These are quite easy to make and I’ll show you how in this week’s video. You can watch the video here : https://youtu.be/5UfVAtFeE8g Here are the supplies you’ll need below. Please don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel after you watch the video. There are now over 230 DIY decoupage video’s on my channel.
Vintage Roses Tissue paper http://www.zazzle.com/vintage_watercolor_white_roses_babeis_breath_tissue_paper-256385007037534653
Is that link long enough for you? They tell me they are working on it. 🙂
You can purchase my book here: http://amzn.to/2jyVVBB
Chalk Paint http://amzn.to/2jr4Mrb
Mini Brush roller http://amzn.to/2kuJkDt
E6000 Glue http://amzn.to/2jr2Rmv
2 yards pearl ribbon ⇓ http://amzn.to/2jgxLuD
crushed velvet ribbon *any color http://amzn.to/2jr0K25
Decoupage Glue http://amzn.to/2jgDKPY
Matte Finish (top coat) spray http://amzn.to/2jgq5bQ
Liquid Pearls http://amzn.to/2jr2f0d
You can buy this multi colored set or search for your color
Crystal Rhinestone Trim (clear) http://amzn.to/2kuPpzK
*Optional Zinnser Cover Stain http://amzn.to/2k5icum
You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/ixgNgd1fWyc
Ready to make those plain old cardboard matchboxes look spectacular? I’ll show you how with this simple Decoupage project. Winter time means cozy nights by the fire, but you gotta have matches! And they have got to be pretty matches. Let’s make those Matchboxes a pretty Pink Rose and carnation Shabby chic themed room accent. Here’s what you’ll need to make these.
First and foremost, here is a link to my papers. I have created these papers and you’ll want to have a look around both of my stores while you’re on this site. Upcycledecoupage and patioelf. Mostly watercolor images of all sorts of flowers-though I am always adding new papers to my line. Just for decoupage and mixed media! Here’s the link to these papers.
Or have a look around my store here: http://www.zazzle.com/s/upcycledecoupage
and my other store here: http://www.zazzle.com/s/patioelf
With decoupage….it’s all about the papers! Here are the other supplies you’ll need to complete this.
Cardboard Matchboxes http://amzn.to/2jLX1KQ
White Chalk paint http://amzn.to/2joMUeX
1″ sponge roller (3 pack) http://amzn.to/2iK7KU1
Collage Pauge 16 oz Matte decoupage glue http://amzn.to/2iK4iZE
12 pc asst shabby embellishments http://amzn.to/2jovKhO
Adhesive Pearl Strands (white) http://amzn.to/2jzSfSO
E6000 mini Craft Glue http://amzn.to/2joAHXD
Sea Shell Glass Glitter (see color below) http://amzn.to/2iK5zQI
Martha Stewart Arctic White Glitter (3 pack) http://amzn.to/2joOBt2
Martha Stewart Glitter Glue (Clear-to hold glitter) http://amzn.to/2iKbm8H
Ranger 7 pack Liquid Pearls, Stunning Colors ⇓ http://amzn.to/2joR5aK
There you are! Have fun with this project. I can’t wait to have company over so I can light the fire in front of them, they will then ask me (as they always do)…..”Please tell me you did a “how to” video on this!” That’s half the fun! Please remember to subscribe to my youtube channel-it’s what keeps me going-and if you follow me on Facebook you’ll be notified every week when I post a new how to video….Have a great week my friends!
Welcome back my friends! Pizzi or Pizzo Geoffre Decoupage has never looked like this. Normally this style of decoupage uses a darker brown oil paint to cover the lace. You then wipe that oil away and are left with a lovely vintage stained lace over your surface. I however, did not want to do what has already been done, so I decided to bring a bit of the summer back to our project for today. Here are the supplies you’ll need and don’t forget to check out the video and subscribe to my channel! Upcycle with Decoupage is also on Facebook so if you like and follow the page you’ll be notified every week when I put a new video out!
Let’s first start out with some lovely sheer lace….http://amzn.to/2j4Meh2
Decoupage Glue http://amzn.to/2jAu8EA *$2.82 Shipping fee
Viva Decor Precious Metal Colors http://amzn.to/2jrMoM7
Chalk Paint http://amzn.to/2idcQrN *all colors/ I used light green and white for todays video.
White Craft Glue http://amzn.to/2idf3DP
Glittering Glue http://amzn.to/2jrGfzl
Coarse White Glitter http://amzn.to/2jrMhQK
10 pc Sponge pouncers http://amzn.to/2jrR6cN
Mini or Travel Blow Dryer http://amzn.to/2idjZIt
Clear) E-6000 glue http://amzn.to/2jrDRJ4
21 pcs Craft Keys http://amzn.to/2iC71oH
Sea Shells http://amzn.to/2jrFA0Q
Before I go on, here is the link to my store on Zazzle. http://www.zazzle.com/s/patioelf
There is another store on Zazzle of mine, and here is the link to it http://www.zazzle.com/s/upcycledecoupage There are 2 stores because the first store I opened has the name of this website and my Facebook page associated with it. But as time goes by I am trying to streamline everything into one name. I will even change my Facebook page name to Patioelf. Possibly patioelf decoupage since we’re all about decoupage. I will even be changing the name of this website to patioelf decoupage. Now, back to our video for the week!
Don’t you just love going to thrift stores? You may even already have an old frame laying around your house. How cool is it that you can now make pictures in the color themes that you want or like? Who cares what’s on trend? I know I don’t. Some colors soothe me and they always will. My favorite color goes in and out of favor as does yours. We surround ourselves with what makes us comfortable. So I will be adding images in all the colors of the rainbow, and then some of course to the site where I am selling it. In the meantime here are some supplies you may need too. You will notice next to the Viva Decor Napkin glue that there is a note saying there is a shipping free with this. This is the best napkin decoupage glue I have found. I have used this to decoupage planters with and these planters have stood up to rain, snow, high heat and humidity and direct sunlight. I used this glue in todays project and it’s the one with the semi gloss finish. You can however, use the Liquitex Matte Varnish over a high gloss surface if you plan to decoupage the way I have. Don’t forget, Upcycle with Decoupage is on Facebook, if you go over and click “like” and “follow” on the page you’ll be notified every week when I put a new video out. As always, thank you for subscribing to my youtube channel! Happy New Year!!!!
Chalk paint sampler set http://amzn.to/2iFL60R
Viva Decor Napkin Glue (there is a shipping fee with this one) http://amzn.to/2hSKhVb
Liquitex Matte Varnish http://amzn.to/2jbDTsr
Bare Wood Frame to decorate http://amzn.to/2iFVyFE
There is no glass on this frame