Thursday, September 13, 2012

I'm Baaack!! & Another Bed to Porch Bench

Hello everyone! Boy have I missed ya'll! I'm so glad to have my Internet back up and running.  It took fooorEEver!

Even though I haven't been posting on my blog I have still been busy.  I've been making cute things for a baby shower  and painting up a storm.

The first thing I'm going to share with you is another bed head & foot board turned into a porch bench.  Here's the after.

This was a twin size vintage bed.  I thought I took a picture of it before it was cut up and painted but couldn't find one.  Sorry. When making one of these you just need to be sure to cut the foot board into two pieces that are at least 14" deep.  I use 2 x 4's for the seat. 

After my sweet husband put the bench together for me per my instructions I painted it with ASCP in Duck Egg Blue and Old White.  Once it was dry I was ready to apply the images. You will need the following:

tissue paper with images (either printed from your computer onto tissue paper or images from a napkin)
Mod Podge

I'm really into doing tissue decoupage.  They look so much more like hand painted pictures, although they are very delicate, and difficult at times to work with. First, cut out your images.

The images I used are cut from napkins. Once you have them cut out you separate the two layers so that you only have the one thin layer the image is on. (By the way I was trying to do this outside during the time Isaac was hitting New     Orleans.  It was sunny here in northeast Texas but the wind gust were 30 mph! To say the least I had quite a time holding onto those little flowers! lol)

You can see in the above two pictures the two thin layers I am separating. 

Next apply a coat of Mod Podge to the area you want to apply the image.

Take your image and using your thumb press the center area of the picture to the area you have Mod Podged.  Working from the center out and with very light strokes apply Mod Podge to the entire image.  DO NOT USE MORE THAN 2 OR 3 STROKES OF BRUSH ACROSS EACH AREA.  More than that will usually make the tissue paper dissolve. Also, do not apply a thick coat of the Mod Podge.  Once it dries it will be hard and you can apply more coats.

After I had applied all of the images I applied three more coats of Mod Podge allowing it to dry between each coat.

Once that was completely dry I applied a coat of ASCP clear wax to the entire bench.  I then distressed it in the appropriate areas.  To finish I applied two coats of a spray on non-yellowing polyurethane.  And there you have it a new/old bench to laze away the afternoons on. 

Are you ready to give it a try? Go for it! I know you can do it!  If I can anyone can. :-)

Totally Transformed Tuesday will be back up next week so be ready to share!  I will chose favorites from the last TTT we were able to have about four weeks ago.

Have a wonderful weekend,

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Unknown said...

This is just simply amazing - wow you take diy to a new level
Beautiful job!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Glad to have you back up and running again Peggy... nothing worse than computer woes. Lovely transformation. Thanks for sharing on Shabbilicious Friday.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Simply beautiful! so glad you are back up an running, must of been very frustrating for you! I seen this headboard at GW today, now sorry I didn't buy it! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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