Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tutorial :Stencilling on Metal

Adding 'a bit more' to plant holders

Tin and copper holders have been showing up in the thrift stores and regular readers know I love stencilling.

Always checking out what other bloggers are sharing - and stencilled plant holders are gracing front porches, table centers, mantel decorations and more.


Found 3 (1) raised pattern, curved surface green tin (2) flat surface curved blue tin (3) small oval brass. Each was about $1.00.

I had the stencils and paint supplies on hand so no 'new costs'.

Project # 1

Curved and patterned surfaces are not as 'easy to stencil' as a flat board. Three hands and lots of tiny fingers to hold the stencil flat while adding the paint would have been very handy - but instead I used blue tape and held each letter as flat as possible while I ponced (added the paint, sponge by Martha Stewart).

I did use a fine tip brush to clean up the edges that had bumpy lines plus add a yellow line on the plant pot. Used Michigan Pine by CeCe Caldwell and Fat Paint Tuscan Sun.

A few daffodils were in my side garden so I picked 6, pulled up a few pieces of ground cover and clippings from a lilac, ornamental plum and cherry tree to add to the planter.

Project # 2

It is important to use extra blue tape to hold a larger stencil in place when using a smaller area of that stencil

Used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Napoleonic Blue.

Having a stencil become loose when stencilling usually means it is time to wash off the paint and start again. I did that on my first try with the blue tin plant holder.

Project # 3

An oval brass FTD flower/plant holder with WELCOME added. I used Folkart Peel and Stick Painting Stencils with CeCe Caldwell Beckly Coal Chalk-clay paint.

Added some pink flowering garden ground cover and a white hen on a basket.

Finished each stencil words on the planter with Fusion Tough Coat Sealer Clear (2 coats). It does show a bit shiny but better than the stencilled painted words washing off in the first rain.


various tin/metal containers
stencils of choice

I used: 
CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal
CeCe Caldwell Michigan Pine
Fat Paint Tuscan Sun
Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue
Stencilling Sponges  by Martha Stewart
Fine tip and 1/4" brushes
Blue Frog tape
Fusion Tough Coat Sealer Clear
clean rags  
newspaper (to protect surfaces) and to remove extra paint off sponge before stencilling (drier sponge with paint used for stencilling)

- cleaned surface to be stencilled (damp 
  cloth) and dry
- tape stencil securely to the surface
- sponge (very dry sponge) painted
  each letter
- removed stencil, wait until paint is dry
- paint (lightly x2) over letters with Fusion Tough Coat Sealer Clear to seal the paint.

I picked up a Belle Fiore Teapot yesterday at the thrift store - very crazed inside and out - but no chips anywhere and added the teapot to the collection of planters. Evening photo.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

IKEA Vintage Stool Revived

Well used vintage stool made attractive again.

This vintage IKEA stool does not show up in their catalogue or in any searches (except one, in a corner of a room on Pinterest). That was enough incentive for me.

First part of the job (and no before picture taken) was sanding off the old stool top finish. Next was finding a stencil to fit.

The stencil of a Papillon (butterfly) with a wreath (from Michaels) plus CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal chalk-like paint, some blue masking tape and Martha Stewart 3/4" sponge pouncher were the supplies used for this project. 

Forgot to include this wonderful and very vintage tablecloth with the pink birds (salt and pepper) in my last post.

After stencilling and drying overnight I gave the stool 2 coats of Varathane Crystal Clear Water Based, drying between coats.

The water based Varathane was an easy 'brush' cleanup with soap and water.

I took the stool over to my booth on Monday.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

March Thrift Polish Share

Happy Easter

Two cheeky Rabbits in Carrot Canoes, salt and pepper, visiting from the 1940's.


Love seeing sun shining through a stained glass wall hanging.


My favourite local Church sale had a pink and white baby quilt, a pink, blue and white elephant salt and pepper and a creamer chick with blue bonnet and cape. The lovely ladies were well organized before the sale began, had lots of people to help, priced, wrapped and bagged (and held until I was finished shopping). Thanks to you all.

Estate sales that are well organized, with lots of helpers, make it easier both for the buyer and the seller. If the estate sale has a bit of hoarder feel, even better.

Only a few kitchen type finds of the rustic sort but a great many 'finer' decorative glass and china pieces were available.

Another church sale to raise funds toward building a school in India had a well organized and 'grouped by type' event. Good range of finds. The many ladies and gentlemen were great at 'holding' my bags while I continued to shop plus the Youth Group were helping - and my bags and finds were carried to my car !

The  first Estate sale had a few bells and teapots so I grouped them around a cake stand with a Fenton ruffled rim candle holder bowl holding a small Fenton basket.

I have posted about the tools I found at the first Estate sale but I forgot to add that my Dad was a carpenter and all of us (sibs) like to fix, build, make things work better just like Dad - we worked as his helpers from a very young age whenever we could. The sib Boys are Journeyman Carpenters and the sib Girls are not too shabby at repairing, fixing, constructing, re-building etc. either.

The collection below has tied twigs, a cabbage slicer from Sweden, a box of vintage Dominoes and a crib board, then 3 sets of cast metal painted salt and peppers and finally a treasured hand made table cloth, some mid-century pink bird salt and peppers, two Royal Grafton mugs and a dragon fly hook.

I collect tools - rusty, still useful and I clean them. Mostly I wipe them down with Hemp Oil (Fusion and MMS). I use Hemp Oil on wood and metal and leather to bring back some of the original look

Found an Art Pottery Hager Pitcher with Burnt Orange  floral decoration and a pretty bell at the thrift store.

More thrifted finds, a Mid-Century Sadler Tea Caddy, a copper beaker, The Family Herald cookbook, an ink bottle and a black candle 5 light candle holder.

Thrifting, finding, re-purposing, repairing, sharing, photographing and blogging was my 'after I retire' choice of work (which I began 13 years before actually retiring - except blogging which I started in 2009, (2 years after retiring).

I love learning about new old pieces, researching, cleaning, repairing and sharing through blogging and through my booths at Village Antiques Mall in Fort Langley BC.

I love the blogging community of 'blogging friends' I have found through blogging - people who share their lives, what makes them tick, who create, find, fix, share and enjoy, have adventures.  I learn from them and share back. 

Thank you for visiting today and 
welcome to new readers. 

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