Friday, July 31, 2015

A Can, a Stool, and a Milk and Cream Stencil

I love stencils!  Have you figured that out yet?  Once upon a time way back in the last century, I used to design, sell, teach, and do a lot of custom stenciling jobs.  I loved it for a while, but the day came when the thought of one more trip around a room with a border of country blue bows and mauve hearts was going to push me right over the edge. My stenciling brushes sat idle for years.

Milk and cream stenciled stool and milk can.
Stencils have come a long, long way since then, and I'm loving all the new old designs.  I was so excited when Angie from Knick of Time sent me her Milk and Cream Co. stencil to try out. I see so many possibilities with this stencil and all the others in her collection.

stenciled milk can and footstool MySalvagedTreasures.com
This is what I started with: A very sturdy, but not-so-pretty stool, and a scratched up old aluminum milk can.   

Milk and cream stenciled vintage milk can
The word CREAM wasn't going to fit on the can without wrapping around the side, so I simply adjusted all the letters by stenciling them closer together. I also left off THE because I thought it was getting a little crowded up there.  To get the paint to stick to the can, I had to pounce on two coats, not swirl, otherwise it would have pulled right off. The final step was to spray the can with two coats of clear semi-gloss sealer.

stenciled and transformed milking stool
After two coats of paint and a little distressing, my not-so-pretty footstool is now a milking stool!

milk and cream stencil from Knick of Time
I used a dry brush technique with black acrylic craft paint and the brush that was provided with the stencil

how to clean a stencil
Pardon the wet picture of my stencil cleaning technique in action. I have a "thing" about starting with a fresh canvas every time I re-use a stencil. It's not really a big deal if you don't clean them, but sooner or later the paint will start to build up and you'll lose the fine details.  Before the paint cures and is fused to the stencil until the end of time, I place it in the sink, run some water over it, then give it a quick wipe with one of those eraser sponge things. This took me about 30 seconds to clean!

Add charm to a plain stool and milk can with stencils.
They may say the same thing, but I think they make a pretty good team!

You can visit Knick of Time Vintage Sign and Inspirational Stencils to see the rest of Angie's
creative stencil designs.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Vintage Inspiration Party #199


Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party!
The VIP is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered, and you can also share
 projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.
reourposed upcycled DIY projects
Vintage Inspiration Party
vin-tage (adj.) 1.) used to describe something that is not new, but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc. 2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.
VIP Hosts

Let’s see what your party hosts have been up to!
repurposed DIY trash to treasure projects
Bliss @ Bliss Ranch - Orange Marquee Letters
Carlene @ Organized Clutter - Junk Garden Tour
 Betsy @ My Salvaged Treasures - Decorated Film Canisters
Angie @ Knick of Time - Concrete Tree Slice Cloche
Rosemary @ Villabarnes - Salvaged Wood Angel

Now let's take a look at last week's Repurposed or Upcycled Project Features 
 selected by Rosemary@VILLABARNES.
I could spend all day on this porch at Penny's Vintage Home

shutter repurposing ideas
Great ideas for repurposing shutters from Thrifty Treasures.

trash to treasure bench
I was already in love with this vintage headboard and footboard.  Bad Rabbit Vintage shares its journey to become a bench.

repurposed dresser vanity bathroom
I love this bathroom vanity update. Vintage Finds shares the before and after.

repurposed jello molds upcycled candle holders
Simply Country Life shared these simply adorable jello mold candle holders.

You can buy these Vintage French Ledger tags at HoggBarnAntiques.

This week's featured blog - Anne's Attic Design.

If you were featured this week, we’d love for you to spread the news.
blog feature

Now, let's see what vintage inspired decor you have to share this week!
Link Party Guidelines
-You are welcome to share anything vintage or vintage inspired.  This includes yard sale finds, repurposed and upcycled creations, family heirlooms, and vintage/vintage inspired Etsy & Ebay items you have for sale.  If it's been around awhile or just looks that way...share away!  No food links or general crafts, please.
-Be sure to have a visible link to My Salvaged Treasures within your post (text link is fine).
-By linking up with the Vintage Inspiration Party, you agree that your photos and links may be shared on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites.  You may be included in a round up to promote the party, or individually with a link back to you.  We love what you share and the extra exposure is a benefit to everyone.



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