Tuesday, February 28, 2012

GLITTER BLAST TUESDAY.......IT'S HERE!

Is it really GLITTER BLAST TUESDAY ALREADY?
It's time for you to enter to win a set of GLITTER BLAST spray paints with an ongoing contest every other Tuesday from here to eternity. Rock on Krylon!
Winners not only get my NEW book,
THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS 2,
they'll get all of the colors of glitter blast sent right to their front door.
 Just a few simple rules to enter.
GOOD LUCK!
And may the glitter be with you....
RULES
1. SHARE this on your FB page (by pressing SHARE)
2.  LIKE and COMMENT on the KRYLON FB page that I sent you!
3.  JOIN my blog.
BLOG LINK (Wait, you're here!)
4.  COMMENT here that you've done it AND what your favorite spray paint project is.
5. Join me on TWITTER if you haven't.
TWITTER LINK
Keep an eye out for the winner.  I'll post it here and on my FB page.  
It helps if you can leave a way for me to contact you, too!

Monday, February 27, 2012

"GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!" BRIEFCASE.....How-to-torial

“GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!” BRIEFCASE
I had to name this briefcase “God Save The Queen” for obvious reasons.  It’s a Union Jack Flag…..What other reason could there be?  I’ve been finding these hard Samsonite briefcases everywhere for a while now and most of the time they don’t’ cost more than 2 bucks….So, I keep buying them in hopes that one day they will make a distinctive crafty project.  Well folks, here you go.  Rock out on your way to work!

YOU’LL NEED
1 hard briefcase
1/4 yard of blue plaid fabric
1/4 yard of red plaid fabric
White Krylon Fusion Spray Paint
Elmer’s Spray Adhesive
1 small can of Minwax Polycrylic Clear Coat
Small paintbrush
Masking tape
newspaper
Fine sandpaper

HERE’S HOW
1.    Print out a Union Jack flag from the internet to use as your guide.
2.    Clean and lightly sand your briefcase to prepare it for painting.
3.    Tape newspaper around the parts you don’t want to paint like the handle and the metal clasps. 
4.    Paint the briefcase with the white spray paint and let dry.
5.    Figure out your pattern on top of your briefcase using a pencil and ruler.
6.    Cut out the corresponding shapes in fabric.
7.    Spray the fabric shapes and glue them right on top of the briefcase.
8.    After your design is finished, coat the fabric and white area in the Minwax Polycrylic Clear coat and let dry.
9.    Give it another coat of the Minwax so that it’s nice and sturdy.
*Optional:  I made a Cameo with a photo of the Queen and placed it right in the center of the briefcase with some E-6000. 




Friday, February 24, 2012

And the winner is...............


Ann.....who writes the blog November Rose.  She wins a copy of THE FIND
by Stan Williams, The Elegant Thrifter
Congratulations Ann!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

IKEA 1/2 DOME PAPERWEIGHT......

HALF DOME PAPER WEIGHT
This paperweight is made from a glass candle holder that is so popular that I would bet 20 bucks you have a version of it in your house right now.  If you don’t, I owe you 20 bucks.  Ikea, Pier One, K-Mart, Target and the corner store all make them and include them with the candle sets we all give and get every year.  What I’m trying to say is that they are popular.  If you really don’t have one, head to the thrift store, they will have 30 on the shelves or just use something similar.  Heck, I’ll even send you one.  I have at least 100 of them hanging around.

YOU’LL NEED
Small glass dome tea light holder (Ikea and everywhere else)
Elmer’s glue
Clear Resin (I use ICE RESIN)
Small image
Glitter
OUTDOOR SPACE TO WORK…..I MEAN IT!

HERE’S HOW
1.    Clean your glass piece perfectly!
2.    Cut your image so that it comfortably fits on the bottom of your glass piece and so that you can see it from the bottom (when it’s upside down)
3.    Slightly water down some Elmer’s glue and glue it to the bottom of the glass piece and let it dry.
4.    Sprinkle a tiny bit of glitter in the glass.
5.    Mix your resin following the instructions carefully (AND DOING ALL OF THIS OUTSIDE……I REPEAT, DO THIS OUTSIDE IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA!) and fill your container.
6.    Let dry overnight

This project and 150 more in THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS 2 


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

WIN THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK by Stan Williams

Not long ago I got back in touch with my old friend Stan Williams through TWITTER. He writes a blog called The Elegant Thrifter which is just beautiful.  Stan is talented, smart, sophisticated, funny......the list goes on.  Last week he sent me a copy of his book, THE FIND and I have not been able to put it down.  The photos are inspiring, the writing is engaging and the styling is timeless.  THE FIND is all about decorating with "thrift shop treasures, flea market objects, and vintage details" and it's just beautiful.  It's right up my alley.
Come on! Walls covered in antique book pages.......I'm in LOVE.
Plaster statuary mixed with antique mirrors and beautiful aged dressers.  Stan has an eye that will leave you wanting to start redecorating every room.
Chapters to inspire every room in your house.
There are also profiles of some of Americas most creative tastemakers.
This is a book worth owning and you can win a copy on my blog today.
RULES
1.  Join THE ELEGANT THRIFTER and leave Stan a message that I sent you.
2.  Leave a comment here that you've done it and tell me about your favorite thrift store find.
That's it! I'll pick a winner and Stan will send you a copy of his BEAUTIFUL book, THE FIND.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

BUTTERFLY OBELISK: To celebrate the release of Pulp Fiction 2nd edition

BUTTERFLY OBELISK
Pulp Fiction Perfect Paper Projects 2nd edition will be released with a better design and additional projects on April 15th.  Here's a sneak peek!
When I first started making this project I wanted to cover it in something really interesting but just couldn’t think of anything that would work better than phone book pages  and butterflies.  I have so many phone books hanging around it was time to do something with them other than prop myself up at the dinner table.   I’d much rather look for a number on this obelisk than in a floppy 45 pound phone book. 

You’ll need:
Cardboard
X-Acto knife
Scissors (Fiskars is my brand of choice)
Ruler
Pencil
Elmer’s glue
1” wide paint brush
Transparent tape
Newspaper
Black and white copies of butterflies 

Here’s how:
1.    Cut out the shapes in cardboard.  The patterns are simple:
4 rectangles 3"x2 1/2" x 10"
4 triangles 2 1/2" x 1 3/4" x 1 3/4"
1 box 5" x5"square and 3" tall
3.    Tape them together to make your obelisk shape.
4.    Add Elmer’s glue where the cardboard is touching to make your shape sturdy. 
5.    Cut strips of a phone book or book pages and apply with Elmer’s glue (Water it down just a tiny bit) to the obelisk with the 1” wide paintbrush and let dry.
6.    Copy the butterflies in this book at a place like Staples.  Don’t use your home computer printer because the ink will run. 
7.    Cut your black and white butterfly copies and apply them with the Elmer’s glue and let dry.
8.    Coat with Mod Podge Gloss to finish it nicely.
FOR THIS PROJECT AND 30 MORE
Grab a copy of 
Pulp Fiction Perfect Paper Projects 2nd edition.  All the projects from the first but even BETTER!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

And the winner is...............

I've generated the winner of the last Glitter Blast Tuesday contest and it's...............Kris Rademacher Stice!
                Congratulations Kris!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

GLITTER BLAST TUESDAY! Rock on Krylon!

My bi-monthly contest is here to spread the good word about Krylon Glitter Blast!
Win a set of GLITTER BLAST spray paints with an ongoing contest every other Tuesday from here on out!  Rock on Krylon!
Winners not only get my NEW book, THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS 2, they will get all of the colors of glitter blast sent right to their front door.  Just a few simple rules to enter.
GOOD LUCK
And may the glitter be with you....
RULES
1.  LIKE and COMMENT on the KRYLON FB page that I sent you!
http://www.facebook.com/KrylonCrafts?ref=ts
2. LIKE and COMMENT on my fan page that your entering the contest.
http://www.facebook.com/MarkMontanoNYC?ref=ts
3.  JOIN my blog if you haven't.
4.  LIKE my BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS on Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/Big-Ass-Book-Crafts-2/dp/1451627807/ref=bxgy_cc_b_img_b
5.  COMMENT here that you've done it AND what your favorite spray paint project is.

Keep an eye out for the winner.  I'll post it here and on my FB page.  
It helps if you can leave a way for me to contact you, too!

Monday, February 13, 2012

GOLD LEAF-ISH IKEA TABLES........So Chic!

We all have them!  The IKEA LACK TABLE and there are endless possibilities on how to use them. This is one of my favorites.  BTW, every once in a while they go on sale for 8 dollars. Can't beat that with a stick!  This project involves my recent trip to Chinatown where I stocked up on some beautiful Chinese papers which are traditionally burned.  My Chinese friends are always a bit wary of my use of these papers so I truly hope I’m not offending anyone.  If I am, my sincere apologies.

YOU’LL NEED
Chinese Tea Paper or Joss Paper (Check out PearlRiver.Com)
Elmer’s glue
1” wide paintbrush
IKEA Parsons table
Scissors
Sandpaper or sanding block
Old magazine
Minwax Polycrylic Protective Coating

HERE’S HOW
1.         Start by cutting off the excess paper from your Joss papers because you won’t need it.
2.         Lightly sand your parsons table so that it has some tooth for the glue to stick





 1.         Slightly water down your Elmer’s glue in a cup or plate so that it spreads easily.  Depending on how much I squeeze out to work with, if you just ad a few drops at a time until you get a good consistency you’ll be fine.  You can always add more glue if it gets runny.


 1.         Put the gold leaf paper on a page of the magazine and spread the glue on the back with your paintbrush and place it on the table.
2.         Continue to do this until the entire table is covered with the gold leaf paper.

1.         After the entire table is covered and the glue is dry, cover your table with the Minxax Polycrylic Protective Coating to give it a nice finish.
2.         Make more than one and create a terrific long beautiful coffee table for your living room!

THIS PROJECT AND OVER 100 MORE IS FROM 
THE BIG ASS BOOK OF HOME DECOR! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Butterfly Doodle Pillow.....

Seriously, is there a better word that DOODLE? 
And who doesn't love butterflies.
Gotta say, a Butterfly Doodle Pillow seems like something from heaven.
 
YOU’LL NEED:
Sewing machine (love my BERNINA!)
Black thread
Enlarged image of a butterfly, dragonfly, whatever rocks your world.  My image is from a Dover Clip Art book. 
Light box 
HINT: If you don’t have a light box use a lamp under a glass table or a window
1/2 yard white fabric and 1/2 yard black fabric
Pencil
Iron and ironing board
Sewing needle
Pillow stuffing

HERE’S HOW:
1.Enlarge your image on a copy machine (head over to Staples, they have the best copy department and they are nicely priced).
2. Place your image under your white fabric.
3. Using your pencil, lightly trace your image on to the fabric keeping in mind that each line you make will be covered in thread.
4. With your sewing machine, slowly go over each penciled line with a straight stitch.
HINT:  To make your darker areas more interesting, go over them with a zigzag stitch to get more thread on the fabric.
DON’T WORRY!  You can always add more if it’s not quite right.  It’s just thread and fabric.
5. When you’re finished,  iron your piece
6. Cut a piece of black fabric for the back of the pillow
7. Sew the right sides together and leave a 4” hole for stuffing.
8. Clip your corners at an angle and turn inside out.
9. Fill with stuffing and stitch closed with a sewing needle.
 FOR THIS PROJECT AND 100 MORE CHECK OUT
THE BIG ASS BOOK OF HOME DECOR!




Monday, February 6, 2012

TABLE THAT! GLASS TOPPED TABLE


     
You’ve seen those coffee tables at the thrift store with the horrible tops. You know the ones that have cigarette burns on them and the wood is in terrible condition.  Well, take a look under that table top and check out the base.  Chances are it’s in darn good condition and only needs a new top.  I got this coffee table for 5 bucks and the glass for another 15 dollars straight off of another table right next to it.  It was a marriage made in  living room heaven.  I’d say a 20 dollar coffee table is pretty good!

YOU’LL NEED:
A thrift store coffee table with great legs that are attached to a base
Glass top (if you can’t find one with another ugly coffee table then just head over to your local glass cutter and have one made to size.  Pier One also sells round versions.
KRYLON high gloss spray paint
KRYLON paint pen in 18K gold
Plastic furniture no slip dots
Screwdriver
Sandpaper
Dust rags
 HERE’S HOW
1.     Using your screwdriver, remove the table top from the table base.
2.     Sand your table base to get it in great shape for painting.
3.     Dust off the base with your dust rags.
4.     Give your base several coats of spray paint letting it dry about 10 minutes in between coats.
5.     When the paint is dry, take your gold enamel pen and go along the edges to create accents.
6.     Place your plastic dots and stick them to the corners of the table.
7.     Place the glass no slip dots on the table where your glass will be resting.
8.     Place the glass on top and pile on the books and bric-a-brac and you're done.
For this and over 100 more home decor ideas, check out

Thursday, February 2, 2012

FORNASETTI-ESQUE TABLE........How TU-torial


I've always loved Piero Fornasetti's work.  Sadly, it's just too expensive for me to buy so I created a table in homage to him........and it looks great in my guest room, too!
I’ve finally found a way to make metallic images to apply to furniture.  This table isn’t just about making decoupage, folks….This is about finding new ways to do it!  My first failure was spray painting copy paper with gold spray paint and running it through a copy machine.  Boy did I get in trouble for that one!  My next few attempts were just as unsuccessful.  Then one day I realized that you can copy on clear acetate paper.  The light bulb went off and so did I!

YOU’LL NEED:
Images that you want to adhere to a table
Table in need of an overhaul
1” wide paintbrush
Black high gloss Krylon Fusion spray paint
Copy center that makes acetate copies
Metallic gold Krylon spray paint
2” wide latex brush

HERE’S HOW
1.         Spray paint your table with the high gloss black paint.
2.         Copy your images at the copy center on clear acetate paper.
3.         Spray paint the entire page in the metallic gold spray paint.
4.         Cut out your images after the metallic paint is dry.
5.         Experiment with your images and figure out where you want them to be placed.
6.         Paint the metallic side of the image with glue and adhere it to the table.
7.         Continue this until the entire table is covered the way you want it.
8.         After the images dry for a few hours, cover your entire table in the Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish with your 2” wide latex brush.
 For an extra special touch, take a Krylon Gold Painter's Pen and edge the table.
For this project and 100 more, grab a copy of