Accessory Facelifts {part 2} and GIVEAWAY!

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I recently showed you how I brought new life to my living room with paint and a little creativity.  Now I'm going to show you how I made-over a red platter and urn that were just not my style anymore.  They are  now the perfect addition to our newly-painted living room built-ins!


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Also, don't forget to stop by my "May House Par-tay" where you can show off what you have done to your house and get a peek into other people's houses too!!

In part 1 of "Accessory Facelifts" I showed you how I used spray paint and acrylic paint to bring to life to these (and other) green beauties:

My lovely turquoise accessories started out red and gold, which looked fine in my old living room but I wanted to freshen them up for our new look.

I laid them out on an old tarp (along with the other accessories I was painting) and spray painted on a base coat (you can see the platter on the left and urn on the right).

Now I must admit I was not happy with how the first turquoise color I chose turned out (it was too light) so that first step wasn't even necessary... I just hadn't really made up my mind how I wanted them to look so it would be perfectly fine to do the next step without spraying the pieces first.

The next step was to apply the textured stencils.  I used Martha Stewart Flourish Laser Cut Stencils for this project.

I cut out the stencil designs I wanted to use, taped the stencils in place and then troweled on a thin layer of plaster.  I used some Venetian plaster I had left over from another project but anything with dimension would be fine (you could even use joint drywall compound).

After troweling on the plaster, I pulled the stencil off.  Unless you have bleed-throughs, you can use the stencil a few times before needing to clean it.

You can see on the platter that I also drew pencil lines to make sure I got the designs lined up just right.

I just spaced the designs randomly on the urn instead of measuring where to put them.

After the plaster was dry, I sprayed turquoise spray paint on the pieces.

When that was dry, I was ready to do the decorative painting.

I started by brushing on brown stain.  I used a product called "Stain and Seal" by Faux Effects.  You could also use brown acrylic paint mixed with glaze for this step.

I used a soft cloth to dab and wipe off the excess, leaving on extra stain around the design for contrast.

The urn happened to have a crackled texture on the surface so when I rubbed off the stain it brought out that texture nicely (score!).

Next, I used flat brushes to paint a lighter-colored turquoise  acrylic paint on the designs.

I also dabbed the acrylic paint around the edges of the platter, fading it to lighter towards the center.

Once the paint was dry, I sprayed on a clear coat (I used Minwax Polycrylic in Satin finish).

I'm so happy with how they turned out and I'm so glad I decided to give them a second life instead of buying something new!

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Are you feeling inspired and ready to do some stenciling yourself?  Well you are in luck because Plaid Crafts is giving away this same set of Martha Stewart Flourish Laser Cut Stencils and assorted Martha Stewart Paints to one lucky person!

Here's how you can enter:

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Good luck!

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  1. Wow… They came out so pretty…It sounded sooooo easy from your descriptions and pictures.

    PS… I am here to give you some SITS Girls “support and love”

  2. I admire crafty moms like yourself. Maybe it’s because I’m not so crafty. lol. I love looking at things people create. I’m visiting from Sits. You’re blog is so refreshing. I love the pic of your little one too. He’s so adorable. Please be sure to pop in and visit, if you have a sec.

  3. jeanine mcdonald says:

    Love ‘em! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Like this idea = will go look through my stash in the garage with a new eye

  5. They look so expensive and historical valuable. :) I love it! Great job

  6. Great idea! I’d love for you to add it on my link party at: Thanks!

  7. Those are very cool, and you make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays.

  8. Kathy H says:

    What a great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. I never think to do a redo of what I already have! Be especially blessed, Kathy

  9. Love the new color!! Found you on Friday Favorites party.


  10. Gosh, this is a wonderful way to bring new life to old things!

    Distressed Donna Down Home


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