Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Guest Post Refunk My Junk: Anyone Can Glaze!

Hello Sizzlin Savage lovers!  My name is Allison, and I am a mommy of an adorable 9 month old, a wife, and a Cash Management & Commercial Card Consultant at a Bank.  And to add to it all, I also own Refunk My Junk in Edmond, OK. I have a little blog of my own where I show off my furniture painting creations, how-to's, and lot's of tips on how to refunk your house and furniture on a budget without sacrificing your personal style or fanciness.  Right now I am focusing on expanding my business and opening a booth at Beaucoup Boutiques and will also start hosting group workshops where you will learn how to prep, paint, distress, and glaze your own garage sale and grandma-hand-me-downs into something fabulous and functional!

I feel so lucky to be a guest poster on Nicole's blog today!  Nicole is one of the most talented bloggers I know and she really inspired me to start my own bloggy blog.  I feel so blessed to know Nicole and now I get to meet all of you!  So, I guess that means I'm the lucky one!

At Refunk My Junk I am celebrating the announcement of my up-and-coming workshops with a new series on my blog called "Workshop Wednesdays".  And the first post is right here at Sizzlin Savages!  So let's get right to it!

I have people tell me all the time : "I'm not crafty" or "I don't have enough vision to make something"... Well let me tell you - YES YOU DO!  I am going to show you one of the easiest little projects and you are going to be so impressed with yourself when you are done - Trust me! 

Here is what I started with...  Some old knick knacks around my house that have reallllly been annoying me.   And I am too cheap fabulously frugal to buy new stuff.  See what I mean...


BLAND & BORING!


So I bought some Valspar Antiquing Glaze in Asphaltum, which is pretty much a black color, from Lowe's for $9.00. 

 It's a pretty small jar, but a little goes a long way, and a great way to start glazing if your a glazing virgin and don't want to spend almost $30.00 for a quart of Ralph Lauren glaze.  I spray painted all of the knick-knacks in different funky colors.  And then I went to town!


All you need is a sponge brush and some rags. Old onesies are good, but I used all that I had so I splurged on some rags from The Habitat for Humanity Renovation Station for $1.29.  Somebody stop me!  Plus, they had some cute spray paint colors for $1.00, and the sponge brushes for $2.00, so it was worth the trip.

Start off by covering the entire piece in the glaze.  I like the sponge brushes because you can squeeze the glaze into all of the nooks and crannies if your piece has a lot - and this one did.  It doesn't have to be perfect, just slap a coat of the stuff on there and don't worry about it...


Here's the cross covered in the glaze. Not. Perfect.



Then just get that rag out and start wiping off!  Again, no exact science.  Just do it.




And wah-lah!  A refunked accessory!



I was able to do all of these pieces and I don't think I even used a quarter of the glaze! 


I love how this one looks like an artichoke now that it's green!  I didn't even think to do that on purpose, I just noticed it after-the-fact, so don't give me too much credit!




Yes, you too can glaze!  And the whole project cost me about $15.00 - that is what I would have spent at Hobby Lobby on one piece at 50% off!  So next time you are glaring at your accessories and have the urge to bash it against the wall ( OK, maybe a little dramatic!)  go getcha some glaze and make something you will be proud of!  And, if you do get to glazing, email me at allison@refunkmyjunk.com your before and after pics and I will feature you on my blog!

Come see me tomorrow at http://www.refunkmyjunk.com/ where Nicole is whipping up some delicious recipes on my site! 






2 comments:

Becky K said...

Love it! I have some stuff that needs some love and know I know exactly what to do to it! Thanks Allison and Nicole!

ReFunkMyJunk said...

Oh Becky, you are makin me proud! If you do send me some pics!

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