Below are photos of my paint colors and practice. My goal was not realism but more 'fantasy' stone look in colors to go with the green cabinets. I just layered the colors in the order listed and made streaks in the last two colors.
|Close up of counter - right|
|Close up of counter - left|
Wall shelf (right side of kitchen)
This was a vintage kit by The Kummerows (I think) purchased from Ebay. The kit (called "Intricut") made two shelves, one larger (the one I finished) and a small one (you can see it still on the leftover kit sheet). The instructions were to use a jewelers saw (2nd photo) to cut away the printed blue areas. I must say I was a little intimidated to try to use this saw but it was a little easier than I thought it would be. If you have a chance to find one of these kits my advice is to not be afraid to try. It turned out really nice. I used a teak oil finish because I wanted it to not be shiny (like polyurethane).
The hardest thing about this stool was how to glue the legs so they would be at an angle and sturdy enough to not fall apart. The stool was made from a 1 inch wood disk, four porch spindles and some scrap wood. I made two jigs from scrap wood. One was glued to the bottom of the round disk to glue the legs against. It was a thick square piece, about 1/8 inch thick. I 'carved' a rounded area on all four corners using a rat tail file. I also drilled holes into the disk so the legs would be slightly inset. I used a second jig with holes drilled for the bottom of the legs. The second jig was not glued to the legs - only used to hold them at the right angle while glue was drying.
After glue was dry I decoupaged a purple floral design to the top and painted the legs with acrylic paint.
|Photo showing jig #1 glued to under side of stool|
|Photo showing jig #2 for legs (bottom)|
Other items in the photos:
|Close Up - Mackenzie-Childs style canisters and Pitcher|
Left side of kitchen
Upper cabinets - vintage purple transferware tea set by Jean Yingling (Ebay purchase)
Left Wall - fretwork tray by Gary and Carrol Elmer (GWE-CHE).
On countertop: Mackenzie-Childs style wicker canisters (made by me), Soap pump bottles by Wilhelmina Johnson (gift).
On stool - lavender plant by Alice Guhl (show purchase).
Right Side of kitchen
Upper Cabinets - Purple Chrysnbon decanter and goblets (Ebay); grape pitcher by Valerie Casson (Ebay); lavender rim plate by Ron Benson (Ebay); lavender platter by Janet Uyetake
On countertop: floral pitcher by Karen Haggard, meatloaf in progress with tiny readable recipe by Lyn Latimer (show purchase).
On shelf: Salt and Pepper grinders (click here for tutorial).
|Close up of "meatloaf in progress"|
Hope you liked this kitchen project. Next time - (don't know yet!!). Guess it will be a surprise!