Acrylic painting, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Wood painting

Be Our Guest sign

IMG_07968.5×27 Inch acrylic and stain on wood.

I made this home decor by cutting the wood to fit the lettering I wanted to apply. I used a “8 inch” board, but they are never a true 8 inches. I used a 1.5×1 inch board for the boarder.

I stained all of the wood and all sides of the border but only the top on the largest board. I let the stain dry over night then applied some white acrylic paint. I did paint it thicker in some areas and after it was dry I lightly sanded it, applying more pressure on the edges.

I picked the quote, “be our guest”, only because it is a different way of saying welcome. I did not do it after the Beauty and the Beast movie, however I did have the song, Be Our Guest, in my head. Okay, I am thinking of that song right now. Then I hand painted the letters on with black acrylic paint. Once the top was dry, I glued the border on and used finishing nails for extra support. I also applied a light layer of clear varnish on the top.

Time to find a spot to place it.

Chalk Paint, Flea Market Flip, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Wood painting



I saw this table at a second hand store and I new I could give it new life. Change it so someone would want it again and not just get rid of it. It is a good solid table with great craftsmanship.

I wanted to bring up the pattern that was so carefully put in this table. I started off with the bottom by applying linen chalk paint. I wanted to add a different color in some of the features so I found some interior grey paint that I had on hand. I didn’t use a lot of it, I just highlighted a few areas. Using a small detail brush, I used a dark stain to highlight the grooves to make it pop.


I used a special dark Minwax to add a finish that also smoothed out some of that stain. It also gives it a little texture.


I was happy with the bottom and then I had to figure out what to do with the table top.


It wasn’t as good of shape as the bottom. It looked like it could have had some minor water damage. I sanded the top but I couldn’t get the look I was hoping for. I would have loved to be able to sand it down and stain it. I decided on painting the top black but I still could see a few “bubbles”. I decided to go with the paper bag application.


Normally you would use wallpaper paste but I didn’t have any and I don’t live near an area to get it easily, so I used Mod Podge. I do like to have that on hand. I ripped up a roll of brown paper and applied it on a glued surface. It also has to be applied to the top. After it dried and I cut the edges, I went over it with my black paint again. I still wasn’t satisfied with the look and debating taking it all off again. I went to my acrylic paint and put some gold paint on my pallet and rubbed some paint on with a paper towel. Then I was satisfied. I had to go back and seal the edges again because there was a few spots that were a little “loose”.

A totally new transformation. It became a little more classy as well.

Acrylic painting, Uncategorized, Wood painting, workbench

Making a Stand

Yes, making a stand and not taking a stand.

I am living in a temporary home that has a tiny garage. It was built in 1930’s and it would have been tight, even back then. I have just a little extra room in the front of the car so I have a cabinet and I needed a space for my miter saw. I could have searched for something but it wouldn’t have fit in that space the way I needed it to. I am a designer, not a carpenter, but I thought I would make one.

Usually I would sketch this out on paper but I had a vision when I went into Menards. I found the wheels first. I didn’t think I needed very large ones because I am not going to have a lot of weight on this. Then I went to find the square posts. The smallest they had was a 4×4 and I thought they seems a bit large but it was perfect. I used 1×6 pine boards on the top and 1×3 on the sides. I have some scrap boards sitting on the bottom and I may make a shelf some day.

This was the perfect fit. Is it pretty… no, but it is functional. When I need to use the saw, I back the car out and roll the cart to the open spot. I do have a larger board that can sit on top so I have a wider workspace. I will have to keep things tidy and put everything away, if I want to put my car back in the garage, that is.

Here are some of the things I use my miter saw for.

Hand painted lettering, with acrylic paint, on wood.

Acrylic painting, Uncategorized, Wood painting

Board Paintings


I love to paint for the different seasons. The hard part is to put them away but when you bring them out again, you fall in love all over again. I have been painting on wood for years. I would say just as much as I have painted on canvas or paper. Wood paintings from Christmas has been done the most from wall hangings to ornaments. Of course many things I have painted have become a gift here and there.

For the boards I have recently painted, I started with Let It Snow. I used a 8 inch by 4 ft pine board that I had on hand, painted with acrylic paint and applied a clear varnish for protection. I love snowmen so this was fun for me to paint. I decided to show the owners of Creative Spirits, which is my part time job. After discussion it was going to be added to the line up. I had to re-create my first snowman and came up with the Fall theme and then Christmas. I keep thinking of more ideas and I have found I like to think skinny.

Please notice these have a copyright from Creative Spirits.