Saturday, July 26, 2014

Step by step how to PAINT GINGHAM WALLS





If you love "Gingham" I will show you step by step how to create a GINGHAM effect on your walls. By no means am I a professional painter or designer- however I love paint, especially Dulux.  Dulux paint makes you think you are a professional with the results that you get.





Why Gingham?   Well- I am a quilter, I design and sew QUILTS. I was inspired by a company called Riley Blake Designs, that manufactures fabric collections, especially GINGHAM.  For years now I have been working with them creating Gingham Project Designs. The more I worked with GINGHAM, the more I got thinking I must PAINT my sewing studio to reflect this classic. There is something about YELLOW and WHITE that just screams FRESH, BRIGHT and yes CLASSIC!


Like to get started? You will need at least a week for this Gingham Effect. You don't want to go to all this trouble and not get PROFESSIONAL results do you?


TOOLS

Ruler ( I used a quilting ruler 12.5) optional
Scotch 3M painters tape 2-3 rolls ( I used 2.5 rolls) 
paint brush I used a 3 inch wide top of the line Dulux for Arylic
roller and pan, extension pole if needed..
pencil 
magic eraser


First you will need some TOOLS for this project, here is the list of "TOOLS" that I recommend.

I have tried numerous paints over the years but I swear by DULUX for coverage, brightness, and the ability to wipe off marks of any kind without removing the paint...



You can use any ruler that you like...but this is what I used.
A 12.5 Quilting ruler, I chose this because I thought this would be a perfect size for my gingham squares. You can use any ruler that you like, but this makes it very easy to do.

Next you will need some this, 
I have tried others, this is the only one I recommend.
You will need at least 2-3 rolls.



ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape is the original blue tape that DIY Painter's and pros have loved for over 20 years in North America. Now this legendary tape is even better! ScotchBlue™ Painters Tape Delicate Surface 2080EL with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector is ideal for freshly painted surfaces (24 hours old) and other delicate substrates because it removes cleanly with no surface damage. Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector provides extra insurance to achieve super sharp paint lines. Plus, this tape features the ScotchBlue™ logo and the product number printed in orange, right on the tape. So you can find it easily in a drawer or tool box and know what you're choosing and using.

Recommended For:   Freshly painted surfaces (24 hours old), Accent walls, Stripes, Hardwood floors, Other delicate substrates
Adhesion:   Low to Medium
Good for:   Interior
Removal Time:   60 day clean removal
UV Resistant:   Yes


Ok, now that we got the tools out of the way...
Let's take a peak at my CANVAS ( walls) before I started..



I loved this sewing room, but it always seemed dark. Before it was my sewing studio
it was the guest bedroom, so the taupe was ideal....but it needed to be brighter!

These photos were taken at around the same time of day... *8:22 am. 

INSPIRED? ok, let's get started.

Take down all photos, window treatments and 
fill any holes that need filling, sand, wipe down all dust and cobwebs...


Now let's get rolling...I used  Dulux, Diamond PERLE WHITE to cover my taupe walls.
I did 3 coats, although 2 coats looked fine, I wanted to be sure my walls were a  bright white 
canvas...This took 3 days, I wanted to be sure everything was completely dried and cured.

For the Gingham Effect, this is an important step, you want to be sure your walls
are not just dry to the touch, they have to be dry between each coat...

My recommendation ....take your time. ( one coat each day for 3 days) 

This photo is 3 coats of paint....no sign of the taupe walls!


Day 1-3 


Paint chips that I used.. The Diamond Perle white was my canvas...
and Corn Silk for the yellow... to create the gingham effect
for the horizontal lines.....and then a combination of 
yellow and white for a lighter yellow for the vertical lines....
I took 2 cups of white and 2 cups of yellow to lighten it up
for the brushing of the vertical lines..

Day 4 

Start marking your walls...I began marking at the door....


I pushed the ruler right up to the ceiling and began marking with just a regular HD pencil..
I marked all of the lines, and kept moving the ruler from the ceiling all away around the room.
and then put the ruler below my last mark .


To make the Gingham effect, I chose to do  only  5 rows ...
You will see why as we continue...

So first mark all your walls like the diagram below...
This will take you up to an hour depending on the size of your room.

I used a step ladder to mark my walls
                                                ( yes you will need some kind of ladder)



You are only going to tape the horizontal walls first...
be sure to tape below your marking lines....


TIDBIT....when I added the blue tape I took a credit card and made sure
the tape was adhered to the wall securely....

Next step...You will use some of your white paint to go over all your tape lines
...just use a small brush and paint on the wall right on your blue tape edges-
this will give you a nice seal so when you paint your contrast colour, ( my yellow)
it will be sure not to bleed through the tape) 

Top line towards ceiling no PAINT,
second row, CONTRAST in yellow,
third row, NO PAINT
fourth row, CONTRAST in yellow.
fifth row, NO PAINT.
Bottom will be all white...
You will be adding some moulding once all completed...


Once completely dry....I waited 3 hours before I began rolling my contrast colour...

Now open your can of YELLOW paint...
I rolled on being very careful not to roll too much paint, otherwise it would splatter on my
white walls...If I had an accident...I used my MR Clean  magic sponge to wipe off any spills..
I think I had 1splatter, which I wiped immediately.




1st row completed, all the way around the room...

2nd row all completed....Now walk away for 24 hours...
do not even try to remove that tape....leave it on - no peaking.


Day 5

Now we are going to remove the tape.....it will come off sooooo easily,
and you will be left with perfectly straight horizontal lines.

You can throw this out.. !




Still on Day 5, now you are going to mark your lines vertical...
using your ruler once again, 12.5 square inches apart...
( the blue tape...leave that one on, so you know where to stop drawing your lines)




So begin taping your vertical lines here.. 12.5 from your corner.



 Now you will repeat with the tape every 12.5 inches around the whole room...Place your tape
 on the outside of each drawn line...
and like I did on the horizontal lines, you will brush a thin coat of paint
on the inside lines but this time using your yellow paint.

YOU WILL WALK AWAY for another 24 hours...
To be sure it is dry completed...

Day 6

Almost done.....today you will be BRUSHING on your paint using
vertical strokes....This way it will go on lighter and will give you
that GINGHAM EFFECT you will be wanting.

Brush your paint  on using vertical strokes..

TIDBIT: I had tried on a small board rolling paint on both
horizontal and vertical, it did not have that gingham effect...
it just looked like solid yellow squares....
So rolling horizontal and brushing on the paint
looked so much better!




One one coated added ( only one needed) ....this is still wet in this photo..
and the one below....the next day  (DAY 7)
when I peeled off the tape
( just noted...the lines were painted to the ceiling...forgot to take a photo of that..
I needed a bigger ladder) 

Below you can see they were painted flush with ceiling. 

You can see your lines on the very bottom...this is where you will add moulding or chair rail....
I added just a thin moulding because I wanted my cabinets to sit flush against the wall.


 Here are some photos of what the rooms looks like completed with window treatments
and cabinets...

DAY 8
Everything is completed....

I can only imagine doing this treatment in blues for dining room
or greens and taupes for a bedroom, I did think of reds but unless you had perfect
walls and a very large room, I think it would show every little mark on your walls...
I am just not that brave to try it YET?


Any questions you have, drop me a line
madamesamm@me.com

I will do my best to cheer you on!




Plan on 7 days to do this treatment, if you follow all the steps you too will get the same results...
Even in the evening this room is very bright.  A great colour choice for a North -East Exposure.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some GIGGLES to share....Gingham, Frogs and PIE....


We were away and doing  some online shopping we should not have done..
and then we saw THESE.....how could we possibly turn away...
And for a LOVER of anything gingham...
YEP, glass holders! 



Now a few years ago I could wear heels this high...
today......NO WAY, trading heels for birkenstocks and slip on clogs..
more my style...all about comfort and gingham these days ( wink) 


 Now I ordered these awhile ago...found them on EBAY of all places..
gingham glasses, did not have any of these....then they needed my prescription in them..
I like grey glasses....They suit me to a T....and they are GINGHAM lol

 For those wondering about my FROG collection...this is all I kept with the door stoppers..
they are all no bigger than 1 inch high...the green wooden frog is about 1/4 of an inch...
The Crystal one...welllll I do like that one....lol
The glass one on your far left...is glass blown...one of my friends made her...
LIPSTICK lips gives it away she is a girl...and she is missing a leg....lol
( on purpose, at the time, I was in a cast) 



I just picked up these sunflowers the other day in a silk shop for my sewing studio...I did not have
them for more than a minute  on my sewing table when Sumatra jumped on the table to see what they were..... I was taking photos of the frogs and there she was....such a great photo of her profile.....
She really loves the camera and the camera loves her...


and today, being such a dull dark day, wellllll RHUBARB and RASPBERRIES 
are all around us...so I went to some market and got enough for a pie for dessert this evening..
Just took it out of the oven...

I would show you what I am working on....
BUT I CAN'T just yet....
soon though....


Off to make supper, quinoa salad, garden greens and PIE....

How was your day....did you make anything or find anything GINGHAM ..lol



Monday, July 21, 2014

Rustic means old....I like NEW, JUST LIKE THAT! AND AURIFIL THREAD TO GIVEAWAY!


Years ago, I received a collection of FROGS and I mean lots of frogs..
frog pyjamas, frog pens, frog crystals, wooden frogs, frog dishes, 
frog cement lawn ornaments...
frog mugs, and yes even some DOOR STOPPERS....

I managed and owned this Women's group called the NICE SOCIETY INC.
We taught women how to be nice in business..
It was very successful, I managed it for 10 years...

FROGS to us  meant...
FULLY RELY ON GOD!

We came together on so many levels...
My press agent started it all...
She gave me a glass frog....( it is somewhere at home) 

I then started sharing the story of what FROGS meant to me....
JUST THE ACRONYM, not the actual FROGS...

I never really liked FROG anything per say, but that did not mean
a thing to the thousands of ladies who were part of our community..
We all used to laugh at how our ladies would be on the search
for anything FROG related...kinda like how I feel about GINGHAM TODAY..
I get a lot of Gingham goodies...which I LOVE.....
Sooo that is  most welcomed...

But back to the FROGS.....



I then began seeing FROGS hopping in at every meeting...
there would be a frog on my table, the next meeting a frog mug...
and on and on...

I had everything packed when we moved....
I placed the hundreds of FROGS  paraphanalia in a very large BOX...

On the weekend, while away, I came across this box which got 
mixed up in some other boxes to store..

Soooo I opened it up....

THESE FROG door stoppers, kinda made me chuckle...

I LIKE DOOR STOPPERS, and I needed a couple more ...
sooooo although RUSTIC, and some call it weathered..
there is another term too, but that escapes me...

WELLLLLL my old rustic frogs, looked toooo weathered for my liking
so I painted them...
                                                             and now they are adorable
NEW door stoppers ....and FROGS have somehow hopped
back into my life AGAIN!




Ohhhh something else to share.....
( Shari is hosting the see you in sept one) 


I have something for all those who registered 
and will consider hopping along with us..

SOOOOOO everyone who will be in this HOP 
will be eligible to win these threads...


AURIFIL has sent along some THREADS
that will make this project FUN TO STITCH...

These are 50 WT perfect for your sewing machine,
your bobbin, your project....

3 reasons why I LOVE this 50 wt

1. I love ORANGE..wink
2. MY sewing machine loves this thread
3. Aurifil always has the perfect match...

YOU will win these threads so YOU CAN use them for your project..

Isn't Aurifil nice to think, this would be such a nice treat...


SOMEONE will WIN all 4 of these SPOOLS..
will it be YOU?


You have till WEDNESDAY to QUALIFY!

CONGRATS JUDY....
YOU WON 4 LARGE SPOOLS OF AURIFiL...
they will be sent out very soon to you...
so you can sew with them for RUSH HOUR....





OHHHh and I have to show you something I have been working on...
this will be for a footstool ....
I only have about 3,794 stitches more to go....


Hope you are enjoying this SEASON...
I know I have been HOPPING MAD with things to do...wink



p.s to all those who have come with offers to help in the HUES OF GREY..
thank you so much...This will mean so much to our family..
WAIT TILL YOU SEE WHAT YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS will CREATE! 




Friday, July 18, 2014

YOU light up my life....let me return the favour....SCRAP BAG request...



 I have 3 more of these exact LADY LAMPS...
I happen to come by 1 on a day drip....It was a different colour..
and not a pretty colour at that....so I painted it in a MAT FLAT finish..
Liked it so much, called to get more...

They had 3 available, so I also painted those...
But what am I going to do with 3 of the EXACT LAMPS?

Why sell them of course...
So if you are interested, let me know...
Cost $49.00 plus shipping. 
They will come with a special coiled light bulb too...

Stands 18 inch tall and can light up my whole sewing room. 
The cord is translucent in colour and the shade has a little flat white
ruffle around the band..

Amy's little t-cup pinnie to show the scale of lamp..
her pinnies are 4 inches round...
I just these crochets cups....

SOLD OUT....thanks so much ladies! 


All proceeds will go towards yet another sewing machine for those in need!



And Soma was asking about T-cup this summer...seems she has been camping out
each day under our summer patio set....this is her fav spot..
She usually stays outside for hours at a time....
I lifted the table cloth to show her, she was a bit annoyed...
she prefers to be in the dark....

My Fabric arrived for my next GINGHAM PROJECT...
yes I will now be working on a red and white gingham with 
a solid black applique.... This one will fit a theme for the fall...


What a contrast in lighting....first one was taken in the morning
when my sewing studio was filled with sunshine...and this 
one later in the evening, when the sun was saying goodnight...






And now I have a request....

I require some scraps in these colours...anything from light grays to taupes, to dark grays..
I don't need much but this project is fairly large...I am working on this
for David for our anniversary in October...

If you can assist me I can provide a scrap bag of any colour you wish....

I have lot's of colours, just nothing in these hues of grays....


Take a photo of your scraps that you  have and I will send whatever colour
in fabric you wish...mine will be in fat quarters..I don't have 
any scraps at all since our flood..

I will supply photo too!