Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Projects On The Go.

Too many things to do, so little time at the moment, but I will eventually get everything done!

I'm part way through painting an old stained and varnished book shelf, but need someone to help me manoeuvre it to get to all the sections to spray it properly! So that is a job for the weekend, but last weekend was just too busy to do any of it! This is what it did look like before I sanded it, and put a coat of primer on:



It will be white, and I am also deciding on the final colour 'white', as they vary so much. It will be in the family room, so it needs to tie in with the colour of my tables. Although they are 'white', I still want to try and get as close as possible to the right tone. Just a plain white based acrylic is far too vivid, and need some colour to it. Once it's finished, it will look so much better!

This will be on the wall above it:



...which will match nicely with my London Bus Blind on the opposite wall.

I have started on some artwork for my Son's bedroom (finally), now I have finished the tutu's for my Daughter. I had a brain wave last week and decided that as he likes the Union Jack so much (partly my doing...) and his room is predominately red, blue and white I'd paint him one! Knowing that the Union Jack was made up of a combination of 3 flags...I'd paint them all!



Shortly, he will have 4 canvases for his walls...although making the Union Jack 'geometrically correct' has been a challenge! The flag is twice the width it is high, and needs to be in order for all the intersecting parts to be in the correct spot. Unfortunately, the canvases I bought are not, so I've had to be a bit creative and crop the sides so it 'works'. 2 days, lots of google image research and numerous drafts later I have come up with something I'm happy with. I'm now pretty handy with a blank piece of paper, ruler and pencil!

For those interested, this site was my saviour! In conducting my 'google research' it was amazing to see just how many are drawn incorrectly! I could have used creative licence, but I wanted it to be 'right'.

Stay tuned for the final results!

8 comments:

Annie@A View On Design said...

gawd, you've got such good taste!!!

A-M said...

Stormy you are so so clever and creative and talented. Can't wait to see the finished 'creations'! A-M xx

Julie-Ann said...

Great idea with the Union Jack- it will look great. I used Dulux Antique White USA in flat paint. I used flat to give it the chalky look of milk paint. We are very happy with it:)

stormygirl said...

Annie, unfortunately my 'good' taste is very expensive, and I have to hunt and hunt for cheaper alternatives...or wait for sales!

Thanks A-M! You too are extremely talented, and I can't wait to see your next 'creation'!

Thanks Julie-Anne! I've had a look at 'Antique White USA', and it's quite cream compared to my tables. 'Lexicon' is a pretty good match, so I might stick with that! Thanks for the tip!!

Miss Vintage said...

I love the idea off the London Underground Map - Memories and adding some interest.

Looking forward to seeing the completed bookshelf. In my oppinion everything looks better in white.

HaroldM22 said...
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Caromac said...

Hi Stormy,
Where did you get the London Underground map, I would love one.

Cheers
Caromac

stormygirl said...

Hi Caromac,

The map is a piece of $7.95 wrapping paper from 'Cavallini and Co'

http://www.cavallini.com/wrap.html

...and it's framed in an IKEA Ribba frame. It all costs under $80.

I can't remember if you are in VIC, or not, if you are I can let you know where to get it from.