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a DIY deer silhouette canvas

17th September 2013

I was recently in touch with the folks over at 3M who make ScotchBlue painter’s tape. They wanted to send me a few rolls and see what kind of projects I could get up to. Well, I thought it would be fun to do a week of DIY artwork using the tape. It’s always nice to add original artwork to your home, right? And using painter’s tape? How easy-peasy is that? The three projects I’m going to share this week all require only tape like ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, a canvas, and paint, and are totally do-able for anyone (no special artsy talent required!). First up? A little buck and doe inspiration – a DIY deer silhouette canvas.

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Step 1 was to draw the outline of the deer onto the canvas. I did it pretty lightly with pencil so that I wouldn’t be left with marks.DSC_0256

Then came filling the shape with the ScotchBlue painter’s tape. This is slightly tricky, but as long as you go section-by-section with small pieces of tape, you just work away at it until it’s all full. Some of the pieces I cut to shape precisely (especially for the small antler sections), but most of the time I just ripped the tape in small pieces and worked into the shape.

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Then it was time to paint the canvas. I was after a more moody look, so I used an electric blue paint and mixed in quite a bit of black. DSC_0323

I dragged the paint across the canvas to create some dimension with the various shades.DSC_0326

After waiting about 2 hours to dry, I started to peel the tape. I was a little worried about paint seeping through since the tape was in such small bits and pieced together, but luckily the lines were still really crisp.DSC_0328

Doesn’t the white look nice and bright next to the moody blues?
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I love the way the whole piece really pops, you know? I put it up temporarily in the living room, but I think this guy will eventually end up in the bunkie that my parents’ are building at their cottage. DSC_0339

So there is art project number one. Fun, right? I could totally see the same technique working with a one-colour background like a fuchsia, forest green, or any colour really! Stay tuned for art projects numeros dos and tres later this week.

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DIY this: paint sliding closet doors for trim effect

10th September 2012

Do you have any of these closet doors in your house? You know, the sort of flimsy sliding kind? Well I do. And they happen to be in our master bedroom. Did you know you can paint sliding closet doors and transform them?

Not pretty, hey? Oh, and want a glimpse into some real life at the sweetest digs casa? Here is our bedroom in all it’s unmade bed and strewn laundry glory. Just keepin’ it real.

Well, I was ready to do something about these doors. I thought about just painting them out a solid colour, but then the idea for a pattern came to mind. I hummed and hawed about doing something intricate or colourful, but then realized that a simple rectangular box in each door in grey and white (so that it would blend with the walls) would be the way to go.

First step was to wash down the doors to remove any residue or dust. I didn’t need to sand since these doors aren’t wood, but if you have wooden closet doors you would want to use a medium and then fine grit sandpaper to prep the surface for paint (like these 3M Advanced Abrasives). To wash down the doors I just used some basic soap and water. If they had been glossy or had some other finish, a de-glosser might have been necessary.

Then I needed to measure out where I wanted the rectangular boxes to go. I started by measuring out the box and putting X’s where the corners would meet. I marked 3 inches in from the outer edges for each door. See that faint pencil mark in the photo below?

Next up I grabbed my ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape (the kind with the edge-lock paint line protector) and taped out the boxes. I cut the edges of the tape at the corners to make sure they were nice and crisp. Since I wanted to paint the inside and outside of where the tape is (and then take off the tape to reveal a white box), I needed to make sure the corners were perfect.

And then it was paint time. I used my leftover pot of paint from the walls (Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore), my mini-roller, a paint mask, and got to work. This was an older can of paint (before the low-VOC paints were so easily available), so I made sure to fully open the windows and wear a mask to ensure I didn’t inhale the paint fumes. You can find various kinds of masks to use when painting, sanding, or even cleaning from the 3M TEKK Protection series.

But after some easy-peasy pealing of the ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape (the stuff came off like butter… soooo smooth), I was left with nice crisp white lines. The pattern totally looks like molding and makes the doors look way much more upscale.

Doesn’t it add a nice bit of pattern without being over the top? It’s simple, but feels classic and adds another layer of interest to the room. The bedroom is slowly getting closer to what I’d like it to look like. I still don’t quite know what that final version is, but it’s fun to add different elements over time and see how it comes together.

They just sort of blend in with the room now and actually make the space feel a bit bigger. Such an easy and quick (half-day) project, with great results. Even if you don’t happen to have sliding closet doors like these, you could use the same technique and pattern on any other kind of door or even a piece of furniture to give it that two-toned/molding look.

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And just for kicks, I tried out my very first video tutorial. I feel a little bit mortified about being on camera (who knew I said “uhh/umm” and “so” that often?!), but here you go! It’s got the full play-by-play of the project with some extra tips and tricks. Promise you’ll still like me after watching, k?! Ha.


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