Entries in DIY (26)
pencil and paper
interior latex paint, as desired
paint rollers, for latex paint
Japanese calligraphy ink, for artwork
paint trays, as needed
1. To get started, use the handy calculator online to determine the number of
DIY self-adhesive wallpaper rolls needed. 2. For best results, apply the peel-stick paper to surfaces that have been primed and painted with an eggshell, satin or semi-gloss interior paint. Installation should go quickly since the paper is blank—no patterns to line-up. 3. For the diy/artwork, interior latex paints work just fine if a specific background color is preferred—simply paint the wallpaper the same as any other wall/surface. hint: depending on the color or shade, it may require two coats to achieve an even, blank canvas. 4. To create a composition, sketch pattern/drawing ideas on paper. Once that’s ready, and after the base coat is completely dry, lightly sketch it out on the wall with pencil—we found it’s easier to follow the pattern this way. hint: after experimenting with different paints, we found that Japanese calligraphy ink is the perfect consistency and has a really dramatic, rich color—this is what was used for the catalog shot shown. hint hint: if a specific paint color is preferred for the actual pattern or artwork—and latex or acrylic paints are chosen—it will just need to be watered down to a consistency close to milk to help brush flow. Using a latex or acrylic paint may require two or more coats to get the lines more opaque than transparent—testing on a small swatch is recommended for best results. 5. To paint the broad, black lines we used a 2” wide house painting brush. The trick to getting a nice, full, energetic loop is to not stop in the middle of a loop—even if your brush runs out of paint, it’s better to go back and do a second coat to make the lines opaque. 6. Optional: lastly, the drips were a happy accident so we let them happen naturally—then added more for dramatic effect.
clear glass vases
glass paint, paint-thinner
disposable bowls—paper, ceramic, foil
drop cloth or kraft paper
1. Prepare a work area by spreading the drop cloth or kraft paper over a work surface/area.
2. Select a color palette—we found that the darker colors were more successful, more opaque since there is more pigment in the liquid.
3. Pour glass paint into bowls and mix well with a plastic spoon—we also added glass-paint-thinner to make the quantity go farther.
4. Hold the glass vase by the rim and dip it into the bowl of paint.
5. Slowly rotate the vase around the bowl in a fluid movement until it has covered the vase as preferred.
6. Lift the vase and let excess paint drip into the bowl—it make take 5-10 minutes for the paint to stop dripping.
4-6 Alternate process: apply the paint using a paintbrush for a slightly different effect.
7. Carefully hold the vase at an angle equal to the dip-line and blow dry until the paint is semi-dry—about 10 minutes. Hold the hairdryer per the paint instructions—about 8” from the vase. Hint: we found a lower heat setting worked well.
8. Place the vase on a drop cloth or kraft paper so that it dries completely—we used upside down paper bowls.
9. To seal the paint, allow the vases to dry overnight or place them in the oven—follow the instructions on the paint bottle label as they will vary with each manufacturer.
1. In a spray bottle, dilute bleach with water—about 2 parts bleach plus 1 part water.
Hint: we used two types of bottles, with two types of sprayers, for variations in the effect.
2. The process gets messy so put down some plastic to protect the floor—either a tarp or trash bags.
3. Hang each french-belgian linen panel as wrinkle free and taut as possible and be careful to not double up the fabric when hanging it since the bleach will seep through and affect the second layer.
Hint: we used clothespins to add weight.
Remember: the bleaching action breaks down particles—in this case the color molecules thereby removing the color—so take this into consideration going forward.
4. To maintain as straight a transition as possible, mark both left/right sides of the panel where you want the gradation to start/end—then start spraying the bleach mixture at the very bottom of the curtain.
Hint: since the bottom will be completely bleached out, use this space to practice the desired look of the final gradation—so you have the technique mastered by the time you get there.
5. Moving from side to side, spray the panel with the mixture going up a bit each pass. When the marked height is near, start spraying more gently. For best results, wait between spays to make sure it’s creating the desired gradation.
6. After the panel has been fully processed, make sure the bottom isn’t blotchy—spraying multiple times may be necessary to get it as white as possible.
Hint: edges of the panels are stitched with a polyester thread which will not be affected by the bleach and will retain their original color. Also, once the color has been bleached out, don’t be surprised if the fabric is a bit more off-white than white-white.
7. Let air dry to stop the bleaching action.
8. To further stop the bleaching action—which could eventually break down the fabric’s fibers—rinse the bleached area with cool water in a large sink or tub.
9. Launder panels per their care instructions, then hang!
As with any DIY, results will vary so—at your own risk—please proceed with caution.
“I think our modern pieces make our home more contemporary and more well-rounded. I love the thrill of finding a vintage score, or a really special DIY item—but I also love finding something brand new to add to the mix.”
Susie Daly, Renegade Craft Fair Co-Founder and Director
Would you describe yourself as a “renegade”?
I’d describe myself as someone who likes to live life off the beaten path and according to my own terms. So in that way, I guess I do consider myself a renegade.
What words sum up your personal aesthetic?
Your home is filled with special objects that resonate with you on a personal level. How do the CB2 pieces you have “speak to you”?
Everything I chose has a clean and modern look, but has a rustic feel about it—such as the red bench, the kitchen chairs and the white cuckoo clock. I love that the materials of the wood and the wire feel rustic and warm, but the design is contemporary.
What’s the balance for you between vintage, thrift, DIY and modern?
I’d say it’s a pretty even mix. Our furniture is about half modern, half vintage pieces. Our home decor, such as pillows, lamps, rugs, is a good mix of vintage/DIY/modern. But I’d say almost all of our artwork is one-of-a-kind or small-edition pieces.
Thanks Susie—let us know when you have that garage sale!
Susie is always scouring antique stores and the Renegade Craft Fair for unique items. Personal finds here include vintage kitchen table, red desk chair and globe; brown cuckoo clock she handcrafted with her husband, Mat Daly; wall art and found objects. More info at renegadecraft.com.