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Friday, June 30, 2017

DIY: Gold Leaf and Emerald Resin Cabinet Knobs

This post is sponsored by ETI.
All the craft ideas and opinions are my own.
DIY: Gold Leaf and Emerald Resin Cabinet Knobs
These posted last month on ETI Resin's Blog!
They have loads of great ideas for resin crafting.  I used to be timid working with resin,
but it is a really awesome medium for making quality projects.
I received the supplies needed for this sponsored post.
If you saw my post yesterday, you'll notice this updated hutch--check it out here!
 I was totally inspired by Brancaster Castle on the Chrismtas Special of Downton Abbey.
It's also the castle that Lady Edith marries into.  It's stunning!
I just froze the show and studied it.  I love those giant ornate frames, the marble fireplace,
the clock, the valance over the door, the high ceilings and molding.  So awesome.
I love the emerald green and the gold!  It's so glorious!
So that's the inspiration for these awesome cabinet knobs.
Imagine the possibilities as you read through this tutorial!
 You will need:
Gold Leaf
Knob Hardware
E6000 glue
Baking sheet/wood board/surface for working on
This stuff is very smelly.
Please work in a very ventilated environment.
I should have taken these to the garage, but I did it in the house instead.  
Even with all the windows and doors open, I still got a chemical headache.
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Read the instructions on the clear casting resin well.
They are a little bit vague on how much of the hardener to drop in.
 I mixed up a whole cup of resin at once, because I had several other projects going.
But really, you just need enough to fill half of your molds initially.
 You can use Mold Release Spray, but mine popped out just fine without it.
Fill the molds half way.
My mold had a bit of a bow in it so I set some items on top of it to straighten it out while setting.
 Let it sit for about an hour.
It won't be completely set, but it will be gel like and ready for leafing.
I used less than one sheet of leafing and just rolled and broke it up.
If you have gold leaf flakes, that would be easier.
 Just add leaf flakes and rolls into the molds.
 It kind of gets everywhere!
No worries.  Just let it sit undisturbed for another hour.
 Next I mixed up a little more resin (in a new cup with a new stirring stick)
I made just enough for my molds and added a couple drops of green resin dye.
It's not opaque, it's translucent, so the gold leaf will still show through.
 Then gently pour right on top of the gold leaf and fill to the top of the mold.
Then let it sit undisturbed for a few days.
I let mine sit for a week to be sure it was cured.
 I popped them out of the mold and let them sit a couple more days...
because they still had a little resin smell to them.
But look at that!  They look amazing.
Now, because I did not wait for the clear resin to set completely, the green resin mixed in with the clear and made them all emerald.  I actually love it.
They wouldn't have looked as good if they had a harsh clear to colored line.
 The undersides were a bit uneven and had some sharp edges, so I just sanded them smooth.
 After sanding and washing them off, they looked perfect.
 Next I used the cabinet pull hardware and the E6000.
 A dab of glue on the hardware and then set gently on the back of the knobs.
I set them on bubble wrap so I could keep them straight even though the surfaces are rounded.
 Let them dry for at least 4 hours.
 Add in the machine screw and they are ready to use!
 I'd love to feature these on a vintage dresser or high boy!
Or added to all the cabinets in the kitchen, imagine all 6 knobs visible!
But alas, I have this short hutch and it needed a knob...this adds so much classiness to it!
 Such a delightful effect with the curls and flakes of 
gold leaf and the smooth and shiny green resin.
It's stunning and personal!
I have so many other fun cabinet knob ideas now.
Check out the cabinet redo on this post!
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Check out these other fun Gold and Emerald projects!

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

DIY: Shabby Chic Furniture Cabinet!

DIY: Shabby Chic Furniture Cabinet!
I love updating and refinishing furniture!
 Check out this before and after!
I received this chipped, grimy cabinet hutch for free.
It looked like it belonged in the trash or on the curb for sure!
 I used this Chalk paint in Sheepskin to paint it.
It's from Plaid Crafts, they send me the supplies I love in exchange for using them!
Chalk paint is awesome...here's a post about it and milk paint
 I just wiped the cabinet down with a damp cloth and then started painting.
No sanding necessary!
It goes on thick and creamy.
 I only painted the outside edges.
 With the first coat there are still visible paint brush lines.
You can stop there and then sand and distress the edges.
 But I let it dry and painted one more coat.
2 coats helps give it a smooth and wonderful finish.
 Finish it off with some wax or just leave it.
Distress it if you like.
I upgraded the knob with a gorgeous emerald and gold leaf knob that I made myself...
full tutorial will be on my blog tomorrow!
 I love it!
It no longer looks like it belongs in the dump!
 Add some fun pieces for the perfect entry table!
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