Painting a Vintage Collectible Syroco, Inc. Mirror

If you’ve never painted one of these mirrors or any of this type of molded plastic, you really should. It is amazing how they turn out. It is like they take on a life of their own and they decide how they will turn out.

This one decided to be absolutely spectacular. By the way, it is available and we will ship.

I thought I would share how I got this look.

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This is a vintage Syroco, Inc. mirror, made in the USA. This one started out gold and is made of the molded plastic type material so popular back in the 70s and 80s. You would see these mirrors and other items a lot at Home Interior parties.

Before:

The final result is white with some liquid gold leaf highlighting. But the magic came when I sprayed it with my secret shimmer. The steps I took are below:

1) Remove mirror, prep

2) Paint dark gray. I used our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint “Gray Goose”.

3) Lightly distress – I distressed because I was going to have gold highlights on top and wanted to see a little gold showing down inside also.

4) Heavy dry brush of white I used our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style “January” – allow some of the dark gray to continue showing

5) Lightly dry brush liquid gold leaf (I used the Plaid brand I found on Amazon) on flower areas and very light across much of the top. Be sure to seal gold leaf or it will tarnish.

6) Spray with can spray – Varathane Polyurethane

7) Spray with Modge Podge spray – Pearl Glaze (My Secret Shimmer)

And, that’s where the magic happened! (Enlarge the pic for a closer look.)

This beautiful mirror now has a new life and should be good for at least another 50 years! 🙂

A Llama Kind of Christmas

Yes, I made that! Well, not the frame. That is a PicsArt template which is pretty cool, isn’t it?

But I did paint a canvas with Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint “Cupboard Green.” I think it gave the canvas a subdued farmhouse look.

I the found this cute svg cut file online called Christmas Llama and purchased it. https://sofontsy.com/product/christmas-llama/

I used Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint also on the stencil I created from the cut file. Colors used: January, MO Machine Red, and Coal Shovel.

I then distressed it just a bit with 400 grit sandpaper, cleaned it off, then sealed it with ModPodge Pearlized Finishing Spray.

It’s a masterpiece! 🙂

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My llama craze all started when a friend asked me to crochet a llama for her. Then, another. They were so darn cute, I started thinking of other llama things to make as I think they are very popular right now. So, I made myself a set of Llama mugs. 🙂

A Legendary Bohemian Jewelry Box

This beautiful jewelry box has evolved from a plain brown box to a beautiful jewelry box lined with hot pink velvet flocking! Better yet, it is now available and can be yours! And yes, we will ship! Contact me for details.

I love redefining vintage jewelry boxes, or any box, really. Being able to take something out of date or creating something new from a box with good bones and turning it into a practical piece of art is very satisfying as well as fun to do. I also love photographing my work.

I think I was drawn to this bright and colorful patchwork pattern by Redesign with Prima as it reminded me of a quilt created and hand embroidered around each patch by my Aunt Miriam that I received as a wedding present in 1972. So I just had to use it in staging this box. The quilt is displayed in my Beatles themed guest room. It has a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band vibe, don’t you think? 😁

I recently attended a conference for jewelry box painters. Yes, one does exist. We are a small but caring group, led by a special talented painter who doesn’t hesitate to share her techniques. The other painters also shared ideas and tips, so it was a whirlwind weekend of designing and painting and getting to know, in person, an awesome group of ladies who have come to know each other online. The talking never stopped. 😁

I brought the box above to transform, and was just blown away on how it turned out, with a little help from my friends.

Materials used:

*Redesign by Prima “Patchwork” transfer

*Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style Paint (the brand we own and produce) “Crepe Myrtle” and “MO Denim” – we sell online!

*Metallic Lustre Guilding Wax “Cosmic Blue” – this can be found at Hobby Lobby and on Amazon as well as other places. This was brought and shared by another painter.

*Metal feet – These were available at the conference but can be found on Amazon.

*Fuscia Velvet flocking – this was available at the conference but can be found online. (I learned how to replace the lining on boxes to make them even better than new!)

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“Well-behaved women rarely make history.” If this is true…… then be a Legend!

Then pamper yourself with this beautiful jewelry box in the Bohemian style, give your family a big hint you’d like it for Christmas, or choose it as a gift for a legendary person in your life.

From the bright, colorful patchwork design on the top to the Cosmic Blue Gilding wax on the hardware and legs, this box will soon become a legend in its own right. The top of the box is painted with our Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Crepe Myrtle” under the Prima transfer and the rest of the box is our “MO Denim” color.

Dimensions: 10 1/2” H x 11 3/4” W x 6” D

Three nice, deep drawers have been newly lined with bright fuscia velvet flocking. Inside dimension of drawers: 2” H x 9” W x 4” D

Spooky, Gothic Halloween Tray

It’s a little early for Halloween but I’ve been having some fun upcycling stainless steel trays. Here’s a couple I had previously done by gluing legs on them and painting them to look somewhat like pewter.

https://sharsumpaint.com/2019/09/20/diy-halloween-tray/

So then I was on the hunt for another tray. I wanted to make a Gothic looking, spooky tray for Halloween.

This time I wanted to find a big heavy base to glue the tray to. I found exactly what I was looking for! I don’t know what the base was originally, but it was nice and heavy and a kind of man-made pewter material. I glued the tray to the base with E6000, let it dry overnight, then cleaned it well and it was ready for paint.

I spray painted it with Krylon Fusion in the only gray I could find in a satin finish, but it was fine. It dries extremely fast and I love that! Next time, I would scuff it up a little bit after it dried just to make it a really good base for my chalk-style paint, but I didn’t do that on this one.

I then daubed Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint using “Coal Shovel” all over like I was stenciling, leaving a bit of the gray to show through in places. I like the rough matte finish so I didn’t seal. I will let it just cure naturally for about 30 days and it should be perfect by Halloween.

I couldn’t resist. I had to drag some Halloween decorations out and stage my new tray.

Can’t you just imagine this spooky, Gothic style tray with some of your decorations?

I Can Change the Color of My Transparent Logo?

This is a real game changer! Sorry. Pun intended. ☺️ But if you are like me, I have been searching forever to learn how to do this. I had purchased a transparent logo, and it is fine, but sometimes you just want something different. I wanted a more neutral one, too. Or maybe one with a different brush color.

Well, kids, today is your lucky day! The teacher in me is sharing a quick and easy way to do this with a free photo editor called lunapic. It’s a FREE online tool! You can’t beat that price, can you?

You can play around on this site for many more features like changing more colors than just the one quick basic color change I’m showing you here. But now, you have the ability to color coordinate your logo many different ways.

In addition, but it is a little trickier, you can make a solid color background transparent, too. Just do a search on how to do that in lunapic and you should find a tutorial on that.

But onto today’s tutorial. You will need:

1. A cell phone (I have iPhone but Android would work, too. Any device should work.)

2. Your transparent logo saved to your photo album.

3. The lunapic website: https://www199.lunapic.com/editor/

That’s it!!!

Now, all you have to do is follow along with this video tutorial! Any questions, just ask!

Ideas to Share at Jewelry Box University 2019

A Jewelry Box University??? Why not?

I belong to a group of talented artists that paint jewelry boxes. There are many talented people in this group I’ve had the privilege of getting to know online. I now get the chance to meet some of them when another painting friend (I met online) and I travel to North Carolina from Missouri later this month to learn from some of the best! How crazy is that? 🤪

Not so crazy! Painting jewelry boxes is very rewarding and so much fun and so worth the trip! Sometimes painting jewelry boxes can even be more time consuming than painting furniture. The techniques and skills we will learn at Jewelry Box University will easily transfer for use when painting furniture. And when I say we paint jewelry boxes, we don’t just mean the kind that holds jewelry and plays music. We create something new out of any kind of jewelry case or any kind of box.

I will be sharing some of these techniques with my fellow artists, so thought I’d do this post so they would all be in one place:

Change the color(s) of your transparent background (or solid, too) logo!

Video tutorial

Decoupage:

Using Varathane Polyurethane

Coasters

Drawers:

Essential Oils

Hardware:

From another site:

Mirror Reflections:

PicMonkey YouTube tutorial from Brushed by Brandy

Painting Techniques:

Color Wash

Buffalo Plaid

Wax resist

See video: https://www.facebook.com/sharsumpaint/videos/2056536231244976?sfns=mo

Chippy and Crackle look

Prepping:

An excellent article by The Copper Elm

The non-toxic cleaner she uses called Whip It

Transfers:

Waterslide Decals

Coloring a waterslide decals with Sharpies

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I am no where close to being able to paint boxes like some of my painting friends, but here are a few of my favorites I have done:

When turning this box into a memory box by painting a decoupaging a vintage photo of my mom and her sisters, I learned the Lane Company gave these boxes to graduating seniors across the country as a marketing technique. The earliest I heard from was 1924 and I think it continued into the early 90s.

Color Wash – A Beautiful Effect on Wood!

Have you ever tried a color wash on wood? Our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint (https://sharsumpaint.com/paint-color-chart/) works perfectly for a beautiful color wash effect. This coffee table in the photo using “Indigo Blue” is an example of color wash. You can see a hint of navy blue but still see the beautiful grain of wood underneath.

It’s a fun technique to try. It’s kind of like staining, but using paint and water. Dries quickly, too!

Here’s a quick tutorial I just came across the does a great job of explaining color wash.

https://dukesandduchesses.com/create-color-washed-effect-wood/