I am SOOO excited to be hanging out atThe 36th Avenue today!! I’m Katie from CRAPTASTIC!
I initially started blogging about my crazy furniture adventures in January, but after being inspired by all of YOU I have ventured out into all kinds of crafts!
I’m so excited to be sharing one of my favorite projects with you all today! I like to think of her as being ‘Old As Dirt!’
Back in March I worked on my nighstand, The Pink Lady. I had so much fun with the harlequin stencil I decided to do it again!
Here is how the old lady started:
I loved this desk from the very start and quickly got started sanding and cleaning. I was naughty and did not prime (although with such a light colored yellow, I should have)!
After she was all painted it was time to apply the stencil. I’m cheap poor, so I try to use what I have to cut corners. Instead of buying a stencil I used cardstock and an exacto knife to make my own.
I didn’t measure any of the diamonds for my stencil, they were just kind of eyeballed! When cutting out your diamonds, be sure to leave a small amount of cardstock in between each diamond, otherwise you’ll just have a piece of cardstock with a big hole in the center!
This shows the stencil I ended up with – not perfect at all! I think the irregularity makes it more unique!
Once all the paint is dry sand your little heart out! I’ve noticed with lots of paints that they tend to darken up just a little with sanding – I like that. Here you can see before and after sanding.
I used cheesecloth to apply Minwax Dark Walnut stain over the entire piece. Once dry I used cheesecloth to run over the whole piece with Minwax Wipe On Poly in satin! Here she is now!
A closer look.
Beautiful ORIGINAL hardware…
Thank you SOOOO much for having me Desiree!
It’s been a blast!
I hope you all enjoyed my old lady, and thanks for
After years of working in interior design, I fueled my passion for DIY into The 36th Avenue, my own corner dedicated to anything delicious and creative. After fours years of blogging I can honestly say that I am grateful for the many opportunities I've had to do what I love while sharing, creating, and reinventing with our readers.