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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

With A Stroke Of Paint !

Summer is officially here and that means its time to party! I'm joining the other creative ladies for the summer kick-off party this week starting with Debbiedoo's summer paint projects.

Thanks to this awesome party, all the projects that I've been putting off forever is finally getting done!!! 
I love tole painting, it's my way of relaxing and I feel it is so therapeutic. I took tole painting classes before my blogging days. My attempt at tole painting:

I painted the chair green, distressed it a little to expose the wood, applied the detailing on top and finished it off with a sealer:

 What do you think? Does it look too green? Paint is so forgiving...if I'm not happy with the end result I can always slap on another color! Maybe I should paint the whole thing in white..

Next, comes this metal plant stand. It was a little rusty around the edges. So, I went to work and painted the whole thing in Rust-Oleum Black in a gloss finish:

I love using galvanized buckets and pails as planters. Well, this one has served me well in the past few years looking gorgeous every summer all decked in pink annuals. But it has taken quite a beating over the years as well. 
Looking quite forlorn in this sorry state:

After sanding it down with a medium grain sand paper and thoroughly scrubbing it down, I applied couple coats of Kilz primer. 
Looking better already, don't you think?

Applied a coat of Rust-Oleum White:
Well, it looked too white to me! So I toned it down a wee bit by applying an antiquing medium to it. So this is how it looks now:

Now its time for the fun part. I have to make her look all pretty for this week's party. I decoupaged these beautiful images from The Graphics Fairy and after couple coats of Mod Podge I sealed  the entire thing with a protective finish. 

I decoupaged the same image onto a burlap swatch and made it into a tag for the pail:

Now, she is all ready to party with the others:

 I hope you liked my painted projects and thanks for stopping  by and taking a peek at them and for your lovely comments. Do stop by and visit so many other wonderful friends and be inspired by their creativity.



  1. I like the green, & you did a lovely job on your floral design. Cherry Kay

  2. Hi lovely lady.
    You did a Beautiful job on all your projects sweet lady. I love the chair don't paint it ~~~ Now you can come over and do some work for me !!
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescape for my Wedding Anniversary Party.
    I hope you have a Great Week.
    XXOO Diane

  3. Everything you have done here is just beautiful, Poppy. You are so creative!... christine

  4. Your porch looks so inviting! it looks like a nice place to relax. :)

  5. Your transformation is really stunning! I LOVE, love, love what you did to the galvanized bucket!
    The chair, bucket, planter vignette is so perfect!

  6. Ok... first of all... I can't believe you did that great detail work! I love it... Second of all ... the bucket MADE this little vignette! It just too cute! Good Job Girly!


  7. *GASP* Poppy, my friend... W-O-W!! You have some seriously gorgeous painting projects. I love that chair - so perfectly summer. And that galvanized bucket is SOOOO beautifully unique!! Thank you for sharing these wonderful "Drab to Fab" projects, and for the sweet comments on my blog!!

    ~Nicole @

  8. omg! this is just awesome .... love the details on the chair and that bucket and the transformation is just WOW!!.. out of words. your creativity really inspires and makes me smile.

  9. Oh, that's a pretty project! Thanks for visiting my blog. Following you as Marie. :-) You did a great job, especially with the chair detail. Love it!

  10. Beautifully done! I have to try that outdoor Mod Podge, and soon!

  11. Hi Poppy,
    All of your painted items look fabulous! I adore your tole painting and the decoupaged pail, it looks wonderful in it's new coat, you would never guess what it had looked like!
    You really do look ready to party!
    Hugs, Cindy

  12. You did a great job! It is stunning! I always love you colourful, refreshing space. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  13. Wow! I love all 3 pieces. I think you did an excellent job on the tole painting of the chair. I'm also amazed by what you did to that bucket. It looks awesome!

  14. Wow! You've been busy! The plant stand looks brand new, and the galvanized bucket is gorgeous! I liked it white, but it's so special antiqued and mod podged. Love the graphic you chose! The chair looks fantastic, too! It's just the perfect pop of color! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party, and would love for you to take a pic of something you made/did/bought before blogging and share it at my party. Can't wait to see what you bring to share.

  15. The bucket is amazing!! You are SO creative!!!

  16. Wow! Look at you go! I don't know where to start Poppy - so much deliciousness in one post. I'll start with that adorable chair that is the PERFECT shade of green! DOn't touch it!
    Also love that sweet iron planter, but that bucket that you transformed is the bomb-diggity! I just scored a galvanized bucket just like that and now I know what to do with it! Thanks girlie!

  17. Hi Poppy,
    I took tole painting too years ago. You did a great job. Love the chair and the bucket is simply gorgeous; love it!! Thanks for your visit and enjoy your weekend.


  18. Poppy, You did a fabulous job at the tole painting. Love that green chair. I also like you bucket too. It looks wonderful! I have looked for the outdoor Mod Podge but, haven't found any. Great job on these! Thanks for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!

  19. Poppy,
    WOW!! 3 great projects!!

    Your chair is just so cute and I do love that planter!!
    But you tickled my heart with the galvanized bucket! Absolutely stunning!!


  20. LUV that Mod Podged vase, Poppy! Soooo vintagey! Sooo pretty! You have inspired me today! :)

    xoox laurie

  21. the chair is beautiful, i dont think too green at all, and your tole painting is gorgeous!!

    your plant stand and galvanised bucket are great, and the tag is too precious!

    what did you use to seal the finish on the chair?

  22. Wait, you're not thinking of painting white over the tole are you??? I sure hope not. It's AMAZING. I could never do that. You are very talented!

  23. Wow! Great job, you made that into something quite gorgeous! Love the chair too, beautiful!

  24. Great Idea! Loved the transformation!

  25. Poppy, you did such a great job! Adding the decoupage picture to the metal planter then putting all three things together really equaled WOW!!! LOVE it!

    Have a nice day!

  26. Your chair is precious but the bucket is divine!

  27. Love it! You could redo my porch anytime.

  28. Those look awesome! Love the flower pot, that looks great. Following you back, have a great weekend!

  29. Your painting projects are absolutely beautiful, I love all, so gorgeous:-))
    Hugs, Biljana

  30. Poppy! I love this! you've inspired me - I have a few old weathered flower buckets - rust is getting to them - I've been on the fence about painting!
    Love your chair - it is a gorgeous green - your flowers remind me of Dutch painted furniture! The flower stand looks perfect with new life!

  31. You did a wonderful job on all your painting projects. They turned out great. The green chair is lovely :) Thank you for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  32. So pretty! I really love the graphic you used on the pail/pot and how you added it to the burlap tag! Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful projects with us!

  33. Hello Kimberly(Labate),thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you read this, cause I couldn't find your email id or any other contact info. If you read this and if you have a blog or email id, then do let me know. To answer your question: After painting and applying the antiquing medium, I finished the chair off by applying 2 coats of satin finish polyurethane. I do not intend to keep it outside... prolonged exposure to outside elements will ruin it. I hope you read my reply and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your compliment!

  34. Dear Poppy,
    I just found you over at Sherry's Charm of Home. I'm now following you if you dont mind? I love what you have recreated with the one thing I fear...COLOR...yup, always been a tad afraid of colors so your wonderful, colorful blog shall help me tackle my fears some. LOL!
    Enjoy the day,

  35. My Grandma did rosemaling which is an art form similar to tole painting. I haven't seen it for awhile but it really is timeless and time for it to roll around again. So glad to see it here. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  36. Poppy,Your little green chair and flower bucket are so darling. I love the painting on the chair back. I think it should stay just the way you did it. :)
    Thanks for the instructions on how to decoupage the bucket. So pretty.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog with such nice comments,

  37. What a lovely project with such nice instructions. I had forgotten how much I like this technique to drop in color and detail.

  38. The bucket's my favorite, hands down, Poppy! Wow! Great job!

  39. The bucket's my favorite, hands down, Poppy! Wow! Great job!

  40. Hi Poppy! That bucket is just adorable! I love love love the graphic you used. Would you be so kind to send me the graphic you used? I have the same type of bucket in my basement, and I'd love to transform it like yours! Thanks, sweetie!

    xoxo laurie

  41. Hey Poppy! I'm at a loss for words - everyone before me has said it all already. Everything is just beautiful! The green chair reminds me of the one my grandma used at the breakfast table. Hers was a windsor, tho', always painted green. I have a couple buckets that need some help - thanks for this great idea!
    Joy @ tomorrow's memories

  42. Beautiful!
    I have a question, though...
    Did you have to put the poem on velum or tissue so that the rose would show through?
    Thanks for a beautiful post...

  43. I have the same question as Anonymous?? I've never decoupaged before but have a bottle on my craft table. I just finished painting small wood serving tray this morning. I was at Graphic Fairy's sight looking for that perfect graphic.. Yours just jumped off the page.

    So did you have to put the poem or the rose on any special paper? Please Please share more.. Your just so talented!!

  44. Hi Diana,thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you get this message cause I can't find your email id or any other contact info. If you have a blog then do let me know so that I can visit you.

    To answer your question: The poem graphic and the red rose graphic are two separate graphics from our favorite "Fairy"... both the images I saved it in my computer.

    After that you have to do some photo editing either in Microsoft Word or Picnik. Mine was done in Microsoft Word

    Open Microsoft Word. Insert the poem graphic first since it is larger than the rose graphic.

    Next insert the rose graphic on top of the poem graphic. At this point after superimposing both the images you can play around and resize your image according to the size of your project.

    Microsoft Word will let you fade the first image as well by using transparency.

    If you choose not to use any kind of photo editing or fading. Simply do this:

    Print out the poem graphic first. Let the ink dry then reinsert the same paper with the poem on it and print the rose graphic on the same paper that already has the poem. Let the ink dry and now you are ready to use your magic touch.. (wink!). Hope this helps. If you have any other questions then do let me know and I will try my best to answer. Thanks again!

  45. Absolutely love your stuff! Found you through the Grafics Fairy!

  46. hi Poppy, thanks for leaving the sweet comments of my wool felt bottle. I come back again and gone through some more your posts. All are inspiring. This rust container turned out so pretty. I'll follow you to do more re-make, the earth will be healthier and we should treasure everything.

  47. Oh my goodness, your vase is just gorgeous! I got here from the wonderful graphicsfairy site and I can't wait to try the project on my small metal buckets (vases). I was going to ask you about the transparency of the rose pic but then you have so kindly answered all the questions in the comments section. I am SO GLAD I found your site, will be a regular here. Thanks so much for sharing your tips so generously. Despite being computer savvy, I didn't think of overlapping images and using MS Word's transparency feature to do what you did! Bravo to your talents!

  48. Thanks Rupa for your sweet words. I can't find your email id or the name of your blog, so I apologize for expressing my thanks in this section. I'm so glad you stopped by and if you have a blog then do let me know.... hope you will stop by and say hello again soon~Poppy

  49. Poppy, I love what you did with the bucket. Your blog always makes me smile.

  50. Poppy... this is the most amazing chair!! If I was your neighbour it would be disappearing over the fence ;) have you thought about distressing it a little with sand paper? I love the distressed effect and I've been trying to replicate it on a new stool that was made for me but nothing seems to work as well as time! Might have to tie it to the back of the car and drive it round town :)


Thanks for stopping by and for your loving thoughts. They make me smile!Hugs~Poppy