I’m so excited to introduce you to the Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line, brought to you exclusively by Plaid Crafts and found at your local Michaels. You are going to love it! The tools alone are worth running to Michaels to get – they are so ingenious and a pure joy to work with.
This is my first project using the products – How to Paint a Monogram.
The top drawer under each sink in my bathrooms vanity is fake. This is my decorative fix for the plain drawer front.
The line also consists of stencils, paints, and other decorative mediums and finishes including a spray paint kit that lets you make any of the paints into a spray paint. Like I said – INGENIOUS!!!
I was one of the lucky bloggers who got to preview this new line. When a huge box arrived on my doorstep last week – I was thinking to myself – “What did I order? I didn’t order anything” Then I remembered that I would be getting some craft products to try out. When I opened it I was beyond excited and inspired. It was filled with so many crafting goodies. Plaid Crafts were more than generous. After looking at all the products and literature – I didn’t know where to start. My mind was swimming with ideas. I finally said – “One thing at a time and go from there”. I love the #11 Stencil set. There are 9 stencil patterns in it- all very modern and chic. When I held the one up, I knew immediately what my first project would be using these new paints and tools.
First I had to organize all my goodies. There is no room in my crafts closet so I placed it all in a metal tote that I picked up at the thrift store.
I just starting marking all the tops with a dot of paint so I can easily find the right color paint when I need it. There are so many to choose from in this line – 160 in all, I only got a sampling. Plus the paints come in Gloss, Satin, Glitter, Pearl, and Metallic finishes– all can be used on any surface – even fabric. There are texture mediums, glazing liquids and etching cremes. My mind is in creative overdrive.
I clipped an old dishwasher utensil basket to the side of the tote to hold some of the cool tools that are part of this line.
There are special applicator tops that convert paint bottles into tools!! You can add your paint to the bottle and then screw on an applicator top and you are ready to stencil, paint, or make decorative dots, lines, and squiggles without having to keep dipping your roller or brush in a paint tray. Not only is it easy but it also saves on materials and clean up!! You even get empty bottles with the applicators so you can mix up two or more colors to make your own custom paint.
I was sent the basic brushes and the set for striping and patterning. I didn’t use them for their intended purpose, but found a new use for them that I will show you in the tutorial below. I love the brushes and made a chic home for them in a tin can with a ribbon. Fits right into my tote. What is that saying about having the right tools for the job handy – makes the job easier? That is what I am trying to achieve by organizing the paints and tools for ease of use. Before using the brushes, I recommend twirling the tips in your palm a few times to expel the loose bristles. If you don’t, you may end up with some bristles on your painted surface. Once you do this the brushes are good to go.
Here are the brush tips close up.
Once I got my new supplies organized and I stopped hyperventilating with excitement about my windfall of crafting goodness I set to work. My first project using this line was to complete the last detail in my bathroom remodel.
Not sure if you noticed in my bathroom photos that the top two drawers in the cabinet don’t have a pull on them – only the bottom two do. This is because the top one is a fake drawer. Every bathroom cabinet in my house has this fake-out drawer. I can’t add a pull to it as the sink is directly behind it. Perhaps you have this same situation in your bathroom – along with a curious kitty. If not, this decorative treatment could be done on the top drawer of a dresser or any piece of furniture.
So here is what I did to remedy the situation.
Bathroom Drawers Before
A blank canvas.
Bathroom Drawers After
This is a bathroom that my daughters share. I stenciled a design on each top drawer and made a monogrammed plaque for each with their initials.
A subtle white accent to coordinate with the white mirrors, board and batten, and the floor. I also wanted to add a silver accent since the hardware on the other parts of the cabinet are silver/chrome.
supplies needed:Martha Stewart Crafts
- – # 11 Stencil Set
- – Striping and Patterning Brushes
- -Specialty Foam Pouncer
- -Gloss paint in Wedding Cake and Beetle Black
- – Metallic paint in Sterling
- -Satin paint in Green Olive
- Masking tape
- Re-positionable Craft Stick
- Wood Plaques – craft store
- Tracing paper or transfer paper
- Fine tipped permanent marker
- Fine tipped paint brush
- 2 silver nail heads
- Liquid Nails or strong glue
- Paper plate and paper towel
1. Figure out the best placement for your stencil on the drawer. This stencil fit perfectly on my drawer so I did not have to match up edges or patterns – Easy.
2. Apply re-positionable craft glue to the back of your stencil. This will allow you to place the stencil completely flat against the surface you are working on without leaving any glue residue.
3. Place some masking tape to hold the stencil into position. See how the stencil is not flat against the drawer on the upper right hand side? Add some more re-positionable glue.
5. Squirt some Gloss Paint in Wedding Cake on a foam plate. Dab a Specialty foam Pouncer into the paint and then dab once on a paper towel to remove any excess. ( Note I will never use a bristle stencil brush again. This pouncer works like a charm.)
6. Start pouncing on the stencil. Load up more paint if needed until you have the stencil covered.
7. The pouncing action creates little air bubbles on the surface – no worries – they go away quickly.
8. Carefully remove the stencil and you will be rewarded with this-
Here is one way the cool brushes come in handy. The flat brush with the wispy end is perfect for filling in and touching up areas that didn’t quite come out perfectly. I think the brushes, the roller and the foam pouncers are my favorite items in the line. So smart!
How to make a Monogrammed Plaque
1. Sand plaque with sandpaper to remove any rough areas. Use a tack cloth to make sure you get all the dust off. Paint the plaque the same color as the drawer. Mine is Sherwin Williams Antique White. Let dry.
I do not own a Silhouette cutter to make myself a vinyl monogram to attach to the plaques so I need to do it the old fashioned way.
2. While the paint is drying, make a monogram using the software on your computer. I usually use Adobe Photoshop Elements or Microsoft Publisher to do this. If you don’t have these programs you can do it in Microsoft Word, but will have to make each letter separate (you can follow my complete tutorial here). Print them out and then cut and paste them to form a monogram on a separate piece of paper. Measure your plaque and pick the size font that will fit. I used the font Cursif in 60 pts.
3. Trace and transfer the monogram onto your plaque using transfer paper and a pencil. I used transfer paper I had, but transfer paper is part of this new line and can be found with all the other Martha Stewart crafts products at Michaels.
4. Simply apply the graphite side of the transfer paper onto your plaque and place the image you want to trace on top. Use a pencil to trace the design.
5. Once you have traced over the entire image, remove and reveal. Carefully wipe away any graphite that may have smudged with a wet rag.
If you don’t have transfer paper – you can transfer the image using tracing paper. Tape the monogram up on a window and trace it backwards, so the printed side is against the window. Remove it and then center it on the plaque with the penciled side down. Tape it on and then go over the entire image with a pencil. Remove and if you applied enough pressure, the outline of your image will be on the plaque.
6. To paint the monogram – I used a permanent marker and then applied gloss black paint in Beetle Black with a very fine tipped brush.
7. Let it dry thoroughly before painting the sides. You don’t want to smudge it.
8. Using the long pointy tipped brush, paint the sides of the plaque. I used the Metallic finish in Sterling. I needed 3 coats and let each coat dry before adding the next coat.
9. This is where I found another use for the striping brushes. This brush was created to stripe and pattern. I found it the best brush I ever used to paint straight and evenly on tiny areas – like the borders on this plaque. Since the brush is flat and has a straight side it glided right along the edge, plus the second brush right behind it cleaned up any excess. So cool! I used the larger one to paint the outside edge of the plaque and the smaller striping brush to paint the inner edge green.
10. Coat the entire piece with one coat of clear gloss sealer and let dry.
11. Mark the placement for the nail heads with a pencil and then press them into the wood. I covered the nail heads with cardboard and then pressed in so I would not put a dimple in the domed nail head.
12. Use Liquid Nails – in the little tube ( not the big caulk gun type) to attach the plaque to the front of the drawer.
Since I love this stencil pattern and want to use it again, I gently cleaned it in my bathtub with soap and water.
You can find all these great products and more at Michaels. In my local Michaels, the line was in the paint area. When you see a wall filled with Martha’s signature turquoise packaging you will know you have found it.
- The paint is formulated to work on all crafting surfaces including wood, metal, glass, ceramic, terra-cotta and fabric. It is indoor/outdoor safe, dishwasher-safe on glass.
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