Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bathroom Scale Makeover - Tutorial

You got a new scale!
Oh...Then what'd you do with that crap one?
That is that crap one :) 

Don't you love when projects work out like that? 
The best part about this is that it was 100% complete in under an hour. Here's how I did it. 

Step 1
Acquire a crappy scale.
I got this one at Goodwill for about $2. 
Check to make sure it works before you buy it, of course.

Step 2
Clean said crappy scale.
Ta da! Looking better already....

Step 3
Masking tape.
Cover all of the parts you don't want to paint in masking tape and newspaper. You can paint the  'foot' part as well if you want, but I chose to leave mine black. 
Clearly you need to cover the face , unless you want the scale to be purely decorative :)

Step 4
Get this stuff
Metallic spray paint, a neon accent color (I used acrylic but this could be spray paint as well), and a clear coat. The clear coat is important if you want the paint to last longer!

Step 5
Since I planned to paint the green by hand, I went ahead and sprayed all of it. I would recommended doing this outside, but sometimes I don't follow my own recommendations - don't tell my landlord. 
The metallic paint also acts as a base coat for the acrylic. I did two coats of the green and it was fully covered. When you're done with that, spray everything with one or two coats of the clear coat. When that's completely dry...

Step 6
Remove tape. Amaze friends.
Stunning transformation, don't you think?

I love it when things turn out my way :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

36 hours later...

A baby quilt is born! I was comissioned to make this quilt for a customer whose granddaughter had recently passed away. The quilt was intended as a baby shower gift for the new baby as something to remember her sister by - very sad, but sweet...

Scraps of fabric from the girl's clothes were used to make the quilt, as well as a few favorite photos. I ordered the prints from spoonflower.com, and was pleased with the results. For privacy, I don't want to post any of those photos too close up, however. Here's a few favorite blocks:

I think (hope!) she liked it! It's probably the most complicated quilt I've made yet, and I'm proud of my work :)

Here are some in-process pics. The colors are more true in this as well...there wasn't a lot of lighting on the day I handed it off, unfortunately.