Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great weekend. On Friday I spent quality time with my mother, sister, and sister-in-law on our annual Girl’s Day Out. We started out with manicures, followed by lunch (prepared by moi)–chicken salad, croissant, and country apple cake with caramel sauce. Yes, it was as yummy as it sounds, if I do say so myself. After lunch we spent a couple of hours at a The Shirt Factory, a wonderful old brick building filled with shops (including one vintage–yay!), artisans, and an art gallery. We followed the factory up with some shopping at a couple of thrift stores and called it a day. I will share my finds with you later in the week. Why don’t we take a look at today’s quick project–a stenciled ironstone platter?
One can easily find home goods with the word “gather” and certainly many bloggers and crafters have developed projects incorporating the word. I’ve not invented anything new today, but the project is easy and the results so satisfying, I thought it worthy of a short post.
I bought this antique, English ironstone platter not too long ago for a dollar at a [fabulous] church sale. While it bears no chips or cracks, it does show signs of age–some serious browning and crazing. I neither wanted to use it or hang it on the wall in this condition, but it did seem worthy of a “rescue.” Right?
1. Chalk paint
3. Makeup sponges (Dollar Store)
4. Polyurethane (spray or liquid)
1. Wipe down the surface you plan to stencil with water and soap, then dry it.
2. If using individual letter stencils, as I’m doing here, plan your layout. Find the center of your project and take it from there.
3. Tape down your stencils and/or hold them tightly in place with your fingers. You don’t want paint leaking up under the stencil.
4. Dab paint on the flat end of the makeup sponge and pounce the paint off until the surface is quite “dry.”
5. Pounce the paint onto your project. I often use acrylic paint for stenciling, but when stenciling glass or glazed pottery, chalk paint works better because it doesn’t seep under the stencil as easily as acrylic. [Note: Deco Art provided the paint for this project.]
In this case, I used italicized letter stencils that I had on hand. This process is always trickier than when using a word stencil, and this time, I had to remove the letter “h” because I stenciled it too high. I scraped it off with a widget/razor blade and then re-stenciled it in the proper location.
6. Once the paint dries, give the platter a couple of coats of clear acrylic spray paint to protect the surface from scratching.
If you’re looking for an easy piece of farmhouse wall art, then I think this is the project for you.
I enjoy it mixed in with my bread boards and lavender, but it would look equally as nice hanging on a gallery wall.
It makes a great fall project, just in time for the holidays, when we gather together to share a meal, see family and friends from out of town, and say prayers of thanksgiving for all the Lord has blessed us with. [Update: The platter sold at the Shaker craft fair 2016 for $25.00.]
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