Crunchy fallen leaves. Cool breezes. Cozy sweaters. These are all hints of autumn. However, those of us in Southern California are still wearing shorts and sleeveless tops. I'd apologize, but I have nothing to do with the weather fairies. Our younger daughter lives on the east coast, so we are well aware of the havoc that Hurricane Sandy is creating. We hope everyone on the eastern side of the country will soon dry out.
Even though autumn has not yet showed up here, I decided to put away all the summer paint colors and seek out autumn hues.
This sponged blue coat rack had been hiding (for good reason) for many years. Our older daughter painted this in the mid '90s when sponging was "in." It was high time to transform it into an autumn coat rack (just in case the temperature falls low enough for us to wear our coats).
Then I mixed together two colors of acrylic paint creating a mustard hue to complement the paper.
After a light sanding, I brushed two coats of paint onto the wood rack, completely covering the old blue color.
After the rack dried, I experimented with different embellishments to see what would match the best. Although I like the way these flowers look, I decided to save them for another project.
This rack measures 23" wide x 3-1/2" tall. I cut two pieces of paper, each 12" x 3", so when adhered to the wood, would expose 1/4" of the painted wood on either side.
To accent the sides of the paper, I "edged" the paper using Chestnut Roan chalk ink. Chalk ink goes on smooth and is dry to the touch, so the ink doesn't smear.
OK, time to Mod Podge! Be sure to cover both surfaces (in this case, the back of the paper and the front of the wood) to maximize the adhesive power of the Podge.
A roller will help eliminate possible air bubbles.
Although I painted the four knobs in the same mustard color as the wood rack, I decided to punch it up a bit and re-painted each one a different color, coordinating them with the paper. Then I scoured through my sticker folder and found letter stickers, spelling out f-a-l-l.
Adding a multi-layered flower and raffia, the transformed coat rack is now ready for autumn!
Now, if only the weather would cooperate.
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