Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Hint of Autumn

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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). 

wooden coat rack

I chose a fun autumn scrapbook paper from my stash.  In fact, this entire project was created with everything on hand.  I especially like the words on this paper which evoke cool(er) weather ahead. 

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. 

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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.

letter stickers

Adding a multi-layered flower and raffia, the transformed coat rack is now ready for autumn! 
Now, if only the weather would cooperate.

home decor DIY for fall
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  1. Your caption made me smile! I thought for sure I would find that you lived in New Orleans like one of my BF's. She's been crying for Fall for months.
    I'm blessed to have been having fall in SW Missouri for at least a month now. I'm about to do my 3rd and FINAL Fall craft show.
    SUGGESTIONS: Fill your home with relaxing autumn colors. Boil up some autumn potpouri. Shut the curtains! Do some more fall crafting like this beautiful piece you just showed. DREAM

  2. I live in SoCal too... I almost melted last week. So glad it's cooling off! Enough to think about pumpkins.

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  3. I remember sponge painting. What did we ever see in it? Your coat rack turned out really cute! I love the script background. Visiting from Take it on Tuesday. Have a great week!


  4. Awesome transformation!! And I don't think I have ever put mod podge on both surfaces like that- what a great tip! And yea I grew up in the midwest so I do sometimes miss a real fall-- just not a real winter :)

  5. So cute! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your tutorial too! I love the transformation! I look forward to more inspiration! I'm not following along and appreciate the follow on my blog!

  6. Adore your fall scarf turned out amazing!

  7. This turned out terrific! Thanks for sharing the step-by-step. I haven' t heard of chalk ink...everything looks great.

    I'm here from Thursdays Favorite Things and I'm your latest Linky/GFC follower.

  8. Love your colors and embellishments! This turned out so cute, thanks for sharing.

  9. I love the makeover you gave the coat rack! So darling! I am a new follower of yours now! Thanks so much for inviting me over!
    Love the blog!

  10. Super cute! Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches. I love your blog :)

  11. Found you on the Show & Tell Hop and I'm now following you.
    I'd love if you Come follow back AND link up with my blog hop at

  12. It's so lovely Doreen! The pegs are cute.

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  13. love it! Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy Tuesday wishes xo P.S. sorry I'm so late visiting :-)

  14. Great way to use what you have on hand!

  15. Ooh! I love this! So pretty! I'm a huge fan of projects that use what you already have! Thanks so much for linking up with #SavouringtheSeason

  16. Great. Thank you for linking it up with us at the Fine Craft Guild. I love the flowers and the complete makeover of the coathanger really. Excellent tutorial too. Can't wait to see what you'll link up with us later today!


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