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Sweet Lizzie Rose Two

Onward and Upward With Sweet Lizzie Rose
An eight hundred mile trip to finish Lizzie Rose's pretty little room.
This little cottage is over a hundred years old and built from brick. Without an investment in time, these old houses can look forlorn and abused.
This little one wished to live in a fairy castle. So out came the fairy dust to settle on pink painted brick as her very own personal kingdom.
The little $10. night stand was painted and papered before I brought her along. You can visit the befores and afters at: http://sksartell.blogspot.com/2015/03/sks-sweet-lizzie-rose.html
Although I left my custom colored chalk paint in Oregon, Urghhh... Lizzies old dresser was smiling as she received the same treatment as the little side table. Paper and paint.
Trying to match these colors in my custom chalk paint was a challenge. The dresser has a slightly different hue, but matches nicely.
Thanks to the Graphics Fairy, I always have a beautiful graphic to incorporate into a pretty work. Lizzie loves butterflies and The Graphic Fairy Comes through again for me.
I added her name in the squiggles. She says the butterflies tell her she is pretty. Aww...
The pretty papers were chosen to embellish these now loved pieces.
I use water based poly instead of Modge Podge. I like the feel a bit better.
Tissue paper is much easier to work with than craft papers which are thicker. The craft papers tend to bubble and ripple so there is more time spent in keeping the bubbles down. I have a little rubber roller, we used to call a brayer. This helps roll out unwanted bubbles.
I use a clear satin water based poly coat instead of Modge Podge. The hard sealing capacities help keep paper from becoming dingy over the years. I brush a coat of poly onto the surface and let it absorb into the wood. I add a second coat and while very wet I add my papers. Rolling the brayer to eliminate bubbles. Tissue paper is fragile and will tear if your not careful. The nice thing about tissue is you can just add pieces to the torn areas. This makes a pretty layered effect. Remember good tissue napkins will have two and maybe three layers of paper. Remove all the backing layers of tissue so all you have is the pretty layer.
I paint the sides of my surfaces before papering. If I don't, the wood grain shows through the fragile tissue paper and ruins the color and effect. You don't necessarily need to do this with the much thicker crafters paper.
When the poly and paper is dry, I brush on two coats of topcoat for durability.
Both little lamps were purchased without lampshades. Plain white linen shades were adorned with crystals and ribbon.
The clear jar lamp was finished, frilled and filled with pink feathers.
Thanks for visiting. sk
You can see Lizzies brothers room completed at the same time.

To see more: http://sksartell.blogspot.com/2015/04/sweet-lizzie-rose-two.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Chris aka monkey
    Chris aka monkey Mount Pleasant, TN
    on Apr 2, 2015

    @SK on Elderberry oh my how i wish we had a little girl after seeing this, i think i would love it for my room xx

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Apr 2, 2015

      @Chris aka monkey Me too Chris. I could only wish I had a room like this as a child. I can just imagine where my imagination could have gone...Thanks. Great to hear from you. sk

  • Beatrice Tangeman
    Beatrice Tangeman Leander, TX
    on Apr 2, 2015

    Hands down the best I've seen! I must know more about this water based poly technique (:

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Apr 3, 2015

      @Beatrice Tangeman I love the name Rose. It's a particular favorite of our family. We have two granddaughters with this name. sk

  • Patricia
    Patricia Lebanon, OH
    on Apr 4, 2015

    I love everything that you did. It is so beautifully styled and the details are amazing.

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Apr 4, 2015

      @Patricia Thank you Patricia. We had so much fun. It was hard to put the brushes down. Exhaustion won out in the end. sk

  • Deborah Brown
    Deborah Brown
    on Apr 4, 2015

    Absolutely Beautiful!!!!!

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Apr 4, 2015

      @Deborah Brown Thanks Deborah. As soon as I get pictures I will post. sk

  • Janet Weber Johnson
    Janet Weber Johnson Virginia Beach, VA
    on Apr 4, 2015

    This is so beautiful.......would love to have seen the after of the whole room.

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Apr 4, 2015

      @Janet Weber Johnson Thanks Janet. Me too! I will post pics asap. sk

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