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Monday, September 3, 2012

Bird's Nest Blues

Yes, I am still on a blues kick!!  Well, when plan A fails, you move to plan B or was it plan C? :)  I lost count!!  I couldn't decide what direction I wanted to go with this frame, but you can see my final decision by the photo below.


ASCP duck egg blue, gold gilding wax, 3-D bird's nest framed art, antique frame makeover

ASCP duck egg blue, gold gilding wax, 3-D bird's nest framed art, antique frame makeover






Now for all the details.  Sometimes if something is just not working, you can either give up or move on to Plan B.  This is one of those stories, and warning it's a long post!

                                                                                                                                                                                     ASCP duck egg blue, gold gilding wax, 3-D bird's nest framed art, antique frame makeover


I purchased this gorgeous mirror/frame at an estate sale earlier in the summer.  I loved the beautiful details around the mirror, but the mirror itself was history!  So I put it on my fireplace in my bedroom until I could decide what I wanted to do with it.  The biggest decision was where to use it, what color, and exactly what to do with it.  Since everything in my kitchen and living room are in the gold, browns, and red tones, did I want to go with those colors?  Ok, actually my bedroom is red, too!!  That is about to change.  I really want to give that room a makeover using blues and browns.  Hey, you can only go so much reds, huh?
Right before we moved into our home, I purchased a beautiful new red comforter.  I've hated to spend money on a new one when the old one is great, but it's time!  I've neglected my poor bedroom to work on the rest of the house.

I was getting very tired of looking at the ugly, spotted mirror, so I knew had to get busy.  I decided to use this in my bedroom, and that meant going blue!  I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue.  Here is the frame with 2 coats of paint.  Next, I used the clear wax, and then very lightly added the dark wax randomly.  I also let the original color show through on the inside trim.

annie sloan chalk paint duck egg blue

Then I lightly brushed the gold gilding wax over the entire frame. If your not familiar with the gilding wax,  yo  you can read about it here. Ok, so far everything was going according to Plan A!  I was loving the frame.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg Blue, Gold gilding wax, frame

Here's where the fail came in.  I recently bought some beautiful scrapbook paper and loved this awesome stripe with fleur de lis.  I had already given it a coat of Mod Podge and added a stencil using Wood Icing.  I mixed ASCP Duck Egg Blue and Napoleonic Blue to get the perfect shades in the paper to paint the fleur de lis.  I was amazed that I got pretty darn close to the colors.  I just was NOT loving it!  Either my stencil was too small or that one fleur de lis under the stencil just wasn't cutting it!  I know when I ask my hubby his opinion and his response is it's alright, it was time to move to Plan B.  I have found a way to rescue this fail that I hope to share soon.

wood icing and stencil

My next choice was the adorable blue paper with a cute bird pattern that I had considered earlier.  So that's when I decided to go with the bird's nest.  I cut the nest in half and hot glued it to the paper.  I also added some blue paper in the nest to give it some color.

nest with eggs tutorial wall art

Then I added the bow, and a cute little button I made using the I-top that I won from a giveaway at Uncommon Designs! It is the coolest thing ever.  I will do a full post on that because it's so fun to use.

burlap bow with button

I am so thankful  for the fail!  I love how this turned out.  My daughter came home as I was finishing up, and tried to talk me out of it!  Since I am a total frame addict, I promised her I would make the smaller one for her.  I was just happy I made something my 20 year old wanted.  LOL

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg Blue, Gold gilding wax, bird's nest, eggs, burlap bow, wall art


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg Blue, Gold gilding wax, bird's nest, eggs, burlap bow, wall art



Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg Blue, Gold gilding wax, bird's nest, eggs, burlap bow, wall art



Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg Blue, Gold gilding wax, bird's nest, eggs, burlap bow, wall art



Spring Decor, Bird's nest wall art, mini cupcake stand, cloche, eggs, antique key
                             

I can't wait to finish my bedroom, but that's going to be a work in progress for awhile!  I will give you a sneak peek where this picture will be going.  Of all my estate sale finds, the photo below is my absolute favorite!  I just have to change the red candles!!  The bird's nest is going right beside it.


metal wire basket
                                                                                   
I love everything about my house except the fireplaces!  They are not so pretty and both have windows above them!!  Craziness.  I need to post soon how I remedied the ugliness of the downstairs fireplace until we can build a beautiful bookcase around it!  Yep, I'm dreaming BIG!!  LOL

Thanks for hanging in there for this long post!  Just wanted to share all the not so pretty details that led to latest project.  Never give up on a project.  Take a break or go a totally different direction, until you find what works.  The tray I talked about in my last post is still on break!  :)  I would love to hear about your failed projects that turned out better than planned, or like my tray, still on an extended break.

                                                                    Kathy

Linking to these great parties:  Manic Monday  Anything Blue & Pink


110 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

I like what you did with that, especially the sweet bird nest part!!

suzyq said...

Well blue seems to be working for you so stick with it Kathy!!! That frame is just gorgeous! And the birds nest?
You're pretty incredible lady :)
Hugs,

Con Voluntad y Creatividad Se Pueden Hacer Maravillas! said...

HERMOSO!!!!

Shirley said...

Wow, that turned out so great. I love it's new look. And blue is a great color..one of my favorites..

Heidi Fowler said...

Love that blue again, and what a unique frame. So cool! I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it!

Donna Wilkes said...

Came over from Twigg's. That is such a sweet framed nest. Love the color choice. I also loved your other post on the watering can and lantern.

Distressed Donna Down Home

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! I'm blown away by your awesome table. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you!! I fell in love with the frame. Thank you so much for hosting! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I couldn't pass that beautiful frame up. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you!! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I just couldn't pass that gorgeous frame up, even I paid more than I should have. LOL One of those splurge items, but it was worth it. :)

XOXO

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by. :)

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

That is so beautiful! I have a similar mirror and you have inspired me to drag it out and "cute it up"! Thank you for the follow and I'm happy to be following you back via GFC and looking forward to more. Also, thank you for being a teacher!

JOY 2 JOURNEY said...

I am in LOVE with it. Such thoughtful details went into it and since I am on a Blue kick right now as well ... This is perfect! If I was your daughter I would try to talk you out of it as well. Heck, I would do it anyway! LOL Thank you for sharing your talent with us at The "Sunday Stop"!
Hugs,
Bj

Evelyn said...

How clever is your little birds nest:) I love the blue and gold frame (I just have to check into that gold gilding wax). Thank you so much for sharing this project at Freedom Fridays.

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

It is so delicate and beautiful! I love how you treated the frame. So lovely!!
Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
<3 Christina

Kristie Franklin said...

Kathy,

I think your frame turned out lovely! My favorite color is blue so I think doing your bedroom in blue and brown sound great. I just used the ASCP on a candlestick a couple of weeks ago and loved the results! :)

twelve-O-eight said...

Kathy, I love this project! The frame, nest, color everything is so pretty. It will be fun to see how your next project turns out. Have a great week :)

xoxo, Tanya
http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! I wish I could find more of those frames! I love them. Thank you so much for stopping by. Headed to see what you've been up to! :)

Kathy Moody said...

That you so much! It is such a fun color. I bet your candlesticks look beautiful. Thanks for stopping by.

HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you! Thanks for hosting the great party, too!

HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you!! You will love the gilding wax. It's so easy to use, and add so much to the piece.

Thank you for hosting another great party. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Aww, thank you! I felt guilty, so I got busy this afternoon and made hers. LOL I was glad I still had the other half of the nest. :)

Thank you so much for hosting another great party! Have a wonderful week. Can't believe it's almost Monday already.

HUGS

daisypetals said...

Kathy, That looks just beautiful! Way to hang in there until you got the results you were looking for! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle.com

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you!! Have a great week.

Debbiedoo's said...

Kathy this is such a pretty project! LOVE the color and the birdie is adorable. Thanks so much for joining my party.

Debbiedoo's said...

I meant birdie nest...the eggs are great too.

Leanne @ The Burlap Cottage said...

Hi Kathy,

Love the 3d artwork. What a great idea!

Leanne@TheBurlapCottage

Still Woods Farmhouse said...

Kathy, What beautiful work! The soft color of blue is gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you have in store for your fireplace!

Carolyn said...

Hi Kathy,
I love your blog! The blue on the gilding looks beautiful. I am a follower!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much!! I'm looking forward to visiting with you! Thanks for following. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much!! I love your beautiful blog. Your newest follower. Can't wait to see more. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! It's always a great partay!!! :)

Debra said...

Love your finished project! Sometimes it takes a few times to get it right. I love the blue you used.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for following me. I am following you now also. Look forward to reading!

Audrey said...

This is adorable. I love birds and bird nests, but never thought of framing one. Great idea and beautiful paint job.
Gotta remember this one.
Blessings...
Audrey Z.
http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
Timeless Treasures

Kathryn Cain said...

your right....this would look great with my ombre aqua turq...bed set...and red even can be a accent with the carnival fabric...thank you for being my 52 follower I have so much to do on my blog....but my garage has so much a this time...and high 5 your 20 year love something you did...boy do I know it...my daughter in law saw a dresser I did in the subway style and she said could you do that on the old stereo unit you gave us...yeap...for their new house...

Tani@Tagana Rose said...

Wow, this looks so gorgeous Kathy!!! I love the colour you chose and how the the gold shines through. And the details you have added are so pretty. Have a fabulous week:)

Irish Carter said...

This turned out absolutely gorgeous. I would never have guessed this about myself, but I have over the last year begun loving the whole bird, birdcage, nest themes. The blue you used and the eggs are AWESOME! I'm glad I stopped by today. I really enjoyed your post. = )

Irish

Kammy's Korner said...

So creative and beautiful! Thank goodness for failures... sometimes! :)

scrapmebaby said...

I think it looks great! I just painted a buffet in duck egg, and I seriously love that color, I think I have a frame similar to yours in my stash and I may have to copy your style. I am your next door neighbor over at tips & tutes Tuesday so I thought I would pop over and say hi!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

I'm so loving the blue and so glad you had a failure because you wouldn't have ended up with something so beautiful. I need to get some of that duck egg blue. Loving the bird paper and the birds nest with such pretty eggs! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I just visited followed your blog and on FB! I hope my comment posted!! It seemed to have disappeared. LOL I have a table very much like yours! You've inspired me to give it a makeover, too! Thank you so much for stopping by! Look forward to visiting more. So glad you stopped by!! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you!! Just like your gorgeous rosette picture!! Oh, I love it. Thanks for hosting, sweet friend. HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Aww, thank you so much! I felt the same way about the whole bird thing. Now I really want a decorative bird cage. LOL I have a whole Pinterest board just for the cages. :) I appreciate you stopping by very much. I just followed your great blog! You have so much awesome info. HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you!!! Thanks for stopping by, and you have a great week too!! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you for stopping by! So excited to follow you! You have some awesome projects. Can't wait to see your next project. HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! Thank you for stopping by sweet friend. Have a great week. :)

HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much, and thanks for following. Excited to visit more. :)

Hubba said...

Wow this frame is beautiful! I love your taste and the blue you added. Stopping by from a blog hop! Feel free to stop b!
www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

With A Blast said...

Kathy, this is so adorable - Love it! Have a great day,
Linda

Linda Walker said...

I absolutely love the color of your newly transformed frame! I have several that need an overhaul! Thanks for the inspiration!
Linda
mwsewwhatblog.blogspot.com

Nici - Posed Perfection said...

Such a cute project! Thanks so much for stopping by Posed Perfection last week and leaving a sweet comment. Thanks also for the follow. I am happily following you back. I hope you have a great week!
Blessings,
Nici

Schulz Family said...

How fantastically creative you are. Thanks for following my blog. Karen - happy to follow back

Tami Von Zalez said...

Hello fellow thrifter - lurvs what you've done with the ornate frame.

Visiting you from Ivy and Elephants WIW.

thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

Full Circle Creations said...

Just adorable! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

Holly

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for hosting!! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Aww, thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Aww, thank you so much! I really appreciate the follow, too! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I love your blog, and thanks for the follow back. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for visiting!! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you!!! Thanks for stopping by! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I appreciate it so much! I just followed you on your awesome blog! Hope you are having a great week. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you! You will love the duck egg blue! Thank you so much for hosting another awesome party. Hope you are having a great week. :)

Melissa Lind said...

I LOVE how this project turned out! The colors are totally fabulous!

Have a fabulous and inspired day!

~I hope you can take a moment to pop over to www.mywatermelonmoon.com and checkout my (relatively new) blog! I a follower of yours and would love you to give some blog love as a follower of mine! :) Happy Crafting!

Christine said...

Kathy, I just LOVE the look we created with the mirror! It's just fabulous!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

Kathie said...

It turned out wonderfully! I had a similar thing happen where I had a vision of how something would look, then when I did it, it just didn't look like I had hoped. So, I moved on to plan B. Sometimes, those are the things that turn out the best! Thanks for sharing your beautiful birds nest frame!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I really was thankful for the fail on this one. LOL Thank you for hosting. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much sweet friend. Thanks for hosting a fabulous party, too! Have a great weekend. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I just left your adorable blog, and was so happy to show some love!! Can't wait to see more. Thank you so much for following. HUGS

Jessi Wohlwend said...

Wow, I just love it! Everything is so cute! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional.

Barbara Hiatt said...

Hi Kathy! I love the way it turned out! I have a passion for blues too!! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm & Link Up! Hope to see you again next week!

Barbara @ Chase the Star
chasethestar.net

Meg said...

That is absolutely beautiful! I love everything about it.


Thanks for sharing on The All Star Block Party!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for hosting! HUGS

Creative M said...

Another Gorgeous and very Creative Project!I love it!!TFS
Saw it on Craft Junkie Too!
Migdalia

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Hi Kathy, I think this is so so cute! Love the color combo and the 3-D effect with the eggs and nest are awesome! I know the feeling of doing a project over again, done the same thing lately. lol
Thanks so much for sharing it at Frugal Treasures Tuesday! Hope to see you again this week.
Barbe

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a great idea!! I even just love the frame itself as It would look great in my Living Room!!

Congrats on also being featured over at Barbe's!!
Hugs,
Debbie

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Great color and just such a sweet project!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for linking up to our Pretty Things party. Hope to see you back next week!

Stacey said...

Love that pretty ornate frame :o)
Thanks for linking up this week to the Creative Inspirations Linky Party!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Kimberly Sminkey said...

First of all, I am so incredibly jealous that you found that frame... before I did! You did a wonderful job recreating it into something even more beautiful! and ps. thanks for sharing with us at tip toe thru tuesday!
xoxo
Kim

The Lovely Mrs. P said...

Very cute ~love that frame too! What a different way to display it! Thanks for linking up!
Kim@Madeinaday

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Kathy, That mirror turned out awesome! Plan B worked beautifully! LOVE the colors and the paper as well as the gold wax - stunning!
I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Judy said...

Simply beautiful. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

Kathy Moody said...

YAY!! Thank you so much! I am thrilled and honored. Thanks for hosting, too! Headed to grab that button now!! :) HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Thanks for hosting another great party!! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Thanks for the great party! XOXO

Kathy Moody said...

Aww, thank you! I love that frame, and want more. They are so expensive on Ebay. Thanks for the great party. Just linked up to the new party!!! XOXO

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you! Thanks for another great party, too! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you and thanks for hosting! I will be there. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you sweet friend. Thanks for another great party! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I love that frame, too! I am on the look out for more. Thanks for stopping by. HUGS, sweet friend.

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much!! A huge thank you for featuring it. I'm so excited. Just linked up to this week's fun party. Thanks for hosting. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I appreciate your visit and kind words. :)

Michelle said...

Thanks for linking this up over at The Purple Pumpkin Blog what a pretty design!

Don't forget to grab a button (or text link) if you haven't done so already - see you again very soon :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I had the button on my button page, and I think it disappeared. :( I've added it again, and I'm in the process of text links to posts. Got those added, too!! Thank you so much for hosting. HUGS

Style Sisters said...

Love the blue! Great job! Thanks for linking up and entering my giveaway. I love it when everyone shares their ideas with us. So fun to meet new people.
Karin

Debi Bolocofsky said...

Hi Kathy,
I love this. It is such a great color. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
Hope to see you there.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above
www.adornedfromabove.com

Patty Wiles said...

Kathy, this is beautiful!

Sherry said...

Very pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you!! Thanks for hosting.

Cheerios and Lattes said...

Thank you for sharing at Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back this week to link up again! Have a great weekend!
-Mackenzie
http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

Lauren @ mercy(INK) said...

Very sweet idea, Kathy!!! Glad to have you at our (heart)&(home) link up this week... hope you'll join us again :)
blessings,
lauren
www.mercyinkblog.com

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Thanks for hosting a great party! Have a wonderful Labor Day. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Have a wonderful Labor Day. :)

Betsy @ Romance on a Dime said...

This looks so cute!! I LOVE the way it turned out. That's great that your daughter liked it as well. :) Thanks for sharing it at Take it on Tuesday!

Maria Matter said...

this is beautiful!!! love the color!

JP said...

Very, very nice....I especially love that finish!

Frances Kendrick said...

This is so nice!! And the blue a nice touch too!!

Frances

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

Nice choice of color! It turned out so pretty!

XOXO,
Meredith

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