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Monday, September 23, 2013

Wine Corkscrew Wall Art

I am so happy that Danni from Silo Hill Farm, has agreed to help me while I am away! I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I have! She is such a sweetheart!

Please Welcome Danni!

If you ask me to do a guest post for you, I'm most likely going to say "yes", depending on your time frame.  I'm also going to browse your blog, learn as much about you as I can and then do a project that I think somehow relates to you.  I might also talk about alcohol (unless you specifically tell me not to).
When Deneen asked me to do a guest post, it was pretty easy because I was lucky enough to meet her last July when I was in Tennessee.  She was delightful and we had a marvelous time.  I knew that she was a fabulous furniture painter.  I knew that she loved all things Italian.  I knew that she was going to Italy soon.  
I decided to make a piece of wall art for this guest post that incorporated those facts.  I chose a wine corkscrew silhouette project.






I traced an outline onto a piece of cardboard with the intention of cutting it out of a piece of wood.  Now I am not a DIY, power tool-wielding, Ryobi-loving woman like Deneen.  Nope, in fact, power tools kind of scare me, but my father-in law has a little shop and he's pretty darn good with power tools, so I gave the cardboard template to him and he cut out a wooden wine corkscrew shape for me.



Because Deneen is one of the furniture painters that I admire, I knew I was going to have to paint this piece.  I was not going to use just any paint....I was going to use the "One-Step Paint" by Amy Howard that we found in a shop window when we were shopping together in Franklin, Tennessee.  I was also going to use some Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax to give this piece a smooth, protective finish.

The beauty of the "One-Step Paint" is that you do not need to sand, prime or strip wood before using it and it dries really fast.  I chose black, and it is a true black, which apparently is sometimes hard to find in this type of paint.  So...paint, wax, stir stick, brush and a soft cloth to buff the wax and I was ready to go.

  Oh, can you guess what I used for that soft cloth? 

 Shoulder pads that I cut out from some shirt.  I have no use for shoulder pads...I have the broad shoulders of a football player...always have.

I gave that corkscrew a couple of coats of the black paint.  



The paint can says to let it dry about 30 minutes in between the two coats.  Lets have a yummy Italian drink while we wait.  (Deneen is probably having one..shouldn't we?)  I'm a pretty big fan of Caravella Limoncello.  It's imported from Italy.  I like to have it with some domestic Sprite Zero.



Let's be all civil and put it in a glass!



  Cheers Deneen!  Or should I say, "cent'anni"?  

Which means "health for 100 years" in Italian. 

 My paint is dry now, I'd better get back to it.  Time to wax with Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax.  I put it on with a chip brush.



Guess what?  You need to let it sit for a bit before you buff it out and you know what that means....another Italian drink.  Let's look at a fine Italian wine shall we? 



This is Mia Dolcea Moscato d'Asti.  It's yummy.  It's imported from Italy.  It's the perfect drink to have when you are feeling sorry for yourself because you are not the one in Italy...or while you are waiting for your wax to be ready for buffing.  

Salute Deneen!  
Or should I say "cin cin"?  (Which is pronounced "tcheen tcheen" and actually has more to do with the sound two glasses make when you touch them together like in a toast.) 

Well, my wax is ready to be buffed out which is really just kind of rubbing it in until it's smooth and even.   Now all I need to do is put a hanger on the back of it.  My favorite hanger is a pop can tab, bent slightly outward and stuck on with some hot glue.  Too easy!



This project is finished and ready to hang above my bar.



Another quick Italian-inspired project I made is this little Olive Tree Wall Tile.
Olive Tree Wall Tile
 If you'd like to look at another fun guest post I did that also involves some alcohol...this time of the British sort...


Downton Abbey Servants Bell DIY
And finally, if you'd like to know how I made that awesome pallet shelf that I use as a background for so many of my photos....
Pallet Shelf
Well, this is the end of my project, my guest post, my alcohol consumption (for the night), my Italian lessons and my blatant self-promotion of my projects.  
Thank you Deneen, for giving me this glorious opportunity and I hope you are walking through a beautiful vineyard somewhere in Italy...with George Clooney ...telling him about Tina!  Enjoy!

Thanks Danni! Please go show Danni some love at Silo Hill Farm!



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28 comments:

Danni Baird said...

Thank you Deneen for the glorious opportunity to guest post for you today! Looking forward to your posts about your fabulous trip!

Donna Wilkes said...

Perfect for over a bar sink or wine fridge. Very proud that you bought real paint and wax. I am so glad to know alcohol and painting can go together. Cheers!

Artsy VaVa said...

I love the wall hanging. Visiting from Silo Hill Farm. New follower!

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

I want one! Tcheen Tcheen!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Ah hah! I need a helper to cut wood for me. I love this and of course you have made something grand out of nothing. Again.
Yes, I do believe we need to catch up with you, delightful Deneen! Where is my George? MY George, Deneen.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a great wall hanging, Danni!

Tara @ Suburble said...

What a fun project! I love MMS furniture wax too - a recent discovery!

Feral Turtle said...

Great guest post! Always so creative that Danni is!!

Michelle L. said...

Love the details about the paint, love the cool silhouette and the deep black. L'Chaim!

Tuula McPhee said...

Love it! Looks fun and fabulous! Now following Dineen. Can't wait to read some Italy stories!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

this made me smile...I love all things Italian...rightly so. What a fun project. Bravissima

LittleMyoo said...

Oh Danni...with the D'awesomeness NEVER cease??????

-andi

fiona anderson said...

What a handy father-in-law Danni's got. What a great idea, that looks really good.
Love the other projects especially the servants bell. The new series of Downton just started over here and it was brilliant, though I shed a few tears !

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

What a fun post and a great tutorial. Truly a beautiful wall hanging.

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Fantastic Danni, I love that you are all speaking Italian now. The wine cork screw is fab, but you don't like Ryobi, I think our friendship might suffer!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Fantastic Danni, I love that you are all speaking Italian now. The wine cork screw is fab, but you don't like Ryobi, I think our friendship might suffer!

Baye said...

Sweet! Wish I had a bar area to hang one!

Bliss said...

Leave it to Danni to show me the way. I've been doing projects all wrong the past year. I need to stock up on beverage for wax drying. Sometimes I let my wax dry for days!

Amy Ellis said...

Danni is the best! How fun that you both got to meet each other. I've always loved how she makes every project with ease, her corkscrew wall art included!

Cindy Eikenberg, Little Miss Celebration said...

Hi Deneen and Danni! Such a great project and it's so much fun. Great to see the two of you together! Hope you both have a wonderful week. :)

The Thriftiness Miss said...

Oh my goodness.. an awesome project and a couple of drink recommendations. This post has it all! :) Love love love that corkscrew wall hanging. Absolutely perfect for a bar!

Mary N said...

Incredibile lavoro, Danni! I love your corkscrew!!! And I love that you two got to meet in person, that is così cool! Now I want a Limoncello, I don't even need a glass Applausi to a great guest post!!!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Magnifico Danni !!!
You inspire me to be more crafty - without a doubt!
XOX

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

You did it again! Wax on - Wax off ...makes me think of Karate Kid.
YOU always inspire!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

AND I am a new follower!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Danni's post cracked me up. She is so funny and her Italian is perfect!

Gail said...

You did it again, Danni! What a creative and funny post. I laughed so hard! Did you get wasted? I think it was Danny DeVito who had Limoncello before going on The View and was completely out of it during the interview. I do love Moscato. It's nice and sweet - my kind of drink. And I love how you painted the corkscrew wall hanging. You are really coming along with your painting techniques!

Marilyn Clark said...

Danni has done it again! Thanks for having her guest post so I can see your amazing "dreaming in color" blog! You're one talented lady!