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Saturday, October 13, 2018

LightView Rolling Base Magnifier Light

**This post contains a partnership with Brightech, I was provided with a light and am giving my honest review of it. All opinions and text are my own.**


As you all know I do lots of different types of crafts to share with you and many of them have very detailed up close work that has to be done.  As I have gotten older, it has gotten increasingly difficult to see that very detailed work due to the normal aging process of my eyes.  Many times I have to get the strongest light I can find and magnifier glasses to see what I am doing.  So, when Brightech contacted me and asked if I would like to try one of their magnifier lamps I was ecstatic.  Following is a review of what I received.

   LightView Rolling Base Magnifier Light 
                                                 by Brightech

Vintage Paint and more... a rolling maginifier light to make your crafting easier

I chose the LightView Rolling Base Magnifier Light.  I liked the fact that it was on a base that could be rolled about to the different areas I work in.  I am constantly moving about the house to do my projects and needed something that was easy to take with me.  
Vintage Paint and more... weighted rolling base for magnifier light

This light is on a very sturdy, weighted base that takes up very little floor space - so very important to me as sometimes I am working in a small cramped space.  It has 6 wheels on the base that move quite easily from tile to wood to carpet keeping it steady so it doesn't tip - this is also a very important feature for me as I move about the house. 

It stands about 5' tall when it's fully extended.   It has a flexible and multi-jointed arm that can be arched at an angle or raised to about 34"  staying where you place it - quite versatile in its ability to adapt to your area.  Below I am using it while doing some fabric flowers in my comfy chair in the family room.  But, I can easily roll it to my craft table, kitchen table, or even out to my porch when I want to enjoy the cooler weather. I love that I can take it wherever I feel like working that day.

Vintage Paint and more... a light that magnifies small craft projects and print

The magnified portion has a large area for you to see what you are doing.  It actually magnifies up to 225% - that's a lot of magnification for those tiny little areas I work in - like the 22-count counted cross-stitch I like to do or the very tiny detailed painting and lettering.   It also has a dust cover to protect the magnifier glass from dust and scratches.

Vintage Paint and more... Magnifying area of Brightech Magnifier Light


The magnifier lamp is amazing with its ability to go from reading to working on intricate projects with just the touch of a finger.  The light will last up to 100,000 hours and has 60,000 miniature LED lights that produce the amount of brightness you need without generating any heat.  This is a big plus for me - as my photography lights generate enough heat without adding more from another light.

The light arrived in just 2 days after Brightech notified me of their shipping it.  It arrived in a very carefully packed box - I was actually impressed with all the packaging.  It is quite simple to set up - I was able to put it together in less than 5 minutes time.  I love the overall look of it - the white fits in with our decor so well that I don't mind leaving it sitting in whatever room I am working.  It doesn't look like a piece of equipment.  I'd also like to mention Brightech offers a 5-year warranty on this light.
Vintage Paint and more... Brightech magnifier light on a rolling base

If you're looking for something to help you see those intricate details or that fine print better this light may just be what you're looking for - and the fact that it can basically go wherever your projects are is a big plus. You can check it out here and if you decide you would like one for yourself I would appreciate if you would use my affiliate link: https://brightechshop.com/?a_aid=5bad143b1a049  

I am doing some holiday crafting and will be sharing that with you soon.  So, until then - have fun creating something you love.  


Friday, August 24, 2018

How to Make a Reverse Canvas

 We are in full wedding mode over here right now.  My granddaughter's wedding is only 6 weeks away and things are getting a little hectic.  But, today I had to take a bit of a break from lace and flowers and all things wedding and do a bit of Fall.  Usually, by now I have our home all decked out in its Fall regalia but, this year it hasn't happened yet.  Hopefully, next week I will be pretty much done with the wedding and can put up some Fall.  So, I decided to make a little Fall sign on a reverse canvas today.


Vintage Paint and more... making Fall decor using an artist canvas and Chalk Couture transfers and chalk paste

I love the reverse canvas method of making signs and art for our home.  It is so easy and actually inexpensive to do.  I have had several requests to show how to do this method so I put together a tutorial.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Sign

This year is just flying by for me.  It seems like only yesterday I was attending my oldest granddaughter's wedding (which was in June) and today Miss A is picking up her schedule to start back to school next week.  Where have the days gone?  It's still hot and summer is still in full swing but Fall is definitely just around the corner.  So, I have been working on a bit of Fall decor.  Today I thought I would share this cute chalk paste sign I made to celebrate the coming of Fall.

Vintage Paint and more... a vintage farmhouse Fall sign made with Chalk Couture chalk paste and transfer on a wood framed chalkboard

Hands down, Pumpkin Spice is my favorite Fall flavor and scent.  I just can't seem to get enough of it as, I'm sure many of you are the same.  There is just nothing better than the fresh aroma of pumpkin spice coffee outside on a cool afternoon, in my book.  And the wonderful aroma of those scented candles in my home is the bomb - smells like I have been baking all day, lol... So it was kind of a given that I would be making this cute transfer from Chalk Couture.  How could I not?  I love it!!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Kitchen Table and Chairs Makeover


Hi everyone.  I have a furniture makeover for you today that I love. It's a kitchen table and chairs that went from "Oh, my!" to "Oh, how pretty!"

Vintage Paint and more... an awesome makeover done to a thrift store table and chairs with just some black chalkboard paint and some black and cream buffalo plaid fabric



When we moved into this home we needed to purchase another table and chairs set.  We have always lived in homes that have galley kitchens - no space to eat in.  Therefore, we always ate in our dining rooms.  But, this house has an eat-in area in the kitchen that required a table and chairs we did not have.  So began our search for the perfect set.  And, of course, we found the perfect one in a thrift store.


Vintage Paint and more... a thrift store table and chairs find made to look new with Rustoleum's black chalkboard paint, a new top and a bit of fabric from Hobby Lobby


Doesn't look like much, does it?  We fell in love with it.  It's probably an old patio set that had a glass top at one time.  It's made of steel and the seats are some kind of "faux" leather that was peeling.  The backs of the chairs had a gold design that looked a bit dated.

Vintage Paint and more... thrift store table and chairs upcycled with black chalk paint and fabric for a new look


You can see they were in a bit of a mess and needed a lot of TLC.

Vintage Paint and more... a thrift store chair find before makeover picture


This is a close-up of the chair seats and the gold design on the backs.  I thought they were going to be perfect for my vintage industrial look I was going for in the kitchen.  So I set about getting them into shape.


Vintage Paint and more... Making over a thrift store table and chairs with black chalk paint and fabric



Todd made a wood top for the table first.  However, he did not attach it at this time.  It actually had to wait while I worked on the table and chairs.  First I painted all the metal with my trusty black chalkboard paint.  This is my go-to paint for everything.  I love the finish I get from it a true mat black with a lot of depth.  The only prep I did was to wash them good with soap and water.  It took 3 coats of paint to cover them well.  

Vintage Paint and more... Thrift store chair after being painted with black chalk paint and upholstering seat with black and cream buffalo plaid fabric

This is one of the chairs after being painted and the seat covered.  I found the fabric at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon on it.  It only took 1 yard to do all four chairs.  I love how the plaid just makes this chair pop.



Vintage Paint and more... DIY wood table top stained for a thrift store kitchen table

Now the wood top became a real problem for me.  I stained it with some dark stain we had on hand and absolutely hated the outcome.  I was really afraid I was going to have to paint it because it looked so bad.  So I went over it with a gray stain to try to get to what I wanted - which I can't even explain.  Well, that wasn't really what I wanted either.  So, Todd got busy and mixed some stains and played around with it and finally came up with what we have.  I really like the top now.  It's fairly dark which I felt this set needed to go with the black base.  After we finally got the color we wanted I gave it 4 coats of Minwax Polycrylic Protective Sealer.  I used 4 coats just to be sure it was protected as we were going to be using this table a lot.



Vintage Paint and more... thrift store table and chairs after being upcycled with black chalk paint and some black and cream buffalo plaid fabric

I love this table and chairs now and it really makes this corner so cozy.  We use it all the time - so much easier than taking everything into the dining room for our meals.


Vintage Paint and more... Thrift store table and chairs upcycle with black chalk paint and black and cream buffalo plaid for an eat in vintage industrial kitchen


This has become my favorite corner of our home now.  I love sitting here and having my morning coffee and working on my computer.  And, I love having an eat-in kitchen for the first time in our lives.  Such a convenient place for our small family meals. 

Vintage Paint and more... a thrift store table and chairs are made over with some black chalk paint and black and cream buffalo plaid fabric


What do you think?  Is there a makeover in your future?  Tell me about it in the comments below.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

DIY Coffee Mugs with Couture Ink




I love coffee.  I mean it is my go-to beverage any time of day morning - noon - or night.  And I love to have cute little coffee mugs to drink it from - they just make it so much more special.  So when I saw the transfers that Chalk Couture had I knew I had to turn some of them into pretty little mugs for my morning coffee time.  They are so cute and so easy to make.  Check them out.



Vintage Paint and more... dollar tree coffee mugs upcycled with chalk couture transfers and ink for a cute little coffee bar