well today was Pezza’s last day of preschool for awhile. she is having lots of problems at school and we are not getting anywhere with her so i have decided to pull her out while we try some play group therapy to help her with impulse control and general social skills. i think she is mostly just a whole lotta little person for most folks to handle. but she does not listen well – has her own opinions and is stubborn as h***! meanwhile i got some homeschooling stuff to keep her occupied while she is stuck at home with me and she will still get to go to the afternoon teacher once or twice a week – for some reason he can handle her and she does pretty well with him. i have been mulling this over for a couple months now so i am ok with the decision, just kinda hard…
on the brighter side pezza and i finished the decoupage table i showed y’all and it just ROCKS! i LOVE it!
first let’s see the before pic:
what do ya think??? talk about an improvement! i started with various digi collage sheets i got on Etsy – they have SO many good ones! specifically, the ones used on this table are from ArtCult, CalicoCollage and TatteredVintage. I printed them on an inkjet printer and they did not smear BUT i will probably seal them with fixative first on the next item i do because the top coat had a bit of a pink tinge to it.
i started by printing out my collage pieces and then tearing them apart rather than cutting so i wouldn’t have hard edges. Next i put a thin coat of Mod Podge on the back of each one and placed them randomly around the surfaces i was covering, overlapping and changing the angles as I went, until it was completely covered. Of course there were pieces hanging over the edges so i just took sandpaper and sanded downward along the edges and they came off perfectly.
Once it was all covered i put another layer of Mod Podge over the top – i was afraid if i went right to the polyurethane the inks would totally smear. i used the regular original nothing special mod podge. have you been to the mod podge aisle lately? there’s like 37 different kinds! i have decided i need to spend some time getting to know them all!
Once the Mod Podge was dry I coated the areas with two coats of water based polyurethane, sanding in between. then i put my new knob on – found it at Lowe’s. i really wanted this cool pink one i saw online BUT i didn’t want to wait for it to get here *sigh*
so what do ya’ll think – better? and hey, if anyone knows why i use “37” anytime i need a random number i will give ya a prize – don’t know what yet but it will be good! all the folks who answer correctly will go into a drawing – you have until Saturday!