Thursday, 31 May 2018

June is here already!

In May there are so many public holidays that it's always over before I know it. Since it's a new month tomorrow, I made a new wallpaper :-)

And you can download it here!

I also made another map face. The paper in this new road-book is much thinner and it's a bit shiny, which makes it more difficult to work on. I'm trying out a few ways to solve this. This one I glued onto another piece of paper, but now it's wrinkled so I need to find another way. Here it is anyway:

I spent a lot of time outside this week. The weather is absolutely gorgeous, it's warm and it seems like it's the middle of summer. I love it! I decided to finally redo a small chest of drawers that I've had since 3 years and that I hated the look of. I bought it in a thrift-store and it was painted in this hideous gold colour. I'm not really a fan of gold, and this was not a nice shade of gold either.

Here is how it looked after I sanded it:

You can't really see it in the picture, but I couldn't get rid of the gold completely, and I needed some colour to go with the beautiful weather, so I decided to makes colourful washes and paint each drawer in a different colour. That was fun :-) And a lot faster than just "normal"  painting. I decided to do the surrounding wood in a whitewash. Here you can see how I did it:

I took normal acrylic paint and mixed it with some water to the consistency of thick milk. I then put it on with a brush in the direction of the woodgrain.

Then I took a cloth and wiped it off. I did this for every colour. With some colours I thought the colour wasn't strong enough, so I repeated the same steps a second time.

Here you can see them all together:

And put together again:

I love it! Every time I see it it makes me happy. Here's a close-up:

I like it that the wood grain is still visible, because I only used thin washes of paint. This way the drawers don't get stuck either, which often happens when I use regular paint.

And because the weather made me happy, I planted a lot of flowers to brighten up our outdoor area :-)

I'll be linking to Paint Party Friday tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

Here are my weekly funnies and thinkies:

Thanks for dropping by! Hope your day started out fine and will only get better! Have a happy weekend ♥ ♥ ♥


  1. Oh, that chest of drawers is adorable! Great job! And I love you flowers! The funnies made my LOL for real! Thanks, I needed the laugh! :D

  2. you cold try using spray mount to stick the pages together, might help with the wrinkles

  3. Oh, wow!! The chest came out amazing! Love your flower garden, and the funnies made me laugh, as always. :)

  4. Love everything you shared, but particularly your wallpaper. I can't believe it's June already, this whole year has to have been the fastest yet! Happy PPF!

  5. Wonderful new calendar, and I LOVE that chest of drawers, wow! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  6. Hello my sweet friend, long time no talk! I always come and read your blog but I've been lurking lately, silly me! Always love your map faces, I always look forward to seeing your art! Visiting from PPF, happy Friday. Oh, I'm having a giveaway for the new 2018 Custom Schmincke Palette, here's the link if you're interested. (

  7. Beautiful calendar page and amazing map faces. The drawers are great!
    Thanks for funnies 😁
    Happy PPF ♥

  8. You've been busy. Great job on the chest of drawers.

  9. beautiful portrait on the calendar page and your map art is fab!! LOVE! your colorful redo-it makes me happy too. So nice to finally be able to enjoy the warmth of the season and the colorful blooms:) Happy PPF!

  10. Fantastic colorful and beautiful!
    Love how you did the cabinet with those colorful drawers!
    Love the "funnies"...still LOL!!!
    Happy PPF!!!

  11. you've been busy, wonderful work this week, and thanks for the laughs love your sense of humour.

  12. What a creative lady you are! I loved this post--your artwork is wonderful, and that chest of drawers is darling. You also made me laugh. LOL Thank you!

  13. WOW the chest of drawers is now sooo cute.
    Nice art shared. Have a good weekend

    much love...

  14. I do like the map faces and the drawers have come up a treat.

  15. Beautiful art, always love your map faces.
    Those drawers look great.
    Lovely flowers! Have a great week Denthe :D) xx

  16. I love how colourful you are!!
    The map face is amazing! Thank you for the wall paper! I really love the small chest!! Fantastic! Gorgeous flowers!!
    Big Hugs!

  17. Oooo love the rainbow colors! nice job!!

  18. Love your quotes, both on your wallpaper and on your map face page. And the faces are gorgeous. Hope you find a way to work on that paper. The drawers look great, and very useful for storing art supplies, no doubt :) It's hot and summery here too, but unlike you, I hate it. It's too humid. Just makes me feel tired all the time. But I love your flowers :)

  19. WOW! How very cool the chest of drawers turned out! Great idea to paint the washes instead of full on- it really looks beautiful Denise!
    Ahhh the flowers of summer! Are they not just beautiful? I love them all and wish we could have them all year!

    As always, your funnies and thought provokers are the best! Wherever do you find them all?!!
    Jackie xx


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