Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Someone gave my son this once for some work he did for them - ( and I am NOT a prude in any sense of the word but I censored it in case you have little ones sitting on your lap reading this - I'm always thinking of YOU, you know  )

and we all giggled and snorted and laughed about it ( like a bunch of ignoramuses - it could be a Picasso for all we know ) and promptly put it in the cellar dungeon ( yes we do have a dirt dungeon ) where the centipedes could sit for hours and drool over it ( and speak amongst each other about what idiots we are )

Then my son called yesterday to tell me he'd found a an old Ikea artwork - and he had redone it - to make it look like this

hmmm...............I like it honey!
do you remember that painting you were given once for a job?
can I redo that one?
" sure Mom - go to town "

And so I did..................

I first painted it with Gesso ( like a pro )

And I have to tell you there was some trepidation in doing so - not because I felt it had any monetary value but surely it had value of a different kind - someone, after all, created this - and it felt wrong to wipe away their vision with one fell swoop of a brush.
The person was obviously an artist -
but that only lasted for about 25 seconds.
that's what I DO, right?
I reinvent everything - this is just a step away from my furniture makeovers really.
And I don't need a reminder of what boobs are supposed to look like every day of my life anyway -
And graphic details of the Netherlands DO NOT go with the decor in my room -
But mostly I redid it because I just don't like red bandanas....................

OK - so after I put a layer of gesso on it - I painted it blue.............

and here's where my artist tendencies come in handy - look at all the details I painted in here - it wasn't easy

You need a VERY steady get this decal on just right lol

A stick on decal - purchased at the dollar store many many moons ago................because you just never know when you'll need a stick on decal of a chandelier, right?

and VOILA!!!
new artwork -
and please, I beg of you, if anyone recognizes the first photo as some very famous artist -
Just let me go on in my ignorant bliss doing a happy little dance ( the Hippy Hippy Hop )with what I've created, ok?
It's really best that way, you do not, after all, want to be the reason I finally have a nervous breakdown, do you?
I think it belongs in the Louvre now, myself

What do you think?
Am I nuts?
Some people get upset that I paint wood dressers - I dread to see the reaction I might get from this!
Do I get locked up in Bellevue or do I run back to the dollar store and buy up tons and tons of decals
( they have all different kinds )
I'll let you all decide...............
This next photo is as true to the color as I could get on a photo

So you see, I'm an artist after all - not sure if you realize that Don Mclean wrote this song for me!  ( we dated in the 70's ) 

"Starry Starry Night..............
Now I understand what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity, ( true, so true )
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now" 

Have an artistic kind of day :)

I did NOT date Don Mclean..............
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  1. Oh damn I wish you missed the disclaimer, although I'm sure John wouldn't wnt that plastered on the net anyway! It's really pretty I buy stuff for one day just invade but most of it just ends up in my never ending pile of junk

  2. Oh, yes...the old trick of repainting a painting. I do that on occasion, but I just do it to get painting out of my system...I never hand it up.

  3. nice transforming power of gesso and decal. thanks for did a much better job than tv media does

    1. I'm sad that people want to censor the human body. What was she doing that was so bd.

  4. Aww, you tricked me. I was thinking, wow, she did a marvelous job painting...and then I kept reading, lolol. Gullible, a word to which I am no stranger. ;)

    I'm glad you didn't date Don McLean, I heard he was a real wild one back in the day. :)

  5. The Netherlands, lol! Yeah, it's definitely the red bandanna that's offensive, lol!

    If it makes you feel better, I would have gessoed over that too... No big loss. Your chandelier looks so nice, especially with that frame!


  6. If it's any consolation, I would have at least painted a swimsuit on the model. I AM a prude.

  7. Ok, here's me looking like an idiot. I had no idea they had decals at the dollar store. And here i was looking for something to use as a sort of reverse stencil without paying the big bucks. Thank you!!!

    1. You can't do reverse stencilling with these ones Lil - they are cut around the details - not on the details!

  8. I love it, Suzan. I think it looks great and I like your son's piece of art, too.
    As far as the original? Could that be termed "streaming"? Just thinkn'.... Hope you have a good day- I am off and running here but wanted to say a late good morning. I am off to find the "ouhtfhit foahr the dahy"..(Grey Gardens reference for any readers)..xo Diana

  9. That looks awesome Suzan! You had me going for a minute there. That decal is fabulous, and I love the frame. I've never seen the chandelier decal at my dollar store, but I bought a Victorian chair one a long time ago and I have no idea where I put it. I'm going to have to find it now. I am in no way a prude, but I do like your artwork better.

  10. Those dollar store decals are amazing aren't they! Great job Suzan and hey I would have painted over that one too....

  11. Haha, when I read " You need a VERY steady hand", for a momemnt( until I read the next sentence,lol)I thought you are the greatest steady hand person, EVER!!

    It turned out beautiful and I love the frame too, great redo:)

    1. Everyone else in my family seemed to get that gene ( including my kids ) I can't, however, draw anything but a stick figure ( and even that's pretty crappy LOL )
      Thanks so much Sayuri!

  12. I would have painted over the painting too, and with my luck it would end up being a picasso lol. I pass up so many ugly paintings and never thought before of painting over them. This is why I have you my dear, to inspire me, you are my mentor. I have the chandelier sticker on my balcony doors so the birds don't fly into the glass. I get lots of compliments on my $2.00 sticker. Ok I am off to the thrift store to look for paintings, chow darling. Picaso, here I come.hugs Tobey

  13. I really thought you had painted that chandelier by hand! Shouldn't you have painted golf club instead, for love's sake?

  14. YOU DATED DON . . . . wait Suzan has added something small. A disclaimer!!! I am sure that nude was a genuine original by a struggling art student who has since risen to fame. I like it better with its $2 decal. How low can you go?

  15. Brawn tried to sit on my lap to get a better view of the censored painting.


  16. I think you definitly improved the artwork! LOL! Great job!

  17. A friend of mine has the chandelier design on the walls in her store - I thought she paid hundreds for them. Now I know the truth - lol.

    Love what you did to take it to a new level with the beautiful frame. Another gorgeous job!

    1. Thanks Heather lol
      They have some really cute ones - Victorian furniture - Leaning tower of Pisa.............
      Check them out !!!

  18. I've never seen stickers like that in the dollar stores near me...even the few Dollaramas. But I sure wish I could find them. It looks great and even better in that awesome frame.
    Debbie :)

  19. If I saw this hanging in someone's house, I would never suspect it cost so little to make! I love what you did with a dollar store item!

  20. I LOVE it, Suzan! From the fact that you painted over an unwanted painting and reused the canvas, to the decal itself. I would never have thought it was a decal from the pictures.

  21. O Suzan, I've never laughed at you because you wanted to paint some dresser, or I'm not laughing at you now thinking you are crazy in case you covered up a Van Gogh or something, and I'm certainly not laughing now because I have that same exact decal,only I paid $1.29, still in it's package, just waiting to go on the window in my Snuggery, but, heck, maybe I'll just get a fancy frame and we can have twins. Then let anybody TRY to laugh at the both of us!!..Happy Weekend..Judy

  22. But I am laughing NOW at all those bubbles spilling out of my glass..How cute! J

  23. This turned out fantastically! And my thoughts, even if you did paint over a painting that was "worth something", would you ever have had it appraised and sold it? Probably not. Would it have spent the rest of it's life in the basement? Yes. So why not use it! :) It looks great.

  24. Wow, it turned out so pretty! I love that soft blue. Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

    Kelly @ view along the way

  25. Very pretty Suzan! (I'm Suzanne)

    Very soft and sweet!

    Thank you for sharing with the rest of the world! Always great to see creative minds at work. :)

    Visiting from WOW Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style linky party
    Suz @MaytagNMom
    NW Illinois
    Link To My Party Project This Week

    1. Thanks so much Suzanne!!!
      Hugs of appreciation

  26. Creating your own artwork with a vintage feel is such a great idea!! Our weekly Link Up Party on Thursdays just opened!! We attract a lot of DIYers :) and I'm sure our readers would love to see this post. Hope to see you there at Also, we are your newest FB Like!!

  27. Oh my gosh, I love this!! I can't believe you found that for $2. I have to make one of these for my daughter's room. Just pinned and tweeted this beauty! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. You are always such an inspiration! My to-do list grows every time I visit your blog. heehee

  28. got me. I totally believed that you painted it! It turned out beautifully. And 2?! That's awesome. I found this project at It's Overflowing--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)


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