Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Makeover for Miss Manny~

Hello Blog Friends~
It sure is a busy season here at CMD as I have been redecorating and giving upgrades to my living room and studio. Still have a bit to do here and there before I can give a reveal, but I do have a few things to share before then already complete in my studio.

Swinging paint brushes has been the order of the day around here between my decorating and customs orders. They all seem to do fine with my balancing act, and above all, it hardly seems like work.

I just love dress forms and they are all the rage everywhere. From formal to whimsical, they add so much to any room.
Remember the dress form I found awhile back for next to nothing because it had some damage? Well I fixed her up like new back then and enjoyed the look till now which seemed the time for a new look and makeover to go along with my new studio in the works.
Walls, cabinets, flooring and decor is getting a new look and I am so excited with all the changes. Here is what I did with the dress form.

You know you can paint almost anything and fabric is no exception. For this, I painted right over the original fabric with two coats of flat interior paint that I use to background most all my treasures. It's called Honeysuckle bloom and is a soft cottage creamy white.
Original design~

Fabric to paint over~

First coat of paint~

Final coat of paint~

Now it will cure and dry overnight~

Today Miss Manny is good and dry and ready for her new outfit. I even painted the pedestal she stands on with three coats of paint. Also, I should mention, this paint has primer mixed in, so it saves lots of time and makes the surface very durable.

I decided that since she happens to be the same size as myself, I would let her borrow my vintage blouse from the 80's and newer lace skirt I found at Ross while browsing for her bottom half. I no longer wear this blouse, but I have always loved it and could never part with it. So glad I did keep it. The skirt was a great find of lace over solid ivory fabric and waistband. It worked out perfect. All she needed was something to hold and her makeover complete. What a nice addition to my new studio. What do you think? Maybe she'll let me borrow the skirt sometime, do you think? LOL

Here are a few other new looks around the room. Still lots to do, but working on the little finishes at the same time.

Well, guess my breaks over. It's back to swingin those paint brushes.
Till next time, have a wonderful day.
Hugs from Texas, Celestina Marie

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