Sometimes when we work on stories for Living, we end up developing—and even photographing—more ideas than there is room for in the magazine. It's difficult to edit those out, but thanks to this blog we still get to share them with you! For the "Take a Dip" story in the August issue of Martha Stewart Living, I had dipped these inexpensive Ikea stool legs into "Plasti Dip." I like the red spark of color, but the paint is kind of rubberlike, so it acts as a scratch protector as well. It is very simple—you can dip a stool leg straight into the can. Do that slowly and evenly, in and out, not having it stay in the paint too long. Then, ideally, "hang" it to dry. It takes about 24 hours. We got lucky enough to be able to work in our studio for this one as well.
For the wooden boxes, I simply dipped them in RIT Dye. You need to hold them down, as the wood will float, but since unfinished wood quickly absorbs the color, a minute or two should give you these nice results. Though I spent most of last summer dipping and dyeing various materials and projects, I am still enjoying it, as it is such a simple, quick craft with such colorful impact. I hope you will have a chance to try some of the projects as well.