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30 Minute Weathered Wood Finish using Country Chic Paint

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This tutorial gives step by step instructions on creating a weathered wood look with a brush and two paint products on stained scrap wood. For this project I used:

 

Country Chic Paint Graphite Furniture Glaze

Country Chic Lazy Linen Paint All in One Paint (soon to be released)

Scrap wood pre-stained (Grey)

Synthetic Bristle Paint Brush

Damp paper towel

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For this sort of finish I recommend using the same color family for all of your finish products. The scrap pine wood was stained a weathered grey; Lazy Linen and Graphic are the perfect complementary colors to the base color.

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My first step was to take a dry paintbrush and lightly dip it into the paint. I used paint from the lid because the amount I needed was very minimal. As you can see in the photo below, there’s hardly any paint on the brush.

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Apply the paint in the same direction as the grain, lightly and sporadically. I had no rhyme to the placement of my paint strokes. I dipped my brush back in the paint a total of 3 times and was able to really work the paint over the surface as I wished, in the same breathe I was covering a small surface area.

FullSizeRender_4You must work quick with chalk finished paint because it dries very quickly! Pine wood is fairly soft and soaks in paint well.

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After letting the paint dry for a few minutes I applied dots of glaze with my pointer finger. I placed several swipes of glaze all over the piece and began working them in with my finger and a damp paper towel.

FullSizeRender_8 If you are working in a breezy area your glaze will leave a light dried ring around each blob if you don’t move quick. So, you may want to start with one glaze swipe at a time.

Over rubbing with the damp paper towel will create a wet distressed look (removed painting with the cloth), which looks great for the weathered wood look but it will remove some of your paint coat. If this happens, it’s very easy to repeat the paint application and glaze application again.

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Now your weathered wood piece is ready for lettering, hooks or sanding for added distressing! Happy painting!

 

Jessica

 

 

 

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Cute + Easy DIY Banner

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If you’re in needing of a quick and simple decoration, these tape banners will hit the spot. You can make a decorative banner out of any sort of tape; I like funky colored duck tape and washi tape best. But, you could literally use any tape: painters tape, masking tape, packing tape, scotch tape… and any other tape that exists.

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For this project I used:

White Duck Tape *

Washi Tape* (decorative paper tape)

Jute String (any thin string type material will work perfectly)

Scissors

The first step is to decide how long you want your banner to be, pull that much of the string out of the roll (or work as you go). Lay the string on a flat surface (couch, countertop, floor- anywhere!), and pull out a piece of tape that is at least twice as long as you want your little banner flag to be. Lay it under the string, with the string in the middle, perpendicularly, and snip your tape. Make sure you leave enough string to allow for tying or taping down for hanging, before your first banner flag is placed.

IMG_0115    Now, as perfectly as possible (it’s totally okay if you mess up, this is your first try!) fold the tape in half so the tape is adhered to itself. If you have any bubbles you can take a credit card or bone scraper and push the bubbles out. Wrinkles are a little harder to remove, if you have to cut that flag off and start over, no worries! It’s a small amount of tape compared to how big your roll is.

IMG_0116Next, decide what shape(s) you want your banner flag to be. Cut your tape as you wish, and voila you have one flag!

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Repeat the process as often as you’d like until your banner is to the desired length.

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Mix and match shapes and tape styles. If you want to have some more fun, add some fabric pieces or clip photos to your banner with clothespins. Cheers to an easy, inexpensive + versatile decor piece!

Happy making!

Jessica

*links are suggestions of where to purchase, most craft stores will have these supplies

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Hand Crafted Wedding Sign Suite

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I attended the sweetest wedding in early June, where I was able to play a special part. Of course the bride is one of my super sweet friends, nonetheless it was a gorgeous evening and I was thrilled to be able to add a special touch to their perfect day with a collection of handcrafted wooden wedding signs.

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Neither the bride or groom are super fans of cake, so they had glittery donuts [on National Donut Day at that!] and milk + cookies! It was such a cute idea, I enjoyed working around the vision.

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The bride had me build a collection of rustic wooden wedding signs she used from engagement photos to wedding day decor. I used a medium brown wood stain and of course my favorite Country Chic Paint. The stained wedding signs are embellished with hand lettering and finished off with some simple sanding over the painted words and edges; creating the perfectly worn look.

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The painted wedding sign, Sweet Love, has a base layer of Sweet Dreams and a top coat of Vanilla Frosting. Vanilla Frosting is my go-to color for almost every project needing a creamy white, it covers most colors with two coats and sands like a dream. Something wonderful about chalk paint, is that you can repair any mess-up. I had a little error with one of the letters and was able to sand it down to the Sweet Dreams base, reapply the top coat, smooth and blend with a sanding sponge and finish off the spot with a little distressing.

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Are you wanting a special sign of your own you can cherish for years to come? Click here! Wanting to try out some paint for yourself? Click the envelope above and I can get you started on a wonderful project!

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The happy couple- photo credit Hibben Photography of Central Oklahoma.

Thanks for stopping bye!

 

Jessica

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Chalk Painting Terra-Cotta Pots: Easy + Versatile Project

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You know how wonderfully wood soaks up paint, it’s like wood and paint were made for each other. Have you ever painted terra-cotta? It’s almost like paint and terra-cotta were even MORE made for each other! Terracotta is a special material; it’s absorbent and also chalky, allowing for the most beautiful (and easy) distressing.

 

For this project I used:

 

Terra-cotta Pots

Country Chic Chalk Paint

Synthetic Bristle Brush

Sharpee

Cotton Swab

Sandpaper

Favorite plant (I used a Jade Rose succulent)

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I had these terra-cotta pots left over from a previous project. The pots have 2-3 layers of varying Country Chic Paint colors (Elegance, Backyard Picnic, Simplicity, Sweet Dreams). The best way to create an antiqued or vintage look on a terra-cotta pot is to apply paint with a dry brush technique. By simply dipping your dry brush, lightly, into your paint and painting the terra-cotta pots with your desired pressure to create desired coverage.

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I dry brushed a fair layer of Country Chic Cheesecake paint, using a synthetic bristle paint brush, over the existing color. Allowing it to completely dry, I sanded through the Cheesecake topcoat to reveal the colors beneath and the clay pot itself. The paint and terracotta will sand very easily, it doesn’t require much pressure at all.

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Lastly, I had my twins add a little bit of extra paint fun with a cotton swab (this was a Mother’s Day gift for their grandmother’s, they are 1- it was a super fun high chair project), lettered “grow” over the paint with a Sharpee and did a little more distressing, planted my plant and voila- super simple gift idea.

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A project like this allows for some much versatility and you really can’t make a mistake! Above, see varying paint colors that were used, and the lettering prior to being sanded. I love how these pots turned out- simple and adorable!

 

Happy painting!

 

Jessica

DIY, Paint Project

Chalk Paint and Furniture Wax to Create an Aged Texture

Inspiration piece for a Country Chic Paint makeover by Loveleigh Creative Soul

Hello there! It’s been raining something fierce in Oklahoma, so my big projects are on hold and I’ve been focusing on a lot of facelifts for my existing decor. In this tutorial I will discuss how easy it is to create a new finish with chalk paint and furniture wax. The vision piece for this easy makeover was a grey-whitewashed floor lamp. Rather than whitewashing the mirror frame, I used brush strokes to give dimension and texture with a chalk paint and furniture wax.

Country Chic Chalk Paint makeover

Country Chic Chalk Paint makeover

For this project I used:

Hurricane Country Chic Paint

Country Chic White Wax

Synthetic Bristle Brush

Wax Brush

Painters Tape (dependent on project)

Sandpaper

Razor Blade

Clean Cloth

Project Piece

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The original finish [actually this mirror has had 3 previous face-lifts, it’s a part of the family!] on this mirror was matte, so a quick clean cloth wipe down was all the surface prep that was necessary. After taping off the inside of the frame with painters tape, I was ready to roll.

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Hurricane Paint

I used Hurricane Country Chic Paint and applied it with a synthetic bristle brush. I made sure my brush was pretty saturated with paint [not dripping off causing a mess, but enough paint to last for several strokes], I painted the first layer a little thicker than a typical first layer would be. For this finish, I need paint strokes. With that being said, I painted the second layer before the first layer was entirely dry. It is possible to paint the second layer too soon, so look for your paint to “flash over” or go from a shiny wet appearance to a matte looking finish [chalk paint does not dry glossy, so if it looks glossy it’s still too wet]. Depending on how thick your first layer is, you should let your paint dry at least 15 minutes [your paint brush will still drag up some paint with your second coat, creating the needed brush stroke texture].

Base Paint Layer

Base Paint Layer

The second coat enhances the paint strokes and creates deeper texture, which will allow the wax to stand out more later on. Note- your piece may need more than two coats of paint dependent on color and the base coat you’re covering.

Sanding Chalk Paint

Sanding Chalk Paint

Once the paint was entirely dry, I lightly sanded the surface with medium grit sandpaper, and sanded through the new paint layers on the frames edges for added dimension [the base coat was white-ish, so exposing some of that color was productive to complete the look I had in mind.]

Sanding for dimension

Sanding for dimension

Lastly, the wax application was achieved with a wax brush in a crosshatch [horizontal and vertical lines] fashion. I wanted to keep distinct lines in the finish and not create a circular or rubbed in look [the paint stroke appearance helps this effect].

This step is really easy, and nearly impossible to mess up. As you can see, the first swipe of wax is pretty contrasting, Country Chic’s White Wax is super malleable and will move as you need with ease using a wax brush. Waxing continuously back and forth, I covered the entire surface [and the sides] working into the crevices and detail to enhance the look.

Finished Project

Finished Project

After completing the wax application, I took a razor blade to the seam between the frame and the tape to easily remove the painters tape, preventing any paint peeling [not likely with chalk paint, but better safe than sorry]. I let the wax set a full day before returning the mirror back to the wall. This chalk paint and furniture wax project was super easy and resulted in a wonderful updated piece.

 

Happy painting!

 

Jessica