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DIY, Paint Project

Pebble Beach Planked Table using Chalk Paint and Glaze

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In this quick tutorial I will explain, step by step, how I changed up this little end table with 4 products, wooden planks and a few tools; into a gorgeous grey planked table.

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This table is pretty sturdy. The legs have a lot of detail and to my surprise it had a Formica covered top. Rather than removing the adhered top I chose to plank the top with pine boards (note- if you wanted to paint over the Formica without removing it, that is 100% doable. The top would likely need some sanding and a few coats of paint followed by a seal [Country Chic Tough Coat would work perfectly].) The project went super quick, allowing for optimal dry time between finishing coats was the only step preventing it from being finished in a few hours!

For this project I used:

1×8 Pine board

Country Chic Pebble Beach Paint

Country Chic Trigger Metallic Accent Cream

Country Chic White Wax

Wax Brush

1.5-inch synthetic bristle paintbrush

Weathered Gray wood stain

100 grit sand paper

Sanding block

Rubble gloves

Clean fabric cloth

Damp paper towel

Wood screws

Drill

 

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After a quick wipe down with a clean damp cloth and sanding session with my sanding block (just to smooth the existing paint), I began with the basecoat of Pebble Beach, applied with a 1.5-inch synthetic bristle paintbrush. This entire project could have been done with a sample size paint (4 oz) with plenty left over for a second project.

With two smooth and quick coats of Pebble Beach, I moved onto my next step: Metallic Accent Cream application.

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To apply I used my right pointer finger (has more control than any other finger) and my right ring finger to “buff” in. I mainly hit the edges and detail with the accent cream to give it a little more definition. I’ve raved about this product before, it’s so versatile and applies like a creamy dream. Metallic Accent cream is super high on my “all time love” paint product list.

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I decided on a diagonal planked table because I wanted this table to have a little bit of a fancy factor but also have the option to work in most décor schemes. The planks were cut from a 1×8 pine board with the slightest overhang. If you don’t have access to a chop saw, you could do this with a jigsaw and a steady hand, or see if your local hardware store would do the angled cuts. After my wooden pieces were cut and attached to the table from underneath using wood screws, I worked to sand the planks to be as level as possible, using the 100 grit sand paper. It’s important to sand all of the surface grain as equal as possible when using a stain.

 

I stained using a weathered grey wood stain (most stain lines carry a grey color in their line up these days) and a clean fabric cloth (wearing rubber gloves, stain can be so hard to clean off). I am new to grey stain, I really like it! However, it seems like more of a wash (watery paint) than a stain to me- if you aren’t careful the product will apply streaky, and if you haven’t equally sanded the surface the stain will take differently on the sanded areas versus the non-sanded areas. (Quick grey stain notes: sand evenly, apply stain evenly, use an additional dry cloth if needed to wipe down stain, let dry over night.)

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I liked how the accent cream added depth, but I wanted to soften the effect on the light basecoat. With my stain rag in hand I rubbed the weathered grey stain all over the table base. I didn’t need much stain on the rag at all. This stain is pretty malleable and takes a full 24 hours to dry. I was able to get the exact look I wanted with the stain and the cloth. You can see how much it masked the Metallic Cream in the photo above.

The last step was to apply Country Chic’s White Wax. I did this with a wax brush over the surface of the entire base. It’s best to let stain dry entirely before applying anything over it. Wax and wet stain will create a super sticky monster that will take days to dry (trust me). That wraps up this quick little planked table project.

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Happy painting,

 

Jessica

DIY, Paint Project

Combining Materials 

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Stump Stand with Country Chic Paint + Products

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This unique piece is a combination of uncommonly combined materials. I have a new love affair going on with wooden slices and I’ve been dreaming of ways to use Country Chic’s Metallic Accent cream. I love the product and am so in love with how it paints on so smooth with a brush. Any of the four glamorous colors would look so yummy on wood. I can just imagine a dinner party dressed with wooden chargers fancied up with some accent cream.

The base of this piece started as an antiqued teal wooden tray. It had been hanging around in my catch all space for too long. So, it was due for a little redesign!

 

For this project I used

  • Country Chic Vanilla Frosting Paint
  • Country Chic Antiquing Wax
  • Country Chic Metallic Accent Cream (Trigger)
  • Country Chic Natural Wax
  • Wax brush Synthetic bristle brush
  • Clean rag (old t-shirts work great)
  • Tree stump slice
  • Glass knob (Hobby Lobby)
  • Wood glue
  • Raw Coffee table leg (hardware store)
  • Screw driver, drill bit (pre drill wood slice for decor knob) and wood screws
  • Husband with patience (drilling part)

 

 

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My first step was to prep the table leg and tray. With clean, dry surfaces I used a dry brush to apply a liberal coat of Vanilla Frosting (side note: this is a great base color, not quite white- it’s my favorite).  I covered the surface on both items keeping in mind how I wanted the antique wax to “take” to the paint (wax will pick up your paint strokes, be mindful of your paint application if you plan on waxing a large area). For the leg, I left some of the wood visible. On raw wood an antique wax has a similar effect as stain. The dry brush application technique is a great way to achieve a smooth antiqued look, avoiding paint globs and uneven application. You can use your brush to smooth out the paint until you are satisfied with the outcome.

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While the tray and leg dried, I applied the accent cream to the top of my prepped stump. You can buy a ready to work with stump slice from a craft store. I used my scroll saw to get the flakey bark off for a smoother look, and lightly sanded to smooth the edges. The accent cream is a smooth and creamy texture and applies like butter. A cherry on top- it dries super quick! I love using it like paint, but it is great as its intended use for accent like a wax or glaze.

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Once the tray and leg paint dried, I began working on the antiquing wax. I used a wax brush, which created a wonderful layer to work with. I’ve doted before on my love for wax brushes. When waxing the table leg I was able to achieve a wonderful antiqued effect and fell in love with my wax brush even more. The brush can get into every nook and cranny, allowing your piece to get the full effect you’re trying to achieve.

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When waxing the tray, I used the brush to apply a concentrated amount of wax in one area and brushed, smoothed, circled, stroked it out to achieve varying thicknesses as I pleased. I let the wax dry overnight before assembling all of the pieces together, trying to avoid altering my wax-sterpiece.

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Moving back to the stump slice- I finished the dried accent cream off with an even coat of Country Chic Natural Wax, using a clean cloth. The stump didn’t need any wax, but I was on a roll and love how clear wax looks on raw wood.

Assembling this bad boy was a bit of a task.

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Luckily, my husband is super handy with a measuring tape and had some great tips (okay maybe he did all of the assembly, we really do make a great team) and helped me get it done. Two screws through the bottom of the tray + wood glue on both ends of the table leg + two screws through the top of the wood slice into the leg, and there she was, all connected. To insert the glass knob I predrilled a hole that was just a smidgen smaller than the screw part of the knob. Twist, twist, twist it into the stump and the knob was in place.

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This project is one of those quick fixes that can be done to a long list of odds and ends you may have laying around your house. I suggest trying to create something wonderful out of items that aren’t being used, or items that need a fun change. You’ll have yourself a one-of-a-kind piece and have a lot of pride in your new creation! Meaningful art.

 

Happy painting!

 

Jessica

Loveleigh Creative Soul

 

DIY

Update Your Art With Burlap and Furniture Tacks

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I have a few printed canvas pieces I’ve wanted to frame but haven’t really wanted to use my pretty pennies on the costly project. This little DIY trick is inexpensive and can be done with materials you may already have.

For this project I used:

  • Staple gun (standard craft size)
  • Burlap wired ribbon (any ribbon will do, it’s a little easier to work with if its equal or thicker width of your canvas )
  • Furniture Tacks (decorative tacks, upholstery would also work)
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Canvas art (of any sort!)

This project is pretty snappy. First I wrapped the canvas with my burlap ribbon (you can purchase this at hobby lobby- I bought mine from a wholesale company. If you want a roll send me a shout in the contact form at the end of this post!) and snipped the end with a little extra to make a fold for clean looking finish. Don’t worry about the finished folds yet. Holding one end of the ribbon in place, just beyond one corner on the bottom side of the canvas, I tapped a nail in, only halfway, to secure the burlap. I’ll come back to this and tap it in all the way.

I bought the furniture tacks at a hardware store for $2 (25 in a pack). I didn’t measure the placement of my tacks- I was doing this during nap time so my clock was ticking. I just eyeballed the distribution to make the placemeant as even as possible. I used 4 furniture tacks on the longer sides and 3 on the shorter- of course you can use as many as you want. Make sure the ribbon is even with the front edge of the canvas. I made my way around the entire canvas and when I got back to the original furniture tack I pulled it out, made a fold on both ribbon ends, laid them back (one end overlapping the other) on the canvas and tapped the nail back in.  At this point the entire canvas edge is covered in burlap and I’ve used 14 furniture tacks to secure.

Now to “wrap” the burlap around the inside edge and staple in place.

Imagine you’re wrapping a gift, you’ll fold the extra burlap back around the canvas frame. I started in a corner. Make sure you don’t pull the ribbon back too far, as you’ll create unevenness on the edges where the burlap meets the front of the canvas. 

I didn’t staple first to  avoid uneven ribbon edges edges, the furniture nails help with that. Next, enjoy and rehang!

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DIY, Paint Project

A Fresh Mustard Chalk Paint Refurbished Table

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I am finally chasing a tiny dream of mine>> using a chop saw on my own (without father or husband hovering over my shoulder telling me to keep all of my fingers). Let me tell ya- holding your hands next to a rotating blade creates some pretty daring feelings. Alright, I know it’s a 3 on a 10-scale for risky hobbies, but I love it! After receiving my chop saw for Christmas when I was hugely pregnant with twins, I knew I had no excuse to NOT make this dream at least a little hobby. So, one of my first projects was to work on this refurbished table.

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My vision for this coffee table really wasn’t complete until I looked at the table and said “Okay. It’s done.” This coffee table lived in my 22-year-old brothers apartment for a year or so, I acquired it in fairly good condition.

For this project I used:

  • 100 grit sand sponge
  • Country Chic
    Fresh Mustard chalk paint
    Vanilla Frosting chalk paint
    Tough Coat
    White Wax
  • Minwax “Special Walnut” wood stain
  • wax brush
  • synthetic bristle paint brush
  • clean dry rags
  • gloves (for staining)
  • Hammer
  • 10 foot pine board cut to size (most hardware companies will include at least one cut in the price of the wood if you don’t have a saw)
  • chop saw
  • wood screws
  • drill

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I chose to use my fave chalk paint line Country Chic. The table was spray painted black when I started. I wanted to finish it off with a deep mustardy yellow, so I decided to prime with Vanilla Frosting to allow the yellow tone to dry nice and bright (yellow on black would require more coats for the finish I had in mind).

IMG_0119 Luckily the table didn’t need much surface prep. I cleaned it up with a damp paper towel, took off some old hardware on the legs, and after it dried I evened out the surface with a 100 grit sanding sponge. I used a synthetic bristled paint brush, which is the type Country Chic recommends to apply their paints. With two coats of Vanilla Frosting the black was well covered and ready for the top color. Using a synthetic brush again, I applied 3 coats of Fresh Mustard, lightly sanding between each coat (after fully drying) to even the layers. I’m super impatient with projects – which often requires me to do some extra steps. This paint does not need sanding between every layer if you take your time applying evenly and don’t brush over already drying paint (which I did and do almost every time I paint 😁). I didn’t put elbow grease into my sand job until the last coat. I worked through the Fresh Mustard to reveal some of the Vanilla Frosting and even the original black layer. Country Chic Paint will not peel when applied correctly to a well prepared surface (prep work is key and worth the steps even though you are using a chalk paint). I hit the corners and raised areas on the legs to show some light distressing. I finished off the painted base with Country Chic’s White Wax.

IMG_0120 I applied the wax with a wax brush and buffed it in with a clean cloth. I’m fairly new to the use of wax brushes… they are phenomenal. I will be using a wax brush for every wax application from now on. The application results are light years better in comparison to hand/cloth application. Light years. I had better control of the wax, it was so much faster, it seemed like I could get better saturation levels… I am a fan of le wax brush. All of Country Chic’s wax products are environmentally friendly (as is their entire product line up!) with little odor and they are super malleable after applying. There’s almost no possibility to make a mistake or mess-up when it comes to using waxes. I hit the corners to lighten up the black bottom layer of distress and smooth out the Vanilla Frosting into the yellow. I chose White over Antiquing or Gold wax (they also have Pearl and Natural) because I really wanted the yellow color to be seen for it’s true color straight from the can. As you can see I didn’t go to town with the white wax I thought less is more for this project.

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I love the look of stained wood and bright paint colors. I married a man who wears denim on denim (cowboy) and he loves his wood grain on wood grain! Luckily, he doesn’t have to live with most of my projects as they usually (fingers crossed) are sold. I decided to add stained pine planks as the table top to appeal to a wide range of decor options. The planks were purchased raw from a local wood supply. I distressed the heck out of them with both sides of a hammer and a flat head screwdriver. I was careful not to cause any bruises to the bottom side of the boards so they would lie flat on the table. You really can’t go wrong with distressing. The way imperfect wood picks up stain is amazing and it’s a great way to add a vintage feel to something brand new. Not to mention making it absolutely one-of-a-kind. After distressing I applied two coats (see stain can for specific application instructions) of Special Walnut using a clean rag and gloves. I applied a generous-to-too much amount, I wanted a rich color. The stain set for about 3 minutes and I wiped it with a clean cloth. Old habits die hard I’m a hardcore Minwax fan.

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To seal the planks I used Country Chic’s Tough Coat. Let’s talk about this product for a second, I’ve used this stuff inside with my kids sleeping in the next room. It is virtually odorless, dries fast, clear, and it’s water based, so clean up is a breeze.  You can use this product on a dining room table, or wooden high chair even! I used the same synthetic brush to apply the top coat. Country Chic suggests a foam brush. After it dried I took a piece of old (clean) mail (envelope) and rubbed the boards to smooth the seal without scratching the surface. Since I used a paintbrush I had a few bubbles to work over. The envelope did the trick. Trying not to stroke over drying areas (I try harder on the top coat to keep my brush out of drying places) I brushed an even coat over both planks, including the sides. A note for clear coats do NOT shake the can pre-use. You will be fighting mega bubbles. Simply stir with a clean stir stick, spoon, screwdriver, whatever. Just as long as it doesn’t cause air to build creating bubbles. And it must be clean! Or you’ll see the lint specks on your project.

I made sure my seal application completely dry before attaching the top to the base. The planks were attached with 12 wood screws from the bottom side of the table. A little sneaky tip I realized when I was taking photos of the table, I had forgotten to stain the bottom side of the planks. I grabbed my antiquing wax and rubbed in a fair amount, it worked like a charm. No one can tell a difference between the stain and the wax and it was super quick, clean and didn’t alter the look of the yellow base one bit.

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I’m pleased with the outcome of this refurbished table project. And happy to have the extra garage space now for my next idea! Make sure you check out Country Chic’s products and contact me if you have any questions!

Happy painting!!

Jessica

DIY

Country Chic Paint

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I began selling Country Chic Paint in December of 2014. This company has very strong values that are similar to my own of what I bring into my home and my breathing air. After “interviewing” with several different paint companies, I was blown away with the product line up that Country Chic has to offer (not to mention the nearly 3 new products they have introduced since I picked up the line), customers can order directly from their website and all of their products are environmentally friendly. This is huge to me. With small children + doing a lot of my work in the house, I absolutely needed something that was safe for indoor breathing. My search was off of what I was personally looking for in a paint product, because if I wouldn’t use it- I doubt many others would.

As of right now Country Chic offers 26 colors + a handful of limited edition colors. You can see them by clicking here.  There are 3 sizes ranging from about $9-$36. These paints apply SO smooth with just about any painting tool. It seems many diy-ers look for paint that covers any surface without any work. This paint is very sturdy for the ingredient list, but if you are wanting to do a project right you will take the time to prep surface area and insure that your paint WILL adhere long term. Because, this paint is meant to last, but the initial surface has to be cared for to allow for best turn out. If you are interested in watching Country Chic Tutorials click here.

Along with a wide variety of paint colors and sizes, hey also offer colored waxes (white, antiquing, gold, pearl and clear), a superb Tough Coat that is hard enough for kitchen cabinets and dining room tables, Image Transfer Medium, Metallic Accent Cream and tinted Embossing Plasters. The Metallic Cream is something else.

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I have always been a lover of metallic paints- this product is creamy and smooth. I wouldn’t categorize it with a paint, but I have used it as a paint to cover an entire surface. Applied with a brush the cream is very rich and covers unfinished wood or a painted (unfinished) surface very well. At the moment the company only offers one size and it costs about $33, but it’s worth every penny in my opinion.

I have used Country Chic Paint in workshops and have had several attendees return to purchase pieces of the line. If you’re interested in trying some out check out their website! If you want to make a purchase I’d love to help you! There might be a money saving discount involved.

 

Happy painting!