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DIY, Paint Project

Pebble Beach Planked Table using Chalk Paint and Glaze


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.


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




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.

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.


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.)


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.


Happy painting,



DIY, Paint Project

A Fresh Mustard Chalk Paint Refurbished Table


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.


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


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.


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.

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.


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!!



Country Chic Paint




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.


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!