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Combining Materials 


Stump Stand with Country Chic Paint + Products


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)




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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!



Loveleigh Creative Soul



Update Your Art With Burlap and Furniture Tacks


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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