Prepare to get your socks knocked off! Today, we have another wonderful guest post from our friend Jeannette, the very talented blogger from Snazzy Little Things.
The first time I visited Elizabeth Joan Design…I was mesmerized by the talent of these two wonderful ladies. Their photography and tutorials are so beautiful and easy to read, and I absolutely love their style. So when Emily and Erin asked me to be their guest blogger, I jumped at the chance. In this post, I will talk about how to achieve a driftwood paint finish (as found in Restoration Hardware) using only two stains from your local hardware store.
Achieve a driftwood finish in 2 easy steps!
I prefer a no-fuss, authentically aged look on my wood finishes. If I see a paint finish with too many layers…my honest opinion is that it’s similar to the effect you get when applying too much makeup. It tends to feel forced or overdone. The more you apply, the greater the chance for a “gummy” finish or chipping as well. After all, truly “weathered” wood occurs when layers of paint are removed…not applied. Right?
Three years ago, my house was a blank canvas with virtually no furniture. As I painted and repurposed my way to a furnished home, I admit that I waffled a bit as I attempted to determine my style. I also made my own fair share of design and finishing mistakes. My husband and I finally settled on the fact that we love a mostly “curated and collected” look in our home. We love antiques and Old World finishes. We determined that I still love my neutrals (maybe a little too much), we prefer minimalism, and we confess that Restoration Hardware is what our makes our hearts go aflutter. This summer he created a woodshop in our garage. So now his passion for woodworking + my obsession with Restoration Hardware–well, they got married :)
Needless to say, I have a plethora of gorgeous new furniture to play with! In particular, I was crushing on this table from RH.
My inspiration: Restoration Hardware Monastery Coffee Table
Step 1: Darken Your Wood
If you are starting with plain pine, I suggest darkening the wood. Doing so makes the wood appear older, and the water based stain soaks into the wood and dries very quickly. I love that it doesn’t feel tacky when it’s dry, which is what you sometimes get when you apply an oil based stain. Below is a glimpse of my husband’s new “upcycled” woodshop and our own “knocked-off” Restoration Hardware Monastery Coffee Table. At this point, the wood was sanded and ready for the next step.
Above: Our version of the Restoration Hardware Monastery Coffee Table (knocked off, before staining)
You can choose any dark stain, but my personal favorite is Varathane Dark Walnut, a water based stain. In this case, we brushed it on heavily with a nylon brush and let sit for about 5 minutes. Then we rubbed it into the wood by hand, removing excess and ensuring that the wood was completely covered. Let dry overnight (AND BE SURE TO WEAR RUBBER GLOVES).
My favorite stain
Step 2: Apply the Driftwood Effect
Next, apply a thick layer of Sunbleached stain with a synthetic brush, and let soak into the wood for not more than 5 minutes. Then, use a dry cloth to evenly and lightly wipe Sunbleached stain into the wood (by hand…again, gloves!) and remove the excess. The goal is not to rub hard — you want to use the cloth (in place of the brush) to give it an even finish overtop of the walnut stain.
My new, favorite stain
SPECIAL EFFECT TIP!
After Step 2 is complete, if you want more brush strokes, you can “dry brush” the Sunbleached finish in a cross-hatch application (in quick “X” patterns) using a barely-wet synthetic brush. Make sure the brush is MOSTLY dry. My method: I would cross hatch followed by dabbing with my wet cloth. This is the effect that you get — a beautiful driftwood finish.
See how you can see a nice combination of light and dark wood tones showing through? And just a few “dabs” and “cross-hatch” effects are visible, too.
Important: Topcoat Treatment
Congratulations! You’ve finally achieved the perfect driftwood look in two easy steps, the hard part is over–but I actually lied to you. There is just ONE more–but very, very important (and simple) last step. Apply a clear water-based, matte polyurethane. This particular brand has a milky white finish at first. BUT DON’T PANIC!! It dries clear. I chose matte to keep it looking as close to natural driftwood as possible.
Do you notice a theme with my choice of finishes? They are ALL water based. My reason? Water-based stains dry much faster than oil based, and they have a reduced chance of yellowing over time. I am not paid by Rust-o-leum…I simply love their products since they are so easy to work with (and who doesn’t love fast-drying finishes?)
So now, we have this:
Free building plans and printables are available for subscribers to my blog.
Once again, I’d like to thank Emily and Erin for inviting me to post on their gorgeous blog. I’m very happy to have the chance to spend time with all of you. This is just one of the many, many projects we have going on over here at Snazzy Little Things. My husband and I are always making sawdust, testing out new tools…and dreaming up our next project.
Thanks so much Jeannette for sharing your amazing work with us! Please head on over to her blog and check out all of her amazing projects!
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We can’t wait to share with you a wonderful post from our friend, Emily, at Table & Hearth. Emily is uber creative and always has a fun and fresh project in the works! Today she is here sharing a chalk paint wicker chair makeover that is absolutely stunning. Check out her project below then head on over to her blog to say “hi” and see more of her amazing ideas!
Hi everyone! I’m Emily and I am the blogger behind Table & Hearth where I share all about the DIY projects and home decor in our builder basic home on the Texas coast, as well as crafts and recipes. I’m so happy be be over here sharing this project with you guys for my friends Erin and Emily (Emilys unite!).
You can say this project started out with a black sheep of a chair….literally. It came with a gross sheepskin on it and had burn marks. I had been on the search for quite sometime to find a smaller-scale vintage chair to use in our guest bedroom. My super-thrifter friend texted me one day and said she found a wicker chair for $10 that may work, so I told her to snag it up. When I got it from her though, I saw what I was up against.
It may look not so bad in that pic, but just be glad that smell doesn’t travel through a computer because that disgusting faux sheepskin stuuuuuunk!!! But when I took it off, it just revealed a handful of other snags. The main seat wicker wasn’t in that bad of condition, but the legs were rusted, the arms were disintegrating, there were random burned areas, and the wicker was unraveling in a few places. I’m pretty sure it was sitting outside in front of a fire pit for quite some time.
It wasn’t near bad enough for me to throw in the towel though, so I gathered some supplies and started the transformation.
- Super glue
- Chalk paint (I used one small sample pot of Annie Sloan “graphite” and two sample pots of Annie Sloan “pure white”)
- Spraypaint (I used Rustoleum’s Metallic in oil-rubbed bronze)
- Fine sandpaper
- Furniture wax (I used Annie Sloan clear wax)
- Wax brush
First thing I did was spray the chair off with high-pressured water and wipe it down to get rid of the dust and grime and spiderwebs, then let it dry out in the sun. I flipped it over and sprayed two coats of oil-rubbed-bronze spraypaint on the legs and frame.
After the paint was dry, I brought it in and trimmed off any burned/damaged wicker, glued down what was left with superglue gel, and re-wrapped the areas that were unraveled then glued them down. I sanded the worn areas on the arms to get rid of the loose fluff also.
Then she was ready for paint. A little PSA here: if you have to paint wicker, I cannot recommend a paint sprayer enough. I didn’t have one so I painted this by brush but please, do yourself a favor and spray it if you can. I used a bunch of different size brushes to get as much into the nooks as I could, a 2″, a 1″, as well as various little craft brushes too. My brushes weren’t too happy about all that dabbing. There’s some areas I just couldn’t get to but I was going for rustic anyway so I didn’t mind.
I did one coat of “graphite”, then two of “pure white” so that when I sanded, the graphite would come through instead of the orangey original color. I then lightly sanded in areas that would be worn, like the arms, the top, the front edge, and the surface of the wicker on the seat and back. After vacuuming the dust off and wiping it down, I then sealed it with clear furniture wax (not that it’ll get alot of use, but still).
As soon as the first coat of paint went on, the chair was instantly transformed and I knew it would look amazing in the room, I was even more blown away when it was all done in it’s shabby glory. We live close to the beach so our home has alot of weathered, neutral, washed-out colors and textures so the two-tone distressing on the chair blends in perfectly.
I also love that the graphite color peeking through gives a subtle nod to our DIY planked feature wall opposite of it.
The original color did come through a little when sanding but I actually like it better. I think it makes it look even more “antiqued”.
Salvaged from the fire pit and the stinky faux sheepskin, you’d never know where this little gal started! Not too bad for $10. It’s the perfect size and came out to be the perfect look for our guest room.
Thanks again to the girls for having me here today and I hope you love my little chair makeover as much as I do :)
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Wow, what an awesome transformation! Thank you so much, Emily, for sharing your amazing makeover with us!
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We are so excited to have our friends from DIY Passion sharing a fun tutorial today! Erin and Dan are such an inspiration and share so many amazing projects on their blog. Be sure to visit their website and say “hi!”
We’re Erin & Dan from DIY Passion and we are thrilled to be guest posting here today. Our blog is about the same age as Elizabeth Joan Designs and we’ve been following Emily and Erin’s journey since almost the very beginning! Hopefully you have a chance to pop over to our site and check us out :)
To bring you up to speed on where today’s project came from – we are in the process of de-neutralizing our living room and foyer. Somehow along the way, the whole room ended up as shades of grey and we just started to feel like it need some colour and quirkiness to liven it up!
So, without further ado – here’s how to make your very own DIY Pineapple Art and we’ll even show you the fastest (most hilarious) way to create a Paint Stick Frame for your canvas.
Before starting, I painted my canvas with a shade of light blue grey. It’s called Carved Out Glacier by PARA Paints. I mainly did this because my Dollar Store canvas was actually a colour by numbers and I had to cover up the ‘farm scene’ that was etched on it … :D
I decided to create a pineapple – well, because I love them and they are quite trendy in design right now :) So I took one sheet of yellow tissue and folded it up into about eight or nine layers. I traced a rough pineapple shape and cut it out and then just measured on my canvas to make sure it was the right scale.
Then, with my small paint brush, I added some decoupage medium to the canvas and layered a few sheets of the tissue on top. Then I added a few light layers of decoupage on that. I wasn’t precise at all. At that point, I wanted to add some fun texture to the pineapple, so I cut out a bunch of scallops and started layering those in too.
Just keep layering until you have something resembling a pineapple :) Then I added the leaves at the top using the same technique and my green paper. And I hung it up on the wall to dry. That’s when I realized it was clearly missing ‘something’.
A frame! I figured it needed something to anchor it – because let’s face it – a floating pineapple is just weird… haha
Using some Minwax gel stain, I gave them a bit of colour and depth. I just brushed on a coat and immediately wiped it off with a paper towel. I love this stain.
Still a summery scene though, right?
Thanks again to Emily and Erin for letting us guest post for them today and sharing this quirky craft :) I also did up that abstract painting in these shots and we’ll be sharing that tutorial on our blog soon! Hopefully you can come over and visit us there :)
Thanks so much, Erin & Dan, for sharing this fun DIY pineapple art & paint Stick frame tutorial. Love it!
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We are so excited to have our sweet friend, Amanda, from Dwelling in Happiness, guest posting on the blog today!
Happy Wednesday, Elizabeth Joan Design readers! I’m Amanda and I blog over at Dwelling in Happiness. I was SO excited when Erin and Emily asked if I would guest post on their blog, and today, I’m sharing a fun little spring craft!
I’ve been in love with succulents lately, but because I tend to kill all plants in my care; I had never gotten any for myself. But, I’ve been told they are really easy to grow and maintain; so, I figured I’d give it a try! When I saw a 2 pack of little terra cotta pots at the Dollar Tree, I knew just what I wanted to do with them.
I’ve seen a couple of “brush stroke” type crafts on Pinterest, and I wanted to do something similar on my pots. They turned out to be the perfect little home for my new succulents, too!
To make your own brush stroke pots, you’ll need:
- 3 Terra Cotta pots (I got mine at the Dollar Store in packs of 2!)
- Small or medium paint brush (your preference)
- White acrylic paint
- 4-6 different colored acrylic paint (I did 5 colors)
- Succulents, herbs, or anything you’d like to plant!
I started by painting all 3 pots with my white acrylic paint, except the top rim.
For the brush strokes, start with a color and simply brush on paint in random spots around the pot (1). Let it dry a few minutes, and do the next color, brushing on paint randomly around (2). Continue with each color, overlapping on some (2 & 3). Make sure to let the paint dry a little before going to the next color, or the colors will mix together and it’ll be a mess!
Continue adding brush strokes with different colors and overlapping them until most of the white of the pot is gone, or until you’re satisfied with the coverage. Repeat the process for the remaining two pots.
I used a smaller brush for two, and a medium brush for the third. However, I think I like how the smaller brush strokes turned out instead! I just love how different they are, even though it’s the same technique for all 3.
After the paint was completely dry on all three, I planted my adorable little succulents, and gave them a new home in my kitchen window sill! They’ll get plenty of sun, and the bright colors from the pots totally make me happy every time I look up from doing the dishes. Perfect spring colors!
Thank you all for having me here today! I hope this “brush stroke” technique can brighten up your plain pots this spring, too. Also a huge thank you to Emily and Erin for having me over here today!
Amanda Fettig is a wife and a stay at home momma to a 16 month old little girl. She is usually found outdoors enjoying the sunshine and trying to keep up with a very active toddler. She blogs at Dwelling in Happiness about DIY Home decor and crafts, organization, tips and tricks, and other crafty things! Follow Amanda on Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin’, or Google+!
If you haven’t already, hop on over to Amanda’s blog and check out some more of her fun and creative ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with our readers, Amanda!
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