Trade Secrets that We're Only Telling YOU

Often we meet customers who are intrigued with the idea of painting their own furniture, but haven't yet taken the plunge. First, if that's you, let us assure you that it's not as hard as it looks!! And once you've seen the results of your handiwork--you'll be hooked! 

Gorgeous dresser painted with Country Chic Paint by our lovely vendor Tammi!

Gorgeous dresser painted with Country Chic Paint by our lovely vendor Tammi!

Painting is kind of an addiction for us--it's in our blood! Today, we wanted to take a few minutes to answer questions that beginner painters may have and explain the process of prepping and painting your first piece of furniture. We hope it gives you the courage to roll up your sleeves and paint something amazing! 

How do I prep a piece of furniture for paint?

If you are using Country Chic Paint (our personal fav) little to no prep is needed, however, it is advisable that you clean your piece of furniture thoroughly with a rag and soapy water because residue or dirt may compromise the perfect adhesion of the paint after it dries. 

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The piece I have was already painted once. Is that okay?

The short answer...yes! However, if the previous paint is chipping off in nasty flakes, you will need to sand it.

 Does it matter if the previous finish oil or water based?

If the piece was previously painted it is helpful to know if the old finish is water based or oil based paint. You test this by taking a q-tip dipped in acetone nail polish remover rubbing it on the piece. If you see color coming off and staining your q-tip then you know it is water based and you can go ahead and paint over it. Oil based paint will not show any color on the q-tip. If a previous oil base paint finish exists, it is recommended to lightly sand the surface with a fine grit sandpaper. 

Okay, my piece is clean, now what? 

You're ready to rock! If you use Country Chic Paint there is little to no preparation required. Next you will need: 

  1. A synthetic bristly brush
  2. Country Chic Paint (low VOC and safe to use indoors!)
  3. A stir stick 

Give the paint can a good shake, remove lid and then stir for 2 minutes. 

How do I hold my brush?

For best control of your brush hold it on the ferrule (the metal part of the brush). With your thumb on one side and the other fingers holding the other side. 

Dip about half the bristles into the paint. Don't over dip the brush otherwise you may experience drips. 

Does it matter what direction I apply the paint?

When painting your piece, always paint in one direction otherwise you may experience too much texture in your finish. You want your piece to be smooth--like frosting on a cake! 

Don't paint over sections that have partially dried already. You can always go back and fix it once it is fully dried. Avoid painting in direct sunlight or when the humidity is more than 80%. 

Paint your furniture in your favorite Country Chic color and you'll be hooked! If you have questions regarding a current project feel free to ask any of us at the shop, or leave a comment, we'd love to help! 

Recent Country Chic Beauties by our Lovely Vendors!

by Michelle

by Michelle

by Deb

by Deb

by Aimee

by Aimee

by Aimee

by Aimee

Check out Our Classes!

If you're interested in painting like a professional and would like to be apart of a fun group environment we offer classes! 

Painting 101

June 11th 10a-1p

Cabinet Painting Workshop

May 26th 5p-8p

June 5th 2p-5p

Click here to learn more! 

 

Happily Better After: Episode 6

Remember ABC's Extreme Makeover that aired in the early 2000's? The premise of the show was that a team of professional "beautifiers" would give random pedestrians cinderella-like transformations. The chosen people would undergo hair cuts, makeup and cosmetic dentistry, all for a tearful "after" reveal at the end of the episode. 

Now we don't claim to have a contract with ABC but sometimes we rather feel like designers on on a similar show (Extreme Makeover - Furniture Addition). Many of these pieces require repair, paint, stain, new tops, and a lot of time and creativity. For this reason, we love taking our "before" pictures as a reminder of where the piece started. 

We hope you enjoy seeing the transformation as much as we do!

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Yes! We sell homemade candles too! ;)

Yes! We sell homemade candles too! ;)

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If there's a special style or color of furniture you envision in your home, be sure to ask us on FB or call the shop about "Special Requests"!

P.S. Don't forget that Vintage Joy Ride is this week May 21st! Click here to get more information on this fun event! 

As always, thanks for adventuring with us! 

A DIY Trick I Wish I'd Learned Years Ago

For years, many of us have labored to add a bit of old-fashioned texture to flat furniture. We've stenciled designs. We've bought expensive wood appliques. All this trouble just to give it a little vintage look. But, what if we told you that a new product can make all your texture nightmares go away?! 

This is the front of a dresser that blogger "Orphan's with Makeup" created with Country Chic Embossing Plaster. It looks amazing! 

This is the front of a dresser that blogger "Orphan's with Makeup" created with Country Chic Embossing Plaster. It looks amazing! 

It will not only save you moola--but looks like a million bucks! Cha-ching! 

So what is the miracle worker?

It's Country Chic's "Embossing Plaster"!!! 

The top of this Queen Annes table top got the royal treatment with embossing plaster and now is one-of-a-kind! 

The top of this Queen Annes table top got the royal treatment with embossing plaster and now is one-of-a-kind! 

This bench would have been very flat without the embossing plaster. It added just the right touch of color and pattern. 

This bench would have been very flat without the embossing plaster. It added just the right touch of color and pattern. 

The plaster has the consistency of cake frosting--so it's easy to spread with a putty knife. It is also clay based with little-to-no odor. It is currently available in colors: 

  • Creamed Honey (light brown tone)
  • Praline (medium brown tone)
  • Roasted Chestnut (dark brown tone)

What you need: 

  • A stencil 
  • A putty knife 
  • Paint (we recommend Country Chic Paint!)
  • Embossing Plaster - color of choice

Watch this video or keep reading for a tutorial on how to get started! Feel free to Pin for later! 

STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL

Step 1) Paint the surface

Before applying the plaster, apply a coat of Country Chic Paint as a primer. If you are painting MDF or raw wood and you know for sure it doesn’t have some sort of coating, you don’t have to put a base coat on. It is always smart to use a base coat of paint just in case.

Step 2) Prepare your stencil

After the paint has dried, it's time to get your stencil ready. Before you put the stencil on your project, we recommend using a bit of stencil adhesive so that the stencil stays in place. Let the adhesive dry for a minute before putting it on your projects, as it might permanently bond if you apply it right away!

Step 3) Apply the plaster

Once the stencil is in place, use a spatula, pallet knife, trowel or putty knife to apply the Embossing Plaster over the stencil. You’re just going to lay it on and smooth it out a little. Don’t try to overwork it as you might end up with plaster leaking under the stencil. 

You can apply the Embossing Plaster as thinly or thickly as you like. Just remember that the plaster will crack if applied too thickly, which might even add to the effect, but it's something to keep in mind. Here, we're using a clean spatula to remove the excess plaster so that it's applied in the same thickness as the stencil.

Step 4) Remove and clean your stencil

Immediately after putting on the plaster, you’ll remove the stencil carefully. You’ll want to clean your stencil right away. Baby wipes work really well to clean off your stencil, or simply use a damp cloth.

Step 5) Let it dry

Dry time will vary and will depend on the thickness you applied the plaster, as well as the temperature and humidity. It’s always best to work with any of our products in room temperature..

Step 6) Sand the edges

Once the plaster is dry, you may soften the plaster by sanding it lightly with a fine grit sandpaper block.

Step 7) Finish your project

Once your embossed detail is dried and you've sanded it smooth, you can now finish your project! You can paint over it with one of your favorite Country Chic Paint colors, and then distress it. This will make the raised stencil outline show through without taking off your first base coat of paint (see photos of bench and end table for example). 

After painting it, you can also choose to finish with one of our other products, such as wax or Metallic Cream. The possibilities are endless!

*The Country Chic Embossing Plaster can be found at Ramshackled Treasures in Zimmerman, MN!