3 Easy DIY Tricks Anyone Can Do

No matter what level of experience you have, there is always something new that can be learned in the repurposing world as new techniques and new products are created. We all have that piece of furniture that we just aren't loving. Perhaps it was something that was repurposed once upon a time and needs a new look, or it is something you just haven't had the inspiration to tackle.

Today, we have chosen to share three videos created by our paint distributers at Country Chic Paint. We enjoy using these products on a daily basis and believe they are some of the best paint products on the market today. 

We will cover: 

1. How to layer different colors of paint. This will create more dimension and color in the piece when you watch learn (in the second video) how to distress your piece. 

Country Chic's Costal Fog over Cobblestone.  Source

Country Chic's Costal Fog over Cobblestone. Source

2. How to wet and dry distress to create an aged, worn look. As straight forward as this may sound, its helpful to learn some tips and tricks about wet and dry distressing so your piece doesn't end up with "chicken pox."

Country Chic's Ocean Breeze.  Source . 

Country Chic's Ocean Breeze. Source

3. How to apply wax and tough coat for sealing and antiquing. 

Country Chic's Hurricane with White Wax.  Source.

Country Chic's Hurricane with White Wax. Source.

Layering Painted Furniture

Wet and dry distressing

Wax and tough coat

You can find a range of Country Chic colors and products on the shelves at Ramshackled Treasures. 

We also have a Painting 101 class coming up on July 14th, August 6th and September 8th or our popular Cabinet Painting class on July 21 and August 18th. 

As always, happy creating! 

Step into our Vendors' Homes: Sarah's Family Room Remodel

As part of an ongoing monthly series we will be entering the homes of our talented Ramshackled Treasures vendors. They will show us their recent DIYs, room remodels and favorite furniture refinishes. Prepare yourself to learn, share and be inspired!

Last month you met Julie and got a tour of her eclectic country home. This month we are so excited to introduce you to our fun-loving and crazy creative vendor Sarah! Over the past month, Sarah has been busy repainting and redecorating her dining area and family room in her Monticello home.

Sarah, her husband Ed and their four children have lived in their home for 12 years. 

Sarah, her husband Ed and their four children have lived in their home for 12 years. 

Before

The walls were previously purple in the family room and the entry had brown stenciled swirls. Sarah wanted an updated look that expressed her current tastes. At first, she was a bit nervous about painting the wood wainscoting in the dining/entry area, but now she loves it so much she can't wait to tackle all the oak trim in the house! 

After

"We've been in this house 12 years," Sarah explained. "It was the 30th house we looked at with the realtor and when I walked in and saw the arches--I loved it."

Sarah has painted her walls several times since moving in. This time, she choose a light gray paint. She had a very specific gray in mind so she actually brought her curtains into Sherwin Williams to have them match the paint color--how smart is that! 

"This was the very first piece that I ever did," Sarah explained about her antique buffet (above). "Your first project is like your baby. My whole house is matched around this piece. It's chipping but I think it looks cool."

Sarah's daughter, Elsie, hanging out in their cozy family room. 

Sarah's daughter, Elsie, hanging out in their cozy family room. 

Sarah painted, distressed and sealed the laminate floors (giving it a gray limed look) which turned out absolutely fabulous! The soft grays and splashes of turquoise in the family room make it feel very peaceful. Her father-in-law was kind enough to build a cabinet for the TV to sit on, and Sarah is slowly collecting hardware to fasten to the small faux drawers. 

With four kids and two dogs in the house she protects her couches with white blankets that she can easily wash, it's not her ideal solution but she wants to keep everything clean.

Sarah made their kitchen table from the top of an old wire spindle and the iron base of an antique sewing machine. Her next project will be to recover and tuft the back of the dining chairs!

Sarah is constantly on the hunt for cool, old junk. She bought this wood box last week at  flea market, painted it and planted succulents inside!

Sarah is constantly on the hunt for cool, old junk. She bought this wood box last week at  flea market, painted it and planted succulents inside!

She describes her personal style as: "Rustic chic, mixed with a little industrial. I love metal, florals and crystals. My style will probably change again in 5-10 years." 

Sara says that she gets most of her decorating inspiration from Ramshackled Treasures. "You walk in and see Michelle's room, Amy's room and Deb's room and see all of their unique styles--and then you go on Pinterest and you see a mix of them all!" 

After 2 1/2 years at Ramshackled Treasures, Sarah is leaving to make more time for her children. She is really grateful for the time she has had at the shop and the many friendships she has made.

Sarah looks forward to a fun summer full of projects, taking educational day trips with her kids and exploring all 30 of Monticello's parks!