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! 

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! 

Happily Better After: Episode 4

Trivia time! Did you know that the term do-it-yourself (DIY) has been around since at least 1912? (And we always thought it was invented by Pinterest!) But whatever the case, the concept of do-it-yourself is a tale as old as time. Humans love to create, to improve upon, and to feel a sense of satisfaction at a job well done. That's why we love to showcase some of our before and after photos each month and we know it inspires you too!

Do you have a furniture project that you've been thinking about redoing? Feel free to tell us about it in the comments below!

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