Faux Wood Top Tutorial

Hey everyone.

I know….I know….it has been a while since I’ve blogged. Combination of my day job keeping me busy and just not enough hours in a day. Excuses, excuses. I know. But hey. I am here now and I wanted to share a little project I worked on over the New Year’s long weekend. Speaking of New Year’s………..I wish you all a Happy New Year’s and hope that it will prosperous one.

So, I have this sofa table and it is all black and it has been on the list to be painted for quite some time, but I just couldn’t figure out what color to paint it. I finally figured it out. I decided to make it look like a faux wood stained table.

Black sofa table in need of a makeover.

There she is. There are some cool details on it but you just didn’t really see them because it was all black.

For this project I will be using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints in colors Young Kansas Wheat, Texas Tea, Pittsburgh Gray and a custom gray color I achieved my mixing Beckley Coal into Silver Hill Fog. So let’s jump right in to it.

Step 1:

Paint the entire piece in Young Kansas Wheat. I didn’t do a perfect job painting. The goal was to have some of the black show through.

Young Kansas Wheat
Coat of Young Kansas Wheat

As you can see it is not perfectly painted. This is so that you can start to create that wood grain look.

Step 2:

Next I dry brushed on some Texas Tea. This is done by dipping the tip of the brush in the paint and then dabbing it off on a paper towel. Then you lightly drag your brush across the top. Do this over the entire piece.

Dry brush Texas Tea over entire piece.
Dry brush Texas Tea across the top to make a wood grain effect.
Texas Tea dry brush on raised design.

Step 3:

I did the same process as above with the Pittsburgh Gray.

All same color.

Annnnndddd I hate it. Yup. I hate it.

It was just too much of all the same. So after sitting and staring at it for about 20 minutes and asking my husband what he thinks I decided to continue on with the top and paint the bottom a solid color. But, I did want some of this to show through on the designs so I decided to seal the bottom with Endurance. Doing this allows me to paint over it and then once it is dry I can wet distress it so I can see some of the through the top color. After much debating I decided to go with gray. This is where this custom mixed color comes into play. I didn’t have enough Pittsburgh Gray to paint the whole thing so I mixed up a similar color, but just a tad darker. This was achieved by mixing Silver Hill Fog which is a light gray and adding in a bit of Beckley Coal which is a true black.

Truth be told I wasn’t that crazy about the top either but I know that every project goes through its ugly phase and then somehow after adding a bit of this and a touch of that it just becomes beautiful. So I decided to seal the top too just in case I had to paint that over too. Once I started sealing the top it just started blending the colors as I went back and forth with my brush. It was perfect. Just like I imagined. At least something was coming out like I imagined.

Applying Endurance to the top of the sofa table.
Another view with Endurance on table.

Just look how perfect the colors blend together and makes the colors richer. It has the perfect touch of brown and gray in it.  Once I had the top sealed I decided to be done with the top because I loved how it looked. I then sealed the bottom. While that was drying I mixed up my custom gray color.

Step 4:

Paint the bottom of sofa table with the gray. With this application I made sure to have really good coverage.

Paint bottom of sofa table gray.

Step 5:

Once the gray paint was dry I could wet distress using a baby wipe on the raised designs. Once this was done and all damp areas were dry I was able to seal it with Endurance.

Light distressing with a baby wipe.
Completed sofa table.

And there she is completed. I am very happy with how it turned out.

When it comes to doing a faux wood grain look there are a ton of ways you can do it. Sometimes it just takes some trial and error.

Hope this tutorial helps you achieve your perfect faux wood look.

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Storage Bench Makeover

Hey Ya’ll!!

Boy it has been a while since I posted. Things have been super crazy now that I am back to working full time. I miss my #housewifelife in Kentucky. LOL.  Maybe one day I can return to that life……..but until then……hhhmmmmm…I digress….

Today I am going to be showing you how I made over my storage bench in our living room. It was pretty simple to do. It’s just finding the time to do it these days. Here is a picture of it all finished. You would never know that there is a large, weight challenged cat laying behind those pillows on the back of the couch. LOL.

So, when you move as much as we do I feel like I am constantly changing my decor and my colors. I love color and have such a hard time picking a color scheme for our home. Of course, my husband loves that. Not at all. I am on that rustic chic look now. If that makes any sense at all. The home we live in now has hardwood floors and it felt so cold and we need something to “ground” the space and anchor the room. So we bought a rug at Lowes, that by the way my husband hated and reluctantly bought. I loved it and once we got it in the living room he decided that it wasn’t so bad. Here is my rug.

So there you have it…..my color inspiration for the combined living room and dining room area.

Moving on to the purpose of this post. There is this storage bench that we dug out of the dumpster at our apartment complex back in Texas. There was nothing wrong with it so we hauled it out and cleaned it up. I painted it and upholstered the top of it. It matched our decor at the time, but about 4 moves later it no longer matches our decor or my taste. So I decided to once again paint it and recover the top.

I decided to start make the bench look like stained wood again. So I first painted the bench brown all over using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints Texas Tea.  After that I chose to wet distress it to see some of that white peak through. Keep in mind that this bench or chest…whatever you want to call it….has a lot of dents, dings, scrape marks in the wood and overall wear and tear. The distressing helps accentuate that even more.

Here is a picture of what it looked like after I wet distressed the brown paint.

Next, I decided to white wash it with Young Kansas Wheat by CeCe Caldwell’s. I added water to this to make it very thin. I brushed on a thin coat and immediately wiped back the excess.

Again, I wet distressed to see a bit more brown.

Next, I added stain over top of this and wiped back the excess. In the picture below you can see the difference the stain makes. I used my favorite stain which is Walnut Grove by CeCe Caldwell’s. It is the perfect color stain and so easy to use and the best part….it doesn’t stink.

I then removed the old fabric from the bench and recovered it with a pretty off white material that has a linen look to it. You can see slight flecks of brown in the fabric. Once I completed that I attached the top to the bench again. You can see the basic steps in the picture collage below.

I then decided to make a couple of pillows for the top of the bench. The ones that were there were a fuschia color and that obviously wasn’t going to work. Luckily, they were pillow covers with a zipper so I could easily remove them and change them out. I decided to do a burnt orange color fabric from JoAnn Fabric. At some point I will do a tutorial on how to sew a pillow and make your own piping.

 Here is a picture of my completed pillow. One more to go. I decided to make it an envelop pillow cover and add some cute wood looking buttons.

There ya go! All done. Way better than what it used to be.

Hope you enjoyed this quick little makeover. Stay tuned for my next makover……my craft room. Oh Lord…what a makeover it will be. There is no color scheme in there currently. It is a complete mess and just tragic looking. Yes, tragic would be a good word for this room. I can’t wait to show you when it is done. My colors are a dark blue, a creamy yellow, white and gold. I am so excited. Finally, I will have a beautiful craft room that I am not ashamed of and won’t make my husband cringe every time he steps foot in there.

Until then my friends. Stay crafty.

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Tips for Beginning Furniture Painters

Hey there! Glad to see you back. So today my post is not necessarily going to be a tutorial or have lots of pictures like usual. It is going to be more or less advice and hopefully some useful information for those beginner and intermediate furniture painters.

Over the past few years painting furniture and other home decor items has become all the rage and people everywhere are loving the idea of upcycling, renewing old furniture and bringing new life to outdated or old stuff with just simply painting it. I love this. I am so happy that people are getting into painting their furniture. I’ve told many clients and customers that if your furniture is still is good shape and serves its purpose, but you just aren’t digging the look anymore just paint it. Sometimes that is all it needs to make it look brand new. A coat of paint and some new hardware and you save yourself a ton of money from not having to buy brand new furniture.

The idea for this post came while scrolling through a few of the Facebook groups I am a part of where the main topic is typically furniture painting. These boards offer help, advice, suggestions and inspiration as you can post your recent project, or post pictures with a problem you are facing. All of this being said, there are a few common problems that I seeing that I want to address to hopefully help some of those out who are just starting or fairly new to painting furniture.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations

DIY Valentine's Day Decorations

Hey! Welcome back. Glad you are here.

Things here are super busy with unpacking and getting the house all arranged how I want it, but I still fit in some crafting here and there. I normally never decorate for Valentine’s Day day, but then again, I have never had a entry way to decorate either. So, I thought it would be fun to transform our entry way into a Valentine’s Day explosion. I love it. It is so cute….if I do say so myself. I can totally see me decorating this little area for each holiday or season. Going to be so fun. Not sure I will do Saint Patrick’s Day or not, but definitely do a spring theme soon. Well, that is once it starts to look like spring up here in northern Indiana. That very well may not be until late April. LOL.

So here is a collage of all my DIY Valentine’s Day decorations.

DIY Valentine's Day Decorations
My DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations
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Brooklyn Calloway from Brookielynn’s Bungalow

Welcome back everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Things here have been pretty crazy with the move and traveling for the holidays. We finally received all our household goods on December 30th so needless to say I am up to my ears in boxes and unpacking everything.

Today, I have an awesome blog post that I am excited to share with you. I had the opportunity to interview Brooklyn Calloway from Brookielynn’s Bungalow. She is a true inspiration to crafters and business owners alike and is blazing the trail in the craft and paint workshop niche. She let’s us in to her life and how she got to where she is today and offers some business advice to budding crafters.

Brooklyn Calloway of Brookielynn’s Bungalow

I met Brooklyn back in March of  2014 when I became a CeCe Caldwell’s Paints retailer and she was giving a class to help new retailers on the ins and outs of social media and getting your brand out there and noticed. I knew from that moment she was someone to watch and that she was going to be an industry leader. Not to mention she was pretty freakin’ cool too. LOL.

I watched her business and brand grow and come up with some really cool stuff over the last few years and with each Facebook and Instagram post she inspired me. So, I wanted to share her story with you and and hopefully she will inspire you as much as she does me.

Keep reading to see how she answered all my questions.

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JUNK Sign with Rustoleum Chalked Paint

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope that you all are having a wonderful holiday season and aren’t too overwhelmed with all the decorating and shopping and that you are taking some time to enjoy the small things and family.

Things here are pretty crazy. If you have been following my blog you may know that we just moved from Kentucky to Indiana for my husband’s job. We arrived here on Sunday December 11th and he started work on the 12th. We came with only what would fit in the 2 vehicles. We won’t have our household goods until the end of December. So, needless to say we are “camping” in our new house with an air mattress and lawn chairs. Not exactly how I pictured my Christmas this year. But,…..I did make sure we brought the Christmas tree and a few of my craft things. That being said I did a project for my new craft room and used some products that I wanted to review for you.

So let’s dive in. My project is one piece of what will be a 3 part sign. Since my business is Bluegrass Junk Revival I did a cabinet door with metal letters spelling out JUNK. I haven’t quite figured out what I want to do for Bluegrass Revival yet, but when I do I will make sure to write about it.

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Painted Gold Mirror

Hello again. Glad to have you back. I appreciate you stopping by.

Today I am going to be doing a tutorial on color washing. This is another technique used for layering colors and we all know by now that I love to layer colors. Some people love white. White everything. White furniture, pillows, rugs, decor and yeh it looks pretty when I see the pictures on Facebook or Pinterest, but it’s just not my thing. I love color way too much. I admit, I do have a small obsession with the color turquoise and end up painting with that color a lot, but hey, I love it.

So, yes, I painted the mirror turquoise. LOL. But, I did add some other colors to bring some depth and visual interest to the piece. In a previous post I talked about creating art when you paint. Anyone can  slap a coat of paint on a piece of furniture or decor, but I want to create art.

So follow along and I will show you how to do just that.

Step 1

Clean your piece and prepare it for painting. Select 3 colors of paint which range from a lighter color to a darker color as well as a water based stain. I used CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and her Walnut Grove Stain + Finish. You can see my color selection in the picture below.


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Chair Transformation Using CeCe Caldwell’s Natural Chalk + Clay Paints

Hey Ya’ll. Glad you are back.

Today I want to show you how easy it is to transform a chair using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and baby wipes. I got this chair at my “honey hole” here for $20 and I thought that was a pretty reasonable price so I brought it home. One of the reasons I bought it was because the chair had a lot of grooves, divots, and lots of texture and I knew it would look great distressed. Plus, I needed a chair for my work station I am building.

Here is the before and after.


Now, there are 3 things I want to say here. #1. I sometimes get really excited and I start painting before I get a “before” picture. (You can see I started painting and had my “oh crap” moment and ran and got the camera. #2. I know you can’t really see all the texture on the chair in the before picture but you will once I show you some close up pictures.  #3. All of this distressing was done with baby wipes.

Yes, you read that correctly. Baby wipes. I am on a mission to get people to STOP DISTRESSING WITH SAND PAPER! I know that is quite the feat, but hey I can try.

Find out how I transformed this chair………

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How to Create a Chippy, Layered Boat Wood Look

What’s up friends!? Glad to see you back. Today we are going to create a chippy and layered, old boat wood look. Say what? You’re asking yourself what that even means, right? Think about an old wooden boat that has been painted several times and over the years with wear and tear from the water it exposes all it’s old colors. That’s kinda the concept here.

This project is really fun because you get to be creative and use a lot of colors and paint on something like an old bench, potting table, a kids chair or craft table. I wouldn’t necessarily paint a dresser with this technique, but hey, it’s a fun technique to know how to do so that when you run across that perfect item you will know how to do it.

Here is mine. Too cute, right. A kindergarten teach bought it for her classroom. Ahhh it was meant to be.


Keep on reading and I will tell you how I created this look.

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DIY Christmas Tree Garland

Hey friends! Glad to see you back. Today I have short post about how to make your own DIY country Christmas tree garland. It’s seriously going to be my shortest post ever because it is THAT easy.

In my previous post about how to make your own country Christmas tree skirt I talked about living in a cabin in the woods of Kentucky and that it was only fitting to have a “Country Cabin” themed Christmas tree and decor. Well,…that is one reason. The other is that I can’t find any of our tree decorations anywhere in our storage unit without unpacking every box in there. Ummm NO!

Here is what I made. Granted it isn’t on the tree yet, but you get the idea.


So here is how I did it. Are you ready for this super long tutorial? LOL. This won’t take long. But I wanted to share it with you because I think it is cute and I can’t wait to see it on the tree.

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