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all the rage and people everywhere are loving the idea of upcycling, renewing old furniture and bringing new life to outdated or old stuff with just simply painting it.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.

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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.

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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.

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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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DIY Country Cabin Christmas Tree Skirt

Create your own Christmas tree skirt

Welcome back everyone. Well, Halloween is over and we are now in November and we all know what that means……start thinking about Christmas. I know, I know. It seems like poor Thanksgiving sometimes gets passed over and we skip right from costumes and candy to Santa Clause and Christmas trees. I always cringe a little when I go to stores and I see Christmas decorations up even before Halloween, but it’s the nature of the beast. But, in my defense, I have to get started early on my Christmas decorations this year since I am making most of them. Yup…..making most of them. Crazy. I know.

Since we moved here to Kentucky and most of our stuff is still in storage and will continue to be until we move again, I can’t find my Christmas stuff. I found the tree and some wrapping paper, but no decorations. Why is your stuff still in storage you ask? Well, with my husband’s job we will be moving a lot. I joined him here in Kentucky in July, but he had been here since January of 2016. We are supposed to be moving to the next job site in Pennsylvania at the end of January 2017 so there is no point unpacking what I will have to pack again in a couple months.

This makes decorating a…..hmmm what’s a good word I could use here?…….oh yeh a NIGHTMARE. I have a lot of pretty things and cool pieces, but I don’t really feel like taking it all out of storage and just to pack it back up again.

Anyway, enough about that. Due to this dilemma I decided since we are in a cabin in the woods of Kentucky what better place to have a country Christmas.

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Our country cabin in the woods of Kentucky.
Our country cabin in the woods of Kentucky.

On to the project. 

 Follow along and you can see how I made this skirt and it shows how you can make one too.

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How to Create Your Own DIY Salt Wash

Hello again! Glad you stopped by again today. Hopefully, as you all go on this creative adventure with me you will begin to notice that I love to paint and when I paint I enjoy creating texture and depth. That being said, today I am going to explore my trials and tribulations with a new way to create lots of texture.

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Some of you may have seen a rather new product out called Salt Wash. It looks really cool and it gives things a very chippy and textured look as if the item has sat on the patio of a home by the sea for years. The idea is to give your item the look of sea air and sand erosion which exposes wonderful and beautiful color layers. Yup,…totally a fan of that look.  I have not personally tried the product, but needless to say I am highly intrigued and would like to try the actual product.  I searched and watched few video tutorials and decided that I was going to try and create my own DIY Salt Wash and see what the outcome would be.

I tried 2 different types of salt for this project.

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