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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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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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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5 Reasons Why I Love Endurance

Welcome back to my blog.  I appreciate you stopping by.  My first few posts are mainly about painting, but I promise I will be moving on to other projects. I just happen to paint a lot more than I sew at this particular time. However, I will be doing quite a bit of sewing here shortly. I just need to get all my fabric first because I will be making a lot of Christmas decorations and sewing Christmas decor so stay tuned for those post.

I realize that in my posts I talk a lot about a product by CeCe Caldwell’s Paints called Endurance. I speak very highly of this brand and this company because I used to be a retailer for this line. Since, my husband took this new job we will be moving a lot and lugging a lot of product around from state to state just wasn’t going to be feasible so I had to let my small business go so I started this blog as my new creative outlet.

Endurance is amazing and a very versatile product and is by far my favorite and today I am going to share with you my:

Top 5 reasons why I love Endurance.

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Create Eye Catching Wall Decor.

Hi everyone. Welcome back to my blog. I hope that you all are enjoying this beautiful early fall weather. I wish it would stay this temperature all year long. Here in Kentucky it is in the upper 60’s and low 70’s. It’s perfect.

Anyway, on to the good stuff. Today, I am going to talk about creating eye catching wall décor using multiple colors, distressing and focusing on depth and dimension. Ya’ll know I love to layer colors. I can’t help myself sometimes.

 I love for things to make my eye stay and examine it for a while. I don’t want to just see it and move on. I want  people look at things I have painted or created and say, “How did she do that?”

For this  project I am going to show you a treasure that I found at a local shop here called the Red Door Trading Company and as soon as I saw it I knew it was going home with me.

I will show you how it went from kinda cool to a work of art.

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