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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The Secret to Paint Layering and Wet Distressing

The Secret to Paint Layering and Wet Distressing

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Hello everyone.  Welcome to my 2nd blogpost. I’ve decided that for this post I am going to share with you my secret to paint layering and wet distressing. I absolutely love to layer colors and the depth and dimension it gives a piece.  Rarely will I ever paint something just one color. Don’t get me wrong, If I feel the piece calls for a simpler look I will most certainly stick with one color. I remember when I started out painting furniture and décor items, just a few short years ago,  I would search Pinterest and find a beautiful inspiration piece and want to paint my newly found treasure just like that. However, I had a hard time getting what was in my head and on Pinterest onto my piece. No matter how hard I looked at the piece and tried to figure out how the person got all the beautiful layers without ruining it with the sandpaper when they distressed to show the color underneath. 

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Piano Bench Transformation

Hello everyone and welcome to my first blog post. I am super excited about this new journey and I promise to provide you quality content and share with you some of the tips and tricks I have learned throughout my creative journey. My about page gives you a little glimpse into how I got to this point, but for the sake of not having an about “pages” I figured I would include in some of my posts a bit more about myself and how I learned what I am sharing with you.

So,…here we go.

I picked up this cute piano bench from a great little antique/junk shop here called Putnam’s Pickins, that I will now refer to as my “Honey Hole”. I could have spent hours in there looking at all the treasures and cool stuff I could repurpose, upcycle and paint. Good Lord I love to paint.

The brace on the bottom of the bench was loose and needed to have some wood glue and clamps to fix that little problem, but other than that it was a great piece. The lady at the shop offered it to me for $10. Well, I happily agreed and trotted of with my new treasure dreaming about what color to paint it.

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Piano Bench before CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk + Clay Paint and Stain.
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