Goodwill Dresser Video Tutorial - Part 1

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I am still as in love with my Goodwill Dresser as the day I painted it. Above any other piece, this is the one I get the most questions about, so I decided to divulge my secret on how I created it using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old White. Get your painting clothes on, roll up your sleeves and get ready to dive in to create your own heavily distressed beauty.

This tutorial will be broken up into three parts and will show you how to create a very heavily distressed piece just like my Goodwil Dresser. Think heavy brush strokes, lots of distressing with sandpaper and lots of dark wax. 

In part one, I show you how to prep and paint the piece and hardware. Make sure you check out the description on YouTube for links to the products I used in this tutorial.

Part two is in the works and should be up on the blog next week. Check back to learn how to distress and clear wax your piece, or you can subscribe to my YouTube channel and you will be able to view part two as soon as it goes live. Happy painting!

Creating Custom Plank Wood Wall Art for Your Home

Never underestimate the power of scraps. I was able to create the most awesome custom wood wall art for my nursery for super cheap. It was time consuming but easy. You don't need to be handy or crafty to tackle this project.

Here is what you will need:

Wood planks (I used scraps I had from a previous project)
Some tools (saw or circular saw, hammer and nails or drill and screws)
Sand paper (I used my orbital sander)
Wood stain
Natural bristle brush
Scrap cloth
Acrylic or other decorative paint
Small detail paint brush
Computer and Printer
Pencil Sharpener
Hooks and picture wire (if you plan on hanging your piece)  

So, I enlisted my hubby to assist in the assembling of my board. He took the scraps from above and cut them in half with his circular saw. He trimmed up the edges so they would all be around them same length, but I wanted it to look pretty rustic so the edges don't line up perfectly. To attach the planks together he used three thin scraps on the back and hammered them into each plank. You could also use screws and a drill. Just make sure your screws or nails are short enough that they aren't going to pop through the front of your board.

Once it was assembled, my next step was to sand. Again, I was going for a rustic look so I lightly sanded with a medium grit sandpaper in 150. I wanted to keep all the dings, cuts and glue on the sides (remember I am using scrap wood) to give it some character. I used my Dewalt orbital sander that you have heard me rave about before, but you can also use a little elbow grease and a plain piece of sandpaper. If you are a DIY maven like me, it is worth the $50 to invest in this sander. It makes projects so much easier. After sanding, make sure to wipe it down with a cloth to remove all the dust before staining.

This was my first time working with stain, and it was a lot less intimidating than I thought it would be. I watched a couple of YouTube videos from Minwax and jumped right in. For my first coat, I used Minwax Interior Wood Stain in Special Walnut. I simply followed the directions on the can by applying it with a natural bristle brush designed for applying stain, let it set for about 5 minutes and then wiped it down with a cloth to remove the excess stain. Here is what it looked like once I was finished. 

After, I let this dry for six hours, I decided to do a second coat with Minwax Interior Stain in Weathered Oak to tone down the walnut color and give it a more aged, barn wood look. I applied this stain the same way as above but let it set for 20 minutes before I wiped it down with my cloth. I know you can't see a huge difference in these pics since they were taken in a shop room with no windows, but trust me the effect I achieved is worth this second step.

Since this will be hanging on a wall inside, I decided not to varnish it. Again, going for rustic here. I am applying a verse to my board for my gender neutral nursery I have been working on, but you could literally put anything on here you want from a phrase to an image. Use your computer to create your art or sketch it out yourself. I just created mine in Pages on my Mac using one of my favorite fonts, American Typewriter. 

Once you have your image all set flip it over and rub pencil over the area you will be tracing. Don't be shy. Really slap that lead on there.

Next, place it back on your board with some tape and trace the outline. Again, use a heavy hand.

Look at this magic. Your image should now be visible on your board. 

Now, you can fill it in anyway you want. I used a can of my Americana Decor® Chalky Finish Paint in Lace and Serene because I had it on hand, but you could any type of craft paint that works on wood.

I just love the finished product. I will be hanging this on the wall in my nursery, so I plan on attaching some hooks and picture wire to the back that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. But I think it looks great propped up on a dresser or shelf as well. Here is what I used on the back of mine.
Ook D Ring
Ook Hanging Wire (50lb. support)

I can't believe how inexpensive it was to create this custom wall art for my nursery. I had most of the items on hand, and the only thing I spent any real money on was the stain. Overall, I think I spent around $15 for my supplies. Stay tuned to see a pic of this project in its true home when I give you a tour of my nursery next week.

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Guest Post: Creating Your Own Stencil

I am back from vacation, but I have a bonus guest post for you today. I had so many submissions I couldn't narrow them down. This post comes to you from interior designer, Rachel Rossi. Rachel blogs about home design and décor on her site, Today she is sharing her stenciled side table project with us and showing you how to  create your own stencil, too. Take it away, Rachel.

Stenciled Side Table
It started with a yard sale, as most good things do. I found this tiny, adorable, and foldable table! I saw a ton of potential the moment I laid eyes on it, I had to laugh when I first saw it, it seemed so small, I wasn’t sure how it could be useful. But, once I looked over it again, I noticed that it the top folded down, making it a perfect piece for small spaces! I wanted to put a modern spin on it with some fresh colors and the shape was just begging for a stencil, so that’s exactly what I did!

I’d love to share with you how you too can create a lovely little table like this! I’ll briefly go over how I refinished it and how you can create your very own custom stencil for the table top.

What I Did
To begin, I took everything apart that I could. Then after some serious sanding and a quick wipe-down, I was ready to stain. I chose to paint the legs a lovely shade of turquoise and refinish the top in slate grey. I love how this grey water based stain went on, it’s a fresher look than mahogany stain!

The Stencil
After I stained the table top and painted the legs I was ready to stencil. I’ve blogged about using stencils before (click here to see that post), but haven’t had too much experience with making my own - it’s a pretty cool process! Here’s what I did: Supply List:    
  • Stencil burner (Martha Stewart has a great one)
  • Stencil template
  • Glass (I used a cheap picture frame)
  • Tape
  • A pattern to trace (that you drew or printed)
1) I outlined my drawing in a dark sharpie onto my paper. Then I placed it inside the picture frame.

2) I taped the stencil template to the front of the frame, lining up where I wanted the pattern on the stencil. 3) Using the stencil burner, I traced my design.

4) I placed my stencil on my table top, taping it down with painter’s tape. Then I began to dab on paint with a stencil sponge.

 This does take some practice—don’t worry if it isn’t perfect the first time. Go back through after you remove the stencil and do any necessary touch ups with a detail paint brush.

 5) Now for the final touch. I put my table back together and finished the top with polyurethane. I do one coat of poly, let it dry, and then go through with steel wool (don’t worry, you won’t ruin your table top). After that, I do one last coat on the top and let it dry thoroughly.

 That’s it! Pretty easy, eh? Look at my finished product!

Here are some tips for creating your own stencil that I learned along the way: 

1. Don’t create long, thin lines — It’s very difficult to get a clean edge on a continuous line, and paint doesn’t sink in very well on a thin opening. 

2.Take your time when cutting out the stencil — It’s a VERY slow process...don’t rush it or it will look rushed!

3. Make sure there is adequate room between openings on the stencil. It’s very hard to keep skinny pieces of the stencil in place. The paint tends to bleed if the separation between openings is too thin. I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. Stencils are a great way to create a cohesive feel within your space. You can add them to walls, floors, rugs, pottery, anywhere really! It was such a blast to see this worn out table get a fresh look and new function.
Thank you so much for the great tutorial, Rachel! I am looking forward to collaborating more with Rachel in the future, not only is she a great blogger but she is professional designer with years of experience and education.

Thank you to all the amazing ladies for guest posting this past week! Don't forget to check out their blogs: Hot Commoditybrepurposed, and Rachel Rossi.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Video Tutorial #5 - Dark Wax

Today is the final installment of my Chalk Paint vlog series, and we are talking about dark wax. For those of you who haven't worked with it before, this stuff is amazing. It gives your piece a antique look in no time. If you love that lived in, shabby look, you will love dark wax.

It can be intimidating, but the results are worth the anxiety. I hope my tips will help you out.

I never got to perform a "formal" photo shoot with this piece because I sold it the day after my garage sale. I got to deliver her to her new home, and I know she will be very happy there. Her owner has great style, and it looked perfect in her bedroom. Here are the few shots I took before I said goodbye to her.

Thank you for following along with me as we upcylced this dresser. I hope you feel empowered to tackle your own painting project now. Please, please, please, let me know if I can answer any questions for you and share your work with me! I might even feature it on the blog. Happy painting!


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Video Tutorial #3 - Distressing

chalk paint video tutorial
In today's video, I am talking all about distressing. This step is one of my favorites, so much so I named my blog after it. Distressing really brings out the character of a piece. Instead of looking like something that was sprayed or dipped with some paint, it gives it depth and texture. Check out my tips on how to make your piece pretty distressed. 

We are in the home stretch. I will be talking clear wax and dark wax in the last two videos. Come back next week to see the completed piece.