Category Archives: Painting

Distressed Wood STARS

Winter storm Jonas hit, and left us house-bound for the better part of 2 days.  These stars were the result.  They’re built just like our Wood Stars, but with a different (read: way better!) finish.  IMHO.

There are many techniques for creating a faux distressed look with paint.  Usually, if I want to achieve the distressed look, I’ll use a dry brushing technique.  But that technique can result in a streaky, mottled appearance, so I’ve been wanting to experiment with something different.  I read about the Vaseline distressing technique and thought it sounded promising, so we tried that on these stars.

The Vaseline technique is simple…

  1. Apply a base coat of paint or stain, and allow to fully dry.  We used Weathered Teak stain by Sherwin Williams.
  2. Dab on small amounts of Vaseline where you want the “distressing” to appear  (football fans: this is different than “Dab on ’em”)  😉
    1. Don’t glob on the Vaseline, just put on a very light coat
    2. The areas that have Vaseline applied will show through once your 2nd coat is applied, so consider what areas should look distressed based on “normal wear”
      1. Typically, these areas are the corners and edges
  3. Apply a 2nd coat using paint in a contrasting color (this coat must be paint), and allow to fully dry.  We used Muslin by Sherwin Williams.
  4. Using 120 grit sandpaper, lightly sand all areas.  The areas that had Vaseline applied will very easily sand off to reveal the base coat underneath.

Pretty easy, right??

I’m definitely a big fan of this distressing technique.  It’s easy and it results in a very natural-looking distressed finish.  We couldn’t be happier with our constellation of stars!

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Baby Shower Favors – Distressed Pots with Herb Seeds

Our friends Chris & Shara are having a baby!  We offered to help with the favors for their shower.  They had a pretty large shower – around 40 guests!  So we knew the favors had to be awesome, but also economical.  After some internet surfing, we came up with this idea, which is a mashup of several other ideas we found.  Continue reading

Dresser Rehab with Hidden Compartment

Our very good friends Chris & Shara are expecting a baby in November.  When they mentioned that they were paying someone to redo a dresser for them, we said, “Excuse me?? Why would you pay a stranger to do that when we would LOVE to do the project for you!”  They did decide to entrust us with the dresser, and here’s the result!

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER (see the missing handle??  LOL, counting is hard)

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Distressed Wood Succulent Planter

I’m CRAZY about succulents.  They’re just so little and cute!  And, (supposedly) they’re virtually indestructible.  Time will tell on that one.  We wanted to create a planter for our succulents out of distressed wood.  And we wanted to do it as cheaply as possible.  So, I took inspiration from this planter found on Pinterest, and we created a succulent planter out of a 4×4 wooden beam.  Here’s how we did it…  Continue reading

DIY Reclaimed Wood

Have you ever talked about a project or planned a project for so long that it became an image in your head.  And then when you finally got around to actually completing the project, the end result was far different from that image you’d been carrying around in your head???  Well, that was this wood wall project for me.  Susan and I have been talking about this project for, oh… let’s see, at least 12 months now.  Not exaggerating. I realize that makes us sound like total procrastinators.  Which, let’s be real, is completely accurate!  But this project had some unique circumstances that put the delays out of our control.   Curious? Read on!