Oh you guys!
I’m so excited to bring you a new monthly feature at AKA Design!
It’s fun, frugal and I get to partner with some INCREDIBLE bloggers…
Do you see that?
Here’s a funny story…
So about a month ago, I’m in bed early on a Saturday morning, reading emails on my iPhone (most of the blogs I read by email come the day after they were posted). Anyway, I get this email from Jamie (So Much Better with Age) called Trash to Treasure (I hadn’t gotten to Jenna and KariAnne’s emails yet) all about taking something that was destined for trash or thrifted for less than $10 and making it into something amazeballs.
Well, hello! What a FAB idea!
I emailed all three girls and told them how beautiful, smart, funny and talented they are. (It helps that I met all of them in person at Haven, because I know all the things I said are absolutely true.) And I BEGGED them to let me be part of Trash to Treasure.
And do you know what? They said yes.
As long as I promised to tell them how awesome they are on a regular basis.
Layered Painted Wood (Box)
My Trash to Treasure for this month is a layered painted wooden box I found at Value Village for $4.99. I used paint I already had plus a $5 knob I picked up at Pier One. All less than $10 – which is totally the point!
Check out the before:
I totally have to admit that I didn’t have a 100% clear vision of how I wanted this to turn out. I usually do. But not this time.
First, I thought I’d just paint it in Sea Breeze (Van Gogh Chalk Paint) and add a new knob. But it was kind of minty. (I painted the inside of our front and side doors in Sea Breeze – those turned out fab! I can’t wait to show you.)
Then I thought I’d hand-letter a saying. But my gold paint marker was dried out and the kids used up all my black Sharpies.
Next I tried a couple of stencils I had. Too “cute”. (Not in a good way.)
And finally I tried to glaze over the stencil with water-based stain (forgot the faux glaze though!). Um, too…well, just yuck.
So I used a weathered wood (crackle) medium, painted and actually glazed (with Faux Glaze medium!). And changed the handle again.
And now I am totally in love with the layered finish! See all the different shades and colors peeking through?
- wood box or other item
- water based stain
- aqua colored paint
- Weathered Wood Medium (crackle)
- Behr Faux Glaze
- brushes (foam brushes are perfect for this job)
- sand paper
- paper towels or clean rags
- Stain wood with a medium stain (like Minwax water based stain tinted in American Walnut). Let dry.
- Sand and then wipe off debris.
- Paint with Van Gogh Sea Breeze Chalk Paint (or another aqua-colored craft or home paint you have on hand). Let dry.
- Sand edges well to distress.
- Apply water-based stain tinted to American Walnut, especially in the grooves. Wipe off immediately. Let dry.
- Apply a generous amount of DecoArt’s Weathered Wood Medium (crackle). Let dry.
- Paint with a creamy white craft or home paint. Let dry. Watch the crackle take shape!
- Sand the edges and surfaces like crazy to distress even more!
- Mix 2 parts Behr Faux Glaze with 1 part Minwax water based stain in American Walnut or other dark brown paint. Apply generously in grooves and sparingly on surfaces. Wipe quickly with a cloth. To remove more glaze, wipe with a slightly damp cloth. Let dry.
This is a very similar process to how we finished our Mantel. We even used our hair dryer on this job too between coats to speed things up!
Isn’t that knob just adorable?
Anyways, don’t forget to see what my talented friends came up with:
Our Fifth House - the talented Carmel!!!
What do you think of our new layered painted wood box? Have you tried to create something and failed – only to fall in love with the end result? Do tell!