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DIY Rustic Farmhouse Pedestal Part 1

I love how this DIY Rustic Farmhouse Pedestal turned out.

This is part one of two video series where I show you just how to go from shiny and new to rustic and farmhouse.  You could even say it resembles an enameled piece. This would also look great with the crackle effect as well. You can check out my DIY Crackle Effect Post where I show you just how to do it.

I don’t know about you but I love to use chalk paint on most of my craft projects, why you ask…Well mainly because of the consistency of chalk paint.  Most chalk paints have a thick matte chalky consistency that’s generally thicker than acrylic.  So most of the time your projects only need one coat.  So if you only use acrylic and don’t have chalk paint, now worries! You can easily make your own with just a few supplies. One you already have.

So here’s what you will need..

Acrylic paint my go to is Apple Barrel  you can also find it at most craft stores and Walmart.

For this next item there are a few things that some other like to use in their DIY Chalk paint but I prefer to use Calcium Carbonate

That’s about it! Mix some paint and a few tablespoons of Calcium Carbonate together and stir until it’s as thick as chalk paint and waluah you have Chalk paint.   Of Course if you don’t want to make your own and would just prefer to buy chalk paint. My go to is Waverly Acrylic Chalk paint.  This is sold exclusively at Walmart Stores only!

So you will need some brushes and sponges I love to use these sponges because I can cut them up into smaller sections and get a lot more use out of them.

So now that you have your paint and sponges, grab a couple of brushes and  your ready to get started with making this beautiful DIY Rustic Farmhouse Pedestal!

Begin by squeezing some of the chalk paint out onto a flat pallet.  Dip your sponge into the paint and off load it.  Once you have it off loaded you can start lightly tapping all over the metal flower container covering it entirely. Once it’s completely covered let it dry all the way before you move on. At this point you may need to add a second coat of paint. You can see in the video, I only needed a single coat and it turned out covering great.

Now that your paint is dry you will need just a little bit of black paint.  Take a old well used paint brush and trim the bristles down with scissors until they short and stubbly.  You don’t want to go to short, but just enough where they don’t bend much.  This is the type of brush I use for dry brushing. it’s perfect for the short light strokes you use when dry brushing.

Dip your brush in your black paint and then off load it onto a paper towel or piece of cardboard.  With a very light hand begin by making light strokes in one direction over the surface of the white paint.  Do this in the areas around the edges and top and bottom and don’t forget to do the sides.

Now just let it dry and there you have it.  You can use this metal flower container just as it.  If you want to see what I do with mine, come back next week for part 2!