We’ve been busy over here at the Crafty Cottage DIY creating all the cute and creative home decor items that we think y’all will love!
One of my favorite new items are these totally cute wagon shelf sitters. (See the link for a video of me putting one together) https://fb.watch/dnnQNQS4Ug/
You will love these wagons as much as I do..why? Because they are so versatile! There are so many adorable interchangeable sets to go along with them it will blow your mind trying to decide which one to get first! I’ve included a few pics below of some of our previous add ons that customers have ordered with the wagons.
Aren’t they absolutely adorable? We will be adding them to the shop soon so keep your eyes peeled here on the blog and make sure you follow me over on my Facebook page so you can see more cool DIY’s and home decor projects like this. Here’s the link to join me The Crafty Cottage DIY Facebook Business Page I’d love to see you there! Joanne
In this tutorial I painted and distressed a metal candle stick that I picked up at a thrift store. Candlesticks are one of my key items to look for at thrift stores. They are so versatile and can be used and decorated in so many ways!!
Painting and Distressing…
So, after I gave it a base coat of Waverly Chalk paint in the color White. I used a smaller brush and Waverly Chalk paint in the color INK. Next, I dipped just the tips of my brush in the paint. I offloaded it so there is barely any paint on the brush. Dabbing onto a plate that I was using for a pallet and the craft paper on my desk. I know messy huh. ?♀️ The paint on the brush should look dull and dry. With a light hand, I work in one direction, I apply the paint in random areas of my metal candlestick. Just as I did before in part 1 with the metal container.
After that, I used some sponges that I get from Amazon and Dollar Tree. I cut them into ¼’s so they are easier to work with. Now, I just used some Waverly Chalk paint in the color INK and got some paint on my sponge, then I offloaded the paint that is on my sponge, just use something to get the excess paint off the sponge. If you have ever done the dry brushing technique, you know what I mean. Once I got my sponge offloaded, I began by lightly dabbing paint all over the surface of the pedestal. I turn my sponge a bit each time, just to make it look distressed and natural. Oh, and make sure you let your paint completely dry after each paint process, so you don’t get any smearing or mixing of colors. Trust me I know!! ?
Putting it all together…
Once everything was completely dry, I used some E6000 around the edges and then went over that with my hot glue. I attached it to the bottom of the metal container. The E-6000 helps to give it a good secure, long lasting hold, but it takes 24 hrs. at least for it to completely bond, so I use the hot glue to give it a quick temporary hold while the E-6000 sets up.
And that’s it!!! You have a beautiful Farmhouse décor piece that you can display in your home all year long and decorate it many ways.
I hope you enjoyed this project and tutorial. Please leave me some feedback on what you think! Thanks so much!
Since Waverly paint is exclusive to Walmart and may be difficult to find, here are some alternatives you can use that I recommend:
and here are the sponges I used you can’t beat the price of the Dollar Tree Sponges especially when you can cut them up into chunks and use them for lots of projects.
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!
I know you will want to make yourself this easy DIY Picture Frame Earring Holder, once you see how easy it is!
I have been ordering some really cute earrings from paparazzi and I quickly began to realize I had nowhere to keep them. So, I figured hey I’m a DIY’er I’m just going to make one!! I wanted something functional and cute at the same time. So that’s how the DIY Picture Frame Earring Holder idea was born. So, if you find yourself in the same situation as me…here you go! ?
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a picture frame (the size you need will depend on the number of earrings you have to display on it)
Paint or stain- I normally use my favorite Waverly Inspirations Chalk paint, but I found this new Rustoleum chalk paint on Amazon and wanted to give it a shot. (I’m loving it so far)
Metal Farm Mesh or Chicken wire or wire trash bin from Dollar Tree-whichever is easier for you to find
Contact Paper or Peel and stick wallpaper (with a pattern of your choice)
Begin with the picture frame, paint, or stain your frame. (My sweet hubby likes to dabble in his woodshop and made one for me. ?) Once you have given the frame a good one or two coats of paint and it is to your liking, set it aside to dry.
You will need a piece of cardboard cut close to the size of the outer edges of the picture frame since you will be stapling and gluing it to the back of the picture frame. ?
Now, measure out a piece of contact paper that is the same size as the cardboard. Peel the backer paper off the contact paper at one end and press it down as straight and smooth as possible onto the cardboard. Keep pulling the backer paper and smoothing the contact paper down all the way to the other end of the cardboard.
For this part I had my super sweet hubby cut out mine from the roll roughly the size of the frame. I used my snips to trim it up and cut any uneven pieces. The piece of mesh or chicken wire needs to be roughly the same size as the piece of cardboard. I like to make mine a little smaller so that when I glue on the cardboard it covers up any sharp edges that remain on the mesh or chicken wire. Smart idea, right? (Sorry no pic for this part ?)
And now it’s time to start putting it all together.
Start by hot gluing the mesh in a few random spots just to help hold it in place while you staple. Then place the piece of cardboard with the contact paper side facing front, over that, and staple them both into place, or you can staple the mesh first so that you can make sure the staples are going where they need to and then staple on the cardboard. Either way works and it’s totally up to you. ?
That’s it you have a cute and rustic functional décor piece to keep all your bling organized and easy to find!
P.S. check out my DIY Crackle Effect blog post if you want to give your frame even more of a distressed/rustic look.
If you enjoyed this project, here are some other organization ideas you might like https://thehappyhousie.porch.com/craft-room-organization-ideas/