Make glass bead magnets with the kids for a simple and easy craft project to help you get through those long summer days when the kids are home.

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How to Make Glass Bead Magnets

I love working with mod podge, especially for this decorative book with a secret hiding place and this vintage map lampshade. But, when it comes to a craft the kids can safely work on, I chose these Easy Decorative DIY Glass Bead Magnets.

We recently visited the Art Museum in Chicago and I found myself swooning over the beautiful paperweight collection. The glass magnifies the design inside the weights allowing you to see all the intricate details. While I don’t foresee making my own glass paperweights, the kids and I could get creative and use glass beads to make some beautiful magnets.

beautiful paper weight collection

A while ago, I happened upon a craft tutorial creating decorative push pins with glass beads. The next day my boys and I picked out glass beads and the rest of the supplies at AC Moore. My 3 and 6 year old were so excited when I pulled out the Oriental Trading Catalog and asked them to pick out their favorite pictures. We spent over an hour chatting and giggling as they cut out pictures from catalogs and magazines. If your children are looking for specific photos, you can always print them out from your computer first. Once you have your images, you are ready to get creative!


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glass bead magnet materials - scissors, mod podge, pencil, E-6000


Lay your bead on top of a picture you want to use.

boy laying out glass beads onto magazine pictures

Trace around the pictures and cut them out with an x-acto knife.

Paint mod podge on the front of the picture.

Center the glass bead on top of the picture. Then seal the picture by coating the back of the image with more mod podge.

After the beads dry, take out the magnets. Apply a dab of E-6000 glue to the magnet…

adding a small amount of E-6000 glue to the magnet

…then set the glass bead on top.

Within 30 – 45 minutes they should be dry and hardened.

Now you have beautiful custom glass bead magnets.

finished glass bead magnets

I chose mostly black and white images and graphic numbers and letters for my set.

The kids on the other hand – well, let’s just say they do love their cartoon shows!

Let me know if you make your own glass bead magnets. What images will you use?

Be sure to pin this image for a friend. You know how hard it is to keep the kids entertained over the summer, right?!

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With Spring finally arriving (fashionably late for most of us), I thought it was time to update our chalkboard sign and give you a new FREE Spring Flowers Chalkboard Art Printable to download, print, and hang up in your house.

FREE Spring Flowers Chalkboard Art Printable

I’m not sure where you are, but in North Carolina the flowers are blooming like the grand finale of a firework show. The irises in our yard have more blooms than I’ve ever seen. Their fragrance is pure fragrant perfume.

FREE Spring Flowers Chalkboard Art Printable

Our roses finally have buds, these are the first few blooms to come out. By next week I’m sure the rose bushes will be in full bloom.

FREE Spring Flowers Chalkboard Art Printable

It definitely feels like we’re going to have a short spring that will dive head first into summer. Until then, I hope you enjoy this FREE Spring Art Chalkboard Printable I made for you.

Click on the picture below and it will take you to the full resolution file.

FREE Spring Flowers Chalkboard Art Printable


I’d love to hear from anyone who downloads my seasonal printables, especially this FREE Spring Flowers Chalkboard Art Printable. Let me know if you like them and if you want me to create one for summer. Last year I gave you a Fall Chalkboard Art Printable and a Winter Chalkboard Art Printable too.

Happy Spring to you!


How to Create a Beautiful Spring Wreath with Scrapbook flowers and buttons

Inserting Spring into My Wreath

A few years ago I purchased a simple white berry wreath from Target (I don’t think it’s still available at Target, but this is a similar style wreath.) To save money, I challenged myself to use this one wreath through every season for one year. Did I do it? You bet your little penny pinching fingers, I did! So, today I want to show you how I transformed this simple wreath for Spring.

Inserting spring into the white berry wreath was as simple as pairing a green leaf wreath and some DIY scrapbook flowers.

The best part about it is, this simple wreath can handle new colors and elements throughout the year. Can we calculate how much you’ll save on door wreaths for one year? Subtracting the minimal cost of crafting supplies, you’ll save at least $100 on wreaths (attractive wreaths usually start around $39.99.) If you want to see how I transformed the wreath for the other seasons of the year, be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this tutorial!

Inserting Spring Paper Flowers into your Wreath:


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materials to make button flowers


Start by pairing your white berry wreath with a green leaf wreath to give it more bulk (or just add green sprigs to your berry wreath.)

To combine the two, simply wrap some of the berry branches around the leaf wreath.

wrap berry stems around leaf wreath

That’s it! This way you can separate them at a later date if you decide to use the wreaths independently.

Making Scrapbook Button Flowers:

Begin by cutting flower shapes out of your scrapbook paper.

cut around flower shape

Lay your flower on top of a coordinating sheet of scrapbook paper and cut a second flower shape larger than the first.

match up flower with coordinating paper

Lay both flowers on top of one another and cut slits in toward the center of your flowers. Be sure not to cut too close to the center.

cut slits into both scrapbook flower layers

Fold the edges of your flowers up to give them dimension.

cut out scrapbook paper flower

Cut a length of floral wire long enough to wrap around your wreath.

cut wire

Thread the wire through your button. If you have a four hole button, you may want to thread it in an “X” shape as shown below:

thread button onto wire

Then poke the wires through the centers of the flowers (it is easiest if you have one on top of the other so you can poke through both flowers at once.)

thread paper flowers and button onto wire

You should end up with a scrapbook paper and button flower that looks like this:

button scrapbook flower made

Make as many as you like and then arrange the flowers on your wreath.

add button flower to wreath

Wrap the wires around the back and twist to secure.

Repeat until you have covered your wreath in beautiful spring flowers.

Add a coordinating ribbon to your wreath. You can tie a bow on your wreath. . .

add ribbon to wreath

. . . or use a flat ribbon to hang your wreath. It’s your choice.

Enjoy your new spring wreath!

Although my paper flowers have faded a little, I’ve been able to use this wreath for several years (as evidenced by the change in color of my door.)

Here’s how I transformed the same wreath for Christmas through Valentine’s Day:

For Thanksgiving, I added some feathers to the wreath, (For a fuller wreath, you can add more feathers):

For fall, I paired free magnolia leaves with the white berry wreath:

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you liked this post, you’ll love my round up of 24 creative fall wreaths (because frankly, some of these look pretty enough to hang year round.)

24 Creative Fall Wreaths | Pretty Handy Girl

You might also appreciate these 9 Holiday Storage Hacks:

Storage Hacks for Holiday Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

Can you really make a mirror with spray paint?Can You REALLY Make a Mirrored Window with Spray Paint?

I have to admit, I was skeptical when I picked up a can of Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. According to the directions, you can Make Your Own Mirrored Glass with Spray Paint. I decided to give this “magical” spray paint a try, and I’ll let you know how well it works. Luckily, I had the perfect project to use it on: a faux window on the back of our garden shed.

How to Build this Cute Garden Shed

When I built this cute garden shed, I was very concerned about the view from the neighbors’ house. The plans were to build the shed on the side of our property, but the back of the shed was facing my neighbor’s driveway. I wanted to make sure they had something pretty to look at instead of a big gray shed butt. I toyed with the idea of installing a trellis with a pretty climbing vine. But, that side of the shed gets very little sun. Ultimately my decision was helped by a trip to our local Habitat ReStore. While there I stumbled across a pile of old windows that were $10 each. Yes, $10! If you haven’t been to your local Habitat ReStore, you need to go right now. (Well, maybe wait until you finish reading this tutorial.)

Can You Create a Mirrored Window with Spray Paint

Mirrored Window with Spray Paint Materials:

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Mirrored Window with Spray Paint Instructions:

Clean the window with windex to get rid of any dust, dirt, and grime. Pop out the glass panes (if the glazing is super old and cracked it should come out easily. If not, use a utility knife and/or a 5-in-1 Painter’s tool to cut out the glazing and then remove the glass.) Unsure which side of the window is the glazed side? Look for the smooth side vs. the wood profiled side.

Can You Create a Mirrored Window with Spray Paint

Set up an area to spray your panes of glass. Shake your can of Krylon Looking Glass spray paint for at least 2 minutes.

Can You Create a Mirrored Window with Spray Paint

I finally tried this HomeRight Spray Shelter pop up tent. It definitely helps control the spray and makes clean up easy. Plus, the shelter folds down into a little bag to store in small spaces. (Disclosure: HomeRight sent it to me to try out ages ago. I just got around to using it.  But, I’ll be using more often now.)

Can You Create a Mirrored Window with Spray Paint

To get the best results with the Looking Glass spray paint, spray several light coats onto the back side of your glass. While the paint is drying, it will have a mottled look (do not panic.)

Can You Create a Mirrored Window with Spray Paint

When you have finished applying several coats (and you have achieved an opaque mirror finish), let the glass dry completely.

Flip over your mirror spray painted glass. Secure the mirrored panes back into your window. Use a line of caulk on the back side of the mirrored glass where it sits against the window. (Yes, I forgot to take a picture as I caulked the window, this is a recycled picture from my artist inspiration board. You get the idea, right?)

Mirrored Window with Spray Paint

Hang your mirrored glass window anywhere you want a faux window.

Can You Create a Mirrored Window with Spray Paint

Are you wondering how good the looking glass mirror spray works? I placed one of the pieces of the spray painted glass next to real mirror. You can see that they are both reflective. But, the Looking Glass spray has a slightly muted look.

Can You Create a Mirrored Window with Spray Paint

To be completely honest, I actually like the look. It gives the mirror finish an aged appearance.

Can You Create a Mirrored Window with Spray Paint

You can see a good example of the finish here:

Can You Create a Mirrored Window with Spray Paint

It’s still reflective enough to act like a mirror, but isn’t a perfect reflection when you look up close.

Can You Create a Mirrored Window with Spray Paint

What do you think? Will you try the Krylon Looking Glass spray paint on something?

If you still have some mirror spray paint leftover, you can follow this tutorial to make your own mercury glass decor items (using a vinegar and water mixture.)

I am still debating whether to make some shutters to go on the sides of my faux window. What do you think?

How to Build this Cute Garden Shed

Let me know if you have any other ideas for using this fun mirrored glass spray paint.

Have a great weekend, friends.

Mirrored Window with Spray Paint


Pretty Handy Girl's Best of 2017

Best of 2017

2017 was another busy year that flew by. For those of you that may have missed some of the best tutorials and DIY posts of 2017, I’ve collected them all together for you in one place. Without further delay, here is the Best of 2017!

Hidden Wine Storage at Back of Countertop | Pretty Handy Girl

It only took me four years, but I finally finished my built-in pantry with a coffee bar, hidden wine storage, and soft closing pull out shelves. Here are all the pictures and details for my finished kitchen pantry.

Children's Closet Library with Secret Pass Through | Pretty Handy Girl

My growing boys have found a real love in reading. This closet that used to be a jumbled toy storage, is now a comfy and cozy library reading nook. You’ll want to check out the secret passage inside this Children’s Library Closet.

DIY Folding Guitar Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

My husband has been playing guitar for the past few years. In an effort to keep his guitar close at hand (and store away the guitar case), I built him this DIY Folding Guitar Stand. You’ll never believe what trash item I used to build it.

The Perfect Rustic Paint Technique {with Video Tutorial}

One of my most popular posts this year was actually a video tutorial sharing the Perfect Rustic Paint Technique I use on most of my wood projects. You too can learn how to make anything look old and aged by following this tutorial.

How to Sew Reversible Recipe Card Placemats | Pretty Handy Girl

For Mother’s Day I made these reversible recipe placemats for my mother-in-law. I scanned recipe cards her recently departed mother created for our wedding present. The placemats turned out to be a great way to commemorate a wonderful woman.

One of my favorite projects this year was building this Striped Porch Swing using Scrap Wood. It was a good way to use up scraps from the shop and build a fun swing for next to nothing.


Speaking of building something with scraps, this tutorial is another build using leftover wood in the shop. The best part of this project is it’s a wonderful way to give back to a school! Learn how to Build this Lost & Found Center in a few hours.

How to Paint an Abstract Water Lilies Painting | Pretty Handy Girl

For the aspiring artists, this tutorial for Painting Abstract Water Lilies was very popular. Plus, I showed how to cover up those ugly eyesores in your home.

The Real Truth about using Pallet Wood

Pallet projects reached a height in popularity this year. I finally decided to come clean on the Real Facts about Using Pallet Wood so you can decide for yourself whether that free wood is really worth it.

Saving Etta - Follow the Adventure to Flip a Historic House

I saved the best for last. This year I purchased a house built in 1900 and I’m trying to save her. The Saving Etta Chapters are my way of chronicling the process. The Saving Etta chapters have been extremely popular and well received by my readers. Thank you for allowing me to deviate from tutorials and journal about my adventures saving this historic property. Read all twelve short chapters here.

Want to see more of my Best of the Year posts? Here are the Best of: 2010 | 2011 | 2014 | 2015

Free Winter Chalkboard Word Art!Free Winter Chalkboard Art Printable

Happy Holidays! I’m enjoying decorating my home for Christmas. How about you? One thing I particularly like doing is updating my chalkboard sign in the dining room. You might remember I created a free fall chalkboard word art printable for you. I got so many kind comments and thank yous on the printable, so I figured you might want one for winter.

Free Winter Chalkboard Word Art!

The chalkboard was one of the items I received in my Sand Dollar Lane Box (affiliate link) in September.  Leen sends me the cutest decor packages once a month and I always get excited when I see another Sand Dollar Lane Box at my doorstep.

Free Winter Chalkboard Word Art!

Want to download your free Winter Chalkboard Word Art? Go ahead and click on the image below to be taken to the higher resolution file you can download.

Free Winter Chalkboard Word Art!

If you’re feeling crafty (and want to build your own frame out of scrap wood), follow this tutorial for building a chalkboard (simply downsize to your printable size.)

Pretty Handy Girl's Holiday Home Tour 2014

I can’t wait to show you the other decorating I’ve been working on. See you soon!

Free Winter Chalkboard Word Art!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you all!

Make an Elegant Holiday Wreath for Less than $20

Have you ever been in a home decor store and fell head over heels in love with a wreath only to gag at the $50 or more price tag? Put your wallet away, because today I want to show you how you can turn an inexpensive wreath into an Elegant Holiday Wreath for Less than $20! Who knows, you might already have one of these cheap wreaths and some of the supplies in storage — making your cost almost FREE!


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Remove anything you don’t want to keep from your store bought wreath.  Fluff out the wreath by bending the branches to make it look larger and more full.

Grab your tree picks and decide where you want to place them on the wreath. Use strong wire cutters to cut off some of the length from the stems.

Curve the main branch of the tree pick so it mimics the curve of the wreath. Push the end of the stem under some of the wreath branches then back up so there is tension to hold the pick in place.  Wrap some wreath branches around the entire pick to hold it firmly and disguise the stem. (If you are using heavier tree picks, you can secure them using floral wire.)

Repeat the process for the other tree picks. Leave a blank space at the top for the ribbon.

Time to add some color! Make a u-shape with some floral wire and push it through the top of an ornament. Place the ornament on the wreath. Wrap the floral wire around the wreath, twist the wire to secure from the backside of the wreath.

Evenly space the remaining ornaments, then attach with florist wire.

To complete the wreath, take a length of ribbon and loop it around the top of the wreath. You can tie a bow if that is your preference, but I prefer the simple look this year.

And there you have it! An elegant holiday wreath for less than $20 made in just a few minutes.

Here’s the video tutorial showing you how incredibly easy this Elegant Holiday Wreath was to make:

Display your new beautiful wreath on your front door for the entire holiday season!

The great thing about this wreath is you can customize it to any design style or color scheme. Plus, you can change it up each year!

Pin this image and remember: Never spend more than $20 on an Elegant Wreath again!

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Other posts I know you’ll like:

5 Steps for Beautiful Holiday Wreaths

5 Steps for Beautiful Holiday Wreaths


Rosemary Wreath, Juniper Garland Tutorial

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl


12 Great Upcycled Ideas for Holiday Decor

12 Upcycled Holiday Decor Ideas

creative ways to repurpose old shutters - social media image

Do you have a collection of old shutters filling up your storage space? Or do you want some ideas using old shutters in case you come across a set? If so, this post is for you! I’ve put together 13 creative ideas on how you can repurpose old shutters and turn them into something  amazing.

Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Shutters:

repurpose old shutters - dresser makeover -

Give an old dresser a gorgeous makeover using old shutters like Savvy Apron!


Repurpose old shutters - doggie door -11 magnolia lane

Keep your pets out of trouble by building a doggie gate from old plantation shutters like 11 Magnolia Lane.


shutters display christmas cards

Make a holiday card display with some old, tall shutters this December.


Old Shutters as backdrop on mantel

Use old shutters as a backdrop for your mantel to add a gorgeous farmhouse feel.


repurpose old shutters - Shutter To Do Board -

Stay organized with a Shutter To-Do Board like Hunt and Host made.


old shutters as photo display

Use an old shutter to display your family photos or postcards!


repurpose old shutters - privacy screen -

Gain some privacy in your backyard by building a fence out of old shutters like DIY Bungalow did!


Use old shutters to dress up a plain dormer window on the inside of your home.


repurpose old shutters - works of art -

Shoppe No. 5 shows us how to make some amazing word art using old shutters.


repurpose old shutters - fireplace cover -

Get some inspiration for using shutters to brighten up a dark fireplace at Shabby FuFu Blog.


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Use old louvered bi-fold doors like Design Dreams by Anne to hide the clutter and make the space more beautiful.


repurpose old shutters - add character to windows in bedroom - Chatfield

Shutters can go indoors too, adding texture and contrast to a room like Chatfield Court.


repurpose old shutters - jewelry organizer -

Keep your jewelry in sight and mess-free, with this beautiful old shutter jewelry organizer by Design Dreams by Anne.


If you liked this collection of ideas, pin this image to share it with others!

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If you liked this post, you must see these upcycled ideas:

upcycled holiday decor

12 Great Upcycled Ideas for Holiday Decor


Aging and Antiquing Finishes Roundup Social Media ImageAging and Antiquing Technique Tutorials:

Do you love the idyllic vintage or rustic look? If your answer is yes, then this round up is for you! I’ve curated some awesome projects with full details for aging and antiquing techniques that every DIYer should know. Check them out!

wood_crate_on_coffee_tableThis Rustic Wine Crate with Rope Handles looks great after a little staining and distressing.


Faux Painted Fireplace from white to brownstoneConsider Painting a Brick Fireplace to Beautiful Brownstone rather than tearing out the brick you hate.


How to Age, Distress & Antique | Pretty Handy GirlLearn many of the best techniques for Antiquing and Aging Furniture here.


Repaint Dated Decor Pear and GourdCheck out how you can update your home just by Repainting Dated Decor.


Green and purple hydrangeas in rustic wood trough. Build Your own Rustic Trough Centerpiece tutorial.

Learn my go to products and tips for achieving the Perfect Rustic Paint Technique.


Antique Glaze from Asphaltum Learn how to antique beautiful furniture using Asphaltum Glaze.


white-washed-window-boxCheck out this White-washed Window Box and see how to get this finish on your next project.


paint-wash-stand-plant_in_dry_sinkRefinish your furniture in no time using the help of a spray gun used here for Painting an Antique Washstand.


Aged Painted PailFind out how to get creative and make An Aged Painted Pail using something you can find in the school classroom.


finished distressed dresserThis Shabby Chic Dresser is gorgeous, check out how Holly (a professional refinisher) achieves this finish.



Learn how to make new wood look old, weathered and rustic.


chalkboard zinc cabinetLearning how to Faux Zinc will open so many doors for you! Be creative!


Distressed Picket Fence Planter BasketLearn how to get a distressed finish with this Distressed Picket Fence Planter Basket tutorial.


Table painted, stenciled and distressedThis Chalk Painted, Stenciled and Distressed Dumpster Table gives you all the details on how to make an amazing table like this one!


Rustic Pie Safe Painted with Milk PaintThis Rustic Red Pie Safe painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint is a great way to learn about using milk paint.


Oil Rubbed Bronze Knobs HardwareDon’t buy new, learn how she refinished old hardware to get these Rubbed Bronzing Cabinet Knobs.


White-washed Patriotic Sign A slightly different finish can make any item a statement piece, like this White-Washed Patriotic Flag Sign.


Painted Distressed Wood PanelThe gorgeous technique on this Painted Distressed Wood Panel could be used for a huge variety of projects.


Rustic Wood HeadboardSee how they got this Rustic Wood King Headboard finish. Hint: it involves chains!


Painted Galvanized Storage TubChange up your metal bins with some paint, like this Galvanized Tub Storage.


Painted and Distressed - vintage oarsThese Vintage Painted Oars have an amazingly realistic finish and look so great! You’ll never guess what they used to be!


Faux Finished Weathered Wood GrainLearn how to Create Faux Finished Weathered Wood Grain. Yup, that’s not real wood grain and it looks amazing!


Faux Aged Galvanized BucketLearn how to Age Galvanized Metal Quickly, sometimes aging just gives extra charm.


Unique Wine Rack Distressed FinishCheck out how to accomplish this Unique Wine Rack Paint Finish, you’ll be glad you did.


Make vintage old sign from footboardWith a little chalk paint and sand paper, you can make a gorgeous old sign from a footboard.


Rustic Vintage Chalkboard Find out how to Build Giant Vintage Chalkboard and finish it off tonight.


Faux Copper and Patina This Faux Copper and Patina finish is stunning, learn how to make it happen on any surface!


Restoration Hardware Stain Recipe Get the Gray Restoration Hardware Stain Recipe. It’s so easy to get the same finish as that coveted store.


Paint a Giant Mandala Deck Tattoo DesignLearn how to Paint a Giant Mandala Deck Tattoo and turn something ordinary into something elegant.


Aging and Antiquing Furniture Legs

Here are some tips and tricks (you don’t want to miss) for Aging and Antiquing Furniture Legs.


Faux Aged Metal PulleyThis Faux Aged Metal Pulley is just awesome. Find out how it was done.


Chalk Painted Wooden StoolLearn the technique for this Chalk Painted Wooden Stool, it will be handy for sure!


Rustic Painted Reindeer Sleigh Make something amazing with this technique, like a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign.

Thanks for stopping by. Do you have any techniques we didn’t cover here? Feel free to share your tips for aging and antiquing in the comments! Don’t forget to pin this image so you can find it again!

Aging and Antiquing Finishes Roundup Pinterest Image

Like the vintage look? You’ll love this Vintage Map Lampshade project:

Vintage Map Lampshade | Pretty Handy Girl


The Perfect Rustic Paint Technique {with Video Tutorial}The Perfect Rustic Paint Technique {with Video Tutorial}

I have been painting and distressing furniture and home décor for almost ten years now. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of different techniques, but the one I’m going to show you today is the one I consider “The Perfect Rustic Paint Technique!” The reason I like this technique is because I get consistent results and it’s not as messy and time consuming as painting several layers and sanding back down to the raw wood. This isn’t to say that I don’t still experiment or sometimes go back to previous techniques. I just wanted to show you my tried and true technique.

Green and purple hydrangeas in rustic wood trough. Build Your own Rustic Trough Centerpiece tutorial.

You may have seen the DIY Trough Centerpiece I built last week. If you don’t have a piece of furniture you want to try this technique on, go ahead and build this quick little (or should I say long) DIY Trough Centerpiece to experiment on.

Finished trough build.

Then you’ll want to gather some materials and coffee (this is optional, but I find I enjoy DIYing with a cup of java.)


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Want to cut to the chase and watch the video tutorial? Well, be my guest:

If you like to see the step-by-step tutorial, here’s the break down:

Step 1: Sand & Stain

Lightly sand your piece to remove any rough spots.

If you’re working with a pre-finished piece of furniture, clean well to remove any dirt or oils that would resist the stain. Then sand everything lightly to give the surface a little “tooth” for the paint to grip to. Skip the next step unless you have sanded down to bare wood.

Put on your rubber glove and grab a rag or slip an old sock over your hand. Dip the rag into the stain and wipe it on the wood. Wipe off any excess stain. If you want a darker look, apply a second or third coat of stain. Allow the stain to dry (overnight is best.)

Wipe on Minwax Early American Stain.

Step 2: Painting

A quick note about chalk-like paints: I have tried a lot of different chalk paints and still don’t have an absolute favorite. Personally I like to buy them based on a pre-mixed color I like. That being said, I do have some that I don’t like as much. Although the Annie Sloan Chalk Paints were first on the scene, I struggled with them having unmixed chunks in them and they tended to dry out too quickly for my taste. That being said, most chalk paints will dry out quicker than latex paint. So make not to leave the lid off too long (it’s better to pour a small amount onto a tray or paper plate.) And store chalk paint in a temperature controlled environment. 

Dip your chip brush into the chalk paint and dab off most of the paint onto rag. Your paint brush should have very little paint on it.

Lightly drag the chip brush over your piece following the direction of the wood grain. This technique is called dry brushing (in case you wondered.) Allow some of the wood stain to show through. This will cut down on the need to sand down to the wood later.

Dry brush Fusion paint.

Step 3: Adding Dimension

Allow the paint to dry (which shouldn’t take very long.) Dip another chip brush into the white color stain. Wipe off most of the paint and dry brush some “hi-lights” onto your piece. You don’t need as much coverage as the painting step. This is just adding some extra dimension to the piece.

Use DecoArt white stain for highlights.

After the white stain has dried, dip another brush into the antiquing glaze and wipe most of the glaze off the brush. Once again, dry brush some areas on your piece to give some more dimension.

Dry brush Valspar Antiquing Glaze.

If you make a mistake or put too much glaze on, you can wipe it off within the first few seconds. Alternatively, you can always sand off any paint, stain or glaze you apply.

Sand smooth.

Once you’ve achieved your desired amount of paint, stain and glaze, get ready to seal in the beauty!

Step 4: Wax Finish Coat

Apply some dark wax onto a wax brush (or stencil brush.) Rub the wax on in a circular pattern.

Apply Dark Wax.

Then buff it off with a clean dry rag. The wax gives your piece a soft luster and protects it from water. If you are working with a piece of furniture, you may want to apply another coat of wax. And you will need to re-apply in a few years.

Buff off wax.

Now stand back and admire that Perfect Rustic Paint Technique!

She’s purdy, don’t you think?

Pin this picture to share the rustic love!

The Perfect Rustic Paint Technique {with Video Tutorial}

Liked this tutorial? I think you’re going to love my Secret Formula for Aging New Wood: