Thursday, May 7, 2015

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

(Disclosure: Paint Couture™sent me products to try in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own.)

It's been such a long time since I posted a DIY craft project, and I'm so excited to share this one with you guys! A few months ago, I attended a Paint Couture™ painting workshop through my job at Hodge Podge and was totally impressed by the paint line and the other products they carry. Some of my favorites were the Couture Crust and the Couture Crackle! I decided to put them to the test with a fun recycling project! This recycled planter project is perfect for spring / summer gardening, too!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

How To Do It:

1. Clean your coffee canisters (or other recycled container). Let dry.

2. Put on the Paint Couture™ Crust. This is super easy to do -- you can put it on with a brush, trowel, roller, or your hands. I did one container with random spots and the other all over. I let mine dry for 24 hours.

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

(Side note: Paint Couture™ Crust can be tinted with Paint Couture™ paint, too!)

3. Paint your recycled containers! I painted mine with Paint Couture™ Angelic. I did two coats of paint on the red container and only one on the other.

4. Once my paint was dry for 24 hours, I applied the Couture Size -- this is the first step in the two step crackle process. You can apply it with a brush or roller. Once my first coat was dry, I went back and randomly applied a second coat in some areas. You will see in the after pictures that doing this produces different sizes of crackle -- small and large. I like doing this so it looks less uniform.

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

3. Once the Couture Size has dried 1-4 hours, apply the Couture Crackle. You can also apply this with a brush or roller. The great thing about this crackle is that it crackles itself -- that may sound silly, but I just mean that it doesn't crackle the paint underneath. This is great for this project in particular because I don't want to see the red from my container coming through.

4. Wait 8-10 hours for the Couture Crackle to work it's magic! You'll barely be able to see the crackle, but as soon as you apply the glaze, it pops! I used Paint Couture™ Zinc Glaze over the crackle. I simply applied it with a brush and then wiped off the excess with a cloth. Make sure you work in sections so it doesn't dry before you can wipe it off.

5. Make small holes in the bottom of your container for water to flow out. You can make holes with a drill, or with a nail and hammer. You can do this step at the beginning, too, but I forgot until the very end!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

6. Put your plants inside!

Drum roll please... here are the recycled containers now:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

The Red Container:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

The Metal Container:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

Sorry for all of the photos, but I just wanted to capture the aged awesomeness! Now, if I could just keep these plants alive! As I've shared before, my home is where plants go to die.

What do you think!? What would you create with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle?


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Friday, May 1, 2015

Before and After: The Two Tone Antique Dresser!

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.)

I can't believe it's been a few weeks since I posted the Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers and I can't believe it's May! This year is flying by and I feel like I can't keep up! Even so, I've been a little busy bee working on a few pieces for clients and my craft and furniture booth. Today I'll be showing the before and after of this adorable antique dresser:

Before and After: The Two Tone Antique Dresser!
(I took this picture after I sanded the base.. sorry, I got ahead of myself!)

The drawers were in great condition, but the base was heavily scratched and stained on top. I decided to try the two tone look that is oh-so-popular right now!

The Details:

Paint -- General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint
Top Coat / Sealer -- General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat

After the first coat of paint, I had a little bit of bleed through in some areas, so I sealed it with the High Performance Top Coat, sanded very lightly, and then did another coat of paint. Basically it seals in the stains so they don't peek through the paint. This is similar to the shellac method I used in the Antique White Dresser Set post, and they both worked great -- I just like HPTC better.

The After:

Before and After: The Two Tone Antique Dresser!
Before and After: The Two Tone Antique Dresser!
Before and After: The Two Tone Antique Dresser!
Before and After: The Two Tone Antique Dresser!

I love, love, love the way it turned out!

What do you think!?


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