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DIY Desk Makeover Using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint and Paint Sprayer

DIY Desk Makeover

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Today I am sharing with you a desk makeover using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in Luxe Gray. If you have not heard of the One Step Paint before it’s fabulous! It requires no prep work (which is my least favorite part of painting furniture!) and dries to a soft chalky finish.

While shopping for items to stock my vendor booth I found this desk at our local Goodwill. It wasn’t pretty but the price was right. The problem was it was covered in scratches and badly needed a makeover. I knew it was the perfect project for my new paint sprayer.

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At first I was a little nervous about using the paint sprayer. I had never used one myself before and when my husband used a different brand at our last house it wasn’t pretty. Our siding ended up with little speckles of deck stain all over it! A friend advised me to watch some of the videos on Amy Howard at Home’s Facebook page. I’m a visual learner and this worked out really well for me. The sprayer is easy to use and put together. Thinning the paint with 10% water (I used a red Solo cup for this part) makes it the perfect consistency for the sprayer. Clean up was a breeze! A little dish soap and warm water did the trick. It was very easy to disassemble and I liked that they include a lid for the paint cup in case you need to use it again later.

I started out by practicing my spraying technique on the drop cloth until I adjusted the stream to my liking. Using a back and forth sweeping motion I applied the paint to the desk. The coverage was so good that I only needed to use one coat of paint!

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The over spray was not as bad as I expected but I definitely recommend wearing safety googles. I wore my glasses and ended up with speckled lenses.

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There was extra paint left in my sprayer after I refilled the cup so I also painted this little half moon table. I went back over one spot where I did not have an even coat and you can’t even tell that it was completed afterwards. One Step Paint dries very quickly and the paint sprayer gave it a nice smooth finish.

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When I was done I thought the desk needed a little more. Using a sand paper block I distressed the edges and used some leftover dark antiquing wax to add in more character.

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The paint sprayer saved me so much time and effort. It’s a game changer and I will be able to complete many more projects in a day! Now I am looking around my house to see what else could use a little freshening up!

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It doesn’t even look like the same desk! I am so happy with how it turned out! What do you think?

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DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Crate

DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Crate

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Hello friends! Long time no post! Summer has been jam packed! Between getting inventory ready for my new vendor booth, vacation and spending time with the kids before school starts back up I have not had the extra time to do anything for myself! I have missed blogging!

Today I am sharing how I turned two plain unfinished wood crates into vintage looking crates with character and charm.  I have had these wooden crates from Michael’s for a few years now. Originally I had planned to build a DIY nightstand for my oldest son’s bedroom. Instead we purchased him a new bedroom suite from IKEA so the crates sat in the closet holding assorted craft items. My vendor booth needs some display pieces and I thought these crates would be the perfect solution. These crates are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.

I tried out a new to me product Better with Age by Amy Howard at Home. The results blew me away! What an amazing difference! Better with Age is thinner than a stain. It works by reacting with the tannins in the wood to turn raw wood into an aged finish. In only 10 minutes I had a vintage style crate! Unbelievable! Now I want to use it on everything!!!

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First I sanded the crates lightly so the Better with Age would soak into the wood more effectively. This is recommended on the back on the can. Using a bristle brush I quickly painted on the solution. You can see on the third strip of wood where I have not applied it yet. The change is instant! Be sure to go back over any drips immediately or they will remain on your project. Unlike stain there is no wiping afterwards. Although this product is water based and contains no VOC’s, it can still be an irritant so wear gloves. Better with Age has no odor! That is a huge plus for me as I am very sensitive to chemical smells.

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After just a few minutes I could not believe how different my crate looked! As it sat and dried for a little while the color darkened slightly.

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It went from an ordinary and plain to something that I would find at a barn sale.

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Due to the grain of the wood each crate turned out differently! I love that. Vintage pieces never look the same.

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I couldn’t help myself and also applied it to an apple bushel basket and a piece of wood for a future craft project. A little goes a long way and I still have so much left in my can. My barn door to the laundry room may be receiving some too!

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After the crates dried I wanted them to look more like the vintage crates that I already own. Both of them have lettering stamped on the ends. I recreated the look with stencils and a little craft paint.

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I blotted the excess paint off of my brush before adding it to the stencil. Bleeding around the edges of the stencil was done intentionally. True vintage farm items are never perfect. Once the painted on lettering was dry I quickly used my sanding block to smooth it over. It took the sheen off of the paint and make it appear more authentic.

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I can not wait to use these in my vendor booth to display pillows and other goodies! PVA was chosen for the lettering as the shop is located in Powhatan, VA. If you are in the area visit my booth at the Vintage Antique Shack!

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