Sunday, December 30, 2012

Country Hutch Project Sponsored by Lowe's

Happy Holidays dear readers!
I am snowed in.... with over a foot of snow... 
so I am ready to share some projects with you!

Today is a VERY simple paint project... you only need... about a half cup of flat paint...  Brown shoe polish...water and two old rags!  Yep, that's it.

I had some left over sage green paint that was not enough to do a big project with... but the perfect amount to do a paint wash with.  I diluted it to about 50 percent with water...  Kind of soupy... but easy to work with.   Then just dry rubbed it onto my unfinished wood cabinet.  
Unfinished wood is perfect for this type of project.  I will also so my signs this winter in a similar finish.  Honestly I like it after the first coat, but decided it might need to be a bit greener.  So I ended up doing two coats with a dry rag.  I would just add a bit at a time and rub it in.  I loved the texture and highs and lows as the wood shown thru.
The top was in bad shape.  And although I will usually have something on it, I wanted it to look nice.
So I tried a trick a lady in the paint department at Lowe's Home Improvement told me.... Instead of buying expensive tinted wax... use SHOE POLISH!  Just applied it with a lightly wet paper towel.
It worked like a charm.... gave the the rich look of a tinted wax... it feels really smooth too.
Thanks so much for stopping by... from start to finish this project took about an hour! 

Thanks so much to the good people at Lowe's Creative Ideas for letting gardens like me get their hands dirty and their creative ideas working overtime. I am so excited to share with you my upcoming projects.

Being a part of the Creators and Influencers Garden Team been a dream come true. Its so much fun to create something so special and then sharing it with you my dear friends and readers. Please if you are not a follower consider becoming one so you can see more of my upcoming projects.

Take the time to visit Lowe’s and see what's blooming, I’m sure you’ll be glad you did!

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  1. Beautiful transformation!
    'hugs from afar'

  2. I love your "new" chest! It looks fabulous. What a great trick with the shoe polish!

  3. Shoe polish--I never would have thought of that!

  4. Looks great! I've used shoe polish to age & antique things but I didn't know it could be used as a stain!

  5. stopping by from homemaker on a dime and so glad I did. this is gorgeous! newly following and can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeves :)

  6. I have a cabinet with a worn top in my breakfast room, you can bet it's going to get a shoe polish treatment! Thanks for the tip!

  7. looks great Brooke. Good idea to use the shoe polish and cheaper too.
    Happy New Year.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  8. You are so good. Love it!

    Hopping by and following your FB.

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    I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe's first giveaway event.

  9. It turned out beautiful! And, shoe polish, who knew? You did! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. Great look! Love the sage color and the tip for using shoe polish instead of the expensive tinted wax.


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