A few months ago my husband and I were able to spend the day together and go to a few estate sales in town. I love looking for older pieces of furniture, china and unique knick knacks that might add some character to our home. As we were walking up the driveway of one sale, I spotted a beautiful toy chest. It was sitting alongside the driveway and it caught my eye right away. It had spindles in the back, a beautiful curve to the sides of it, and of course it’s lid could also be used as a bench type seat. I quickly looked at the price- $10.00! I think I jumped in the air a bit and said, “Oh, I will take this, but I am still going to look around.” to the lovely woman hosting the sale. This was going to be the perfect addition to my youngest daughter’s room painted with some type of Vintage Decor Paint.
The toy chest sat in our playroom for a few months as it was because I couldn’t decide on the look I wanted. I knew I wanted it to have a vintage feel, but I hadn’t seen any colors or designs out there that I absolutely loved… until I was asked to try out the NEW Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor Paint from Plaid.
I looked over their charming palette of 22 traditional and stylish colors, and found the perfect one! This was it! My daughter’s new bedroom will be soft and light with hints of a dusty purple. The Purple Dusk color would be wonderful along with a few small Ivory accents using the Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor Stencils.
Not only was I excited to be one of the first people to try the NEW Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor Paint Line ( these just came out at Michael’s!), but this paint is perfect for the DIYer in all of us, no matter what your skill level. This paint requires no prep work and dries with a beautiful matte finish, and it can also be distressed or sealed with a clear or antique finish. It was not intimidating to use and I got to it right away! After I lightly sanded the bottom of the chest where there were painted flowers, I wiped down the toy chest with a clean cloth to remove any dust or debris.
Then I started painting! The color was even prettier than I had thought and it went on evenly and smooth. Keep in mind folks- I would not call myself a good painter, so the fact that this went on so nicely and looked great made me feel pretty darn good about myself. 🙂
I let the paint dry a few hours and then added another coat. After the paint from the second coat had dried, it was time for a little distressing. I’m going to be honest, this part made me a little nervous. Since I was so proud of my paint job, I was a little hesitant to start scuffing it up with 220 grit sand paper. After a few “passes” I was over my fear, scuffed along, especially around the curved edges and was really pleased with how it looked.
The next day, It was time to use my Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor Stencils. I chose the Kaleidoscope Stencils because they included a smaller pattern that I thought would look very pretty and delicate on the top of the toy chest, just above the spindles.
I measured and planned my pattern, then painted across the top lightly with the Ivory Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor Paint. I did this in sections and used a blow drier to dry each section, speeding up the process a bit.
After the stencil paint was dry, I waited a few more hours and distressed that as well. I really wanted this part to look worn and loved. This was going to be the “character” in this piece.
The next morning I used the ergonomically designed, easy grip Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor Paint Brush to add the Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor Wax for a velvet finish and added protection.
I simply brushed an even coat on, removed any excess with a damp cloth, allowed it to dry for 24 hours and then applied another coat and buffed it with a cotton cloth.
My daughter and I just LOVE this Toy Chest! I love the look of it and I love the character that it will add to our home and to her bedroom. I highly recommend this amazing Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor Paint line to anyone who loves painted furniture, but especially to those who think that they themselves cannot create beautiful things for their own home. Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it!
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