Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Recreating a Salvaged Wood Finish: Reclaimed Heart Pine Farm Table

**This post is sponsored by Unicorn SPiT, but all statements and opinions are mine. This entire finish process is 100% VOC free, non-toxic and all naturally safe. This post may also contain affiliate links. When you buy using those links, you help keep this blog running! :) **
Using Unicorn Spit colored gel stains to recreate
a salvaged wood finish:

By: Jen Burns
 recreating a Salvaged wood finish on a farm table

Working with reclaimed materials:

When using reclaimed or salvaged materials make sure you're using items that do not have a risk for lead, asbestos or other hazardous materials. Test kits can be picked up at your local hardware store.

Because most of the lumber I was using came from old railway cars, most was very uneven/warped and needed to be planed down to a level surface. By planing and sanding, much of the original patina was removed.

reclaimed heart pine farm table details
I needed to recreate the original color of the wood and match what patina was left.
recreating a salvaged wood finish tutorial planed wood

Recreating old patina:
To recreate the original color/patina of the salvaged wood I grabbed my set of Unicorn Spit colored gels stains.

unicorn spit stain all colors eveyscreations creating old patina

I started with Midnight's Blackness, diluted 50% with water brushing into all the imperfections and old nail holes.  Then using a damp rag to wipe off the excess.

Reclaimed Heart Pine Farm Table tutorial
You can see it left the color down in the imperfections perfectly.

faux finish on a reclaimed heart pine farm table

Then using one part Rustic Reality, one part Squirrel and one part Lemon Kiss I mixed all together then diluted with 50% water.

While I was staining away with that mix, I blended in a few spots of straight Lemon Kiss here and there to add dimension and color variations. You can also see some of the remaining patina on the wood I was recreating here.

unicorn spit lemon kiss on heart pine farm table faux finish

I kept a spray bottle of water close to use while blending the colors.
Once I had the entire surfaced stained and blended, I brush on some Midnight Blackness in random spots. I used the spray bottle again as I went to gently help the brush blend the colors.

reclaimed farm table faux finish
After going over any spots that needed touch up, I let the table dry for about an hour.

recreating a salvaged wood finish on a heart pine farm table with unicorn spit

Once the table was dry I used Pure Tung Oil in a soaking application with 12 hours in between each application wiping off any excess after the wood stayed wet for 60 minutes.

tung oiled heart pine farm table

Make sure when using pure tung or hemp oils you're saturating the entire surface, looking for dry spots every 15-20 minutes until the entire surface remains wet for 60 minutes.

tung oil finish on a heart pine farm table

Once the oil was allowed to dry for a full day, I used Cece Caldwell Paints in Beckley Coal on the legs. Then finished them up with Daddy Van's wax in Shadow Black.

heart pine table completed with salvaged wood faux finish
Here it is finished.

heart pine table completed with salvaged wood faux finish using unicorn spit

heart pine table completed with salvaged wood faux finish using unicorn spit and cece caldwells

heart pine table completed with salvaged wood faux finish using unicorn spit and cece caldwells paints

You can read about our blog contributor Jen here. Please make sure to follow her on social media for tons of woodworking inspiration!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Vintage Linen Press: Layering milk paint colors

**This post is sponsored by Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company, but all statements and opinions are 100% mine. This post may also contain affiliate links so when you make a purchase using them, I receive a tiny portion of that, which helps keeps this blog running! :) **

Jen is back today, with another contributor post! You can read more about Jen and her business, J Burns Designs HERE. Thank you Jen for being here!

Here it is before I started. 

Layering Milk Paint:

I picked up a pair of matching vintage cupboard/Linen presses that desperately needed refinishing. This one I chose to use Old Fashioned Milk Paint in layers of color.
After stripping with soy gel stripper and doing a light sanding, I started with the color Slate.

Slate is one of my favorite colors from Old Fashioned Milk Paint and is a great base for this cupboard.

Adding a Resist Layer:

In order to allow milk paint colors to be sanded or chipped to show other colors underneath, you need to use something to prevent your next color from bonding. This can be done with several resists such as wax, hemp/tung oil, a satin or gloss water based finish. I decided to use a water based finish in between my colors. Safe Coat Acriglaze is a low VOC water based finish safe to use on paints and can be used a glazing or decoupage medium.  After Slate was dry I did one even coat of Acriglaze before doing a layer of Light Cream.  Once each layer of paint is dry I lightly sanded with a sanding block to remove any chipping.  Since I did not use any bond with milk paint the first few colors chipped naturally on their own.

Last I mix a small amount of Oyster White in with Driftwood and painted one good coat.  For this last layer I did add bond to the milk paint to have more control over distressing and chipping.
I used a new medium grit sanding block and went over the entire surface distressing along edges and corners.  The layers of colors peeked out in all the right places.  I sealed the entire surface again with Acriglaze.

Here it is all finished.

It turned out amazing.

Isn't the transformation incredible!?

Jen killed it! Until next time!
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Friday, August 12, 2016

HGTV Blogger Block Party 2016

**Thank you to HGTV Magazine for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.**

 Hey y'all! GUESS WHAT?! I'll be at the HGTV Blogger Block Party this year again!

Y'all know I try not to go ANYWHERE without my bloggy bestie, Lynn.  Last year's Blogger Block Party was NO EXCEPTION! 

HGTV Blogger Block Party Evey's Creations Fern Avenue Ciburbanity
Me, Charlotte, Lynn, Kandice
We met in the city early in the day, then met up with our other awesome friends (read: SQUAD), and headed over to HGTV Magazine's AWESOME event! If there's an HGTV event, Lynn and I are THERE. Fun fact: Lynn, Charlotte and I were all on HGTV's Flea Market Flip at one point in our furniture flippin' lives! :)

We crafted and hung out with other friends as well, including our awesome buddy Sarah from Nestrs and HGTV's Beach Flip.

HGTV Genevieve Gorder Evey's Creations and Fern Avenue in NYC

Then we hung out with our REALLY good friend, Genevieve Gorder....I'm just kidding, she has no idea who we are! ::smile:: She was super cool, very friendly and her presentation on the Trends of 2016 ROCKED, though! Lynn, of course, loved all of the tribal stuff! It was super fun to get to meet her!

We TRULY had a blast, and guess what?! THAT'S NOT ALL! YOU can attend it, too! :)

Go RSVP to attend HERE!

 It's super simple to RSVP for the event! Just hop over to the Events page over at HGTV Magazine's website here and click on the "RSVP" button, then fill out the info on the pop up! SO EASY!

You won't want to miss it! This year's line up of speakers and events looks SO FUN! Genevieve (we're on a first name basis) is back, and Cari of Cash and Cari will be there! She's super sweet and Lynn and I have gotten to speak to her a few times at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck.
Side note: Lynn and I just got back from a conference in Atlanta where Sherry and John were the keynote speakers! LOVED their talk, they were just so funny and engaging, as well as edifying!

SO yeah, join us! Make sure that you use the hashtag #bloggerblockparty while you're there so that we can find you and say hi!

Also, attend because then you can be cool like we are an maybe even be in HGTV Magazine in PRINT!

HGTV Magazine Evey's creations and Fern Avenue

I hope you were able to detect the sarcasm in that above comment. I've never been cool...I'll NEVER be cool. Also, I just noticed that the above photo of me might be the WORST photo out there of me EVER and it's in PRINT. sigh. Charlotte, Lynn and Kandice look adorable, though! :)

COME OUT! Have fun, and say hi to us, please! :)

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bloggers Heart Habitat: The "Extra" Room

Hey y'all! I'm SO excited to be able to write this post!

Last Fall, my good friend Charlotte of Ciburbanity asked me to participate in this amazing project idea that she I, along with a group of very talented Home Decor/DIY bloggers, with the help of some amazing brands, got to fully furnish and decorate (some even helped to build it) a Habitat for Humanity Home from the ground UP!

Image Source: Ciburbanity

If you are not familiar with Habitat for Humanity, I urge you to get involved with your local chapter. Not only do they build homes internationally, but they also do it RIGHT here in our own backyard! They do amazing work and if you call yourself a thrifter, you NEED to visit one of their ReStores. :)

Honestly, it has just been such an incredible project to be a part of. I am overwhelmed with joy and so happy to say that last weekend was the "install" and "reveal" date for the project! We all took our tools, the amazing furniture and decor made possible by our awesome brand sponsors like Wayfair, Minted, Rugs USA, Connecticut Lighting Centers, some of our own pieces that we did, as well as the extras that were made possible through the monetary support of our friends at Hometalk, and drove to Connecticut to gussy up the amazing home that Habitat for Humanity and their group of incredible volunteers built for one very deserving and wonderful family!

Photo Credit: Ciburbanity
I live roughly about 3 and 1/2 hours from the location of the house...that said, I had a rough time getting there. You see my face in the above picture?! My body was not cooperating me with the rest of me that day. Many of you know I deal with chronic shout out to everyone that helped me that day because I couldn't have done it without your help! Also, since I was all out of sorts that day, I left my camera at ALL photos (unless otherwise noted) were taken by the amazingly talented Charlotte of Ciburbanity. THANK YOU CHAR!

My main bloggin' partner in crime and I were paired up for the project. If you haven't met Lynn of Fern Avenue Blog yet, you need to go check out her blog. She's AMAZING and one of my favorite people in the world!

We were given the task of doing the "extra" room, or rather the Guest room. When I say this room is small...well, it's tiny. Though I had ideas and plans to do a lot of things in the room, in the end we decided to just go as minimalist as possible due to the small size and lack of space in the room. I think we still managed to give the family a pretty, yet functional, guest bedroom.

Lynn wasn't able to attend the install date due to a family commitment, but she DID set me up with this amazing table done in CeCe Caldwell's Smoky Mountain Gray. Make sure you visit her blog to see the details on this sweet piece! CeCe was another awesome brand that offered up free product to anyone involved in this project. D. Lawless Hardware, Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. and General Finishes also extended the same offer to all of us! You guys ROCK and I am always so honored to represent you when I am given the honor!

She also purchased some awesome corbels at Hobby Lobby so I could make these rustic shelves for the room. I'll share more about the shelves tomorrow, here on the blog, so stay tuned!

 Since space was an issue, I knew that any detail would have to be executed OFF the ground and on the wall. I also knew that I wanted to add storage capability in the room since it was lacking in that department.

I went with some shelving in the small half closet as well as the aforementioned rustic shelves.

Closet shelving in progress (taken on my cell)
 I let the bed be the statement. It's actually a trundle bed, so if they need an extra bed at any given point, they have one under the existing bed! Full disclosure, as can happen in any home construction, some of the timelines were a little behind so the house actually had some rooms that still needed flooring to be completed. For our 'reveal' purposes, we simply staged the house, even if the floor was not down in our designated space. Ah, yes, smoke and mirrors...this blogging life is JUST smoke and mirrors, let me tell ya!

Tuft and Needle was so very kind to provide the mattresses for the bed! Here's a very amusing, (READ: embarrassing), video of me attempting, and eventually succeeding to unbox one of the mattresses over on Facebook Live. It took quite a few of us, and I promise you, it was completely user error. In other words, I had a moment and due to my crappy hands and silly nature could just not for the LIFE of me open the bag the mattress comes in. Sigh. So yeah, enjoy and PLEASE laugh. :) Also, thank you Nick for filming said debacle. It's always fun, that's for sure!

The mattresses were actually RIDICULOUSLY comfortable and SO plump! I was so exhausted that I could have totally taken a nap on them, but don't worry, I did not. 

I chose teal blue accents, with some hints of gold. It made for a calm, soothing space with just enough pops of color to make you smile upon entering it.

I wanted a modern, yet warm feel. Check out that cool cement lamp! It was such a cool (and low cost) find! (Shout-Out to my local HomeGoods in Flemington, NJ for giving me a discount upon finding out that I was shopping for a Habitat project!)

The awesome folks at Minted also contributed some prints and artwork that hadn't arrived but the pieces were awesome! They will go on the wall furthest to the right of the bed. Minted is awesome, we've worked with them before for the FFFC. Go check Minted out!

I honestly love this little nook the best! Lynn's piece fit PERFECTLY in it!

I hope you enjoyed my tiny guest room reveal! I had a BLAST doing it! Thank you again to Charlotte for letting Lynn and I participate! It was amazing!

Make sure you check out the other amazing rooms and the rest of the house from all of the below linked bloggers! They all killed it! LOVED all the rooms, but definitely my favorite was the one that Kristen of A Thrifter in Disguise did!

Her attention to detail was incredible and the little boy's sweet reaction to his new room was something I won't easily forget!

Here's some sneak peek videos I took at all of the rooms while everyone was working:
Kristen's room
Charlotte and Jillian
Stephanie and Michelle
Upstairs and Living Room Walk Through: Please note, I was really not feeling well so the brain fog was real, y'all. Again, my apologies to Kristen of a Thrifter in Disguise for completely butchering her name AND blog. sigh.

Here is a list of the bloggers, which rooms they did, and where you can find their posts!

Jaime from That’s My Letter
Laura from Finding Home Farms

Kris from Driven By Decor
Annie from Most Lovely Things

Jillian from I Am a Homemaker
Charlotte from Ciburbanity
Bee from Windgate Lane

Kristin from A Thrifter in Disguise

Sarah and Nick from Nestrs

Michelle from Weekend Craft
Stephanie from Sandpaper and Glue

Thanks again to all the awesome brands that helped to make this happen, and thank you SO much, Char, for letting me be a part of this wonderful project. It was truly an honor!
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