Ok everyone, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work! We love do-it-yourself (DIY) projects! Each new undertaking is an opportunity to stimulate your creative passions and get hands-on with your home décor. Filling your home with items that are totally Y-O-U is quite the thrill. If you’ve never attempted to create your own pieces, this may sound daunting! Never fear, Nadeau is here! We’re always happy to help with ideas, tips, and great furniture to make your dream home a reality! When it comes to DIY the trick is to start small. And what could be smaller than an accent accessory?
Stone Finish In A Can
Difficulty level: 1/5
Stone accessories have the unique ability to enhance any space, indoor or outdoor, with an air of Tuscan sophistication. Decorative pieces made of real stone, however, tend to be heavy, pricey, and are often lacking in style variety. Luckily, with a bit of ingenuity and a short trip to your local hardware store, you can have as many stone-treated décor pieces as you’re willing to make.
- – Wet Wash Cloth
- – 250 Grit Sandpaper
- – Latex Spray Paint (beige, white, or gray depending on the color of textured paint)
- – Textured Spray Paint
- – Sealing Spray (optional)
NOTE: THIS PROJECT MUST BE DONE IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA.
Step 1: Use a cloth to wipe down the surface of your item. Then lightly sand the surface. These small scratches will make it much easier for the paint to bond and help to prevent peeling in the future. Wipe down once more to remove any sandy fragments that may have been left behind.
Step 2: Apply a thin layer of latex spray evenly across the surface. This will improve the coverage of your textured paint in the next step as well as conceal any mistakes should there be any.
Step 3: Shake can for about one minute to ensure an even mixing of paint and fine grain inside. Spray paint about 10” from your item. Apply as many coats as desired allowing 30 minutes of drying time between each coat.
Optional: If you plan to place your finished piece outside, adding a few coats of sealing spray will help to protect it from the elements. Follow the same procedure in step 3.
In this example, we used a clay pot but this treatment can be performed on a wide variety of items, such as glass bottles, old shelf décor, as wells as aesthetically challenged lamps or vases. Check out some of the great transformations below and don’t forget to send us photos of your finished pieces!