{friday finds: creating aged gray wood}

 

Cottage paint Hirshfield's

This is it. These are the only supplies you’ll need to start and finish this DIY project.

Are you a fan of the look and feel of rustic well worn barn wood? Beth (Hirshfield’s Woodbury) shares her quick and ridiculously easy tutorial on how to age wood using Cottage Paint products.

Here are directions for creating gray barn wood from new pine boards.

Quickly sand the wood with 60 grit sandpaper. Distress your boards and dust.

Cut one of Hirshfield’s yellow cellulose sponges into 10 pieces (so it’s a nice size to fit in your hand). Get it wet and wring it out so it’s pretty damp. With the sponge, pick up a little Cottage Paint in Antique White, and wash the board so you can still see the grain. Allow the board to dry at least an hour.

Using another damp sponge* piece, pick up some Cottage Paint Asphaltum Glaze and wash it over the paint.

If your project needs additional protection, Cottage Paint Flat Varnish works great.

Hirshfield’s Credit Manager shares this tip: If this finish is too dark, use the same procedure except after the white dries, lightly dry brush on Cottage Paint Shadow for a nice antique look.  Ben did an entire wall with his method and it turned out great.
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Check out the back of Roseville’s Cottage Paint display – Do you see the “weathered” boards in different colors? The possibilities are endless using the Cottage Paints and glazes.

 

Cottage Paint on oak.

Oak sample showing the different steps.

How’s that for an easy-peasy DIY? Beth, and all her Cottage Paint skills, works her magic at Hirshfield’s Woodbury.

*wash out your sponges, as they’re reusable

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{tricks to make furniture look more expensive}

Designing on a dime can be difficult given the price of furniture and interior décor. However, with the help of a little bit of paint, your old, outdated furniture can be refurbished to look like you spent the big bucks without putting a dent in your wallet!

Here are a few ways that Hirshfield’s paints can transform your furniture and accentuate your space.

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Voila! The power of paint.

Above, a simple and cheap coffee table has been completely transformed with a new coat of beautiful turquoise paint and decorative metallic corners. Adding a pop of color is a fun and easy way to incorporate color into an otherwise bland room, while also recreating a piece that may have gotten sent to the dumpster.

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Staying true to the modern feel with a paint compromise.

Add some accents to an otherwise old and outdated end table. The after photo of the project above shows that a little bit of white paint can add sophistication and completely make over an old piece.

Freshen up your furniture or thrift store finds with Cottage Paint from Hirshfield’s. Your color selection is limited to the 1,300+ colors found in the Hirshfield’s fan deck. Head over to Pinterest for color inspiration and ideas from DIY’ers all over the world.

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O’verlays

Have you seen these very cool fretwork panels called O’verlays? Attach a fretwork panel and turn a plain piece of furniture into the focal point of any room. They are made of a lightweight composite and are paintable. They can be used on windows, doors, mirrors, furniture, and more.

There are so many ways that paint can transform your home. Get the look of expensive, luxurious furniture without having to make any sacrifices by purchasing some paint at your local Hirshfield’s and make your home the beautiful haven you’ve always desired.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{bits & pieces: lark nest design show-and-tell}

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Kim, from Lark Nest Design, posted one of her lovely furniture makeovers which I want to share with you. She started out with a thrift store find. Note the very cool circle detail on the arms.

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 She used Slate and Bimini from our Cottage Paint line, paired with a gorgeous fabric. It turned out so good-looking, it was scooped up immediately. It’s living the good life in Ohio! Here’s the link to all the details on the Lark Nest Design blog.

{cottage paint}

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Hirshfield’s is excited to announce we’re adding a new product called Cottage Paint, to our line of decorative paint finishes. Cottage Paint is a clay-based paint that dries to a matte finish. If you’re looking to update an old piece of furniture, this is the product for you.

From the Cottage Paint website:

Cottage Paint is a clay-based paint that dries to a silky matte finish and remains porous and easy to sand or wet distress when dry. We didn’t invent this paint, it’s been around since the frescos in the Sistine Chapel! We did, however bring it up to modern environmental standards by removing almost all of the VOCs in both the bases and the pigments.

1. Cottage Paint dries in about 15 minutes to one hour. I’m not joking. BUT for a rule of thumb – never do more than THREE applications of anything to a piece per day.
2. It adheres to just about any surface you can think of: Wood. Plastic. Metal. Brick, Melamine…
3. It requires NO sanding, priming or stripping. NO prep work – just a CLEAN surface. We recommend using TSP to get it good and clean.
4. It can be distressed as soon as it is dry using a damp cloth or fine sand paper. 
5. Cottage Paint does not roll or peel like latex when sanded, and appears as if the paint has truly worn off over time.

People get really excited about the “no prep” aspect – but use your judgement. I was working on a chair with a high-gloss factory finish, and I took five minutes to scuff it with sandpaper to assure maximum adhesion. Use TSP to clean the piece making certain it is clean, clean, clean.

Cottage Paint offers a clear wax coat in three different sheens for a protective finish. For a tougher finish a varnish top coat can be applied. Also, included in the Cottage Paint products are colored waxes (including a liming paste) which will give your furniture that aged antique look.

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The standard Cottage Paint line has 50+ colors in 8oz. containers and any Hirshfield’s paint color can be mixed in quarts. In addition to the extensive palette of pastels and brights, imagine all the color possibilities you have just by adding white to a color.

The majority of Hirshfield’s stores carry the Cottage Paint products but call your local store just to make certain before you make a special trip.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

 

 

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