Guest Post | Life on Lakeshore Drive
Hello friends, my name is Kathy, and I am so honored to have the privilege of being a guest blogger for Laura Beth today! My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in February, and I am a proud mother of 2 college students, Tyler and Lauren. I teach third grade by day, and craft like crazy by night! :)
We moved into our home about a year ago, and I am constantly working on something around our house. I started my blog, Life on Lakeshore Drive, to share my projects and home improvements. I am a true “newbie” to the blogworld with my own blog, but many of you are my inspiration daily with your blogs. A huge thank you to Laura Beth for all the help she has given me, and trust me……I’ve bugged her a lot. She is AWESOME!!!
I am so excited to share with you two of my favorite things! Everybody knows all about the wonderful Annie Sloan Chalk paint, but have you heard about Wood Icing? Wood Icing is a faux finish technique that can be used many ways. I love this stuff! It is so easy to use, and the way I chose to use it on this project gave a raised surface where you would use an ordinary stencil. It adds depth and makes the stencil pattern really standout. I have found that these 2 products together are the perfect pair. :)
Here is the before picture of my old faithful and used daily little cabinet hutch. It was painted that lovely country blue back in the day when I first purchased it. Then it was decked out in hunter green for a few years, and just plain boring.
It serves its purpose in my kitchen very well, but the green wasn’t working since our recent move. Since it’s the perfect “catch all” for my cookbooks, paperwork, etc., it was in need of a re-do and that green had to go!! Here is how I gave this hutch its makeover.
First, I painted the hutch with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk. I love that color, especially after it receives a coat of the dark wax. Here is the cabinet before waxing. The next step is to choose your stencil and measure where you want the stenciling to go. I used a stencil from a previous project that was purchased at Michael’s.
Here is a closeup to show you the details of the icing. With the surface being raised, painting it is very simple using a small brush. It does take awhile though, so patience is needed for this project. The results are definitely worth it.
Making progress with the painting in the picture below.
At this point, let me insert a great tip I found very helpful! There is a warning not to rinse your stencils or knives off in your sink for obvious reasons. A large Ziplock Baggie with a small amount of water in it, makes cleaning the stencil a breeze. The icing does dry rather quickly so wipe all your utensils immediately after each use and clean up is easy. Umm yep, I did learn this from experience!
Isn’t Kathy fabulous??! I’ve not heard of wood icing before, but I’ll definitely be looking into it soon :o)
Here are a few more of my favorite projects Kathy has been working on! She is a brand new blogger, but is well on her way to great things!