Showing posts with label Paint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paint. Show all posts

August 15, 2023

RH Cerused Driftwood Gray Table

For this week's project, we're back to my roots! Which means we're creating knock off Restoration Hardware colors today! This project is easy peasy, just apply to wood and watch the magic happen! You're going to love this tutorial to easily achieve the Reclaimed Gray Oak look.



Here's the "before" of this typical, out dated oak table. There's a million of these babies floating around from the 80's and 90's. It shouldn't be too hard to get your hands on one, and at a good price. 

If you're using a brand new, or raw wood table, please skip down to step #5. Thanks!

First you'll want to apply a thick layer of Citristrip to the table. Citristrip has a tendency to dry out before it can eat away at all the layers of stain and lacquer. So covering the wet stripper with a garbage bag helps keep the moisture in while it works.
When the stripper turns white, it's ready to be scraper off. Remove the bags and scrape as much of the mixture off, as you can. You'll want to try and get down ti the raw wood if you can. But being careful not to scrape or damage the wood itself. 
You will want to wipe the table down with mineral spirits and a rag to remove any existing residue. This should remove any sticky residue from the tabletop. 
4.] SAND
Here's the labor portion. You want to use a palm sander and 80 grit sandpaper to make sure the wood is completely down to raw. You can see in this video what I mean.
Weatherwood released a new stain that can turn oak into a beautiful driftwood gray, called Light Oaking. This product can work on any wood, so it's incredibly easy to use.

If you want to lighten the look, you can add a coat of White Maintenance Oil. It adds the look of patina and is just generally gorgeous. Simply brush or wipe onto wood, allow to sit 3-7 minutes. Then wipe off with a clean cloth. Or you can watch the video above. 
See how pretty and soft the white maintenance oil is? It's much more subtle than a paint product and really just makes the wood look sun-kissed.

For additional project looking to achieve the Restoration Hardware look, you can search our archives for tons of inpiration or check out this popular post below!

I've also got a paint update for you guys! We are selecting our final shades for our The Furniture Paint launch, so keep your fingers crossed for me! xoxo

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February 24, 2022

Digital Frontier: The New Land Rush!

The Digital Land Rush - Zachary Lovelady

To digitize or not…Is that the question? COVID is shaking things up in the retail world. This year, digital startups may look like frantic Irish immigrants planting their stakes in the e-commerce land grab. Like Tom Cruise in Far and Away, companies will be expanding market share. 

Who can enter? Really anyone! Meet one competitor in the e-commerce coatings race, Becca Berger. MBA turned entrepreneur extraordinaire. This Silicon Valley CleanTech inventor owns a company called WeatherWash Coatings, an earth-friendly reactive stain that turns raw wood into barnwood by using tannic acid inside the lumber to achieve a specific color. Her product has no VOC’s. She invented the most cleanest product on the market. If you check Home Depot online, her reviews are 4-5 stars. Recently her product launched through Walmart online, and from day one sold as much as ten brick and mortar stores. How is that possible? 

Rebecca has a strong foothold on Instagram with 28,000 followers. Type “wood stain” on Instagram’s search, and she’s often ranked #1. She has over 17,000 followers on Facebook. An impressive portfolio. Support videos. Chat support. Phone support. A blog. An app and an algorithm. She doesn’t even have a brick and mortar store. She doesn’t want or need a storefront. 100% of her sales are e-commerce. She started with stains because it’s niche, and the most significant competitor, Minwax, lost distribution with Home Depot after Sherwin Williams acquired the lagging brand for an eye-popping $11.3B. 
The largest entrants in the digital market space race are undoubtedly Walmart and Home Depot; Walmart is the world’s largest economy. Depot is the world’s second-largest economy. Four years ago, in their 2017, 10-K report, Depot revealed they plan to compete with Amazon by spending $11B on “store, supply chain, digital experience, and people.” With that kind of funding, the retailer known as the eight-hundred-pound gorilla expects to be on equal footing with Amazon’s 1-click, 2-day order fulfillment by the end of 2020. Can Depot achieve the “flywheel of success” by buying success? Maybe? It should be duly noted that part of Bezo’s high growth strategy is attributable to acquisitions like Zappos, Petco, and Whole Foods. But Depot is not in acquisition mode, so most likely not.
In 2001, Home Depot opened its online store. Nineteen years later, they are still nowhere near Amazon’s e-commerce platform. According to Depot’s 2019 10-K, their ambition is to be a “One Home Depot experience.” However, that vision is not clearly defined. What is clear is that Depot’s initial $5.4B investment in e-commerce is taking longer to recoup than expected. Why? There are many reasons, but one major obstacle is that 90% of developed software will not be utilized. Not to mention when the software is finally available, the hardware used to write the software is outdated. More software development questions will buzz around like murder hornets, “What is our hardware budget? What should we expect to pay for software development? How long will it take? Why isn’t it working? Can we outsource development?” Bezos has already answered ALL of these questions, and he did it about nineteen years ago. 

Bezos developed a sturdy platform from HTML source code to the back-end JavaScript. He also custom built the hardware so soundly, he is one of the few companies that survived the dot com bust. He then expanded Amazon by investing in more hardware and software. Bezos owns AWS and an undisclosed share in Google, meaning that large retailers relying on Google’s SEO or Amazon’s AWS services will compete with Amazon on Amazon’s hardware/software. The end game may be what happened to mom-and-pop bookshops, here today, gone tomorrow. 

Competition is also ramping up. E-commerce is a different game than retailers are used to playing. Historically, retailers had to battle for sales in newspapers, radio, and TV ads. Suppliers were never a threat. Each retailer competed on price, product, and availability. Now retailers could lose sales to suppliers. A cheetah gazelle relationship is developing between the two. So, who is the cheetah, retailers or suppliers? That’s hard to answer because suppliers like Sherwin Williams are building websites that sell directly to end consumers while simultaneously maintaining 4,106 brick and mortar stores. But they aren’t the only ones building websites. Inventors like Becca, mom-and-pop shops, Walmart, Depot, Sherwin, Ace, and Amazon all have websites. The cheetah is whoever gets to the Do-It-Yourself or Do-It-For-Me e-commerce consumer first, captures the gazelle, stakes their claim, expands their fences, and grows market share. 

Amazon will maintain a steady lead once it grows into hardware and paint because the e-commerce onboarding process for Depot and Lowes can take up to a year and costs suppliers several thousands of dollars, which means lots of suppliers won’t even make it to Depot/Lowe’s online e-commerce platform. Not only that, but Depot is marking suppliers’ products up 100% even though they aren’t shelving suppliers’ products, picking, packing, or shipping. The value seems to be the brand. Lowe’s onboarding process is equivalent to Depot’s. Sherwin doesn’t even have a process for onboarding suppliers. They have an email that they don’t reply to. Most of these overlooked suppliers will go straight to Amazon for no other reason than it only takes fifteen minutes for suppliers to onboard, giving Amazon a favorable lead. Of course, a faster cheetah i.e., inventor, could sprint to the lead by leveraging platforms like social media, a professional website, and leveraging relationships with established e-commerce brands. Still, these contenders are often acquired early on, so finishing the race becomes questionable. 

In a nutshell, Mr. Bezos may have fired the first shot for the digital market space land grab, took his place on the start line, and quickly sprinted ahead of the competitors. Time will tell who captures the most valued digital spaces and carves out their claim. Will it be retail brands? Suppliers? Inventors? Mom & pop? or Amazon?

Zack Lovelady

February 24, 2016

Target Table Upcycle: Maple Top and Painted Base

#Target Table Upcycle: Weatherwood Maple Top, #MissMustardSeed White Wax and Custom #Chalky Painted Base

So I just watched Cinderella and I freaking love that movie! How many of us need a fairy God Mother? I mean think about it, with the wave of a wand, you would have perfect hair, a sweet ride and best of all, a special pair of shoes that identify you. Of course, all that would fade at midnight, but it doesn't have to. Especially when the story is applied to this banged up Target table who underwent a Cinderella moment, to become a beautiful console with a brand new, real wood top. 

July 1, 2015

Renovar: Simple Light Fixture Update

I'm baaaack! It's Jenny, back from Renovar Design. The past 2 months, my husband Marco visited you guys and made you free Printables for both Mother's Day and Father's Day. I hope you enjoyed having him for a bit of a change!

This month over at Renovar Design we have been busy updating & organizing our bathrooms. We are on a very tight budget because we are saving for a kitchen renovation. So, this is how I updated our light fixture for $3.00 dollars and in an hour ~ making this one of the quickest and easiest up-cycles you can do for your own home. (Seriously, I did this after work - which reads: after making dinner after work!)

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April 22, 2015

April James Interiors: Weathered Wood + Chippy Old Finish VIDEO Tutorial

This week I have such a fun treat for you- a majorly big overhaul of this vintage craftsman style cupboard by the ubber-talented April James. April is my local Annie Sloan stockist- her shop's in Spanish Fork, UT. We met and became fast friends over a shared love of paint and all things crafty. The only difference is, I am a self-taught amateur and she is a many times certified faux artist. 

April 8, 2015

Always Never Done: Unique Chalk Painted Game Table

Hi G2B readers! Hope you are all having a great week so far. This month I am showing you how transform an antique table that was a little blah into something that says “I am a statement piece!”.  All you need for this easy transformation is some chalk paint, a brush and a wax sealer.Checker-Table-Always-Never-Done

November 12, 2014

Always Never Done: Curbside Pick-up Desk Revived with Paint

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Hello again G2B friends, it's Amy again from Always Never Done! Hopefully you are all settling into fall nicely. I surely am considering it’s my favorite season. Fall is a great time to clean out the house for those colder months coming too soon which leads me to my next project. 

October 8, 2014

Always Never Done: How to Spray Paint Old ( Glass, Wood, & Metal ) Lamps

Well hello friends and hello fall! This is Amy, back from Always Never Done and with the close of summer and warm days coming to an end, I have been busily trying to finish all my outdoor painting projects before the weather gets too cold. This means all spray painting projects front and center immediately!

September 1, 2014

Color Blocked Wooden Knobs

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Hi friends! Thanks for the warm welcome you showed our newest contributor, Heidi, with her DIY Frappucino Recipe. And last week we all enjoyed Jamie's darling Knotted Crochet Ghost Hat. Today I want to share a 30 minute or less project that has the ability to brighten your day- DIY Color Blocked Wooden Knobs!

June 11, 2014

Always Never Done: Chalk Paint Side Table Makeover

Welcome friends, it's Amy from Always Never Done, with my 3rd post here G2B. You can see my first post on DIY Milk Glass and my second post on rehabbing a Cloth Napkin Covered Stool. This month I am going to show you how to distress a table.

May 18, 2014

Chevron Rubber Stamped Tea Towels

DIY Rubber Stamped Tea Towel

Hey all! Zack and I are on a huge sales trip for Weatherwood, we're pitching our product to professional designers, architects and builders in Tahoe, San Fran, Portland and Seattle! Things are busy, but super great. Wish us luck, ok?!  In the meantime, I'll share a sweet little DIY Rubber Stamped Tea Towel. Isn't it cute?

March 26, 2014

Contributor: Always Never Done |
DIY Modern Milk Glass

Hello friends, I can't believe how great it is to be posting twice a week again and I have our super rad monthly contributors to thank for it! Today I am so excited to introduce you to our third monthly contributor, Amy from Always Never Done.  Amy is a girl after my own heart, she'll basically take on any project that strikes her fancy. I love it- furniture, crafts, tutorials or home improvement, she'll tackle it all. I know you'll love her personality, too. 

March 24, 2014

Tea Towel Pillow Cover | No Sew

I am a crazy huge window shopper, it's like a disease- I just can't get enough. I like to visually devour the eye candy, and then take that inspiration home to DIY my own version. I will look and look and look, without buying and I know that that drives Zack crazy, but at least it's not as crazy as the time my friend's husband sleepwalked a so-called, "pillow bomb" out the front door in the middle of the night to "save" his family. Ha! Ha! Ha! 

March 6, 2014

Dandelion Patina Contributor Post: Table Repurposed into Planter

I'm so excited to share the second new addition to the from G2B team, it's Michelle from Dandelion Patina! She runs a darling blog  filled with creative furniture makeovers, upcycles and vintage finds! I think Michelle will add an excellent balance to what you already find here on my blog! Please welcome her...


February 21, 2014

Huckleberry Love Contributor Post: DIY Chevron Door Mat

Hi Guys, I'm so excited to share a new addition to the from G2B team, it's the girls behind Huckleberry Love! If you don't know them yet, you should change that right now! It's the cutest blog full of recipes, sewing, and kids projects. I thought it was the perfect compliment to what is missing around here at my blog! 
The blog is written by these cutest girls: Emily, Jamie, Jill and Lydia. Emily is writing for us today!


December 2, 2013

DIY [Faux] Concrete Planters

I'm not the type of gal who can keep plants alive. Cats and dogs, no problem. Maybe even a baby, although I haven't tried yet!  But plants? No me gusta! If you look close enough, you can see the brown tips at the leaves. Fortunately, the plants have survived long enough that I could get pictures of them for this awesome post. I don't expect them to survive my "house of plant death" much longer, so I'm taking bids if anyone wants to place a bet when these bite the dust. 

Although the plants won't last long around here, at least they can look good while they're here! I love the concrete pots I've seen around the Blogosphere, but I haven't had a chance to try it myself. In the meantime, I already had some of those cheap, orange terracotta pots and I thought I could mimic the look I wanted. 

November 25, 2013

How to DIY Gild a Gold Frame Chalkboard

from Gardners 2 Bergers

Today I walked past a girl in the mall, holding a sign that read, "Live, Love, Life!" She was chatting on her phone saying, "tots" this and "tots" that. I cannot tell you how many times I've seen that sign, but this "tots" was something totally new. After a quick "tots" Google search, my suspicions were confirmed, that "tots" is short for "totally." I suppose that's pretty original and here's something even more original, "LOVE! LIFE! LIVE!" *Did you see what I did there? ;-) 

November 12, 2013

Hand-Turned Wooden Vase

from gardners 2 bergers

I love, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." It's one of my all time favorite movies. Near the end, when the knight asks Dr. Jones to choose a cup, he tells him to, "Choose wisely." For some reason, when I choose poorly, I hear the knight say, "You have chosen, poorly." Just like this;

October 21, 2013

DIY Number 2 Eraser Stamps

Stamp, bamp, damp, ba, da, da, damp! Put 'em on your hand, put 'em on your face, no matter where you place a stamp, it makes you feel great! Kindergarden was such a magical place, it made me feel so special! My teacher used to give out gold star stamps when we were on our best behavior. I never actually got one, which is why I decided to do this post in the first place. Now I have stamps all over my face, my husband's face, my arms, his arms, my hands, his hands, and pretty much everything I could stamp with my new triangle eraser stamps. Now, as I sit her stamping everything I can, I have only to show you in a few simple steps the gold ink pass to glory! Enjoy!