Do we have a treat for you today! A guest post by Stacy of Sawdust & High Heels.
We asked Stacy the question: What is your favourite DIY tool? Although she answered “paint”, which is not technically a “tool”, I can see where she’s going with this. Paint is the tool she uses to achieve the desired look and feel for a project she’s working on. She has had some amazing results.
Enough from me. Take it away, Stacy!
Guest Post by Stacy of Sawdust & High Heels – Stacy’s Favourite DIY Tool
My favourite DIY tool is paint. Any paint. I love how it so easily transforms a piece of furniture, from old back to new. Or, in my case, from new to old!
I’m enamoured with how it transforms a room from drab to fab. It never ceases to amaze me how your choice of paint colour can set the mood of your home. Is it brooding and mysterious? How about a little bit Karoo country? Or perhaps you’re dreaming of a little white cottage by the sea?
Your paint finish creates the perfect backdrop. You can have a calm neutral space of muted whites/creams; you can create a feature wall to add a pop of the unexpected, or you can paint the ceiling an outrageous colour to add drama.
I feel that paint allows you to create the setting for you to show the world, unapologetically, who you are without having to say a word.
Below are four examples of what I’ve created with paint.
Knotty pine ceiling
Do you see the white ceiling peeking out? When we moved in, all the ceilings on the (dark) ground floor of the house were knotty pine orange. As must as it might pain some people to know this, we tackled that ceiling with white paint the first chance that we got. I wish that we had taken before photos because the transformation was astonishing! I cannot describe what that did for the space; it made it so much brighter. You would swear that we had put a skylight in or something!
My son’s bedroom
I have a thing for chalkboards, so when time came for us to do my son’s room I knew that I wanted to introduce a chalkboard in some way, shape or form. What I ended up doing was taping off a rectangle and painting green school chalkboard paint directly onto the wall to create a huge chalkboard. This made a space where he can safely draw on the walls. I had previously done the same in my daughters room on a smaller scale and have successfully managed to paint over it, so I wasn’t concerned with painting the chalkboard paint directly on to the wall at all. I just love how it turned out and, more importantly, so does my son. And my daughter. And their friends!
My daughter’s bedroom
In case you can’t tell, my daughter currently has 2 loves in her life – horses and purple! I had so much fun creating her room – I know it may seem really purple and really busy, but I love how it turned out and she adores it. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Having fun and creating spaces for your family/friends/clients that they adore? I like to think so!
My welsh dresser (and dining room table and chairs)
My welsh dresser was my first proper painting project. It was standing in our garage, the black paint chipping off it; cement splashed on to it from tiling… I really didn’t know what to do with it. Until I found Pinterest that is! As soon as I saw all those beautiful blue dressers I knew I had to give it a go. I sanded that baby down to the bare wood, re-stained it, painted it, distressed it, sealed it… it was a true labour of love. This piece was my first proper project and is my first love (project wise!). I had no idea what I was doing, but it’s the piece that started it all – it began my love affair with paint.
Socialize with Stacy
Those are some amazing achievements, Stacy. We love what you’ve done with your paint! Thank you for being such an awesome guest on our blog.
Here are Stacy’s online links, should you wish to see what else she’s been up to.