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With the arrival of Spring, I always love to give our porch a fresh look, and of course, since we just built our dream farmhouse (click here), our funds have been sucked dry. LOL. Obviously, that meant I had to shop on a very tight budget for this “refresh,” which worked out well! Do you know why? Because I already had a hand-me-down dresser that was perfect for the porch! Shopping your house is a great way to spruce up your exterior without having to spend too much cash! Woohoo!
Now let’s talk about this project….Because I’m one of the Core Creators for DecoArt (which I am so LOVING!), I get to play with their products every so often. (All opinions are completely my own! Please click this link for full disclosure!)
This month, they asked me to create a project that would help promote their Outdoor Living paint line. I was so excited about using this paint, since I’ve used it before and loved it (click here for that post)….It’s an awesome interior/exterior, acrylic paint line! You don’t have to sand, prime or seal your piece before painting, which makes me very happy.
Here’s what I used for this project:
- Americana Decor “Outdoor Living” paint — Picket Fence
- Americana Decor Reusable, Stick-On stencil — Vintage Numbers 2
- black paint (just a smidgen)
- wooden-handled sponge brushes
- paper plate (optional)
- drop cloth or protective paint layer
Follow the directions on the “Outdoor Living” paint tub for easy prep, and make sure your piece is on top of a drop cloth or some sort of protective surface. You’ll also want to pour a little paint onto your paper plate for easy reach with the brush.
Now, you’re ready to start your project! I really LOVED this paint, because it went on smoothly and quickly!
After applying a couple of coats of this white paint, and after the dresser completely dried, it was time to stencil! I made sure the drawers were turned right-side up and then attached the reusable, stick-on stencils to the drawer fronts.
Because I wanted the stenciled design to have a distressed look, I didn’t coat the sponge brush with too much black paint. Actually, I only needed a smidgen of the paint…probably no more than a dime-size! But I lightly dabbed the black paint into the sponge brush and then brushed some of it off onto a paper plate to ensure that I didn’t overcoat the stencil. After I had the right amount of paint on the brush, I lightly and carefully pounced over the stencil.
Immediately after I finished with that portion of the project, I removed the stencils. Easy peasy! Because the Outdoor Living paint didn’t require any finishing work, I didn’t have to worry about applying a sealant! Woohoo!
Once everything was completely dry, my sweet son carried the dresser out for me, because it was time to decorate!
I’m so excited about enjoying our newly-painted piece on the porch. We’ll get to relax in warmer weather, smell the fragrant flowers and make memories on our front porch!
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