Relief Painting Tutorial

Hi Dear Friends!

I’m here. Just growing older and feeling time pass quickly with my children and trying to be there for every, single emotional and physical need. You get it.

I did do a little tutorial yesterday on this super cool relief decor piece a client brought over. I wanted to show you that when you do something with a ton of detail like this you want to gently brush on your paint. You don’t want to shove it into the crevices with a heavy-hand. There’s something really pretty about letting that wood show through and that means you shouldn’t touch it. Step back and evaluate, decide when to stop.

I went over the piece lighting with clear wax and a cloth. I also sanded a little on the part of the rooster that were long surfaces. The color is Country Grey.

Here is the result. I love that pieces like this can be placed leaning against most any surface for some interesting detail.

What to know what I’m reading, cooking, going, thinking? Keep up with me at Christen Bensten Lifestyle. xo

…country grey pieces on sale

I’m cleaning out before summer and pieces must go! Here’s my first batch. All done in Country Grey and on sale! Local pick up preferred. If you are on the East Coast, we can find UShip options.

I think the cabinet is perfect for kid toy/game storage or extra clothing storage in a bedroom.

Cabinet…$250

Side Table…$98 each

Vintage Map…$25 (local pick up)

Antique Skiis…$59 (local pick up)

 

Contact me if interested: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

xo

 

 

…lake reno continued

I don’t know about you, but I can’t feel completely and totally relaxed in a room of mine unless it’s exactly the way I want it. It’s hard for me to settle down and even watch a show without looking around and rearranging in my head. We’ve been blessed to be in our lake house for a year now and we are doing little things to renovate and decorate.

As you know, I’m using blues and whites, but trying not to be too cliche about it. Here’a an update:

I’m so excited about this rug. It adds just a little global to the room and the tassels are braided. Super cute. These are some Ballard chairs that I purchased about 10 years ago and had them recovered in the same Sunbrella that I did at my home.

I’m also happy about how the coffee table turned out with the sanded and stained top w/ white legs. To be honest, the only reason those legs are white is because DH said there’s no way he’s sanding them and I didn’t jump to it either. I think it works for now.

For now, I am leaving the large fireplace stone. Initially I was going to – wait for it – paint it, but it doesn’t bother me so much. I found these cool, antique windows at a barn sale last year and the boat is from my dad’s antique collection. The boxwoods are faux, but I always like a little green and the chairs are in the color I wanted. Very inexpensive for chairs. Shhhhhhh. Found them at Joss and Main for about $200 each. I didn’t like the legs and so I ordered new ones and voila!

I think it makes the chairs look more expensive. I found the legs on Amazon and they literally screwed right in! Easy.

I finished my teacup series and hung them without a level or tape measure on the wall. DH was impressed. And I used Command strips – best invention ever! You never have to use a nail again! These things are impressive.

Love how the gold frames (also via Amazon) catch my eye. The basement guestroom is just about completed and the stairway will be in Phase II because we still need time for plenty of play!