Category Archives: shabby chic

The many shades of coral

Hello again,

I have been getting lots of questions and comments on my coral pieces I have recently refinished. Some people LOVE it and want to know the exact color I used. I tried so many shades before I found one that wasn’t to orange or to pink. It it perfect! My secret shade is Coral Gables from Benjamin Moore.

The first piece I refinished with my coral color was a fabulous dresser. This thing was in great shape, extremely well made and heavy. I did have to use some wood filler on the top to fill in some deep gouges and also sand it down quite a bit because it had small moisture damage.  I then sanded down the whole piece and cleaned it. We also repaired a drawer where the track had broken and glued the drawer back together.

shabby chic coral buffet

coral shabby chic buffet

Isn’t it pretty! This dresser sold really fast. The client who purchased it has a grey room and wanted to incorporate coral. She said she had been searching for something like this for a long time. Glad I could help!

Next up was the coral buffet table I refinished. I was really nervous about painting a side board table in this color.  It is a bold choice and makes a huge statement! I am excited to see the pictures of this piece incorporated in my clients room. She is using navy and coral, and I really like that color combination.

Shabby chic inspired buffet table in coral


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Thats it for the coral pieces! I had another client want a coral buffet but we worked together and came up with another idea! I am currently working on it for her and it should be finished in the next few days. She also purchased a custom built farmhouse table that Mike built and a matching bench. I’m definitely excited to see her get this room together! I’ll add a pic when she sends me one.

Jeanette Marie

DIY Mason Jar Baskets

Hi Baycreek readers Mike here.

Today we are going to talk about our DIY Mason/Ball Jar Baskets. This project came about when we posted photos of our painted Mason jars. Jeanette purchased a basket as a prop to display them in and a client wanted to purchase two of them. She loved the mason jars in the vintage basket. The problem was we had bought the basket, so to sell the two sets was not profitable. It was an expensive basket so we DIYed!

mason jar basket

Our purchased mason jars basket. Our inspiration

DIY wood crate

Our DIYed built basket

Here goes….

FYI- You can a acquire your lumber two ways.The thrifty way is to get a old pallet and dismantle it. Or you can go to your big box store and purchase rough sawn lumber. Dog eared privacy fence would be ideal for this application.
Your supply list-

-one- 1inch thick by 6inch wide by 8ft long board. or just a pallet or two.

-one- 3/4 round doll rod.You will only need 12inches but I believe they come in 4ft to 8ft rods.

-one- box of screws or finish nails 1 1/2 inches long. we used a pneumatic nail gun. (air powered)

-one- piece of 200 grit sand paper.

Tools needed-

-Miter box or circular saw



-jig saw or scroll saw

Building Instructions-

Step (1) You will need to figure out your pattern. ours is basically shaped like a bowling pin. but square at the bottom 4inches for mounting the sides to. the height of ours is 14inches, for clearance of the mason jars.

Step (2) cut two pieces of your boards to 14inches with your miter box, then cut the width to 5 1/2 inches with your circular saw. Next draw your chosen pattern these will be your sides. make sure you draw the pattern from top to bottom of the 14inches.


Step (3) cut your pattern out with the jig saw. try to stay on your line the best you can. for a quick sanding job later.


Step (4) Using your 1inch by 6inch piece cut two pieces at 12inches with your miter box.

Step (5) Now you need to make your two 12inch by 6inch pieces you just cut, into 12inch by 4 1/2 inch pieces you can use a jig saw or circular saw for this. either way be carful. the reason for this is to show off the label of the jars.

Step (6) sand all the rough edges of your wood pieces to remove splinters.


Step (7) start attaching your sides to the basket ends.You will be nailing through the pattern pieces into the 12inch by 4 1/2inch piece. making sure the bottoms and sides are flush with one and other. if screwing pre drill so the wood does not split. if nailing by hand start at the ends to manipulate the piece as you go.


Step (8) adding the bottom you should have a space that is 12inches by 4 1/4. double check and then cut that piece with your miter box and circular saw. the piece should fit right in the space nail or screw through all four sides 3nails per side would hold good. use your judgement.

Step (9) Cut your doll rod down to 12inches and nail through the sides of your patterns use at least to nails so the handle will not roll when you grab it. one screw per side would be fine.

cutting doll rod

Step (10) Paint your basket and add mason jars!

 hand built mason jar basket

finished building

basket painted white

first coat of paint is white

mason jar basket

second coat of paint is a grey wash (a wash is made by mixing half paint and half water. A 50-50 ratio) this is painted on and wiped off

mason jar holder

third coat of paint is the grey wash left on to dry

shabby chic mason jar basket

last step in the finish is to sand to make the basket look vintage. let the 3 colors show on the wood

DIY mason jar basket.

DIY ball jar basket

DIY shabby chic mason jar holder

Please be safe as you build and always feel free to comment or ask questions.

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Thanks for reading.
Mike and Jeanette Marie.

Antique Low Boy

Today I am going to talk about my super cool low boy dresser.  I forgot to take a before picture of the dresser.  What a bummer..but ill try to give you an idea. It was pretty beat up and looked really neglected:(   The drawers were covered in carvings spelling the phrase “Jonny loves Susan.” and some other things.  It was your basic dark walnut wood color and it was very shabby on the top of the dresser.

I debated leaving the carvings because I thought they were really neat.  Until I walked into a craft store and saw the scrapbooking paper with the writing on it.  I fell in love instantly and knew just what I was going to do with it. I purchased 7 sheets and and headed home.

How I created this look:

1.  Remove all the hardware and check the piece for broken drawers or anything that needs to be repaired.  The knobs on this were actually glued in so I had to chisel them out and then drill a new clean hole.  Fixing these issues in the beginning is a time saver..I PROMISE!

2.  Sand the dresser with a 120 grit sandpaper and then a 220 grit sandpaper.  {Remember to always clean your surface when changing grits and to also change your sandpaper frequently.}  Clean the whole thing with an air hose or a damp rag.  Let it dry completely!

3.  Decide on a paint color {make it into DIY chalk paint} grab a brush and hand-paint the entire dresser, including the drawers.  I kept the brush movement with the grain of the wood, but thats up to you..

4.  Wait for the paint to dry, chalk paint dries very quickly, less than 30 minutes. Grab the dresser drawers and placed them on their bottoms.  Now, get ready for the FUN part! The papered fronts!!

5.  I used polycrylic,to glue the paper down to the drawers not mogdepodge, because the modge podge makes the paper way to hard to sand off later.  Used a brush to wipe on the poly and then place the paper on top making sure you dodn’t have any bubbles underneath.  {I put the whole piece of paper on and sand the edges away later. Makes the job easier.}

6.  Wait for it to dry and then sanded away until you like it.  There are no rules! Just do what feels right for you.  Start with the corners and work your way in.  I wanted a very distressed look for this, so I sanded a lot!

7.  Then paint over the paper with the same color you had previously used, let it dry and then distress again!

8.  Distressed the rest of the dresser and wax it.

9.  Lastly seal the drawers with poly and let them dry. Put the hardware back on and do a photo shoot with your new beauty:)

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Jeanette Marie

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