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glaze or dark wax on furniture

Dark Wax or Glaze….and how I use both

Dark wax versus glazing furniture..That is the question. Here are my thoughts on both.

Glaze is very movable. Its literally like watery paint. However, it dries fast. I read  on Sweet Pickins Furniture Blog that the Sherwin Williams glaze stays wet longer and thats why she loves it. Her blog is way more in depth so I thought I’d share her ideas to. Her refinished furniture is Ahhmazing! She post projects and hundreds of people comment and ask questions. I always go through and read them because I love learning other peoples tricks:)

Anyway, I usually use Valspar because Lowes is super close to me and I don’t have time to be driving around when I have furniture to PAINT! DUH

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baycreek boutique glazing technique

So heres what I do. I either mix in stain, any color..whatevers your pleasure..or paint. Either works just as good as the other. I’ve done both and don’t notice a difference.

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stain and clear glaze


paint and clear glaze

This is a really sweet FYI because you can make whatever color you want. Next I use a brush and paint it on. making sure to get into every crevice. Then I use baby wipes to wipe it back off. I like Huggies because they aren’t as wet as Pampers. You can probably just get cheap dollar store ones to.

The trick with Glaze is to work in small sections. Im telling you, don’t think you can paint your whole piece and then go wipe it back. You will very upset. It sticks and starts to gob up.  I’ve done it.

One more tip..I ALWAYS wax before I glaze. ALWAYS! Otherwise it can change the color of your paint. Plus, I sometimes use a DIY version of chalk paint, you can see the recipes and different products people are using at in my own style . She did a fantastic comparison.  Everything seems to absorb into my paint so i wax first.  Unless you want that to happen. Then go for it.


how to use dark wax

glaze mixed with paint

I don’t have a before of the pink. I just went to work

Glaze mixed with stain

Glaze mixed with stain

Dark wax is not  moveable. Its actually crazy hard to work with. The first time I used it I was going to write the Famous  Annie Sloan herself a letter about her tar crap she calls wax! However, I have learned a few  things since then, and I have forgiver her. Now I CAN NOT live with out her magic in a can! It’s fabulous!!

DO NOT use dark wax right out of the can. DO NOT mix it with any other clear waxes.  Mix it with mineral spirits. You can manipulate the coverage, color and movability by adding more mineral spirits if you need to.  Take my word for it. This is the way to dark wax.  I have tried them all, trust me. Im all about easy.

Before you can dark wax you have to clear wax. Dark wax drastically changes your paint color and will not come out of your paint. Obviously unless you want that to happen. So you clear wax your piece, you wipe back the clear wax then you dark wax. Now, heres what i have come to love about dark wax over clear wax. It it completely fixable. If you put to much on, have streaks, or its to dark you can use clear wax to take it off. Fippin awesome! Right! I have used this trick a million times and its a life saver.

dark wax and mineral spirits

dark wax and mineral spirits


applying dark wax




after the dark wax was removed. I can still remove or add more at this point. Looks heavy in some spots, BUT I can totally fix that! I can take off as much as I want


don't mind the missing knob. its not done yet..

don’t mind the missing knob. its not done yet..im thinking the duck egg color could use more wax and the detailing under the top could use less. ill fix that tomorrow with my 2 waxes

The Look of each one.

Glaze looks cleaner to me. where as dark wax looks almost dirty. But in a good way. Its all a personal preference. I use both products. It just depends on the piece.

If you have anymore questions feel free to ask.

Jeanette Marie






DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Easel

Hey there,

So I have been finishing up some projects that were started when I was going to do a vintage show.  I was going to take our rustic pieces and our rustic home decor items. I just ran out of time so I cancelled my spot in the show. I stared getting behind on my custom orders and I had to catch up.  Working and having 2 kids makes life already very full! Mike and I are super busy these days.

This was a project I was super excited about. I actually just about build this all by myself! I cut all the wood and sanded everything. I stained it in 2 colors and put it together. Its a simple wood project but can make such a cute addition to your room.

Here’s the plans. Building and creating projects from wood is so gratifying! I love that Mike is able to teach me and I have learned so much in a short period of time. I already have plans of making sure Kaylie and Owen will learn this craft from their dad.

The only modification we made on this build was to add an extra support in the back where the hinges attach. We were not comfortable with the amount of room we had when trying to attach them, so we added a furring strip 12.5 in long to the back. Also, adding this piece gives you a little more leeway when putting the easel together.

DIY easel modification from ana white

we added a 1x2in furring strip 12.5in across the back

So there you have it! You can see the full step by step tutorial on Ana White’s blog. I didn’t take pictures while creating this because I was busy working:) Usually I am the helper and the camera crew!

Diy rustic easel

Diy easel display easel

Heres my photo shoot with the easel. You could add family pictures, your kids artwork or holiday cards..whatever you want! You could paint this white and distress it to make it look old and shabby chic. Or you could paint it a really fun color and place it in your childs room for all the pictures they draw you:)

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Hope you love this as much as I do! Thanks for stopping in.

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Jeanette Marie

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How to Choose the Perfect Color Palette for your Home

Your home is a feeling not a place. Choosing the perfect color palette for your favorite place in the world doesn’t have to be difficult.

I know it can intimidating picking from millions of colors and then hundreds of different shades of the same color when choosing paint for your home. Deciding on the perfect wall color can really set the tone and feeling of your room. To help you when looking for a color combination that will work I have a few tips.

1. Go look at your closet~look at the colors of clothes you usually buy and wear. This is a good indication of colors that you are naturally drawn to and make you feel good.

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2. Head to the fabric store and grab a few samples of some of your favorite patterns. Use this to pull colors that you like. You can even have Home Depot or Lowes scan the color you like and custom create a paint for you:) I’ve done this before and they do a great job of color matching.

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3. Purchase your wall art pieces you want to use in the room for inspiration. You can even print them, instead of purchasing right away, and tape them to your wall. Stare at them for a few days. Purchase a few color samples and paint small areas around the art work. This always helps me. Bonus..paint is 100% returnable! Just don’t use the whole can

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4. Make your big purchases before choosing a paint color. Do you want a white couch, a red accent chair? Maybe you want a green china cabinet or a walnut kitchen table. I always recommend keeping your big items neutral and adding color with fabrics like pillows, curtains and rugs. These are less expensive to change and can make a huge difference. It’s the easiest way to make your room feel comfortable, inviting or even new. It can create a whole new look in seconds.


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5.  Use the color wheel to choose complimenting colors.



6. Last but definitely not least. Check out this awesome website. They offer tons of color combinations and they are sorted by theme, which is my favorite way to search the site. You can also change the values of the colors to add pigment and take it away. They will offer you colors that easily match your favorite.

I think the most beautiful color combinations are found in nature. The next time you are in an inspiration funk take a walk or go for a drive. Visit the beach, the park, a flower shop or a vegetable and fruit market. The stunning colors combinations will surprise you and hopefully give you the creative encouragement to find the perfect colors for your home.

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Aren’t all of these color combinations gorgeous?!! My personal favorite is the beach photograph. What’s your favorite?

Do you have a no-fail plan for choosing colors? If so please share with us, we would love to hear your ideas. And remember, your home is a feeling not a place. Don’t rush perfection:)

Jeanette Marie

Milk Paint directions for the Beginner

OMG! I am totally in LOVE with milk paint. This is the first piece I have ever refinished with milk paint and it turned out better than I anticipated.  Its gorgeous. Its not everyday that that happens when trying something for the first time.

I had heard horror stories about this paint from a few people. One friend in particular had told me about her experience after I explained to her that I had planned on using it. She told me she didn’t have very good luck with this paint. Her whole piece flaked off and she had to start over. Thats a lot of work! to paint something and then have to sand the whole piece again and start from scratch.

So imagine my concern when I decided to try this paint out for myself..NERVous;/ I don’t particularly love the sanding part of refinishing so setting myself up for that extra work wasn’t very tempting. But I had gotten a pretty good deal on this desk and thought it was the perfect piece. Plus, Mike has stacked my unfinished pieces so high in the barn that this was the only one I could get to without killing myself;)

I did quite a bit of research, youtube, the web..you name it. I felt confident… prepared is a better word.  I was ready for the chipping process to occur and was ready to welcome it! everything I learned said this paint is unpredictable. You can never be sure of the finish. Be flexible..Imagine my surprise when the paint stuck better than chalk paint. It was quite a job to sand this paint off my piece. Did I mention that I adore this paint?? because I absolutely do! typewrite milk paint Here is a pic of the piece while I was sanding it. refinishing a desk to stain the topThis desk was in rare form! But I sanded the whole thing with a nematic sander and prepped it for the milk paint. I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint that I purchased from The Purple Painted Lady in typewriter. It is a black color. I was actually going for a grayish color but I added to much pigment. This paint comes in a powder form..yes! a powder form!! Definitely different than any paint I have ever used before. When I learned that I was even more skeptical.

You buy the paint (powder) and you mix it with water. (I used warm water because I think things mix better in warm or hot water) Not in the directions so don’t really know if it matters. I also used the bonding agent on this piece. Thats is also a choice you can make. The bonding agent helps the paint adhere better to surfaces but doesn’t ensure that it will. If you use the bonding agent make sure you let the first coat dry for at least 2 hours. Otherwise you might reactivate the bonding agent in the paint. (I didn’t do this..I never listen!! so bad I know but my second coat went on fine) The white color in the paint dries clear, thats the bonding agent. (if you don’t add the bonding agent dry time is about 20ish minutes)

milk paint with the bonding agent

The white color dries clear, its the bonding agent


typewriter milk paint

you have to stir and mix this ALOT. I used an egg beater and stirred the paint every so often while painting.

The paint looked totally weird going on. Its really watery and runny. Not like other paints I have used. This wasn’t very comforting. The directions say to add equal parts with this paint. so for every scoop of water you add a scoop of pigment. As far as the bonding agent you add as much as the milk paint you have made. So it doubles your paint amount. I only added 8 scoops of pigment in with 12 scoops of water. Then I doubled my recipe with the bonding agent. I wanted a grey color so I added less powder to the water. Still turned out black but a PERFECT black!

Here are some pics of the wet paint. I had a bleed through and sprayed with ploy before the next coat of milk paint. The milk paint covered the spots perfect after that.

milk painted desk, looked blue when wet

It looked blue when I was applying it

The milk paint dried really chalky. Every time I touched the piece it left finger marks. I distressed all the edges and then waxed the piece with furniture wax. The color really popped after I applied the wax and the paint completely soaked up the wax. It looked so smooth and vibrant. No more finger prints!

one coat of milk paint

1 coat of the typewrite milk paint with the bonding agent

milk painted desk. black with a stained top

after the wax was applied, see the color just come to life!

I stained the top and sealed with poly.  Isn’t it a gorgeous refinish! Hopefully all my milk paint projects go this smooth:) I will definitely be using it again,  so I’ll keep you posted.

Want to see more pics?? Me to;) gorgeous milk painted dresser gorgeous milk painted desk beautiful refinished desk with milk paint. how to use milk paint Thanks for reading

Jeanette Marie

Rustic Home Decor Pieces Coming Soon!! check it out

Hi guys! I want to say thank you to everyone that has followed my posts!! xox

Lets talk about some ideas I have for a vintage show I will be selling at this summer:)


Naturally, I first inquired about selling my refinished furniture but the slots for that were full and I really wanted to be a part of the event so I thought..Maybe its the perfect time to debut the hand made rustic furniture/accessory collection.

I have been sketching out lots of ideas and using google/pinterest for inspiration. I have so many things I want to make! Not enough time in the day..I will have to use my better half and more skilled furniture maker for this part;)  He’s going to LOVE that..No, he will. He loves to build and we love to do things together. Its nice when you share a common interest with your partner.

I wanted to share a few of the pictures I found with you guys and see what you thought of the direction our rustic pieces will be going in. Please feel free to comment and give me your input. I love interacting with you guys about my projects..and I love honest feedback. so don’t hold back

Without further ado, here are some of my favorites so far.

Wooden Console Table or Buffet Table..I WANT this for myself

 Rustic Wine Rack. I love this and I think its perfect for any decor!


Who couldn’t use a little more help in the organizing department?? Maybe even add some chalk board paint for titles on each slot..


Industrial Rustic Decor:) Loving the black pipe for added texture


I ADORE everything about this picture! The colors, the rug, and the black pipe again!!


Cool coffee table


OMG!! THAT TABLE! THE MATCHING SHELF!! I loved this so much I’ve already started making it


Its a small piece but simply perfect for your table


Painted mason/ball jars..i’m a junkie for these..


AND!! some more of my color palette


So you can make sure you got your beauty on in the a.m.


Alright friends, leave us some feedback and your thoughts. Let us know if there is something else you would like to see.  This is just a small portion of the unique items I have in mind. I will also have some really cool light fixtures up for grabs if they work out how I plan:)

Thanks for reading

Jeanette Marie



Everything a girl loves..shopping, boys and PINK!

I received an email from a client explaining that she wanted a pink desk and black chair for her daughter.  She asked me if I had any unfinished or unspoken pieces  available and I told her “Yes!”  Then we emailed inspiration photos back and forth and she loved ALL of them:) It took her awhile to decide on the finish but when she did I was excited to get started.

Now, pink and black are not my favorite colors and if I had painted this on my own to sell it I would NEVER have painted it in this palette. But, the customer is alway right…so I went to work.

The first thing I did for this piece was remove the hardware and sand everything down.  I had to sand a lot on the front of the drawers because the old handles had left indents (I knew I was adding new hardware). I did have to fix a few drawers where the dovetail had come apart.  I did this by filling the dovetails with wood glue and using bar clamps.  I also had to address some issues where the top layer veneer had separated from the wood on a few drawers.  To fix this I inserted wood glue underneath by using a tooth pick and pushing the glue into the cavity as far as it would go.  Then I used a piece of wood to put pressure on the area and clapped it. This sat overnight to ensure proper drying time.



Next I sanded the excess glue off my drawers and wiped down the desk.  I jumped in my paint booth and sprayed my first coat of paint.  Spraying furniture is an art in my opinion.  It takes a lot of practice and patience. My fiancé and mother in-law have taught me well:) The first coat was a light pink color. The second coat was the same color. The third coat was a few shades darker.

The next thing I did was wash this piece in a shade even darker than I had previously used. Then a shade lighter, then the original pink color(first 2 coats) then the color of the 3rd sprayed coat.  Lastly, I lightly white washed it and dark waxed it with Americana Dark Wax.  It has so much depth and color variation, its really pretty!


A similar pink color palette I used for this piece.

I similar pink color palette I used for this piece.


I distressed the edges in spots that I think would naturally be worn and decoupaged the drawers. I used mode podge to adhere the paper and seal it.

For the chair, I used black paint (made into DIY chalk paint). I painted 3 coats and distressed it to show the gorgeous wood color underneath. My next project will be black! I loved the way the chair turned out.




I have to say that in the end I absolutely LOVE-LOVE this refinish. It was outside my comfort zone and really made me work. Her vision has inspired me to try out some new color combinations and you will see these soon!

Thank you for reading.

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Jeanette Marie

Recycled Dresser Drawers

Hi everyone!

After my last blog, the one where I almost burned my dresser:/    I decided to look up some recycled drawer ideas..You never know when you might find yourself in a situation where you have 6 extra drawers laying around.  These are so cool and unique that I think everyone should have at least one in their home or garden.

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d pureandnoblepureandnoble

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pink porchpink-porch


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dHe looks comfy in his drawer:)

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Jeanette Marie