Heirloom Traditions Paint & Hometalk Challenge: DIY Mother's Day Gift!

Mother's day is fast approaching and this year I am on top of it! It all started with a text my mother sent. Her best friend had purchased a reclaimed wood piece with three butterly coat hooks attached. Being butterflies, my mother was instantly obsessed and text her favorite daughter to find these specific cast iron butterfly double coat hooks. Okay so I'm her only daughter but I'm still her favorite. Being the loving person I am, I sought after those butterfly coat hooks and found the exact ones on Etsy. Specifically in Tamara King's shop TamarasTreasureTrove. I messaged her with a custom order and she followed through with exactly what I wanted! Such a sweetheart! The icing on top of the cake was getting to participate in the Heirloom Traditions paint and Hometalk challenge! Heirloom Traditions sent me their chalk paint in the color I chose Synergy and their Clear Liquid Wax to seal. So I'll stop babbling and show you exactly what I created!

I started by sanding my scrap wood with 80 grit sandpaper. I didn't bother with using a finer grit until later in the process. I still wanted the rustic look. I used two of the seven panels for back supports, giving my other five something to grab on to.




After I removed the excess dust from sanding, I started in with staining the five main panels with the Unicorn SPiT gel stain and a staining pad. The best part about US is that it is non-toxic and smells like jasmine! You do not have to use gloves but can if you don't want your hands to stain slightly.




After I removed the excess dust from sanding, I started in with staining the five main panels with the Unicorn SPiT gel stain and a staining pad. The best part about US is that it is non-toxic and smells like jasmine! You do not have to use gloves but can if you don't want your hands to stain slightly.




To make my stain, I mixed Unicorn SPiT in Squirrel!, Rustic Reality, and Midnight Blackness in an empty plastic container. I eyeballed the amount but I used about 3 tablespoons of Squirrel!, 1-1/2 tablespoons of Rustic Reality and about a teaspoon of Midnight Blackness. I then added some water, about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup, closed the lid and shook until I felt it was mixed well enough.




The top two are almost dry by the time the last one was stained. It dries quick! Especially on this beautiful spring day! Also, isn't my little work table awesome?! It folds up for easy storage. Gotta love hand-me-downs from grandparents!




Finally to my favorite part! Destressing the wood with the Heirloom Traditions chalk paint! Isn't the color Synergy gorgeous?! I already cannot wait to use it on more projects for myself!




I allowed the chalk paint to dry for 24 hours and lightly sanded the panels with 320 grit sand paper. I did not want the chalk paint to disappear completely so I used a very light hand. I used tacky cloth to remove the excess dust.




Now to seal it with the clear liquid wax. This stuff is amazing! I was afraid that it wouldn't seal my Unicorn SPiT since the US requires an oil based sealer but it worked perfectly!




Isn't it beautiful?! I did one test piece and it really brought out the colors. It applies so well and dried pretty quick for me. You can do multiple coats, however I only desired to do one coat. I used almost half of the bottle for this project.




While I waited for my wax sealer to dry, I decided to spray the hooks with Rustoleum Metallic. The picture really doesn't do it justice. I had asked Tamara for a non-painted set in case I did decide to spray them. So glad I did because they are gorgeous!




After the wax was dry (about a half hour), I attached the supports to the back of the five main panels. I used the #8 x 3/4" wood screws and had cut down the supporting panels to leave about an inch from the top and bottom edge.




I made sure to not get too close to the edge with the screws and went slow so as to not split the wood. I put two screws in each supporting panel for every main panel (20 total).




My final step was to take the valspar paint sample in ultra white and add a verse that I felt would be perfect for the piece. Ruth 1:16. I applied it with an acrylic brush that I got from the craft store.




Done! I love it! I left the letters distressed but I may go back and fill them in and will probably add more of the Synergy with an acrylic brush and some extra details to fill in the empty spots. I cannot wait to give it to her! The best part is she has no idea that I bought the butterfly hooks! I will be adding this to my blog Perfectly Imperfect Whitney as soon as Mother's Day is over. Be sure to check it out for her reaction! She will probably cry, lol. My blog is just starting out but stay tuned for more DIY! I cannot wait to make myself a piece with the Synergy paint!
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  • Sherri Bowen Sherri Bowen on Apr 24, 2017
    Where did you get the butterflies hooks at?

  • Jessi Betan Jessi Betan on Apr 24, 2017
    Thai is very nice :)

    what is the job of the wax?
    Should it be use for rustic style?
    thanks

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  • Barbara Valenti Barbara Valenti on Apr 24, 2017
    What an awesome daughter you are. You listened and made your Mother something she will treasure forever! Gorgeous piece and well done. I need a daughter like you! So sweet....

    • Whitney Whitney on Apr 25, 2017
      Awww thank you so much! I try my best to make her happy. She did give me life lol.

  • Ginger the farm gal Ginger the farm gal on Apr 29, 2017
    YOU DID GOOD SIS !

    • Whitney Whitney on May 01, 2017
      Thank you so much! I'm pretty proud of myself lol!

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