Hello, beautiful friends and welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday! Today, I’m sharing a vintage stool makeover with Terra Clay Paint. My friends are also sharing makeovers today, so be on the lookout for their projects at the bottom!
This stool tried to give me some trouble, but I got through it!
Here is the little trouble makeover before:
I paid $10 for it at the thrift store and nabbed it as soon as I saw it. I knew it would paint up so cute!
What paint to use?
I usually reach for Dixie Belle’s Chalk Mineral paint for most of my projects. I need something that requires little prep and dries fast! Because I am continually pumping out new makeovers, I tend to reach for what I know already as there is little time to learn how new paints will work.
Time to play with Terra Clay Paint
Terra Clay Paint is Dixie Belle’s newest line of paint, released last Summer. I did play with it some in the fall and redid this little box in three of the colors:
You can see more of that makeover and the colors I used HERE.
As you can see, it blends beautifully! What I really loved about it though was how easily it distressed. It almost gave the same look you can get with milk paint but without the unreliable results.
So, I was really looking forward to trying it on something with one color and a lot of distressing.
This stool was the perfect piece!
But first, I had to give it a thorough cleaning with White Lightning:
One small jar will clean tons of projects! I just mix one TBSP with a half gallon of warm water…
I changed out my water for clean water and wiped it down once more to remove any residue.
Terra Clay Paint
Then I was ready for paint! I was determined to try the Terra Clay on something a bit larger than that box. Like chalk paint, there is no need to sand first…a good cleaning is all that is needed.
I chose Blue Agave Terra Clay Paint:
And gave it one coat:
I ended up giving just the top a second coat:
As you can see, it dries significantly lighter. However, it will darken once you apply your sealer.
Then, I sanded all over with a sanding sponge, especially on the legs to get some beautiful distressing…
I love how this paint distresses!
Here is where I ran into trouble
It is suggested to wait about 24 hours before sealing your Terra Clay painted project. I waited a few days as I was working on other projects.
Oh no!! I reached out to my retailer friends in our FB group to get some advice, and they suggested using a brush instead. Although the sponge works fabulously on Chalk paint, it was grabbing the clay paint and pulling it back off.
How I fixed the issue
I decided also that you probably need two coats of clay paint, and I had only given the legs one coat.
To fix the problem, I gave the legs a second coat. Once it was dry, I sanded again and I still got the lovely distressing I was after.
A shop vac and brush attachment is great for vacuuming up all the sanding dust.
And it did wonderfully!
I was so excited and it dried so pretty!
Dixie Belle sells two sealers made specifically for the Terra Clay Paint line: Terra Seal, which has a matte finish and is comparable to the Clear Coat, and Terra Tuff, which has a bit of a sheen and is a bit tougher. I used the Clear Coat in Satin since I already had that open, and it did great.
I was now back on track and ready for the next step in this makeover!
Adding a transfer over Terra Clay Paint
Transfers WILL NOT stick to Terra Clay Paint if it isn’t sealed yet, so it’s important to seal it first. (Not with wax as the transfers won’t adhere well to that either.)
I chose the Delicate Roses transfer to go with this gorgeous blue green color:
It has several pieces that you can cut apart and use any way you like:
After cutting mine apart, I started with one of the larger pieces…
And continued adding pieces until I was happy with the way it looked…
Once I was done, I sealed the transfer to protect it with another coat of Clear Coat.
Seeing my feet in all the photos, you can tell I took my time working on this one over several days, but I am so glad I took the time to play around with this paint some more. I absolutely love the final results!
Here is how this pretty little stool turned out:
There are no drawers on this one to add a surprise, but how about on a leg?
I decided to bring some of the transfer onto one of the legs as well.
And can you see how rich this paint is??
Once sealed, it will darken again but not quite as dark as it was when wet.
Blue Agave is such a pretty blue green color!
And a peek from above:
My favorite is how easily it distresses…
If you’re looking to paint a piece and love the distressed look, I would give this paint a try!
I’ll have to try it on a larger piece next time.
Here is the simple run down for using this paint…
Tips for using Terra Clay Paint
- Clean well with White Lightning first and rinse
- Apply two coats of Terra Clay paint
- Allow 24 hours for the paint to fully dry before sealing
- Once dry, sand to smooth and distress if you like
- Seal with your favorite sealer using a synthetic brush
Don’t forget to check out what my friends are sharing today also!
(Jen’s is an older project but one that I love…hoping to have her back with us as soon as her new house is settled!)
That’s one more project completed from my first haul of 2023!
See them all so far at these links:
Painting the Smalls #20 (Six mini makeovers!)
I’ll be back on Thursday with this free gem:
See ya then!
UPDATE: No need to wait! See what I did with this chair HERE now!
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