Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday Blogger Spotlight - Wonderland and Company

Hi ya'll. My name is Amanda and I blog over at Wonderland and Company. I'm a small business owner and a retailer of Plaster Paint by The Plaster Paint Company. We like to fix up, re-finish, paint and re-do anything we can get our hands on. Today I have a small project to share on how to give an update to a kitchen accessory almost everyone has - the knife block. This knife block has honestly been with me since probably college. It's been around for a bit. You will see it is missing some knives - I wasn't joking, this knife block has lived in 3 different states and been with me for 10+ years! My kitchen decor is red, white and black, so it only made sense to use Plaster Paint Old Red in my re-do. Honestly, this color is probably my very favorite of the 30+ colors the line has.

What is so great about using this paint is there is no prep work. That's right, no sanding, no stripping and no priming of any sort. I'm going to wipe this baby down with an all purpose cleaner and get to work. These are the things you will need to complete the project:
  • 4oz jar of Plaster Paint
  • Natural Bristle brush
  • Sanding Sponge
  • Liquid Wax

The first step is painting. Once you've wiped any dirt and dust off, apply your first coat. The dry time is normally 20 to 30 minutes between each coat of paint. I always paint two coats. The first coat almost always goes on streaky, but once you apply your second coat you have an even paint job over your piece with no visible brush strokes.

After applying your two coats of paint, you can distress the piece if you wish. I decided to do a little distressing on my knife block, just around the edges. A good tip for distressing is, think about where a piece would normally be handled and have the most natural wear. This is where you want to concentrate on your distressing. I also decided to give it more of an 'aged' look by applying a wash to it using Black Tie. Creating a wash is simple and easy to do. You can use any of our Plaster Paint colors and you can wash a piece directly or you can use a wash over a base color - like I'm doing here. 1. Take the color you are wanting to use as a wash (Black in this instance) and add a quarter cup of water to 4 drops of paint and stir.  2. Add more paint by the drop until you get the desired wash color  3. Shake excess out of the brush and do long, quick strokes You're end product will look like this.

My personal preference is for my piece to look very old, aged and worn. I know not everyone prefers this look. One of the great things about this paint is its versatility. You could leave your piece solid or it distresses easily. The choice is yours. 
The last step in our process is sealing our project. The paint is a water based paint, therefore, it has to have a sealant of some sort. I chose to use the liquid wax from the paint line - mainly because it's easy to use. You simply brush it on. However, there is also a paste wax. We normally do any and all furniture pieces with paste wax. But for this small piece that was going to see a lot of action in the kitchen, I decided to go with the liquid wax because it is a little more durable after it dries.  
It brushed right on and one coat does the trick. And voila, you have a new knife block that is much easier on the eyes. And all your friends will want to know where you got it!


  1. I also have a thing for the distressed look that is popular with some people know a days. i think pre loved is even better

    1. I have a little bit of loved and brand new things throughout the house. I can't really figured out what I like best.


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