DIY Covered Tray/Box

Many times I find great deals on boxes or containers that would be great for storage, but they don’t really match my decor.  I picked up this tray for 75% off after Christmas, but it could have easily been one I got as a gift as well. These are great for storage! Don’t toss them, refinish them.

I used some cheap contact paper I already had. This can easily be found at dollar stores.





As you can see I simply set the box on the rolled out paper, pulled up the sides to make sure it would cover and cut.


Next I creased the corners to see where to cut the corners.




I then peeled off the backing and began sticking. I found it easiest to pull the sides up taught and smooth from one side to another.
After all sides are smoothed, I cut a ‘v’ out at the top of the corner. This way it smooths well as it is folded down.
The finished product is great for open shelf storage.







Textured & Distressed Nightstands

The finish on these nightstands is a creamy color with distressing in brown. Texture details make this set stand out. The inner sides of the legs and door are painted a dark brown.

This set is painted in a way to show texture.

This set is for sale for pickup in Evansville, Indiana only. $200.00 for the set.

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Hand Painted Distressed Wooden Candlesticks in Linen- Sold

Hand Painted Distressed Wooden Candlesticks in Linen
These candlesticks are a beautiful addition to any home. This is a set of two. Candles not included.
Each one measures 13inches tall & the base is 5.5 inches.

They are painted with milk paint, which provides a textured look. They are also distressed and finished with wax to make the finish last.

Visit my store on Etsy to purchase them. GretchenLeighDecor

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Entry Table Refinish Project



Entry Table Refinish Project.


This project began with my curiosity of milk paint and the distressed finish.  I had a table that didn’t quite match the rest of my furniture, so I decided to use this finish. Milk paint is a different texture than most latex or oil based paints.

After reading up on milk paint, I found Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. I liked the clean look of the color Linen.


The trick I’ve found to this paint, is #1 mixing it well, #2 sanding between coats and #3 using the bonding agent if you want a distressed, not chippy look. It may take a few coats to achieve the desired look.

I distressed this table, then sealed with wax to make sure the finish lasts.

The pictures below are of the finished project.

What painting projects are you starting this year?

Happy New Year!


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