Like many of you, I get a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest, but sometimes it may be from other websites, shopping, tv, or magazines too. I often find an item that is a beautiful piece, it just needs some love. Then I may dream up multiple ways to paint or make it new. (Part of the fun for me!) Some pieces speak to me right away and need to be painted a certain way, while others it takes me awhile to design them.

For this post, I’d like to hear from you. In a Pinterest & DIY inspired time, what inspires your home projects?





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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Hand Painted & Distressed Mason Jars

I love the look of painted, distressed mason jars. They are perfect in so many ways. This design provides a way to highlight the details in the glass work. These jars are oh- so-pretty with a few flowers in them or in the bathroom with makeup brushes in them.

Visit my shop to purchase these classic, beautiful jars. Gretchen Leigh Decor

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