Guest Blogger: Shanty2Chic

Hello, Infarrantly Creative here. This week is going to be such a blast. I have 4 guest bloggers coming for a visit. I am vacation with the hubs but I didn’t want to leave you hanging. We will have 4 fantastic tutorials from some amazing bloggers. I would like to welcome Whitney and Ashley from Shanty2Chic. These gals have only been blogging since August and they have already made their name in blogland with their amazing refabs and fun projects. Give a big warm IC welcome to Whitney and Ashley!

Hello blogging world! We are so excited and honored that Beckie asked us to guest blog on her amazing site Infarrantly Creative! Just to give you a quick peek into our world, Whitney is a stay-at-home mom of three and Ashley works part-time and is the mother of 2 kids. Our favorite past time is shopping and crafting. We get together at least once a week for a “craft night”. We love scouring high and low for shanty items and transforming them into something chic, which led us to our blog Shanty2Chic! We will take you along on our journey as we learn to transform our new homes, on a budget, and prove to ourselves that we don’t need to wait on our husband’s to do the “big jobs!” We hope to inspire you to grab a paint bucket, pick up that scary tool and get to work!

Our project we would like to share with you today is our Large Vintage Looking Dominoes! Yes, you heard that right! We just loved the way our Vintage Looking Dice turned out and wanted to expand from there…which lead us to the dominoes! This was such a fun project and we are so thrilled to share our tutorial and tips with you!

We started out with a 2×10 piece of lumber that Whitney purchased from Lowe’s for $5.00. We marked off every 16 inches and began cutting with our circular saw which made 6 individual pieces.

We then picked up our battery powered sander and took turns sanding down every edge and corner to form the shape of a domino.

Now for the paint! We purchased Behr Cozy Cottage Satin from Home Depot…we picked this one purely for the name (it’s a shade of cream).

Let the painting begin….

Two coats later and we are ready for the dots! We dry brushed some Behr Forever Black Satin over a circle stencil that we cut with our Cricut. It made for perfect dots…

We placed electrical tape on each domino to form a stencil for us to dry brush a line down the middle….we let it curve around the edge just a tad….

Now for more sanding…We used our 3M sanding block with 80 grit sand paper and roughed-up the edges a lot (especially the corners)….

A coat of Minwax Red Mahogany stain over the distressed edges gave the dominoes a great vintage look…

We finished these babies off with our FAVE ~ Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze (also purchased at Home Depot) to complete our vintage look ~ just paint on and wipe away with an old cloth!

Our finished Large Vintage Looking Dominoes!

We decided at the last minute that our dominoes would be best displayed hanging on a wall…. A package of 6 Saw Tooth Hangers (purchased at Wal-Mart for $0.97) made hanging simple!

Just hammer one in the center of each domino….

A few wall anchors later and our dominoes are on perfect display!

We want to give a big thank you again to Beckie for inviting us to guest post on her blog and we hope to have inspired you all! ~ Shanty2Chic