I’m sharing my favorite swag from the Haven Conference ~ Amy Howard Vintage Wood Mercantile!
I attended my very first blogging conference last month. The Haven Conference is held each year in Atlanta and it brings together hundreds of DIY and Home Decor bloggers to learn, network with brands, and meet other bloggers. It was an amazing experience for so many reasons, but today we’re going to discuss SWAG!!
I was completely blown away by the amount of swag I left with…I was so thankful to be driving. There’s no way I could have gotten all that stuff on a plane and I didn’t want to leave any of it behind!
This is just the stuff that came in the bag (yes, that is a Dremel tool!). I picked up tons more from the brands throughout the weekend.
Today, I’m joining several other bloggers for a Haven Swag Challenge! We’re each going to create something using our swag!
One of my very favorite sessions was with Amy Howard. She had such an awesome story of how she got started in her current business. It was so inspiring. I had always wanted to try her paint, so this was the perfect chance to learn directly from her!
Each member of the class received full sizes of the Better With Age and Venetian Plaster to take home!
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- Unfinished wood caddy
- 3M sanding sponge (also received at Haven)
- Amy Howard Vintage Wood Mercantile- Better With Age
- Amy Howard Vintage Wood Mercantile- Venetian Plaster
- Metal label holder
This wooden caddy was a clearance find at JoAnn’s and it’s just been sitting in my craft room waiting for a project. I thought it would be good practice for the Vintage Wood Mercantile. These products are perfect for easily creating an old or “vintage” wood look.
1. Sand the rough edges and splinters from the unfinished wood. I used the 3M sanding sponge that I received from Haven!
2. Shake the can of Better With Age very well before opening and then stir before using.
3. Brush on the Better With Age~ it is very thin, like water. It has a slight odor but it’s not nearly as strong as stain.
You will immediately start to see the wood darkening and becoming richer. It reacts with the tannins in the wood so each piece/type of wood will vary in color.
4. Mix up the Venetian Plaster ~ one part plaster to one part water. Mix until it is the consistency of paste. Apply a thick coat to the wood.
If you just want the dark stained look, you can skip this step. The Venetian Plaster is what will give it a rustic, old wood look. The front side in the picture below is with the plaster and the rest of the caddy is just the Better With Age.
5. Let the plaster sit for 5 mins and then use a trowel to remove the excess. This will push the plaster down into the grooves of the wood. I was a little impatient and didn’t have a trowel on hand, so I improvised. 🙂
I love the look of both of these products together. I have achieved the same result using stain, chalk paint and distressing, but I think this process is actually much quicker and easier!
6. Add decorative items. I added the Metal label holder to the front of the caddy and filled it with fall items.
It looks like it has been heavily distressed but all of that was done with the Vintage Wood Mercantile products!
This was a very simple project using rather cheap wood. I really want to try this on some larger pieces and try different types of wood!
I still have so much Haven Swag to play with…I can’t wait to try it all and share more projects with you.
I hope you will stick around and check out what the other bloggers have created. You’ll find their links at the bottom of the post!