Sunday night I posted a Facebook Live on how I “stained” our checkout counter in my new store, Spruced Cooperative, that is opening next Tuesday May 9th! Eeeek! With just one week to open we have been putting the final touches on the store to make it one of the most unique shopping experiences in Edmond, Oklahoma.
One of the last things on my to-do list was to stain our front counter.
But I hate stain.
You can tell how much I hate staining by my facial expressions in this video.
Watch the entire process documented in this off the cuff FB Live.
After I posted the video there were an enormous amount of questions, from where to buy the products I used to where I got my earrings and shirt.
I find most people watching Live videos are observers and not engagers. Which it totally fine – although your engagement in my videos is my love language. It means I am connecting with YOU and helping you make your life a little easier by sharing tips and tricks along the way.
So let’s answer the FAQ’s about this video jussssst in case you missed the video or are a FB wallflower.
What did you call the bar…a ‘cash..’what?
I called the checkout counter a cash wrap. I worked at Victoria’s Secret every Christmas in college and that’s what they called their checkout counter and I guess the verbiage stuck. Maybe it’s a southern thang. Or maybe it’s a corporate retail thing.
Why don’t wipe back the ‘stain’ after you paint it on?
I don’t wipe back the stain because there is no need to. The watered down paint is translucent enough to not need a wipe down. If you find that your mixture isn’t thin enough then you can wipe it back to play around and get the look you are wanting. Totally up to you!
What about the corners where the coats overlapped?
In the video I painted just a corner and some of the paint overlapped with the already dried coats. It’s really no biggie because once you seal the surface you can’t even tell! Don’t over think it.
How did you decide on five cups of water per sample?
I orginally started off with 3 cups of water to mix with the sample but it was still too dark and showed none of the wood grain. I dumped two more cups in, stirred, and loved it. You may be going for a different look and can add more or less water depending on your surface, wood, and your mood.
What type of sponge did you use…and where does one buy it?
I used a True Applicator by Heirloom Traditions Paint. I sell the applicator in my store or you can purchase it from Heirloom Traditions Paint’s website here. The True Applicator gives a true even coat finish application with no brush strokes. This smooth, sponge applicator has a unique built in handle making it ideal for applications of even based top coats.
How many coats did you apply to the countertop?
I applied two coats and then sealed with two coats of Heirloom Traditions Paint’s Water-based Top Coat in Satin.
Will the stained wood be darker?
Yes, when using any Chalk Type Paint it will always dry lighter than it’s true color. Once the Top Coat is applied it revives the color and brings it back to life.
Where did you get that cactus wallpaper you just showed?
I got it from Sweet Pea Wall Design on Etsy – you can find it here.
What type of product you use to seal the counter top??
I used a Water Based Top COAT t in Satin by Heirloom Traditions Paints.
WHERE DID YOU GET THAT SHIRT?
Totally off topic but a very resonable question. This sweater is from Old Navy but I actually bout it second hand on Thred Up for less than $10.
Where is your store located?
My store that I co-own with 3 other amzingly talented ladies is located at 610 S Kelly STE J Edmond, OK 73003 or you can visit us online at sprucedcooperative.com . Make sure you sign up for our newsletter so you can stay in the loop on our grand opening and upcoming special events!
I think I answered all of your questions! If you think of any others leave me a comment!