DIY Paint Stick Christmas Tree Decor // Part 2

DIY Paint Stick Christmas Tree Decor // Part 2


hi everybody its Christina from pretty
distressed welcome back to my channel in today’s video I’m going to be sneaking
in one more Christmas project I’m gonna be showing you how these Christmas trees
got built and then I’m gonna finish them off with a little bit of stain and wax
so if you want to see how I got this look just keep watching this video is
gonna be a lot of fun for me today because this is my first ever youtube
collaboration I am partnering today with Steph and Vicki from mother daughter
projects over at DIY homeowners I found these really cool rustic Christmas trees
on the Pottery Barn website at the beginning of the season in fact they’re
so popular that they are sold out and I don’t know if they’re ever coming back
but back then they were priced at two hundred and forty dollars and I took a
look at these and knowing Steph and Vicky and all the building skills that
they have and the tools that they have I thought they might be able to build
these for less so I put them to the challenge and they have a video
explaining how to build these Christmas trees so I will put that in the
description box below and you guys can check that out before you watch the rest
of this video or after you finish this one all the products they used to build
the trees and everything I’m using to finish them off today was all about it
at Home Depot so you can do one-stop shopping for this project we went up
these videos up last week but our trees actually got lost in the mail for a
whole week but I was really excited when they actually showed up I’m gonna be
opening them for the first time right here in front of you guys so you can see
my reaction so let’s go ahead and dig into this box and see what Steph and Vicki
made for me these look awesome they look almost identical to the Pottery Barn oh
my gosh the detailing on this this is awesome they actually made these really
easy to ship and store by putting a removable base on them oh my gosh
there’s a card in here you guys and a copy of steps book oh I’m gonna cry
right now oh my goodness I can’t wait to read
I didn’t even know she was gonna include this in here this is just her story her
life story of dealing with mental health and some traumatic things that happened
in her life I feel really touched that she shared
this with me you guys I’m gonna link this below in the description just in
case you want to check out her book and you’re interested in learning more about
Stef and her journey so sweet and she sent me a magnet and a little sticker
for mother-daughter projects and just a sweet note and some extra bolts and some
extra pieces in case anything was broken or missing but everything looks intact
to me so I’m gonna go ahead put everything together grab all my
materials zoom you in and we’re gonna finish off these Christmas trees the
first thing I’m doing is just setting out the trees and I’m taking apart the
bases so that I can stain those as well and I set aside the hardware so that I
would not lose it the first thing I tried out was this bear thing classic
wood stain and weathered oak I was pretty happy with the color going on but
it was just not dark enough and then when it dried it actually hardly looked
like it made a difference so I went back to the store and I got this triple
strength premium wood stain in weathered gray I’ve worked with this before so I
knew it was gonna have a lot more pigment than that classic stain and the
first thing that I did was to test it out on the back to make sure I liked it
so what you’re gonna do is just grab your can open it and stir it up really
good just to evenly distribute all the pigment that’s in there I also grabbed
my nitrile gloves to protect my hands and then my favorite Intex
multi-purpose rag from Home Depot I’m starting with the smaller tree dipping
that rag directly into the stain and then blotting it out a little bit like I
said this is really pigmented so I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t
putting on it too much because you can’t dial it back once you put too much on as
I’m applying this I am going with the grain dipping back in for more stain
when I need it and blotting it out on that cloth like I did the back I also
need to do the sides as well to make sure that they are stained and now on to
the other side of the tree once I got all the stain put down on the
tree I just found a clean spot on my cloth and just wiped back any of the
excess stain that was still on the tree I also finished off the bottom just
because I wasn’t sure how much was gonna show once I put the stands on now I’m
gonna grab my other tree and again I started on the back just to get the hang
of it because this one is shaped a little differently and it has more
detail than the smaller one so it just gave me a little practice right doing
the back because no one’s really gonna see the back but you do still need to
have it finished off if you’re gonna place it on a mantel or something so my
technique is exactly the same I’m just putting on that stain dipping into that
can and blotting it out as I go something that was different
about the bigger trees is that they had this little section of detail in between
the slats I wasn’t able to push enough stain and they’re just using my rag so I
grabbed a just little cheap a paintbrush that I had laying around to fill in
those gaps so now that we’ve got the hang of this let’s speed it up and get
this tree done and just like on the other one don’t forget to get your sides
and that little paintbrush helped get into the corners on the sides as well okay now that the trees are done I need
to stain my bases as well I just stained them all the way around
just in case you could see any part of it when the tree was put together and
this stain dries pretty quickly within an hour just make sure it’s not sticky
or tacky before you move on to your next step I am going to distress my trees a
little bit I’m starting with a wire brush and just rubbing this in the
direction of the grain it just adds a little bit more depth and texture I’m
also going to take a hammer and just lightly tap that around to put some
nicks in it and another thing I like to do to distress pieces is take a little
nail and dot that in there and make little wormholes but then I grabbed a
paper towel and just wiped up any dust that I created distressing to seal my
piece I’m gonna be using the Behr decorative wax in white I am applying it
with one of those Intex the same cloths that I used to add the
stain this is my first time working with this wax and it is super soft compared
to what I’m used to working with I thought it was gonna really collect and
pick up the spots that I distressed but I actually just created a really soft
whitewashed effect and I liked the way that it was looking so I just went with
it since this wax is so soft it just really easily wiped into the piece and
kind of just melted into it and gave it a beautiful whitewashed effect once I
got all the wax on I wiped them down with a clean cloth and then I finished
off the bases as well now it’s time to put these trees together and putting on
the bases and a screwing them shut having these removable bases was really
a great feature for shipping these but it’s also going to be great for storage
in case I need to lay them completely flat so here are our finished Christmas
trees I am really proud of how me and mother daughter projects worked together
to create this dupe I think it looks beautiful and we did ours for around a
sixty five dollars in materials compared to the two hundred and forty dollars for
the inspiration of course you do need some power tools so go check out DIY for
homeowners with a mother-daughter projects because they’re going to show
you how to use all those tools and which ones to buy I had so much fun collabing
with Stef and Vicky today I hope you guys enjoyed it too I will see you next
time and Merry Christmas

4 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *