Grain Sack Cubbies

This week's feature is a little cubby/shelf that just needed a bit of character.

Grain Sack Cubbies

~ A Sweet Little Treat for the Home ~

Hello my Sweets!

This shelf was purchased at a retail chain for very little money, but was bore-ring! Those cute little cubbies spoke to me and I knew just the punch that they needed to make them special. Read on, friends, to see how easy it was to give them a little French farmhouse vibe with a little bit of paint!

From Boring Cubbies to Little Cuties!

One look at that dark wood and I knew it would be a bleeder. While I love the color pink, I didn’t want my cream project turning pink after I was done. The best way to prevent that is to use a shellac based primer. I always use BIN because it has never let me down. There are a few BIN primer products, so be sure to use the shellac based one. I used tape around the inside of the cubby to create a nice sharp paint line. The primer goes on very chalky and leaves a texture, so you will want to do two things for this step: use a cheap throw-away chip brush to apply because cleaning the brush after is a challenge and you don’t want to ruin your good brushes, and lightly sand between coats to knock down the gritty texture. A few coats of primer and we were good to go with the paint.

The paint that I chose for this project is one that is quickly becoming a go-to for my “not quite white” projects. It is Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk. This project was the first time that I had used Raw Silk. I bought a sample jar, which is a tiny 1.25 oz jar, but it was enough to complete the project with 3 coats. I was happy with the coverage as well.

Small but Mighty.

Once the paint was dry, I used tape to create the grain sack stripes. To create the look, you want thin and a thick stripes. I have seen the look created in two different ways – 3 stripes (2 thin stripes and 1 thick stripe) or 2 stripes (1 thin stripe and 1 thick stripe). It is up to you which you prefer, but I chose 3 stripes. I can’t lie, this step did take a steady hand to create even spaces between the stripes, so be patient with yourself if this part takes a few tries. I used some number stencils that I thought had a farmhouse feel to them and numbered each of the cubbies. The color that I chose for both the stripes and the number stencils is Stormy Seas by Dixie Belle. I had the paint on hand from another project and thought that the muted grayish blue color was perfect to create the look of a grain sack. I think I nailed it! How about you? 🙂 You can create this grain sack look on drawer fronts, decorative boxes, pots, or even fabric to give your home a little French farmhouse vibe. Give it a try! 👩🏻‍🎨


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Materials List (may not be all inclusive):

BIN Shellac Primer, Quart

Chip Brush, 3 inch, 24 pack

Dixie Belle Chalk Paint, Stormy Seas

Dixie Belle Clear Coat Satin

Dixie Belle Blue Sponge

Paint Brush, Angled 2 inch

Raw Silk, Fusion Mineral Paint

Painters Tape


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