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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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We hope Theo James didn’t steal the show yesterday, maybe your hearts, but compared to the incredible work these contestants are rocking out we know he couldn’t possibly have stolen the show away from them! If you haven’t voted yet, well what are you waiting for?! GO VOTE NOW! Plus, if you need a little recap to refresh your memory or missed out on what happened in round one, check that out here to catch up.
The lovely Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs is back with us again this week to show off her amazing talent in the paint round, did you guys see what she created for our knock off round? How gorgeous is her Robert Abbey Delta inspired lamp?! We can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next week for the upcycle round! Alright, enough from us… take it away Sarah!
Hi! It’s Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs and I’m back this week to share my paint project! I LOVE paint – the possibilities are endless! I’m always amazed at the power of just painting something – it is probably the easiest way to create a dramatic change. Plus, it’s easy to paint over, if you change your mind!

When I first saw Layla Grace’s Bliss Studio Z accent table, I knew it would be the perfect project for a tree that had fallen down around Thanksgiving. David cut a section off with the chain saw then, and it’s been drying out in our garage over the past few months. Thankfully David was on board, because this stump is HEAVY, this project would have been nearly impossible without him.

Here’s the Layla Grace version.


Here’s our version!


The beauty of this project is that it doesn’t need to be perfect! I love the hand carved look. Here’s how we did it!

1. The bark was removed with a chisel and mallet.

2. Then a circle was drawn around the top as a guide. The excess was trimmed with a chisel and mallet.


3.  The entire height was 18″, we divided it into 4 sections and drew guide lines with a pencil. Then, using a circular saw the guide lines were cut. (Bricks help it from rolling away!)


4.  Next, the angles were cut with reciprocating saw. Making small cuts helps it stay fairly even.


 5. To give it a hand chiseled look, a chisel and mallet were used. Then, an orbital sander with coarse (60 grit) sandpaper was used to smooth the top.


 6.  Finally, paint! Rustoelum metallic nickel was applied in three thin coats (it took almost a full can) We made sure to use an indoor/outdoor variety so that we can use it outside too.


 7. It looked a little flat, so to bring out the details we applied a dark glaze, mixing black stain, brown stain, and wax together in a small dish and then applying with a rag and a foam brush to get into the crevices. The excess was wiped away with the rag.

I love how the glaze brings out the detail!



Also, one of my favorite tricks is to buy cheap artwork from second hand stores and transform it with paint. Would you believe that the total cost for this was only $3!? I spray painted the frame (left the corners as is) and mat board white. Then, I cut a piece of canvas and painted an abstract black and white dot painting.


Ranunculus are one of my favorite flowers, so glad that it’s finally spring!

The baskets, glossy yellow console table and rug were Home Goods finds.

We’re planning on using it outside on our future patio, but I love it inside too!

Thanks so much for letting me share today! I hope you love it as much as we do!


 Another amazing project from Sarah! We just love the transformation of her tree stump to table and the way the Rustoelum spray paint enhanced the features along with the glaze.

Now it’s your turn! 

We want to see your best paint projects, so link them up below. You’re playing for a chance to be featured here on our blog later this week and for an awesome prize pack! Don’t forget to link back to us on your post to let everyone know that you’re playing along with #cwts2014!


Don’t forget to vote for your favorite paint project from yesterday’s post and then come back tomorrow to find out which top 6 are moving forward!


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The comments +

  1. cassie says:

    sarah always impresses me with her talent and ideas! love this!

  2. Wow, every time when I think Sarah and her husband can’t do any better, they do it again. Amazing!

  3. That side table is incredible! Who knew a stump could be so gorgeous!! LOVE! Thanks so much for letting us join in the fun too, ladies!

    ~Abby =)

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  5. Erin says:

    Sarah came up with an amazing project, yet again, this week! Love it!

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  12. […] here to share her amazing upcycle project with everyone, did you guys see what she did for the paint round? Each week she is just blowing our minds and keeping up with these contestants! Take it away […]

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