When I was a child I knew I wanted to be a mom. I had no idea what lay in store for me, but let me tell you it is the BEST thing that ever happened to me next to marrying my husband, and foremost becoming a Christian. My gaggle of 6 have taught me things that I never knew. Like how to let go, giving my everything, and joy beyond belief. Even better is that I get to share with them what I know in about life in general, while also teaching them homeschool studies, and my trade. Today I want to touch on how kids learning and creating their own DIY projects benefits all.
It’s not a new topic to most of you that they all love to join me in my trade. We work as a team every day to make this blog possible, and the business what it is. If it wasn’t for my family, I couldn’t do what I do. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned how important it is to pass on trade skills or take time to teach. You can read about all of their work in these posts.
My youngest son, Mr. O., is no newbie to the game either. He’s found pieces on the curb and tackled big projects for a little guy his age. I’ve shown what he can do before with his Clock Face Table and a French Stand. He rules the DIY!
Today is no different. I found this primitive chair at the thrift store and knew it would be a perfect mama-son project. He is ever asking for something to create or work on and this is it. Why is this a good piece? Because (1) it’s small (2) it doesn’t need much work (3) it has resale potential – since he’s trying to build a savings.
When I told him this would a great project piece for him, he lit up. My kids learning how to DIY is important to me for many reasons. They need to know how to take care of themselves in the most basic of forms (ie. save money and earn money). They work on pieces all the time to build their savings. I want them to learn from our past trials and stay out of debt. You can read our story HERE. Plus, helping them to grow in their self-esteem is priceless.
To get him started, I told him to sand it all down because whoever painted it prior didn’t and all the grain was on end from the paint lifting it up. Let me tell ya, he had at it like a ninja!
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Next, we wiped it all down to prep it for our next step – tape. This is the only part I stepped in to help. We wanted to create faux grain sack stripes using that black paint to our advantage. In this instance we did it to leave stripes, whereas in this tutorial we show you how to add them. You can also see all my other grain sack applications in these older posts too.
Using two different sizes of Frog Tape, we put our design on. (a 1 ½” tape strip, and a 1″ strip carefully cut in two). I even cut out a No. 7 out of contact paper to add even more farmhouse flair. Fun!
Next was the fun part for him…PAINT! Since I love Dixie Belle paint for its coverage, as well as its natural chalk mineral based qualities (safe for anyone), it was a no-brainer to pick for him. He wanted to do white, the same Cotton White I used on my tiered planter DIY tutorial. To make it even easier for him I set him up with my favorite Zibra brushes. First the Triangle Brush to get into all those corners easily.
Then he used the Stubby Brush to cover the rest. That brush is easily one of my favorite shapes of the brushes I carry in my shop. It fits my hand wonderfully and does a fantastic job of covering. He really looks focused, doesn’t he?
Once the first coat cured, he did a second and then we took of our tape and let it cure a second time. He quickly asked, “Are we going to make it look old?” (aka. distressing) I giggled and said, “YES!!” He liked that idea. Good boy.
Here is his finished piece and I can proudly say he did so good!
The sweetness it has makes me smile, and we hope it does the same for you. He even staged it with the button-jointed bear I made him when he turned one year old. Boy, does time fly!! sniff…
My favorite part is the distressing he did. All I had to do was point him in the right direction and he had at it. Goes to show the kids learning and creating their own DIY projects really can be easy and fun for all.
Sometimes I fear that if I blink my kiddos will be all grown up and I’ll miss it. I cherish this time dearly and hope this encourages you to take time to build confidence in your children and grandchildren. I know not everyone has a way to sell items, but DIY can be just for the fun or it.
You can add a new piece to their bedroom that they work on themselves, build a bird house, or how about a treat for pets or a family member, or even a complete stranger that needs a “hug”? There are so many ways we can keep our kids from succumbing to the digital world of TV, tablets, computers, and phones. Even better is that kids learning these lessons causes the knowledge to stay with them their entire life. Memories of sweet times never die.
Mr. O is offering his grain sack chair in my online shop (SOLD) and can’t wait to see where it ends up. When my kids sell their items it’s a built-in geography lesson. The last piece went to Australia this week – how fun!
Both Mr. O and I hope you’ve been encouraged to try DIY yourself and that even see how kids learning to do for themselves is rewarding a thousand times over. Do pin and share to inspire others too! Share with us your stories – we’d love to hear them.
Up next, this dresser has seen better days and will be getting a face-lift. eep! See the reveal HERE.