How To Spray Paint & Distressed Card Catalog

Remember those days where I used to make youtube videos? O, you missed that? Well,
I used to all the time.. and then I got embarrased about how I looked & how many times I said “um” in the span of 5 minutes. But in order to share my passion with you guys & show you the way that I do things {It’s not always the right way, but it’s my way} I wanted to start making videos again so you could see first hand how I paint & other tips and tricks on how to pray paint. That’s what my blog is for, it’s to share my love for all things painting & DIY & to inspire others to do what I love to do.

{Source: Instagram @lizmariegalvan}

These were the drawers before I started working on them. My original goal was to have glossy black drawers with solid gold hardware. But after I recorded the video & really started putting the drawers together, I quickly knew that I wanted them to be really distressed & like they had been used in an old hotel for years. Yes, exactly like that.
These drawers actually aren’t finished yet. I have an idea for them, but I wanted to show them to you how they looked now in all of their distressed glory…

Here’s a video I made with some tips & tricks on how I spray paint. There are so many variables with each piece, and each piece requires different actions, but here are the general rules that I use to accomplish the final product I want…

After this video when the piece was painted a solid black, I simply took a sanding block and distressed the whole entire thing. I wanted it to look very distressed. To achieve the gold hardware I used rub’n buff.

What do you think about the distressed drawers? I can’t wait to finish them & show you the final product. What did you think about the video? Do you find these helpful? What other kind of videos do you want to see? Share your thoughts on the facebook page {here} or in the comments below I love hearing from all of you!

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  1. You look beautiful and I love the song (;

  2. Love the tips. Any tips on spray painting plastic? I prime but the paint usually chips… P.S.. is that a baby bump we see? :)

    • Hi Polly!
      For plastic I suggest using a special spray paint like this one from Krylon that’s specifically for plastic:
      I hope that helps! & yes, right before this video I actually lost our baby.. don’t feel bad at all I never shared any of that on the blog or anywhere.. but I do plan on doing a blog post on it someday when I get the urge to write it :) Thank you so much for your comment & I hope you are having a great week!

  3. Love the video and the drawers look amazing! Just read your comment above… I’m so sorry. Let me know if you would like some cookies and I shall deliver you some.
    <3 Val

    • Thank you so much Valerie!! I didn’t want to be public just yet about it.. but sometimes it feels good to just say it. Ummm first of all I miss you and your cookies do heal everything… if you have time a day we should really do coffee or something :) I hope you are doing well!!! xx

      • ☺ Yes to coffee! Liz, my cookies and I miss you too! Haha I will defintely bake you some goodies sometime this week… Hope you like pumpkin?!

  4. You are so beautiful Liz…I have been wanting to do a video..buuuttt I’m just so painfully shy. You inspire to try… What a great transformation as usual…thank you so much for taking the time to link up it means a lot to us…..hugs

    • Wow Lucy! Thank you so much for your sweet comment, you just made my whole night. Thank you for hosting, and I am quite shy myself.. it took a million emails & a billion comments from people to finally get me back into it… I can’t wait to do more now.. you should try it, you might get hooked! :) I hope you have a great weekend!! xx Liz

  5. I just adore this, Liz! It’s so perfect and I love how you styled everything. Thank you so much for linking up, I really appreciate it!

  6. Love the drawers and the cannisters and the fan, they turned out great and the styling of the photo with the other things is amazing, so hip yet vintage love love love it!!

  7. Thank you for the tips – I cannot wait to try this! Your drawers look beautiful and so old!

  8. Love the drawers! Great job. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

  9. So cute and simple!

  10. love this! been on the look out for some old filing cabinets to do something very similar. :)

  11. Thank you for the video tips on spray painting. I have spray painted for years and I thought I knew how to do it, but I never thought about spraying a sealer on top. I sell the items, and always worried that the paint might chip off.
    Now I know to put a sealer on top. Thanks

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  14. So cute! I just found you via Pinterest. Where did you find the drawers? Thanks!

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