Tutorial for making a 'Big Summer Blowout Onesies... LOL! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Colorful Wood Stain Artwork on Furniture

Friends! Good Tuesday to you! Today I’m grateful for short work weeks and those who gave their lives for our freedom. Such an immense sacrifice given by so many! As I was scrolling through Facebook over the weekend, I came upon a photo someone posted of a mom and baby having a picnic on their husband/daddy’s grave. It really struck me and made my heart physically ache for those that lost loved ones for the sake of our country. We are so privileged.

I wish I could find that photo to post here so I wouldn’t have this awkward transition.

Last week I shared a sneak peek on Instagram of a new decorative staining project I’ve been working on. I’ve been wanting to try staining with various colors, and when RustOleum sent me some of their new stain shades to play with, it was only a matter of time!

Wood stain shades by RustOleum {Sawdust and Embryos}

We’ve had this really amazing clawfoot table taking up room in our garage for awhile now. The previous owners had cut it down to be a coffee table, and Nick rebuilt it to be a dining table again.

Antique Clawfoot Table restoration {Sawdust and Embryos}

He also built a leaf so the table could extend, and he added a center support pedestal. Those leaves? THEY’RE WOOD.

carved wood leaf pedestal for claw foot table restoration {Sawdust and Embryos}

He likes to challenge himself and leave a personal touch on his pieces… which I admire so much. I’m more of a JUST GET IT DONE type of person. You can feel free to ‘read between the lines’ on that one. Heh.

He wanted me to do a stained design on the top surface as the finishing touch. Doing a floral design made the most sense because of the leafy pedestal. I did some image searches to find some inspiration, and found this gorgeous rose design.



I printed this design out and laid a transparency over it, and traced with a fine-tipped Sharpie.

Stained artwork on wooden table top! {Sawdust and Embryos}

And then, you guessed it, I used my overhead projector to blast the image onto the table and trace with a pencil.

How to paint with stain on a wooden table top {Sawdust and Embryos}

I decided to use 3 different shades of stain… RustOleum Dark Walnut, Cabernet, and Sage.

Learn how to use wood stain to make amazing artwork on furniture! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Every single time I do one of these stained pieces, I go through the same rotation of emotions. This pretty much sums it up:

Sounds about right! THE CREATIVE PROCESS

The rest is history! You’re going to have to watch the video to see how it turned out! Muahahaha! It’s only 2 minutes long, so your tortured suspense won’t last long.

This ‘Shading with stain’ technique is something I’m so proud of! There are TONS of you that have emailed me with pictures of your stained artwork (some examples here!), and it’s SO AWESOME! It’s the best feeling in the world to know that I inspired someone to create something! You guys are amazing!


If you haven’t already… check out some previous stained pieces I’ve done!

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Use wood stain to make artwork! CRAZY time-lapse video! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Daddy’s Birthday Celebration


On Tuesday, we celebrated Nick’s 33rd Birthday. What an old man! He really robbed the cradle with me… until I turn 33 myself in July. But let’s not dwell on that fact. Weren’t we such babes back in the day? The girls are a little confused about Birthdays. Every single day they ask if it’s their Birthday. So I wasn’t sure how it was going to go with us celebrating Daddy. I made a special point to really include them and let them help make decisions about how to make their Daddy feel … [Read More...]

Fabric Painted Onesies {Big Summer BLOWOUT!}

Tutorial for making a 'Big Summer Blowout Onesies... LOL! {Sawdust and Embryos}

I know the movie Frozen is SO LAST YEAR. It came and went like Brittany Spears. But one thing that lives on is this hilarious scene that Nick and I quote ALL.THE.TIME. Don’t sit there and try to tell me that Oaken isn’t your favorite character. ANYWAY. My bestie Dana was over for dinner a few weeks ago, and I was holding Cypress who was ‘working on a big one’ (which, these days, is usually a BLOWOUT)… and Dana pipes up ‘here comes a Big Summer Blowout’. After recovering from my … [Read More...]

Repurposing Bamboo Blinds into Art!


Remember how we recently chopped up our bamboo blinds to custom fit them to our windows and saved hundreds of dollars? Best idea EVER. After cutting them to size, Nick decided to save the scraps… because we might be able to repurpose them! Haven’t I trained him well? It was actually his idea to make these into hanging wall art. We brainstormed design ideas, and decided on painting stripes… vertical, horizontal, and diagonal. Each strip of bamboo shade got rolled up in a tight … [Read More...]

Tulip Time


This past weekend, my sister, mom, sister-in-law, and all our children made a little girls-day trip to Pella, IA for Tulip Time. I grew up in Iowa, so it’s pretty sad that I’ve never been to this huge Dutch festival! My sis-in-law Carrie grew up in this predominantly Dutch town, and showed us around… our own personal tour guide! I ate my FIRST EVER Dutch Letter while the kids played in the fountain. Cypress had a little snack with me. Being responsible for all three girls in a sea … [Read More...]

Chocolate Mousse BROWNIES!


Hey! Its Meghan from Cupcakes with Sprinkles and this month do I have the recipe for you! Do you have the same brownie recipe that's your go to? I have one but I thought I would branch out and try something new, see if there's something better, so when I saw this recipe with the frosting I had to try it. Its oh so chocolatey and has a light fluffy whipped cream frosting. Its a little on the rich side so it goes perfectly with some vanilla ice cream. Lets make us some brownies! … [Read More...]

Staining Wood w/ Raspberry Juice (Unique Art!)


Last week, I took a bag of frozen raspberries out of the freezer to thaw. There must have been a hole in the bag, because the next morning there was bright red juice all around the bag. It had even dripped off the edge of the counter and puddled on the floor. At first glance, it looked like a homicide crime scene. I would have taken a picture of it, but WHY WOULD I? It’s not like I was planning to blog about it. Luckily, I’m a great writer and adequately described the mess so you have a … [Read More...]

The kitchen is no longer teal


One of the first things we did when we moved into our house was PAINT THE KITCHEN. I got all brave and went with this dark teal color to contrast my white cabinets and chunky white trim, and I absolutely loved it. And apparently you did too, because that post about me painting the kitchen has been pinned over 700,000 times on Pinterest. In my pajamas. The big draw to this room was that one wall I did the glossy swirls on. This was back when Pinterest was first a ‘thing’… (remember when you … [Read More...]

Wooden Wall Art Inspiration


One of my favorite posts of all time is this ‘Kilim’ / Native American wooden artwork we did last year. I’ll admit it was tedious, but so so worth it. And I went to great lengths to make the tutorial easy for y’all to understand. You’re welcome! I don’t usually do round-up posts, but I’ve been stumbling upon so many awesome pieces of wooden artwork by some of my bloggy friends, I can’t help but gather them up in one place for some serious eye candy! If you’re like Nick and I, you … [Read More...]

A mirror? In a BATHROOM?


Do you know how long it’s been since we had a mirror in our bathroom? Let’s just say I gained and lost 50 lbs since then. As far as I’m concerned, my collar bones were visible the whole time. Remember when the bathroom looked like this? I know that pic isn’t altogether hideous. I actually loved that mural I painted for a period of time. But it was just dark and icky-feeling. And that burnt orange made my eyeballs dry-heave. BUT AT LEAST THERE WAS A MIRROR… right? AT LEAST I … [Read More...]