I have found the perfect paint! Chalk Paint! At least it’s the perfect paint for me! What is chalk paint you ask? Well let me tell you! There is no prepping required, you don’t have to be oh- so-precise, you can dribble a little bit, no special equipment is required, and the results are great! I think I’m using too many exclamation marks here, but, this paint excites me so much I don’t care
I finished painting my first piece of furniture recently and it only took me pretty well one day. It was an old hand-me-down table that had been passed around from friend to family member and so on. Somehow I had ended up with it, so, I thought I could re-purpose it for my “Scandinavian” room (that’s what I’m calling my spare bedroom, because it’s going to be light and airy like Scandinavia).
The finished table looks great. I tried to use some of the distressing techniques that are described in the pamphlet that I received with the paint. I didn’t know if it was the look I was going for or not, but, the final product turned out really well for my first time. I bought the paint from as store called The Passionate Home. The paint I bought was the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I know there are copy cat brands out there now, and, also instructions for making your own chalk paint, but, I wasn’t into that at all. It’s all I could do to paint my own furniture, never mind actually making my own paint too! That would have been too much! So, the store that I bought the paint from has classes on painting with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I think many of the stores that sell this type of paint provide the same service.
I absolutely hate painting at the best of times. I run out of patience for it very fast and then I make mistakes which slow down my progress and the vicious cycle of tiredness and sloppiness starts. Do you know what I mean??? This stuff was extremely easy to paint with and the wax that I applied afterwards was also a breeze.
Because this was such a breeze… I have so many other projects that I want to get to this fall. I have to admit this paint is on the pricey side, so, when you add up the cost of the paint, and the wax I was spending over ninety dollars. But, and here’s the big but… I hardly made a dent in the paint can, so, all I need to do is decide what else I want to paint in this colour and it will be well worth the cost of the paint!
There are a lot of different colours to choose from, so, I’m definitely going to buy more paint. Also, they have a darker wax too. I may get a darker wax to use over this same paint to give a different look to another piece of furniture.
There are also many different ways to distress your project. You can also paint it and not distress at all. I saw many examples when I stopped in at The Passionate Home to buy my paint.
I had no problems painting this table. I was only impatient when I had to wait for the coats of paint and wax to dry before I could go on to the next step. I couldn’t wait to see the finished result.
This was my attempt at distressing. I didn’t go too overboard with it and I think it looks pretty.
I’m happy with the results. This is my spare room that I’m in the process of fixing up. I can’t wait to paint the bed frame next. I still need to add some picture or art to the walls and I may be getting my son to take some pictures with his fancy camera, then, getting the picture added to a canvas by this company I found online called MyPix2.com.
I can’t wait to get to my next project… yeah right… I’m not a DIY kinda girl, but, because it was this easy I’m all in.
Have you used chalk paint? What’s your favourite DIY project?
Talk to you soon,