Monday, February 9, 2015

Home Keeping: My Chalk Paint Project

So Saturday Tim and the kids were away for the day, and Kay and Nate were in and out moving stuff to their new place.  I was determined to do a painting project.

I don't know if you are like me, in that, I find I must be creative in someone on a regular basis.  Creativity here takes many forms - sewing, knitting, crochet, painting furniture, scrapbook journaling, baking, rearranging furniture, gardening.  All these feed my need to create beauty in my life.

After I washed up some dishes, I folded 2 huge baskets of laundry and then got busy on my project.

I did not go buy more paint in a new color, so the project had to be one that I wanted to be painted in Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk or Florence.


I decided to paint Tim's bedside table in Emperor's Silk to match my bedside cabinet.

 His cabinet was a free little cabinet we got from a friend years ago.  It was a soft white with a high gloss finish.  


 I gave it a light sanding, because of the gloss, but probably did not need to do that.


 I painted right in my bedroom.  I gave it two coats and then I lightly sanded with a very fine grit, and gave it a coat of clear wax.


 I like the way it turned out.  I will probably get new knobs for these drawers but it worked to just paint them for now.


So there you have it, my Saturday project.  I was done before everyone got home, and in time for me to make dinner.  

What do you think?  This is now the fourth project I have done with this quart of chalk paint.  Have you ever painted with chalk paint?  I know that jAne has.  She inspired me to try it in the first place several years ago.  

10 comments:

  1. Looks great! Very unifying!!

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  2. beautiful job on that darling (i hope your hub's okay with me calling his cabinet darling) cabinet! love that it ties in perfectly with your own bedside cabinet. :) little tips: no pre-sanding needed, and when you're ready to distress your piece don't use sand paper. nope. after your piece is dry (after painting) use a wrung out wet sponge that has a rough side. go lightly of the areas you want distressed. cuts WAY down on any chalky film - to near zero. then wax. and buff.

    i love how your room looks..

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    1. Thank you jAne! I was unsure about sanding before but chose too because of the finish on the cabinet. I did it after to get a really smooth finish, wasn't looking to distress it. But that is a great tip for the pieces I do intend to distress! I so love chalk paint! Knowing the colors of my home, what other Annie Sloan colors do you think would look nice? I was thinking of Paris Grey, Old Ochre, French Linen. I have living room side table to do, and I have a dry sink the would look great painted as well! Bring on the advice!

      And I think it is darling too, so I don't think Tim will mind you saying it either!

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  3. Very nice, Deanna. Lovely color combination of bedding, furniture, and wall color. It reminds me very much of French Provencal color combos. ♥

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  4. Great choice of projects, Deanna! Your (Tim's) cabinet looks fabulous! You have made your room such a lovely place to retreat.

    I am also taking note of jAne's pointers as I have a large piece of furniture that I am considering painting. It is a little daunting and I need all the advice I can get.

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  5. The cabinet looks great! I've never used chalk paint. Maybe someday.

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  6. Great job! I love that paint color with your bedding:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

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  7. It looks so nice there along side the bed. Good choice of paint. I have yet to use that paint but hope to someday.

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  8. It's all looking so delightful! Love the colours you've chosen.

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  9. Beautiful! You did a great job. I have used chalk paint a couple of times and love it too. I think it is really easy to use and love the way it looks and feels. Makes me want to do another project:)

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