Thursday, December 12, 2013

My First Chalk Painting Experience

A while ago, I got my order of Annie Sloan chalk paint in ‘old white’.  I was impatiently waiting for my mail to arrive and I was a little taken back when it showed up on my doorstep in a dinted can, but thankfully no leaks.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White from
I’ve never worked with chalk paint before and I was excited to give it a try.

Old White Chalk Paint
My first test piece to experiment on was a small crate wooden crate I got from the dollar store.  I bought this little guy a couple years ago and never painted it.  I figured if it turns out that the paint is awful (although I knew it wouldn’t be), I would not have damaged something I was really in love with or expensive.  But I’m a pretty cautious person, so I took baby steps.

Napkin holder before
The next item I had plans to paint was the plant pot for my huge and creepy looking Yucca plant.  We have had that plant for years.  The poor thing has seen better days.  If you look at the plant from a different angle you can see that it leans extensively and it has hardly any leaves at the back.  So it stays in the corner of the room and is doing quite well in our new house in its spot.

The brown/terracotta colored plant pot fit in with the decor at the old house, but it seemed to stick out like a sore thumb in this house.  Time for a change.

Plant Pot Before
So I got to work and first tried my hand at the small dollar store wooden crate that usually lives on our kitchen table and holds our paper napkins.  I wasn’t sure what to expect with the chalk paint but it is very easy to work with and covers very well.  I wanted to see how the paint would hold up on different surfaces and decided to try a plastic plant pot that was passed down from my mom and was in rough shape.

I made a little work table out of a flattened diaper box placed on top of a Superstore green grocery tub.  Yep, you can laugh, I know I did.  But it actually worked pretty well.  Normally, I would paint in the garage but my husband was doing some work in there.  Plus, I had no idea how I was going to move that huge Yucca plant pot to the garage to paint.  So…

Painting with Chalk Paint
I stuck the huge and heavy pot on an old towel/rag and painted it right there in the living room.

Plant Pot painting with chalk paint
I gave all the items 2 coats of paint using my new Annie Sloan paint brush.

Annie Sloan Paint Brush
I have never spent this much money on a paint brush before.  But it is very well made and very comfortable to hold, well worth the money.

The final step is to seal and protect the painted surfaces with wax.  Never having worked with a wax before I didn’t know what to expect.

Even this poor little can got a dint.

Annie Sloan Soft Wax

Wax brush for Annie Sloan Soft Wax
Luckily, the clear wax was easy to apply and using the brush worked really well especially because my projects had little groves and corners to work in.  After applying a light layer with the brush I buffed the wax off with a soft painter's rag.

Plant Pot After
All the projects turned out really well for me and are holding up nicely.  It has been a few months since I have painted the items and even the plastic plant pot from my mom is in great shape.  I was a little skeptical, but so far so good.

Plant Pot Before

Plant Pot After Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The white plant pot looks so much better compared to the terracotta color.

Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White
My husband thinks I’m going to get sick of white, since I’m painting and adding white everywhere in our new house.  I can’t see it happening.  The good thing about white is I can easily add a pop of color and it will totally change the area and give it a new look.  When I’m bored or want a change, I can just change the pop of color.  Much easier than changing more expensive and staple items when I get tired of a color.

I can’t wait to try painting with this color again!  Have you used chalk paint before?

As Always,

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Table!

My husband has been working on making a new dining room/kitchen table for us for a few months.  Now the table is done!  Here’s a peek…

New Table from
He made the bottom out of 3” steel tubing.  The extensions at both ends are removable, which is great when we have company over.  We can now all fit around the same table!  The table measures 8 feet long when extended and about 5 feet long and 44 inches wide when the extensions are out.

The top is made out of 12” wood planks.  He stained the top grey and finished with clear semi-gloss polyurethane to protect it.

New Dining Room Table from
I love this table.  Finally, we have a table that matches our style!  Our old $15 clearance-priced dining room table will have a new home in our 4 seasons room.

As Always,