Okay, perhaps the other day when I suggested that I had a ‘crush’ on chalk paint I was slightly underestimating things. I am ready today to admit that it is a full blown love affair!
It really began with the fabulous little chalk painted table I bought from my friend Jen at Beckonings Upcycled Furnishings and Home Décor (she has amazing stuff if you are from Vancouver Island and she creates most of it herself!). This table is what got me going:
Next came my own little project with some DIY chalk paint I whipped up using extra paint from our Ensuite revamp. We picked up this little TV Cabinet from our neighbours when they were moving and I had my first real experience painting with chalk paint when I gave it a little makeover. Here are some (fuzzy preblogging) pictures I took part way through that project:
This project was followed by some chalk painted picture frames… and then onto the Pantry Doors that I posted about the other day. Now my chalk-paint-love has extended into the Laundry Room Revamp. You may remember the inspiration board for the laundry room?
Number 6 is a little tester that I did of how chalk paint would look on a cabinet door, and I was pleased enough with the results to move forward with it. (Test runs are great – they help prevent epic fails like I wrote about with the Pantry Doors).
We started out with white melamine covered cabinet doors. The melamine had completely bubbled and peeled away from the MDF base of the door and so we simply cut and pulled off the melamine coating in one big sheet!
We then filled one of the handle holes on each door so that we could make the switch to the glass knobs from the inspiration board. The doors were given a light sand with 150 grit sandpaper. NO PRIMING REQUIRED!
After these simple prep steps I got busy mixing up my DIY Chalk Paint (same recipe that I used for the Pantry Doors)… but if you want a little reminder, here it is:
I admittedly have no experience with the REAL Annie Sloan Chalk Paint since I have never actually used it myself, so I have no frame of reference for comparing the two. But I can tell you that this DIY Chalk Paint is fairly thin and very smooth and goes on easily with a foam brush. It is very fun to paint with and it looks like this as it goes on:
After one coat it is still fairly streaky and slightly transparent:
It dries quite quickly. Sand very lightly and then move on to the second coat.
After Coat Number Two has dried adequately,sand lightly again, this time revealing the original colour below the chalk paint. Remember: the idea of chalk paint is to add some character and age. It is not the paint to use if you want a thick glossy modern NEW look to your cabinets or furniture. It is like drinking a nice vintage wine rather than a sleek new vodka cooler. It is meant to look slightly aged and used and to give you the feeling that, if your cabinet or furniture could talk, it would have a few good ol’ tales to tell.
The final step to add some life and history and vigour to your chalk painted cabinet doors (or furniture piece) is to WAX. This step is super important and is what adds the sheen that helps the piece tell their story.
I’m not going to pretend to know whether my cheap old Canadian Tire bought wax is anywhere near as good as Annie Sloan’s wax. But I will tell you that I have used it on three pieces of furniture so far and have been happy with the results. Just get yourself a soft clean rag to spread it on with and then get rubbing. Buff it off slightly when you are done. It acts as a great protective layer but also adds sheen and vitality to your piece. Beautiful!
And a few little close-up shots, just to show ya some of the true character these sweet little puppies have.
I’m LOVING them! And I will be back tomorrow with another little chalk paint project for the Laundry Room…
who you calling obsessed??? AND the laundry room is ALMOST DONE! The big reveal is coming very soon:) I can’t wait!
And remember, my housie friends, HOME wasn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!