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Friday, June 27, 2014

my blue chair {and an intro to chalk paint}

I know that chalk paint is all the rage these days. And heck, why wouldn't it be? No sanding, no priming, dries in 30 minutes - c'mon, its the dream!

My first experience with chalk paint happened when I redid a rolltop desk for our home office earlier this year. I was operating on a strict budget for the room and opted to make my own chalk paint instead of buying the somewhat pricey {and every popular} Annie Sloan brand.


I priced my paint and furniture wax with Annie Sloan and it was going to run me around $60-$70. In making my own, I only spent about $30 and had a significant amount left over for future projects.
Feel free to search Pinterest for some recipes on making your own. Basically its a combination of wall paint, plaster of paris and water. Plus I wasn't limited the Annie Sloan color line. If you make your own paint, you can have any color that the home improvement shop can mix up!

Chalk paint is addicting! It's so easy to redo any old piece! 
I've had several friends ask me about the process. Today I'll share a simple chalk paint project with you from start to finish.

So I had the itch to fill an empty corner space with something.
My thought was to refinish a simple wooden chair that I found at a local antique shop.

Just as I was thinking of what a small amount of paint I need for this chair, I stumbled upon the Americana brand in small containers at Michael's. Win! This jar below was only $10! Well worth not having to mix my own up this time.

After wiping the chair down, I simply applied the paint... 

What a difference a fresh color makes!

Next, I sanded for a slightly distressed look. I think people get more nervous about this part than they should. You'll just want to follow the lines of a chair as if it had been worn away on its on. Go for the edges especially. Just keep in mind that there's no science to it. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen anyone mess it up. 

Some people like a heavily distressed look and which means a lot more sanding. Personally, I like the sanding in moderation for a lightly worn look.

And last, apply your wax. Again, I skip the pricer options and buy my wax from Lowe's. This can from Minwax will run you around $10 and last for.ev.er.  Seriously.

Simply buff in the wax. It's clear so you can't really mess this up either as long as you are apply it with a little bit of muscle. The more wax layers you apply, the more protected the furniture is.

And then enjoy!!

So there's your intro to chalk paint!
I did this chair from start to finish in less than two hours. 
{Love how that chalk paint dries so quickly!}

And I'm glad that this little corner space got a happy chair!

1 comment:

  1. Great chair! I just found out they sell this paint at Home Depot. I will also be checking Michaels for it!!