When I joined the blog world, I did it to talk about my gardens, tropicals, succulents, pets and chickens. As I got more into it, I discovered the world of doing over furniture and accessories with paint! (I know, it's been around for years, but I'm slow to jump on any bandwagon) Holy cow, I thought, they make it look easy and it turns out amazing!! I have so many pieces of furniture that are antique or just old that could benefit from this! But, up here in Ontario, it is so hard to find the kind of paint used on these projects...Milk Paint or Chalk Paint.
I did find a company that produces Milk Paint in Toronto and supplies a hardware store in Waterdown (about 40 minutes from us). And a hardware store in Waterford, a small town south of us, told me you can find Milk Paint in another small town north of us, St. George. (I live in an area with a lot of small towns!) I have discovered the only place in Ontario that sells Chalk Paint (and it's Annie Sloan Chalk Paint at $45.00 a quart!) is in Bath...which is about 4 1/2 hours from here! BUT, I did read a blog that gave a recipe for making your own!!! Sherry, at No Minimalist Here blogged on how to 'Make Your Own Chalk Paint for $4.oo'! Mind you, that is American dollars, not sure about the difference in price here in Ontario. However, the Plaster of Paris was $6.99 for 2 kg and I used less than 1/4 cup. I used paint I already had around and the MinWax paste finishing wax was $9.99, and I used so little. So I guess you could say it would be about the same in Canadian dollars. :)
Mom & Dad bought me a new bedroom suite when I turned 13. It consisted of a dresser, night stand, desk & chair. For some reason I still carried the dresser & night stand around with us whenever we moved (they always got used for something or other).So, I figured what a perfect piece to experiment with. The Night Stand! (If you saw my post on potting up a piece of furniture, you probably are wondering about my fixation on night stands. lol) It's small, doesn't matter if I mess it up, and if it works...then I have a beautiful new piece of furniture! A piece of furniture that is over 40 years old, very basic, nothing fancy. (Does that make it antique? Does that make me antique???)
What a mess this table is! Been through a lot of kids...
Jet inspecting the table...and informs me I made a good choice to fix this piece!
Ok, no more boring talk, time to show you what I've
Removing the hardware
See the word 'Hi' beside the knob? Those kids...looks like nail polish! :)
I know, you don't need to sand when using chalk paint, but I just had to, it was a mess!!
The products I used...
Plaster of Paris mixed with a little water then added to the paint.
After the second coat, but I think it needs another coat...looks too unfinished and even though you are suppose to see brush marks, it has way too many! Or at least another coat on the inside of the table.
Painted the knob...I like it!
(This was the end of my post...but left it in drafts for over a week!! Just didn't like it...hopefully the edited edition following will be better. But let me know how to improve!! Please?!!)
Ok, I just wasn't happy with the end result, so went back & put another coat on. Of course, that meant I had to distress it again, but I do think it turned out a bit better. (a very little bit...better...maybe?)
Still see too much in the way of brush marks. Or is it suppose to look like this? My husband thinks I should use a roller and do another coat...I think it will take away from what I'm trying to do.
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