Sunday, June 16, 2013

a couple of Chalk Paint projects

hi everyone.
i've attacked a couple more pieces with chalk paint this week.
this trolley was pretty sad looking before i got to it with some quarter strength duck egg blue, and pure white chalk paint. i gave it 2 coats of each and sanded the edges.
i'd so love to keep this baby, but couldn't find a spot for it- even though i carted it all through the house looking for a home for it!
chalk paint is so versatile- the bottom shelf of the trolley had contact on it. rather than spend hours trying to remove it, i painted right on over it.
trolley before....
and this morning at the markets i found the cutest little vintage children's chair.
i didn't really give it a second look at first, then thought of what i could do with some chalk paint and had to take it home- and paint it up straight away of course! it could do with having the springs replaced, or could have been reupholstered, but that would have all cost a small fortune.
but with one coat of chalk paint over the vinyl- yes only one coat, it is totally transformed. i rubbed it over with clear wax too. the chalk paint gives the vinyl an almost suede look/finish.
i think my little grade ones will love it ;)
chair before....
and the countdown till school holidays is on.
Kate x

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

road testing chalk paint & a few snap shots

so i finally got my hands on some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. about flipping time!
and because i had to keep a child home from school today, i had the chance to get out my poor dusty paintbrush!

this cute number has been painted in Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue. the paint gives a fabulous coverage, and i couldn't believe it only needed one coat of paint. no prep coat either. just a quick wipe down before i started.
once dry, i applied the clear wax with an old cloth. it definitely deepens the colour tone of the paint when rubbed on. i can see now i've uploaded the photos that i've missed some spots- i think i need a little practice with the whole wax application. the clear wax gives a lovely smooth sheen to the finished product.
i love how it also brings out the timber colour where the edges have been sanded.
such a pretty piece now :)
i also painted up a timber frame in Duck Egg Blue, but didn't apply any wax.
you can see the difference between wax and no wax below. again, only one coat was applied.
this little frame was painted in Annie Sloan's Pure White Chalk Paint.
as you may have noticed, my poor blog has been terribly neglected :( i suppose that's just life when you work almost full time!
school holidays are just around the corner, so i'm hoping to pop in here a bit more frequently with a few more furniture makeovers in a couple of weeks time.

here are a few snaps from around the house.
hanging shell garland one of my girls gave me for Mothers Day
happy agave
new pink barnacle and a cushion from the Keren Brown sale. sigh. love.
side table before....
 enjoy the rest of your week 
Kate x
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