Monthly Archives: March 2013

Back To Chalk Paint


After my foray into Milk Paint, I decided I wanted to go back to chalk paint and play some more with the ASCP. I painted “the piece that started it all” with Annie Sloan “Old Ochre” chalk paint and I still had half a can left. I decided I needed wanted another side table for the other end of our couch. Hello my old friend Craigslist! Found this cute little table for $10:

I decided to sand it (I don’t know why but I did!):

I painted it with 2 light coats of ASCP then I used Miss. Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax followed by Daddy Van’s Clear Wax then I lightly distressed it with a 220 grit sanding block. Didn’t it turn out great?

I completed this project in a day also! It is so addicting!


Milk Paint Adventure


In all my Pinterest research I discovered that a lot of people were raving about MILK PAINT. The store where I purchased my Miss. Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax, also sold her milk paint. However, it was $22 for one packet (it’s sold as a powder, then you mix with water and wahlah! Milk paint!).

So….I chose to go back to see my friend Melissa at Dumpster Diva and purchase some Old Fashioned Milk Paint in the colors Salem Red and Pitch Black ($12.50/pkt = much better!) I wanted to experiment with this. I had an existing side table next to my sofa that I didn’t love anymore so I decided to play with it. Here it is before:

Nothing fancy, mission style, from Target, used and abused by my family and in need of an update! In my research, I have learned that milk paint gives off a chippy finish. However, if you want it to be less chippy you can either add bonding agent (another product = more $$) or sand your piece and hope it sticks. Since I’m cheap, I decided to sand. Funny how I choose which things I will sand and which I won’t. Oh well! I wanted a layered look so I decided to paint the black first. Here’s how it turned out:

Milk paint was easy to paint with, went on smoothly, dried fast and dried in a flat/matte finish and I barely used 1/3 c. of the powder leaving me with LOTS left for additional projects! It didn’t flake or chip off the top which I sanded extremely well. It did flake and chip in between the slats on the sides where quite obviously my sanding job was subpar 😦

I waited half a day to ensure it was dry before doing the new color then mixed up some Salem Red and went to work:

I didn’t put a thick coat of red on, and I only did the one coat but I loved the look I got. Again, the red didn’t chip or flake on the top, but did between the slats. Note to self: better job sanding next time!
I finished it off with 2 coats of Daddy Van’s Clear Wax and moved it back into the house. This entire project took me a day! What a great experience with Old Fashioned Milk Paint 🙂 Wonder what else I can paint with it next….??


OMG $5 chairs!!


In the spirit of proving to my husband that I can totally find deals and turn them into great pieces, I continued my hunt on Craigslist.

Now, over the years I ended up with my grandmothers dining table and hutch. It was hers for 30+ years then when she moved into assisted living she sold it to me. It’s a great piece but the 6 chairs were mustard yellow velour and very ugly. The first year we had it 2 of the chairs broke and I decided we would just get rid of the chairs but keep the table & hutch. I just knew I could find more chairs. What I didn’t count on was struggling to find 6 chairs alike, without damage, in a reasonable price range, without an attached table! I found 2 brown leather parsons chairs on our local garage sale site thinking I’d buy more, new, to match. At $100 apiece new that was a huge NO!! So as I would stalk browse Craigslist I always kept an eye out for chairs.

Once I started seeing some chair makeovers on FB and Pinterest I started seeing potential in everything!

Then I found….THE chairs! This lady had 4 chairs (exactly how many I needed!) and they were $5 apiece (totally in my budget!) and she wasn’t too far away (SCORE!!) So after a James Bond-like pick up experience (go toward this intersection, then text me when 15 mins away and I will give you right address etc) I finally got to meet my chairs!! 😀 This lady had started to refinish them herself (sanded 2 thankyouverymuch!) and then her husband said Stop! Lets buy new! So they did. So here is what 2 of them looked like that had not been sanded:


Here’s the other 2 that she did sand:


I’m pretty sure I mentioned that I like chalk paint because there is no sanding and no prep. However, since 2 of these were sanded and 2 weren’t I was worried they wouldn’t look the same when done so…yep…I sanded the other 2! 😦 It was a pain and further reinforced my belief that I ❤ ASCP because I despise sanding!

Now the chairs were originally $50 ea (price tags under seats) but they just weren't too sturdy. So I nagged sweet-talked my husband into gluing and fixing them to make them sturdy. He DID!!! They are so sturdy now!! After he made them better than new, I decided I wanted to stain the seats to match the chairless table. I played with stains leftover from a bed project (another post, another day) and I found the match! So I stained the seats. Then I decided I wanted to try a different recipe chalk paint to make my own again. I found another off white oops paint+primer quart. This one was $3.50 so I grinned the whole way to the register 😉 I made my chalk paint (1 c. Paint + 2tbsp. Plaster of Paris + 2 tbsp. water) and with some help from my girls we started painting:


I did 2 coats of paint on the chairs, used Daddy Van’s Clear Furniture Wax that I picked up from Dumpster Diva then I used Miss. Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax which I


working with by the way. After 2 coats of antiquing wax, a final coat of clear wax, I distressed the chairs a little. I used Valspar Clear Satin to seal the seats where I had stained them and FINALLY they were done!


So for my little $5 chairs I think they turned out great. I didn’t like this chalk paint recipe much as the paint still was very hard to distress unlike the ASCP. I will keep experimenting! But for now I’m thrilled with my $5 chairs and the makeover I gave them! 🙂



Project #2 (and #3 and #4…)


When my sister left after the conference (she lives 5 hours away) the “piece that started it all” was almost done. She told me when she left that she wanted to see pics of it finished and in the house in its designated spot. I happily obliged and showed off my completed project via text message. But I was itching for another project…

Remember me telling you I dragged her along on my hunt for ASCP? Well…I failed to mention that I dragged her 5 month pregnant self through a craft mall to find the booth where the designated Annie Sloan “stockist” had paints available for sale. On our foray through the craft mall we oohed and aahed over lots of shabby chic distressed furniture and got tons of ideas for my soon to be niece’s nursery. She told me how she really wanted a bookshelf for the nursery but couldn’t find good deals on any. I shared with her that on my recent stalking browsing through Dallas Craigslist posts I had seen many a bookshelf. I emailed her several and we found one she liked that was solid wood priced at $60. I loaded up my teenage son and we went and picked it up. Here it is before I even touched it:


My sister sent me a picture of the bedding she had and I quickly realized there was no shade of ASCP that would meet our needs and definitely not the budget. So after much Pinterest research I decided I could make my own chalk paint. Why not? I painted 1 dresser so now I was an expert, right? 😉 I started out by going to Lowes and searching the “oops” paint. I found an off white oops quart of paint+primer for $5. I very nicely asked the paint girl if she could re-tint it in the color I needed Glidden “Guacamole”. She said she loved a challenge and went to work. She told me she couldn’t guarantee an exact match because of the off white the paint was already tinted but I said for $5 it was worth a shot! I got it home, mixed up my chalk paint (1 cup paint + 1/4 cup plaster of Paris) and went to work. I quickly realized there was a whole lot more area to cover on this shelf than on the previous piece. Here it is after 2 coats:


Then after pestering my sister via text over how much distressing she wanted done, I got to work. This homemade chalk paint didn’t distress as easily as ASCP and wasn’t as smooth going on as ASCP but I was determined to make it work. So I did a little lot of scrubbing with sandpaper and got it to the gently distressed look I was after. Then I sealed it with Valspar Clear Gloss. Because I know this piece is going in a nursery I wanted to be sure a) none of the paint would come off and b) the finish would be durable. That’s why I chose the gloss and not a wax. Here’s the finished shelf:

The distressing is harder to see in the pic but shows up nicely in person. Also, interesting to note the last picture is actually “right side up”. I think those shelves at the top will make very handy storage spots in the nursery.

As we wandered the craft mall, my sister was hunting for a distressed frame she could use above the crib. After seeing some that were $30-$40+ I decided I wanted to make her one two. So I found 2 old frames I had at home and painted them in the same paint as the shelf. I only did one coat and then I distressed them and sprayed poly on. Only one had glass in it, but that was all I needed. I used my friend’s Cricut and black vinyl adhesive paper to cut out my nieces name: Norah Mae. I stuck the letters on the glass leaving room to add her date of birth when we know it. That was project # 3. I still had one remaining frame but no glass. Again when I was dragging my sister around the craft mall, she had been on the hunt for the initial N. So I went to Michaels and picked up a white wooden “N”, some scrapbook paper that I matched to the bedding pic and I brought it home. I modge podged the paper to the initial and stuck it inside the frame (wahlah – project #4) What do you think? Will these look adorable on the wall behind the crib?


An Obsession Begins…


So I alluded to my first project when I wrote the last blog. Here’s what I started with:

I was looking for a piece that was:
*Full of detailed woodwork
*did I mention cheap?

I was dying to try some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ASCP but I wanted a piece that wasn’t initially expensive in case I messed it all up and had to trash it and start all over (or quit!). This piece was a great one because it had been in the same family since new and was well taken care of. When I went to pick it up I was thrilled to discover behind the center door there were 3 additional drawers!! So I did my Pinterest research and discovered that ASCP was offered nearby and I rushed out to buy some (dragging my sister along) I had a bit of sticker shock ($35.95+tax for a QUART!) but I swallowed hard, paid and brought the ACSP Old Ochre paint home. I was anxious to start. I had been at a moms conference all day with my sister but I got home and got started at 10pm that night. Here’s what I accomplished the first night:




The 3 odd shaped things are the drawers from behind the center door. The thing I liked about chalk paint was everyone kept saying no prep, no sanding. So I washed the piece with soapy water and once dry, started painting. Chalk paint covers nicely and goes on easy so I was thrilled that I hadn’t wasted the $$ I spent and pleased with how fast I was able to progress the first night.

I also removed the hardware and used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to give it an updated look.

I went back to the mom conference the next day and returned home to work some more on my project. I think my sister thought I was nuts! I used Minwax dark walnut stain as a glaze over the center door and drawers and they came along nicely with the glaze bringing out the detail in the woodwork:



I struggled with how to add the glaze to the top and sides without it looking weird. It turned out different than how I planned but I like it 🙂


One neat thing about the chalk paint is that as I added the glaze by rubbing it on, it naturally distressed the chalk paint:

Once I had the glaze on all 9 drawers, the top & sides I then let it “cure” for a few days. I knew this piece would have drinks and such set on it so I sealed the top with Minwax Polyurethane but I cheated and sprayed poly on the drawers and door using Valspar clear gloss. It sure made things go faster! We let it set a few more days, attached the hardware then brought it inside and to its new place:


All in all, I am very happy with my first project. Recently, my husband and I were at a craft fair and he saw a similarly painted piece for $450. Suddenly, he believes too 😉 Good thing since I’m obsessed now!


Creating my blogdom


Once upon a time I had a blog. Somehow…I drifted away from it, forgot the password, couldn’t figure out how to get back into it and now it’s a random site out there in blog land with no way to update it *sigh*

Fast forward to recent times and I’ve gotten into refinishing furniture and absolutely love it. Several people asked me to start blogging about it so I decided to re-enter blog land and created this new one 🙂

A few months ago, my friend Diane found this place on Facebook that refinished a great furniture piece she found from one of those FB garage sale pages. Their business is known as Shabby Chea’s and these were her results:


So….I decided I would start with my daughters room. All her furniture was from IKEA and didn’t provide much enclosed storage. I found this

on Craigslist and I took it to Shabby Chea’s and it turned into this:


We added this piece that Chea had already completed and quickly her room looked so much better!


I was thrilled with it and after stalking following their page for a while I decided maybe I wanted to try my hand at it. So after another few weeks I found this piece on our local FB garage sale site:


$50 and it was all MINE!! 😀 My husband thought I was nuts but I had a “vision”. Stay tuned for how I transformed this piece…