Adventures in Chalk Paint: Part 1

Between Pinterest and my favoured Reloved Magazine, I’ve heard a lot about Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in the past year. It’s a UK phenomenon, and being in Canada, we can’t just walk down the street and get it. But we can get it.

And finally, finally, we did.

You see, we had the ugliest fireplace in the world. Okay, not quite that ugly, but pretty ugly. It was peach-y swirled tile directly next to a green-brown paint colour. Looking at it made me sad and irritable.

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The blue painter’s tape is actually an improvement

So we wiped it down and slapped on 2 layers (sanded in between) of Old White chalk paint.

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Just look at that transformation! Instead of the wall colour looking weird and brown, now it looks green-brown, and it doesn’t need to be ashamed anymore. The other awesome thing was that the paint didn’t have any odour.

The only downside to the paint is that it does have a pretty rough texture, and the wax you’re supposed to normally used with is flammable…we decided it probably would be best to not use it on the functioning fireplace.

Stay tuned for Part 2, the tv stand makeover!

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My “Art Project” – A WIP

I was never a painter. My ability to look at something and paint/draw it to life are limited. It’s always been a bit of a sad point for me, as it seems like an amazing talent to have. To want to draw a penguin (or a boat, or a cat, or…) and just be able to do it. Maybe I’ve just never spent enough time on it. All I can tell you is that natural talent just isn’t there.

So, when I say “Art Project” I mean it involved paint, but in the most unskilled sense of the word.

It all started with some drawers. We have this shelving unit, which had shelves and drawers you could rearrange any way you wanted. But instead of helping us stay organized, it was accumulating crap and taking up space. So the shelving unit itself is going to be repurposed (but that’s another post…you know, in 6 months or so when I actually get to repurposing it). Which left a few drawers with nothing to do.

And then I had this calendar. A beautiful calendar, with pictures of the northern lights.

I thought, hey, why don’t I glue these calendar pictures to the bottom of the drawer, cover the rest of the drawer in black (somehow), and then hang it on the wall. The lip could be used to display knick knacks!

Yup, genius.

So, I mod podged (it’s not made with animal bits!) that calendar to the drawer and….there were bubbles. I thought it would be better the second time…but it wasn’t.

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I might have been able to pull it off if I’d managed to get all the ripples on the water half of the picture

And that’s one of the better decoupage results.

I needed something to obscure the wrinkles in the paper. Fortunately, my local craft store was up to the task. They helped me pick out just what I needed to get the job done.

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Meet Amsterdam acrylic paint in prussian blue, and Golden heavy gel medium (semi-gloss). The heavy gel was initially white, but since I suspected I’d be using the whole jar, I just mixed the paint right in. It only needed about 8 small blobs of paint.

I painted it over thickly, trying to give each calendar page a more brush stroke-y look.

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Beautiful, no?

As it dried, the gel medium turned mostly clear, leaving a blue brushstroke effect on top.

But, since I appear to have entirely failed at taking a picture of that final product, you’ll just have to take my word for it for now.

Next up, Fun With Mod Podge Part II: Tissue Paper. Because naturally, when I thought “How do I make the drawer black?”, I came up with, “Black tissue paper”. Not something logical, like paint. Yeah. Wish me luck?

What’s your favourite “art project”? (Projects gone into with logic and skills are not acceptable answers)