|Harley rarely lets me out of his sight!|
Chalk painting has been around for a while but I've been rather intimidated by it. A few years ago I painted the stools under my cutting table but kept telling myself they were just stools, I didn't think I could do a piece of furniture. A few weeks ago I chalk painted the frame for my design board so my confidence grew a little. Yesterday I jumped in and it wasn't so bad!
Chalk paint leaves a matte finish, a very soft look, that blends in well with the urban farmhouse vibe in my home. There is very little prep involved; no stripping of old paint, sanding, etc. It's basically a matter of making sure the piece is clean and then just painting. Once painted there is a waxing process, very similar to painting, whereby the wax is brushed onto the piece and wiped off. It leaves a nice smooth finish. I did a little distressing on the edges of this dresser, knowing it's going to get used a lot and will get distressed over time anyway. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint. They have a pink paint in their color line but it was more muted than I wanted so I mixed pure white with a little of red, to make a bubblegum pink color. I have a lot of bright colors in my room and this adds to it!
|The dining area turned into a painting studio for a day!|