I am now in love with a new chalk paint by Prairie Colors. I know I cannot compare it to the other brands but I have to tell you that this is so much nicer than the homemade. I could not believe how beautifully this covers the piece and the color looks so good in either the sunlight or under the light of my hallway.
My first color to use in this line is Weathered Fence and I chose it because I love old barn wood. I have to say I am in love with this color (and I will probably say that about all the colors). I have been using homemade chalk paint for a few years and even though the results are okay I would sometimes have a batch that would be grainy or that would just not cover the way the piece of furniture in a ‘professional’ way. I know now that you cannot compare chalk paints. Homemade is homemade. I can tell you that I will probably not be using homemade chalk paint on furniture any more. I am sold on Prairie Colors and coverage it provides without any grit or streaking.
I am so excited to announce that the outcome far surpassed what I had hoped.
The piece looked good but lacked dimension so I did a little trick I have done in the past to fill in grooves in the legs. I mixed a teaspoon of chalkpaint with a dab of black acrylic craft paint to darken the paint a touch. I then took a small artist brush and painted the recesses of the legs. After the paint dried, it was subtle and just enough to give a bit of dimension but that was not enough for this piece. As my son stated “it is boring all one color”. So I decided to distress it by sanding the edges and showing the dark purple underneath. I started slow with sanding and realized after I had done one side that this really made the piece come alive. Lightly sanding painting off is a slow process and I recommend to take it easy and take a little off at a time and then stand back to check your work. Believe me I have over done it before and it is tedious to go back and start all over again.
After searching through 2500 pictures in my photo gallery on my new laptop I finally found the before pictures of my console table. I bet your asking why I did not retake before photos…it is because I knew I had before photos. Plus I have to add that I had painted this console table with homemade chalk paint made from the 50cent mis-tint sample from my local home store. (I was never happy with the dark color but never found another color to repaint it again until now.) Anyhow, the before pictures show how ho hum the piece was (and console table is pressed wood and photo finished). I am going to do a separate post about how I updated the wooden knob with a button too!
Some people love to paint any wood furniture but others will cringe and even blast you for painting a piece of solid Oak. Me, well, I will not paint most antique furniture. However, I will paint furniture that is outdated in a particular style or that will be so labor intensive to redo (sanding and stripping). Sometimes it is just easier and cheaper to succumb to painting a piece which can turn out just as beautiful.
Painting a piece of furniture can be intimidating and I remember the first time I ever did many years ago. It was a hot mess and I think I painted it 3 times! Just remember if it does not turn out you can start all over again!
I am always on the lookout for garage sale finds or clearance aisle pieces to redo. I am working on new project that I cannot wait to show you (I will tell you that I paid $10 for it and it is old, smelly, and ugly). I will be using Prairie Colors paint and maybe some fabric. I do not have a set plan (I garden this way as well) because whatever hits me at the moment is how I work. So keep watching!
Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!
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