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Chalk Paint Meets My Little Foot Stool
I tried chalk paint on furniture for the first time this week and I think I’m hooked. I didn’t invest in the expensive Annie Sloan brand. I didn’t want to make such an investment until I determined if I really liked using chalk paint, and I do.
All of the chalk paint experts advised that I would not need to prime when using chalk paint, but because it was my first time, I was afraid not to. So I did. The paint does go on a lot thicker and adheres very differently than regular latex paint. Next time I may try to use it without the primer to see if it will cover as well.
This little stool was sitting in my master bath. It has been with me forever and I had never found a reason to paint it till now. Because I am making a few small changes to the bathroom for fall, I decided it would accentuate the master bath better if it were upcycled. A little shabby chic, if you will. 🙂
After the primer dried, I began what I thought would be my “first” coat of chalk paint. The paint is super thick. To use less and to help the paint to flow smoother, I started dipping my brush into a cup of water on occasion to help spread out areas I thought were too thick. This technique worked really well and the paint was like butter baby. I am now a definite chalk paint convert.
I recently joined a chalk paint group and the things these very talented folks create and/or upcycle using chalk paint are amazing. I can see a long-term relationship between myself and chalk paint. It is so very versatile and I am hoping to gain experience working with chalk paint and using the dark wax, learning to age the look of the furniture, decoupaging, dry brushing, layering and other paint technique the chalk paint pros use. This is truly going to be a journey.
Because I did not use dark wax or glaze on this little piece, I decided to try my hand at stenciling. I added the angel in order to add a little interest and depth to an otherwise cute, but plain little stool.
I used a lighter brush when stenciling the bottom shelf. I was going for a more faded look on the second shelf. For my first attempt, I don’t think it’s half bad. But what I think isn’t important. I would love to know what you think? Share your chalk paint projects. I would love to see them. I bet you have some really creative ideas.
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