Summer has been such fun so far. My family and I have been enjoying the ice cream overload as well as staying up late watching movies. And lest you think it’s been all fun and games, I have been getting paint in my hair (and cramps in my paint brush holding hand) working on a few projects as well.
Earlier in the year, I swallowed my fear and made my first Craig’s List purchase. (Read all the scintillating details here.) I bought a pair of chairs from a downtown law firm that was remodeling their offices. Eventually, the chairs will be recovered but in the mean time I have been enjoying their teal color but not necessarily paired with the wood trim. It’s worn in places and makes the chairs blend in with the dark tile around the fireplace.
I wanted to make the chairs pop so I decided to bite the (expensive) bullet and buy Pure White paint and wax from Annie Sloan. My own homemade concoctions of chalk paint were hit or miss at best so I wanted to use the much lauded brand name this time. I found a retailer selling the chalk paint about 45 minutes away in a charming little vintage shop. A group of antique seltzer bottles held my eye but I ended up only taking the paint, wax and a brush home with me. (Maybe next time.)
I didn’t sand or prime beforehand but just started painting directly onto the wood. I probably used a smaller brush than I needed but I wanted to paint without having to tape anything off. The first coat didn’t look so great but after the second coat the wood trim looked exactly how I had envisioned. I sanded it before waxing and ended up with a very distressed look. I then rubbed in the wax and let it sit until morning where I buffed it to a nice satin sheen.
I’m happy how the chairs turned out. (I think they really POP now!) I enjoyed using the chalk paint, too. There was no painty smell so I had no problem painting in the house. The paint dried fast and after a light sanding and waxing the finish looked nice.
You may notice that I still haven’t written on the chalkboard wall around the fireplace. (See the fab tutorial here!) The kids like it how it is and asked me not to write on it for the time being. (That’s fine for now but I do have great plans for Halloween!)
So how about you? Are your chairs poppin?
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