Today, we’re going to focus on the latter of the two.Two years ago we purchased a lake house in Wisconsin.Chalk paint goes on smooth, dries very quickly and is easily sanded to distress your piece for a well-worn look.It is called chalk paint because it covers the piece with a soft, chalky patina that is perfect for creating an exceptional antique look.I found some leftover trim from a kitchen project that looked very similar to the front piece with it’s little curvy lines. I know…I’m such a beast) and then hammered out the old staples before jamming it back into place and securing it with a couple new staples. I love love love this Zinnser shellac based primer. It dries uber-quick (perfect if your project time is only as long as an 8 month old’s nap) and it sticks to everything. Here she blows: We moved it into the kitchen (obviously Katie! So I just cut a could to the same depth of the dresser and tacked them into place. You know…so this girl wasn’t lopsided 🙂 Then I had to tackle the bottom left hand side drawer slide rail. After priming, I painted it with my semi-gloss Antique White that I had color matched at True Value. ) because the other black open shelving unit was…open. So this was the first big step in baby-proofing our first floor. The paint, primer, filler, scrapers, and sandpaper was FREE (leftovers from our master bed building project – curtesy of TRUE VALUE (hollah if you love em – WHOPWHOP! That brings the total to….drumroll for those of you who can’t add quickly…. The problem is that it’s a little pricey at .95 and up/ quart.However, the other wonderful thing about chalk paint is that it is also very easy and inexpensive to make yourself.
For being one of the first makeovers, I totally think this one came out pretty cool. This little file cabinet was my first ever roadkill transformation, and I'm hoping it won't be my last.
We’re gonna talk a little bit about it and then we’re gonna show you how to make chalk paint. Chalk Paint was designed by Annie Sloan and is a formula paint that is designed to go on nearly anything you could ever wish to paint on the inside or outside with no prepping or sanding.
It covers easily, dries quickly and helps you achieve a beautiful patina that is perfect for distressing with very little time and effort.
Nothing jazzes up a dresser like a chicken sticker. Then I used my trusty mineral spirits spray bottle (yes, it is a Pantene Pro-V detangler bottle that says Paint Thinner but it provides the perfect fine mist and that my friends is priceless) and a scraping tool. You just shmear it onto the places you need patching and wait for it to dry. I also filled the drawer handle holes but then later I realized I didn’t need to on the one-handled ones. After patching, waiting, sanding, you gotta clean up again.
Sanding it would allow the dust to settle onto the sticky parts – making them all visable. It is perfect for painting projects because it dries fast and it is easily sandable.