I've realized you cannot read blogs and not get sucked into the latest trend. After seeing so many beautiful transformations using chalk paint, it finally hit me how I could use all those sample cans sitting in my garage! Many bloggers have posted results using a homemade version of chalk paint, so I thought I would give it a try. After a little research, I set off to Home Depot for a box of this
I already had everything else I would need
I had so many samples of virtually the same color! Do you do that? Buy samples of a color thinking it is so different than the one you bought before only to realize after creating a sample board that there is only the slightest difference? Apparently I do! All of these cans were a variation of light blue. The light bulb moment was when I realized I could recycle them and create a custom color! So, I poured them all in a container like so
to create this
I added the non sanded grout
and began to mix
It was pretty thick, so I added some water to thin it out. My advice is to start with less grout and add more if you need to. I can see why it covers so well.
I had a few empty frames that I knew I could also recycle and so I began painting!
The frame I was excited to use was this one. I knew the gold would be perfect for the distressed look I was going for.
After painting and sanding with 220 grit sandpaper and adding a dark wax it looked like this.
Exactly what I was envisioning! I love the shabby chippy surface with the gold rub through! It was so easy to do!
The finished product!
Here is a shot with a smooth frame I had painted but without sanding and waxing so you can see the slight difference in color.
The dark wax changes the color a bit. Something to consider if you are going to use a wax. A neutral uncolored wax might not alter the color but is a necessary step if you are doing a furniture piece and don't want it to scratch. I found the paint to scratch off easily before I added the wax.
The color was perfect for this room
I am so glad I was able to use all those samples! I have a ton more and now I know what to do with them!
Thanks for the inspiration friends!