Super Style Your Space: Chalk it Up! | Chalk Paint Tutorial

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chalk-paint-tutorial-graphic2We interrupt our regularly scheduled outfit photos for a fun home decor project! As many of you know, I’ve moved. I have a bedroom and a bathroom that are all mine now, and I’m in the middle of some hardcore decorating – if you consider painting and hanging things on the walls to be hardcore. Like anyone who’s moving, I had to figure out where to spend and where to save, and buying a brand new furniture set wasn’t in the budget.

Before: The original furniture set in all of its princess-y  glory...

Before: The original furniture set in all of its princess-y glory (except for the layer of scum)

The good news: I still had a full bedroom set from when I was a teenager. The bad news: it had been sitting in my parents’ garage for ten years getting dirty and gross; however, after taking a closer look at it, I saw it was salvageable. Being a Pinterest addict, I consulted the oracle for chalk paint ideas, techniques, and inspiration. I decided I wanted my furniture to be a bright color with an aged/weathered look. In an older post, I painted a small nightstand and only kinda liked it. It was a good place to start because I could try out my new painting skills without ruining a big piece of furniture like a dresser. Still, painting a whole furniture set was intimidating, but it turned out not to be difficult at all. I even painted more things which I’ll share with you after the tutorial. If I can give you one overall piece of advice, it would be not to worry about being perfect. Actually, with many chalk paint techniques, you don’t want things to be perfect. You’re trying to replicate something old, right?

While there are many chalk painting finishes, I’ll be explaining how to give your furniture a grainy, aged look with dry brushing. I’ll also throw in a stencil or two just for funsies. Let’s get started, shall we?

Supplies:

Base Color (Turquoise) – Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint, 8-Ounce, Treasure(I painted a dresser, chest of drawers with mirror, night stand, and headboard, and I used six 8-Ounce jars)

Dry Brush/Stencil Color (Dark Gray) – Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint, 8-Ounce, Relic (It doesn’t take much. I used only two jars of this color.)

To Seal – Deco Art Americana Decor Creme Wax, 8-Ounce, Clear (Buy the same amount as your base color)

Paint Brushes like these

Stencil – FOLKART Plaid 30968 Mum Laser Stencil, 12 by 12-Inch

Spouncer (or foam brush)

Painter’s tape

Sanding block or sandpaper

Plastic to protect the floor

Paper towel or old rags

A small scrap  piece of cardboard

Knobs or Drawer Pulls: These are similar to the ones I have pictured.

Prep:

Do you notice something missing from the supply list? Primer – you don’t need it! In fact, you can use chalk paint on a variety of surfaces such as laminate, metal, glass, and fabric, and it’s good to go. The only preparation I did was to wipe off the grime using a popular cleaner with a bald guy on the label. As you can see, the furniture previously had flower decals. I sanded them a bit with my sanding block so there would be no raised edges after I painted. Cover the floor with something protective, and you’re ready to start!

Paint:

After the first coat of paint...

After the first coat of paint…

– Paint everything in your base color following the grain of the wood. You will see brush strokes. Let it dry – which chalk paint does pretty quickly.

– When it’s not tacky to the touch anymore, use your sanding block / sandpaper to rough up the areas you want to see distressing. My drawer fronts are pretty flat, so I picked random places to sand as well as the edges of the tabletops. If you’re furniture has medallions, scrolling, or beveling, give those areas some extra focus because if they were actually antique, those would be the areas that show the most wear. Dust off the excess paint flakes.

The corner of the headboard after sanding - See how the original finish shows through on the edges.

The corner of the headboard after sanding: see how the original finish shows through on the edges?

Dry brushing: The trick to dry brushing is not how much paint you have on your brush – it’s how much you don’t. Start off by dipping your paintbrush in a small amount of your dark gray paint. Next, take a paper towel or rag and wipe some of the paint off your brush. Before you start painting the furniture, using light strokes, test out your paint on the cardboard to see if there is too much. If you like what you see, start painting the furniture following the grain of the wood or your previous brush strokes.

A little bit goes a long way. I only had to reload my brush about two or three times for the bigger pieces of furniture. Remember, an uneven look is what you’re going for, so don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Keep in mind it’s easier to add more brush strokes than to take them away. Like sanding, giving a little extra attention to edges and raised details emphasizes the aged look.

Need more info on dry brushing? I found this blog’s post extremely helpful.

After dry brushing and stenciling

After dry brushing and stenciling

Stencil: Like dry brushing, stenciling works better with very little paint. It’s better to add a few light layers with your foam spouncer than to have the paint bleed under your stencil and leave messy edges. They do make a repositionable stencil adhesive to keep the back of your stencil in place, but it didn’t really work for me. After I found a sweet spot on the furniture for my stencil, I used painter’s tape on the sides to make it stay put. Play with placement and position. On my headboard, I put it front and center, but I used only part of the flower for the top of the mirror. In the future, I’d like to add more stencils to the front of the drawers.

Seal: Sealing your chalk paint masterpiece is pretty important. I’ve noticed the paint chips pretty easily when it’s not sealed. Simply brush a coat of the wax over everything you painted. Don’t worry about it being too glossy – it dries flat and won’t ruin the chalky finish of your paint. While it doesn’t take very long to dry, don’t put anything on your furniture for a day or two so it can completely set.

Crates used as shelves

Crates used as shelves

For the furniture, I used a clear wax, but if you want a look that’s even more distressed, try using a darker wax, like I did on these crates. PS – Dark wax hides a multitude of sins, such as chips or stencil edges that aren’t crisp. I’ll have a mini-tutorial about how to make these crate shelves soon.

All dressed up!

All dressed up!

Here’s the finished dresser (and a glimpse of the headboard) decorated and ready to go! Doesn’t it look quite at home? I added new knobs, but I’ve seen some funky pieces that have the original hardware painted over, like the ones here. It sure beats taking everything off and putting all back on again.

I have a few more chalk paint projects up my sleeve to finish up the room. I’ve even started painting small items like mason jars and picture frames. Addicted much?

Thanks for joining me for my painting party! I’d love to see your painting projects – Leave me a comment or tag me on social media!

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A Case of the Fridays 010915: Home Sweet Home | Home, Decor, storage

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Hello! With a move in my very near future, I’ve been chomping at the bit to decorate my new space. I’m still in the shopping phase of my transition. Along with finding decor that fits my style and taste, I’m also looking for ways to get a lot of storage in a small space while sticking to a modest budget. Here are some of the cool things I found online that I’d like to add to my cozy new home.

INSPIRATION

A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space (Hover over the link to take a peak inside the cover!)

Don’t decorate without this book! Bloggers Emma and Elsie include tons of DIY projects for bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and even parties, and they’re all budget-friendly. The ladies show you many ways to make your space bright and cheery, and you can look like an artist even if you can’t draw a straight line (like me). They include projects for bigger pieces, like furniture, bedspreads, and walls, as well as sweet little accents like flower pots and dish towels. Everything in the book is easily customizable, too, so you can make changes to suit your taste while still getting plenty of information about how to to do it all yourself. I bought this book before I knew I was moving, and I know I’ll use it again and again! You can find many more DIYs and other cool stuff on Emma and Elsie’s blog, A Beautiful Mess.

 

STORE IT!

I’ve been inventory of what I do and don’t need. I’ve already purged a lot of unnecessary stuff, and I feel so free! That being said, many of my belongings are moving with me, and I’ll have to be more creative about where I stash it all.


Organize It All Closet Doubler (1346W)

This is genius! I saw something like this when they were doing a closet organizing segment on the Today Show. My new closet will be about half the size of my current one, so this completely solves my problem! I also like the hooks on the side – I can so use those for purses, scarves, or belts.

Customizable Over Door Shoe Rack 36 pr – 2014 NEW PRODUCT!!!Even with maximizing my closet space, I still don’t think my shoes will fit in there. I’m the farthest thing from being a shoe horse, but this rack will hold up to 36 pairs, so I’ll definitely have some room to grow. What’s also pretty neat is you can remove racks you don’t need and replace them with “pouches” to store other types of items. This rack looks like it’s more suited to be outside the door rather than inside the closet, which is something to consider if you like all of your things to be tucked away, but I bought my shoes because I like them, and I don’t mind looking at ’em when the door is closed.

Command Traditional Large Plastic Hook with Metalic Brushed Nickel Finish

Walls aren’t the only place you can put hooks! One day I was looking around Pinterest, and I found this post on the Better Homes and Garden website which shows a dresser with jewelry hooks on the side. I’m currently using chalk paint to refinish my bedroom furniture set, and while I like the idea of having more places to hang my jewelry, I don’t want to screw anything into my dresser that will leave holes or otherwise ruin my new paint job. In my current bedroom, I’m using these removable hooks on my wall to hold my necklace. They’re working out great, and they come off clean and stick to many types of surfaces.

 

GO TO BED!

My new bedding is something I haven’t quite figured out yet. I had a fangirl moment when I got an email announcing the Kate Spade Saturday and West Elm collection. I love the painted floral pattern, and the prices aren’t bad – way less expensive than a Kate Spade purse! But, still, I think I can DIY it for even cheaper with some fabric paint, and I can pick whichever colors I want.

1500 Thread Count Egyptian Quality Duvet Cover Set, 3pc Luxury Soft, Full/ Queen-White

The above white duvet and sham set would be easy to makeover, and I’d probably save a bit of money. Still, I haven’t decided whether my bedspread will be a buy or DIY, so stay tuned!

As you may have noticed, these products are available on Amazon. Because of this, I’ve been thinking about signing up for Amazon Prime. If you sign up, you get a number of services and cheaper prices and free 2-day shipping on many of the items they sell. There’s also a free trial period, and with the amount I’m planning to order from them, I’m seeing that the amount I’d save would be greater than the subscription cost once my trial is over. Have any of you signed up for Amazon Prime? How do you like it, and do you feel like it’s a good value?

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SOMETHING EXTRA

I’ve also been checking out ModCloth’s home decor section for some cute, quirky decorations. Here are a few of my favorites:


Days Go Sly Pillow

from: ModCloth

 


Tide the Room Together Rug – 2×3

from: ModCloth

 


Cultivate Organization Scarf Hanger in Green

from: ModCloth

 


Myth Perfect Jewelry Holder

from: ModCloth
Yes, that is a jackalope. Your argument is invalid 😉

 

As you can see, I still have many decisions to make as far as setting up my new place, but checking out all of my options is the fun part. I hope this post gave you some inspiration for your apartment, bedroom, or dorm room. Until next time, make yourself at home!

xo – Becca

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Super Style Your Space | The Chalk Paint Experiment

Hi, everyone! The new year is fast approaching, and what’s exciting for me in 2015 is I’m moving. I’m leaving the farm and sharing a house with a friend in the ‘burbs. While I’ll be living in a much smaller space, I’m excited about decorating and making my new bedroom and bathroom truly my own. Here on the blog, I’ll be showing you my stylish transition to my new place. Will there still be outfit photos? Of course – but now you’ll also be able to follow my DIY adventures. I’ll try out Pinterest tutorials, and you can see the good, bad, and ugly of all my attempts to be handy!

My first major project will be painting a furniture set I’ve had since I was a teenager. It’s been stored in a garage for about 10 years, a little rough around the edges, but not in horrible shape. While I’m going to paint the larger pieces (dresser, chest of drawers, and headboard) after they’re moved, I decided to start by painting a small nightstand to see if I like the paint colors I picked. Here’s the before:
chalkpaint1I haven’t finished it yet, but I can show you a couple of pics of the progress I’ve made. I’ll give you a full tutorial later when I work on the whole set. What I can say now is creating this chalk paint look involves lots of sanding and using a screwdriver in a completely unexpected way!

This is my first go at using chalk paint, and so far I like how easy it is to use and all of the options I have to be creative with colors! Here is the nightstand after the base coat of paint:

Paint color: Treasure by Americana Decor, dry and sanded

Paint color: Treasure by Americana Decor, dry and sanded

I want the set to have an old, weathered look so I used a darker paint color to give that effect. Here are the finished drawers for a sneak peek of how I want the final product to end up:

Darker paint color: Relic - Americana Decor, sanded and sealed with Creme Wax

Darker paint color: Relic by Americana Decor, sanded and sealed with Clear Creme Wax

So far, so good! I’m looking forward to the whole bedroom set being complete as well as picking coordinating bedding and decor. I also think my small space solutions will be helpful to all of you looking for a little extra storage for all of your clothing, shoes, and accessories. I need your help, too! What ways have you made extra room in your place? Let me know in the comments. Until next time…make yourself at home!