Friday, September 28, 2012

Baby Blue

I am some what new to
painting furniture
so I've been doing a little
internet research

I thought I might share some
of the "painting wisdom" I've gathered

Make you own chalk paint.  I know this might be old news to a lot of you but I've
never tried it.  And for those of you new to Chalk Paint, this stuff is great
no sanding, or striping required.  It sticks to anything and has a great look.

There are different methods but here is the one I'm going to try-

1 cup paint
1/3 cup plaster of paris
1/3 cup water

The blog said to use warm water and whisk you plaster of paris in a little at a time
until you have a fairly smooth consistency
Now add it to your paint
I also found that you can add any kind of paint - latex, craft paint, etc
to get the color you are looking for
Another suggestion was to go to Home Depot and buy Sample paint
Pick your color and buy a sample 7.75 oz for $2.79
then just mix your colors until you get the shade you want!!

While I was surfing I found a great blog -Altar'd Designs

She did an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Color Comparisons

If you love                             You'll love
  ASCP Old White                   SW Antique White or
                                                   Behr Polished Pearl     

Here is the link:

Next, I researched wax - there is AS wax (kind of pricey)
Minwax Paste Finishing Wax, Briwax, Johnson's pastewax
and Howard Citrus Shield Premium Natural Paste wax

I went to Home Depo looking for the Howard brand. 
All they had was Howard Feed-N-Wax.
I bought some but when I got home I pulled it up on the internet and
they don't recommend it for painted surfaces. 
I will be taking it back and getting the Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.

I'll let you know how it works on my painted furniture

I did find some good info on applying the wax
use an old T-Shirt for application
Apply wax sparingly, rub it in good and wipe it off
Let dry for 24 hours
buff with a clean cloth or T-Shirt

This should leave you with a nice soft finish
and protect your paint as well

OK, now that I have a little wisdom
(probably enough to be dangerous)
I'm ready to move on to my next project

Remember this piece from my last post
well it's going from dirty white to baby blue

 I made a trip to Home Depot and bought some supplies -

TSP removes grease, grime, and dirt

I'll start off cleaning it good with this product,
then I'll give it a light sanding

Next I'll make my chalk paint
I'll mix a little flat white paint with
my sample, Martha Stewart Aegean Blue

color chart for the Glidden aegean blue eggshell paint
from the Marths Stewart line

Once it's painted I'll replace the old nobs
with these cute ones from Hobby Lobby
It was a 50% off sale so I got them both for $4.99

I'll give it a nice waxing and
buff it to a soft glow!

Every Little Birdie says-

I can't wait to show you the
finished transformation!
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  1. Hello Marsha! I found you at the TTWFI Blog Hop ^^ Hope can get a chance to visit my blog too xx

  2. I've painted and waxed a few times! I love to paint, and Im redoing my daughters room right now! Im painting all her furniture and things so it all matches! I've always mixed up my own chalk paint, and love it.I found you from the hop, feel free to follow back!

    1. It's so good to hear from others who have had success with their DIY chalk paint. What type of wax do you use? I'd love to know.

  3. Looks like it is going to be a stunning table when you are done! Looking forward to the final results and how your paint works out. I just bought some Annie Sloan Antique Wax myself, but haven't used it yet. One of your newest followers from the blog hop! Hope you stop by for a visit! Cheers

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  4. New follower here! That's a very cute table! I just got into painting furniture a few months ago. Nothing in my house is safe from being painted, lol! I really like CeCe Caldwell's wax. It's non-toxic and easy to use. I also like Howard's Citrus-Shield Premium Paste wax. ~Diane