Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chalk Paint Love

I finally had a chance to try out the chalk paint I won in a giveaway last month....I love it!   Yes, I'm happy to say that I'm no longer a chalk paint virgin.  Now I understand what all the excitement has been about.  I wanted to start with something small, so I picked through my stash of frames and came up with two perfect candidates.

 Both of these frames used to be gold.  They weren't a bright gold, just gold enough that they weren't selling.  I have no idea what happened to the "before" pictures. I always delete them from my camera after uploading, and they're nowhere to be found on my computer. 

 I used Country Grey as a base coat and Old White for the top coat.  I only have the clear wax, but now I'm thinking they need a little something extra to bring out the details.  The dark wax is going on my list along with a few other colors.

 It's hard to see all the distressing on the square frame, but it's there. 

My next victim was this old metal tool box.
You wouldn't believe how much elbow grease it took to get rid of all the grease!  I was amazed at how easy it was to paint.  Before chalk paint, I would have just spray painted it.  

 I found this French graphic at The Graphics Fairy.  Windows, hinges, pulls, handles of all kinds and styles.....not a perfect translation, but I thought it fit in with the tool box.

It took me several attempts on plain white paper to get the reduced size just right, 43% was perfect.  Then I printed it on a patterned end page from an old book.  I really like the subtle pattern and the natural yellowing of the edges.

It was so nice not to have to sand or prime before painting. The real test was painting the tool box and having the paint stay right where I put it.  The inside of the box developed some rust spots after the paint was dry, waxed, and sanded.  Oh well, a little rust is a good thing, right?   After I get a few more colors and some dark wax, I'll be ready for a painting marathon. 

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