Friday, May 8, 2015

Fun With Chalk Paint: Jewelry Box Makeover

I found my grandmother's jewelry box when I was cleaning out my garage the other day. I love the detail and structure of it, but I'm not crazy about the honey colored wood finish. Kind of boring, huh?

While unimpressed with the color, my sentimental side wanted to keep it since it belonged to my grandma. Since I've recently decided to put chalk paint on EVERYTHING, I used two coats of Annie Sloan Duck Egg blue to update the finish. Once the paint was dry I lightly sanded the edges and the hardware. Chalk paint is fabulous to use on projects like this since it coats well, sands easily, and dries very quickly. Plus, there is no prep work required. I was very pleased with the outcome. What a difference a little paint makes!

Hope you have enjoyed this makeover! Check out my post on updating a cross door hanger using chalk paint here

Friday, May 1, 2015

Fun With Chalk Paint: Cross Door Hanger

I've recently been on a chalk paint kick and have been looking for anything and everything I can update with a little paint. I found this painted wood cross at a yard sale for 50 cents. Don't you just love the cheetah/leopard print or whatever it's suppose to be? Someone worked really hard to paint this once upon a time, so I won't knock it. It's just not my style, so I had to give it a little makeover.

I decided to update this using Annie Sloan Duck Egg blue chalk paint. This 10 ounce sample was about $10. In the past I have usually made my own chalk paint using basic latex paint and plaster of Paris. However, it often becomes too thick or lumpy. Plus, even though it's expensive, with the Annie Sloan chalk paint, a little goes a long way.

Because of the crazy animal print, it took two coats to paint this cross. I used a brown paint marker to draw the G monogram and rubbed around the edges with a dark brown acrylic craft paint. I finished the project off with some burlap and chevron ribbon, layering the chevron ribbon on top of the burlap. This cross was very quick and easy to complete and looks fabulous on my front door.

I hope you've enjoyed this easy to do makeover. What kinds of paint projects have you undertaken lately?