I have always enjoyed painting. In grade school an art teacher gave us some lessons in oil and acrylic painting. We used discarded cupboard doors as our surface. Painting walls with a fresh new coat of paint is so rewarding. (I must insert here that painting ceilings and walls is losing some of its luster as I get older)
I painted my dining room with stripes – twice! Not planning to do the stripes again but I still like them. The paint is all the same color, just flat and glossy to make the stripes.
What I really like to paint is ‘stuff’. You know, pieces of furniture ‘stuff’. I had a friend help me with a dresser years ago – she ended up doing most of the cool detailing. But it sparked an interest in me and I have since painted most of the furniture that crosses our doorstep. And since finding Annie Sloan Chalk Paint chances are I may go a little crazy 🙂 You can see my other posts about ASCP here and here and here and here.
UPDATE: I have switched paint brand several times and now use Paint Couture – an acrylic mineral based paint that is 100% NO VOC! It is amazing and the price is a bit friendlier than ASCP. AS is a great chalk paint – the best chalk paint on the market. But I got really tired of waxing and after trying so many paints the Paint Couture is the best I’ve found. I do sell it at a brick and mortar shop because I love it so much. It has a bit smoother finish than the chalk paint and for some things doesn’t need a topcoat at all. For furniture that will see wear and tear I use the PC topcoat which is a lacquer finish and comes in Dead Flat, Matte, Satin, Semi-gloss, and Gloss.
A few weeks ago I went thrifting with The Teenager, one of her friends, and her friends Mom. I brought home a carload of cool finds. Several of the cool finds were furniture. Yesterday I painted some of it. I plan to blog about the furniture tomorrow. Today I have a project to share with you that is technically a wall but really doesn’t qualify as ‘wall painting’. No roller brush involved, no paint tray, no pole to attach to reach to the ceiling. Just a plastic cup to hold the paint and a natural bristle brush.
This past Saturday I text my Mom and asked if she wanted to come over and go with me to the shop that carried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It worked for her so away we went. Then we headed to her house so I could get her painting done.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. Awesome. I love a pure white!
I had hinted that painting the brick would be the way to update it. Several other updates have been made to my Mom and Dad’s house. Walls painted (that one got hired out this time) Hardwood floors (installed by my wonderful hubby!) and new carpet. I really thought this brick needed an update too. I finally convinced my Mom when I sent her this link as inspiration.
Four hours and one quart of ASCP later and it looks like this!
A little peek at the fresh white walls and the lovely hardwood.
We wanted to do something to cover these holes at the end of the mantel. They had always bugged my Mom so I thought we’d fill them in somehow. But you know what?! Once the brick was white and the decor was put back those holes kind of faded from site – we don’t even notice them now and have never done anything with them.
Mom has a hydrangea bush that was just begging to be trimmed and the lovely blossoms were so eager to be displayed on the newly painted shelf. A couple other prettys and we called it good – for now at least. I love how it turned out. So does my Mom. And my Dad even said he liked it once it was all finished. He had been skeptical. So fun when you can prove to the men that our ideas do turn out quite nicely! 🙂 🙂
If you liked this project you might also enjoy these:
Using lace doilies to emboss the drawer fronts of an old desk. You must see the end result!
These old chairs were given new life with vintage grain sack seats and milk paint on the wood.