How do you spend a day with 4 hooligans home from school and blistering cold temps? Me? Funny you should ask. I’ve had the itch to redecorate for about 5 minutes which is about 3 minutes too long for me so I decided to do something about that.
In all fairness to you, my new reader, I feel the need to set the stage and describe myself a bit. I’m a great 90percenter. What’s that you ask? Well, combine that with my Type A personality and you’ll find that I get-right-to and start any task quickly and efficiently but here’s the caveat, I do not not finish the project.
So last year about this time I had had enough of our boring dining room and on a whim painted the walls, sewed curtains and hung some awesome antique windows. However, the farmhouse table with red stained legs and apron sat and stared me in the face for 365ish days.
Today was the day…… I grabbed my Chalk Paint® and set to work. Now, because I sell this stuff and teach people all day long how to achieve the look they’re craving you’d think I’d practice what I preach. Right? Well, not so much.
This table was formerly in my kitchen and all kitchen tables contain a fair amount of kitchen grease regardless of whether they reside in the home of Susie homemaker~cleaner extraordinaire~ or in my home~ home of the “5 second rule” and such. Grease = paint not sticking for your newbies. So I grab my go-to grease cutting easy-to-use cleaner known as Dirtex and set to work.
Well, at least I thought I would. Since I live in Siberia and it was stored in my barn it was frozen. Due to my impatience and wanting a rustic Frenchy look and hoping for some chipping paint I said, “Egh, oh well”.
I grabbed Louis Blue and French Linen and squirted a bit of each in a bowl and got to work. Notice how I didn’t stir my Louis Blue very well and its colors were separated? Stir the paint people! Stir it!
One coat didn’t quite cut it. So I reapplied. I even dragged my brush through the “tacky” second coat to create more texture. My creative juices we’re flowing and I had a vision of how to finish this look off.
Once coat #2 was dry I tinted my clear wax with Old White and set to work applying the wax. The effect was just what I wanted. The wax settled in the grooves and brush strokes and gave it a look of an old piece dusted with powder. I love it.
The room looks a like bland. Now it’s time to accessorize.