Friday, July 29, 2011

Chalk Paint and an easy DIY centerpiece

I received my shipment of Annie Sloan's chalk paint about a month ago - I LOVE IT! I had this chair in my garage for 5 years - I'm such a procrastinator. It was another curbside find.  When I discovered this new paint I knew this was the perfect piece to experiment on. It distresses beautifully and makes that country french worn finish very easy to obtain. I did prime this piece last summer but that was as far as I got. Priming isn't even necessary with this paint. I gave it a coat of Old White and then a coat of Duck Egg Blue, a coat of clear wax, distressed with a sanding sponge, coat of dark wax and then finished with the clear. I gave it a new seat covered in some leftover painters drop cloth.

Here is what it looked like before - it had a really nasty cushion which I ripped off before I took the pic.

So, I have a garage full of furniture that will receive some special chalk paint treatment.  I hope I will be able to part with them. The chair above is a keeper - my new desk chair.

I also used ASCP on some new boxes my husband put together. When we make these, they are new pine which we hand distress, and apply the finishes to make them look like they've been around for years. If you are handy, these make a great DIY centerpiece for your rustic-chic wedding or event.  So pretty with mason jars, a bundle of dried flowers or you can place a plastic liner inside and arrange fresh flowers in them. They are so useful after the event. They are a really nice seasonal display for your table, or mantle - filled with moss, spring eggs, punpkins or winter sprigs, pine cones and berries. You can even use these in the bathroom to hold soaps or hand towels.

Easily distressed with Annie's chalk paint in Old White and Paris Grey.

These cast iron handles are available in my shop. They add such a nice touch to the rustic box.

Simple burlap and ribbon wrapped mason jars with hydrangeas.

We also sell these boxes on our website and in our etsy shop.  Any size/color/quantity can be done.

Want some more project inspiration?
This post is linked up to the following blog events:

Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
DIY Project Parade at DIY Showoff
Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


Lisa Gundersen said...

Lovely as always...
Worth the 5 years to get it just right!

Angel Heart Designs said...

Hi! Dawn..just beautiful! Love your new chair, and boxes.. I have some paint on order too..can't wait.
Cindy :)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Love how the chair turned out! I just did a desk in chalk paint and I am loving the "no sanding and priming" part! I want to paint everything in my house now!~Hugs, Patti

Just For You! said...

Love the chair posted, would love to learn more about the Sloan Paint products, is the wax product the final step, and does it seal?

Do you sell the product?

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

@"just for you" - yes, the wax is the final step and seals the paint. after time, I would apply more wax on any pieces that might receive more wear, just to continue to protect it. This is my first experience with the paint so I can't really say how long it will last. If you click the Annie Sloan link, you can find more info on her site. I don't carry the paint at this time but would love to!

Anonymous said...

The chair is beautiful and you gave me inspiration to paint my chair in my guest room a pretty blue instead of going with the white I was going to paint it!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I'm in love with your chair and those boxes! So pretty!
Thanks for linking!

Jani said...

Love your chair redo! I'm just itching to try chalk paint, those boxes are great, too. Love them.