Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I picked up this piece for $2.99 at Goodwill. I am guessing it once held a mirror over a dresser. It has a strong wire on the back for hanging. I removed the surf and radio station stickers before taking my before picture:
I painted two coats of chalkboard paint and the used ASCP on the frame. I loved painting over the two plastic decorations. I finished with clear and dark wax. I wrote the words in chalk. I am looking forward to enjoying it on my back porch very soon! I would love your feedback on a chair I purchased in the same trip to Goodwill HERE.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I found an adorable chair at my local Goodwill Store today. I was looking for another piece of furniture to paint with chalk paint. At $12.99, I had no trouble deciding whether to take it home... Now that it is home, I am not sure that I should paint it. The chair is in great shape. The seat has definitely been sat on many times. The spindles could be steadier. I wonder if a little liquid wood carefully applied at the base of the spindles would help. Please help me decide...should I go for the painted look OR just apply some wax and enjoy "as is?"
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I just finished painting my first piece of furniture with ASCP. It was fun and easy to complete (once I finally found a table to work with). I followed the directions that I found in Quick and Easy Paint Transformations by Annie Sloan. After painting the piece (Country Grey), I used clear wax and then dark wax. I had intended to do a lot of sanding, but ended up liking it without sanding. The good news is...if I change my mind, I can always take the table back out to the garage and work on it some more. For tonight I am very pleased. So pleased that I had to take these pictures even though it would have been better to work with daylight. And can you believe that I had the drawer pull sitting around the house? It was left over from when I was trying to decide which hardware to put on our kitchen cabinets. I had to buy one of everything I liked, open the packages and try them. Who knew that any of the runner-ups would find another purpose!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
So... I stopped by the Goodwill that is conveniently located on my way home from school (work) today. I stop by there lots of days. Usually, the only pieces of furniture at my local GW are t.v. stands.... But today was different! Today I saw a sturdy table for $29 calling me. It had a very shiny top, but I have been told that you can even paint tile or Formica with ASCP, so I'm going to give it a try. The table also had lots of small nicks, so any part of me that felt bad about painting over wood was able to justify it. So far I have just painted the table. I hope to sand and wax tomorrow :). Is it crazy to be this excited about painting a table?!