|The before piece in my crowded garage. We already removed the top molding we were replacing when I took this picture.|
I already knew I wanted to try painting with chalk paint. If you are a furniture refinisher, design addict or design blog reader, you probably are thinking Annie Sloan here I come! If you are not into design or furniture refinishing, Annie Sloan is the only maker of what is called Chalk Paint. Don't get it twisted now, it will not turn what you're painting into a chalk board, that is a totally different paint. Chalk paint gives that old, matte, distressed vibe to the piece you're painting. You also don't need to sand down already finished furniture, you just dust it off and paint right over it. But Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) is pretty expensive. I would have needed two colors to complete the look I wanted which is a faded gray with a white wash. I then would have needed her furniture wax in clear and dark. So I would have essentially needed about $100 worth of paint and wax just to paint the armoire! HELLO! that is more than I even paid for it and it doesn't include the other pieces I still needed and wanted to buy to make this piece my own! My goal was to buy and refinish for no more than $200.
You see thanks to the power of the internet, I made my own DIY chalk paint. I used Plaster of Paris, warm water and gray paint we had left over from the office and a small can of white paint we had to buy. I also needed/wanted to to buy some other supplies to finish this project. Here is what I bought.
Lowes - $50 on white flat paint,paintbrushes and more painters tape, Plaster or Paris, Minwax Furniture Wax, Mixing bucket and painters rags and the replacement moulding for the top.
Michael's - $20 on a stencil and a stippling brush. (I had a 50% off one item and 40% off your total purchase.)
Hobby Lobby - $16 on door knobs, chalk board paint and some brown antiqueing acrylic paint. (I also had 40% off one item, but nothing was really expensive there, so I think I saved like $2. But hey every penny counts!)
Rejuvenated Creations on Etsy - $20 for furniture appliqués to use behind the door knobs.
I then had to go back and buy more paintbrushes for about another $20. So all in all supplies cost me $126 and then $65 on the armoire. So I spent a total of $191. WAHOO - under budget! If I was an avid DIYer I probably would have had some of these supplies on hand already as I have plenty of leftovers now. I pretty much already had the gray paint and sand paper on hand.
|I mixed 1 part warm water and 1 part Plaster of Paris and mixed until it was smooth and then I added 1 1/2 part of the flat paint and mixed that before painting. I used the tutorial I found on the DIY Network page and adjusted from there.|
|You can see the molding we replaced here.|
|The final look|
|Close up of the distressing, furniture appliqués and door knobs I selected to finish the piece|
Bonus pics of the redone bookshelf!
|This is the bookshelf that was a rustic pine and is now refinished using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone. I stenciled the back. I'll do a separate post on this experience later on. I need to figure out how I am going to decorate this piece. But for now I pulled some pieces I had around the house or that were already in there before.|
|Oh how I can't wait to find a chair and new curtains and a new picture! Why does one project always lead to more projects?|