Good morning! Happy Monday, did you have a good weekend? Mine ended up being fairly busy but I did manage to finally finish up those stools that have been plaguing me for almost a month now. (You can read about that here and here)
Last I had posted about them I was going to try transfer newsprint onto them via a technique I had seen on Pinterest for finger nails. Well, that was a dismal failure and not even worth a picture. So, I pulled out my handy red paint and this is what they look like now:
I jumped on the numbers bandwagon (they seem to be super trendy right now) and I really like how they turned out.
To give them the rustic country look, I first sanded them down and then did a coat of homemade chalk paint. After the fist coat I did a second coat but while that was still wet, I brushed black paint on in some areas and blended it in to the wet paint with more red paint. I found that blending in the black while the paint was still wet gave me greater flexibility in the final darkness of the black. I also accidentally got too much black in some places but I just kept adding more red on top until I liked the results. When dried, I stenciled the numbers on the seat and took a piece of medium grit sand paper and scuffed it all up.
I have been reading and hearing a lot about chalk paint recently, it was developed specifically for painting furniture so it has really great adhesion and better coverage and finish than latex. The best part is no priming or completely sanding down pieces before painting! Genius. The down sides are that it is expensive, and in Ottawa, not the easiest to get unless you order it online, making it that much more expensive with shipping. I found a few posts online regarding homemade chalk paint by mixing latex paint with plaster of Paris. It was worth a try. I didn’t have any plaster of Paris so I mixed my paint with some wall plaster I had and it actually worked! The paint covered really well, dried a workable
matte finish, and not at all tacky which some of my other straight latex pieces have done. I finished off with a few coats of wax and they are ready to go!
That is all I’ve got for today, how were your weekends? Did you get to finish up any projects that have been “plaguing” you for a while? What project is next on your list?
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