Practice Project: Damsel in Distress

Wow. It’s been awhile! What can I say? It was a cruel summer lol  but here we are and I have scored my first PAYING project. Yay me! My client wants her coffee table redone shabby chic and distressed. I like the look of vintage, rustic pieces myself so I’m excited! Months ago I looked into chalk paint to produce that shabby chic, vintage, aged look but hadn’t tried since, well life got in the way. Now that I have this project coming up soon I needed some practice in working with these paints and distressing. I thought I’d use a table I already had to practice on.

I chose Cece Caldwell’s chalk and clay paint in Vintage White. It is 100% green, non toxic, zero VOC. You can literally paint with this inside your kitchen if you wanted to. There is no odor!

Off I went sanding, painting, sanding, waxing. Yes, In that order 🙂 When I was done, I felt it still needed some depth. I prefer these pieces to look layered. So I experimented and used Martha Stewart craft paint in gold/bronze that I already had and added water to make a sort of “stain”. This made the color a golden off white and brought out cracks, strokes, imperfections, etc. lightly (I don’t own wood stains so I improvised) The final step is applying the waxing cream. This protects, deepens the color and gives a  subtle shine. The portion under neath the table top is just strictly the chalk paint, distressing then final wax.  The second table top at the bottom is just left over paint (latex) that was already in the garage. Didn’t feel like wasting all my Cece’s on this practice piece. I like the way it came out all funky junkie 🙂 The paints are oh so easy to work with, go on smooth, and sand away with almost no effort. You can even wipe off instead of sanding. Can’t wait to work with these again so I can get better!

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My Purpose to Re-Purpose

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I love love love doing repurposing projects! I feel like I saved something from sure death and magically gave it a new purpose, a new life! Following is my most current recycling project I did for my youngest sister. Continue reading