I decided to take advantage of my time this winter break and my daughters room needed a facelift. More like a girly touch. All of her furniture is hand me downs. Her dresser is from her great grandpa handed down by my MIL. Her crib is from her big brothers. Having a girl is so much fun. It’s a completely different world from boy stuff, but man is it expensive. Being a student and living on one income does not leave much room for brand spanking new much of anything. I don’t mind it that way, but I’ve never really taken something old and transformed it into a new piece.
I took to Pinterest almost immediately, a few years ago. It’s actually a horrible drug that I avoid like the plague. After talking to my favorite crafter and doing some pinning I decided to look into painting furniture using chalk paint. It’s easily made and can be quite the fixer upper. I started by deciding my color scheme. A mermaid room was a must for my girl. Not the Disney version, but something low key, girly and beachy was my goal. I absolutely loved the colors- turquoise, shades of greens, pinks, purples and beachy whites. I loved the idea that she could grow with it if she choose to. I knew the pieces I wanted to transform, and got a recipe for homemade chalk paint:
1.5 cups of latex paint (low to zero VOC, preferred)
1 c plaster of Paris
1/2 c water
I sat in the paint department looking for samples for over an hour. It’s nerve wrecking. Not to mention I decided to be bold with my pieces and color choices. That in itself is scary. I would have loved to use Annie Sloan chalk paint. Where we live it’s not available unless it’s ordered, and it’s pricey for our current budget.
I took to Valspar paint at my local Lowe’s store and chose my colors. Went home. Still felt unsure of the moves I was about to make. Balls to the wall, I mixed my paint up and started on the crib. The cool part about chalk paint is the no effort prep work that goes into it. I didn’t have to sand or strip a thing. I simply wiped down the crib to eliminate debris and I chose to gently sand the bite marks along the railings. I applied the paint with a foam brush for the crib edges, also using a cabinet foam roller for the bigger areas. I was pleasantly surprised at how even the paint distributed. Chalk paint dries incredibly fast. It’s also easy to wash off hands, especially when wet. After it was all completed, I let the crib sit for 24 hours. I decided I LOVED the way the color came out and didn’t want to distress the furniture. I picked up some finishing wax and distributed an even coat, let sit for 2 hours and added another coat of wax and let it cure for another 24 hours.
I followed this piece with a dresser. I did all of the above, but distressed it for a shabby, beachy, cottage feel. YouTube helped tremendously. It’s intimidating the first time you decide to take sandpaper to a beautiful paint job. I chose areas I wanted to look worn and aged and took a medium 120 grit sand paper to them. You get a sense of being unsure just before you really LOVE the distressing. I just remember thinking I made a mistake and shouldn’t have sanded the areas and then suddenly it looked perfect.
What I would suggest is finding a low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint to use for your chalk paint recipe. This makes it a safer medium, lowering the fumes and toxicity the paint gives off. I used Valspar paint, which has a low VOC. Especially with my daughter’s crib, which was a major concern of mine.
I will definitely find more items around the house to take a brush to. It was such a fun treat and upgrading my daughter’s room was a huge plus for me!
What was your latest home project? Have you ever used chalk paint?
Enjoy your next project idea!
The Naturalist Mom
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