Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's All About the Chalk.......

Chalk paint and chalkboards......both are all the rage right now. So what could be better than putting them together. And since I can't seem to stay away from painting frames, I finally finished up two that have been staring at me since October. I had some leftover Annie Sloan chalk paint that wasn't enough for furniture, but perfect for the small projects. Unfortunately, I was hungry for a chalk paint color that didn't exist in my arsenal, so I had to improvise with latex paint and Plaster of Paris. It's not Annie Sloan perfection, but it works in a pinch. And wouldn't you know it, they make pre-cuts of sheet metal that fit perfectly into this sized frame. So after self-etching primer and a few coats of chalkboard paint, they're ready for messages and magnets!

These old gold metal pierced frames are just a dream
for their elegant bones and detailed crevices.
Layered with a homemade pale green paint, 
then Duck Egg Blue, and finally an Olive wash.
But the details don't really come alive 
till you add the dark wax. 
Not just for patina, but also to accentuate the positive.
And how's this for not wasting a thing? I really hate having to toss out an easel back, just because the finish looks bad. These easels were originally those fugly, fuzzy, and faded burgundy ones. I have discovered that if you paint them enough to saturate all the fuzz, they are given a new lease on life. Chalk paint works great for these, but in this case, 
I used craft paint, sanded them a bit, then sealed them with matte varnish.

On this frame, I just used a straight Provence blue,
then finished with the dark wax.

As with the other frame, I distress them enough to expose 
some of the gold beneath, just to add a little twinkle.

It always feels good to finish a project. 
Especially one that's been glaring at me for months.
I've got more chalk-painted accessories in progress, which I 
will reveal in the next post.
Ciao for now......


Linking to:
shabby creek cottage

1 comment:

  1. More beautiful pieces from MM! Self-etching primer? I've never heard of this. There are so many unfinished projects at my house I'm thinking about shipping them to you...

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