Sunday, April 14, 2013

Just Because It's Small Doesn't Mean It's Easier To Paint: Episode IV

This week while treasure-hunting, I found an expandable peg rack. Though these tend to be dime-a-dozen, I happily brought this one home, because………

Look at those curves. Not to mention the fact that this one’s much beefier than most. The tallest pieces are 18” long, and they’re all almost 1-1/2” wide! They remind me of turned chair legs.

It was the shapeliness and size that prompted me to think “chalk paint!” And look at her now……..

Although I’ve seen these racks painted, I never see them chalk-painted in 4 colors. Yep, I couldn’t resist.

Red, Marigold, Apple Green, and Aqua.

And employed my new favorite haphazard way to apply the paint, just like the spice cupboard.

I must admit that when I first looked at this piece, I was thinking how quick it would be to paint. Well, there may be less surface, but sooo many crevices and curves. But in the end, after lots of distressing and waxing, I adore this one.

I don’t know if I can ever go back to just one or two colors. I might get bored…..


  1. Just mentioning 'turned chair legs' reminds me of one of my least favorite painting chores! Your project turned out great, as always!

    1. I totally agree Barbara. Spindles in general aren't fun. Thanks for the Atta Girl. I can never get too many of them!

  2. Looks like weathered copper. I love the effect, you really do such nice work.

    1. Hmm. As much as I love copper, I'm surprised I didn't come to that conclusion. Great observation. I think I love it even more. Thank you SuzieQ!

  3. Maria, what brand chalk paint do you use or do you make your own?

  4. Hey Bria! I first tried Annie Sloan's chalk paint and loved it. One time, in the midst of a painting project, I ran out of it, but didn't have the time or money to buy more, so researched online for recipes. There are a few options, but I use acrylic paint, plaster of Paris and water. I try to use equal parts of paint and plaster, but I mix the plaster with water first (to prevent lumps, just like baking), before adding to the paint. I only use enough water to make the plaster mixture the same consistency as the paint. So have fun!


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