Home Made Paint for an Antique Look



Home made paint with a chalky finish - what a concept!  No sanding? No priming?  Are you serious???  OK I'm so in!!!



I found so many recipes online that I was a little overwhelmed.  I chose to use the variety with hot water, paint and Plaster of Paris because these ingredients were so easy to find.  The Johnson's Paste wax for a top coat was another suggestion I took to heart.   So off I went to the local hardware store to collect my supplies.  Unfortunately, Johnson's isn't available in Canada so I opted for Minwax Dark Furniture Wax.

 The subject?  My oak armoire:


My first step was to change the hardware on the drawers.  Since I have a whole bunch of wood knobs on hand AND I love the old-fashioned look of them, on they went!  


Next step, find the right colour of paint.  I love the blue I used on my baby greenhouse (a green paint I bought last summer and didn't like with white paint added until I got a colour I did like).  So after two coats of my own mixed paint plus Plaster of Paris and hot water applied about an hour apart, I tried wiping the wax over the top.  I don't know what is in that wax, but it caused my rag to disintegrate!! and I was getting a major headache from the smell, so I stopped using it post haste.  Here is the armoire when the paint dried and with a little of that wax rubbed on the top:


I was too lazy to fill holes and replace the original pulls on the door section with the knobs, so I just painted over them. I don't know that I like the way that looks either.

In addition to my growing discontentment with the look of the cabinet, I had issues with the paint mixture itself.  First the paint mixed with water diluted the paint colour to a really light blue that I wasn't happy with.  Then the paint recipe itself didn't work all that well.  Not sure what I did wrong with the mix, but the paint scratches off very easily.  Here is the recipe I used:

3 Parts Paint
1 Part Plaster of Paris
Plus warm water 
(enough to wet the PofP before mixing in with the paint)

                                    
I wonder if  maybe I mixed too much water in the mixture??  If I use this again, I'll use less water & see if that makes a difference.  Otherwise, if anyone knows why this failed, please let me know!  

So I spent the whole day struggling with the fact that I didn't really like the look of the armoire when it was done.  I found it kind of bland and way too pale so  I sat and stared at it, wondering what to do to make it into something I would actually love.  I decided to sleep on it. I woke up in the night several times with different ideas - I could paint the knobs chrome or black.  I could paint the armoire a different colour.  I could sand the whole thing down and start all over...

When I got up, I searched through Pinterest for ideas and Pinterest NEVER lets me down :).  I found this piece of furniture that I absolutely loved.  (click on the link to see)

I love the darker colour & how worn it looks.  Being that the paint finish on my piece wasn't adhering, I figured I might as well go for the gusto.  Instead of sanding, I decided to wipe a darker paint colour over the top.  I used a damp paper towel dipped in Behr's Agave (the green base colour I didn't like) and began smearing it all over.  During the process more paint was wiped off and my "glaze" coat came out uneven and blotchy.  Despite all that - I LOVE IT!  Sometimes mistakes actually work out better than the original idea (something that happens to me more often than not). 



          
The darker colour and the blotchy, scratched up look suits me better.  I am just a blotchy, scratched up kinda girl!  So much happier :)

Guess you think this post is over now, huh?  Welcome to my obsessive compulsive side that keeps me picking at a project until I'm either perfectly happy with it or I've completely ruined it!.

After composing this post, I decided to add MORE TURQUOISE!!!  I really got into it, cramming the Agave paint into all the crevices and wiping more of it ono the drawer and door surfaces.  It became an art project for me and if you follow my art portion of this blog at all, you know I'm never satisfied with my art...

So here is my poor armoire again, from original inception to its duly beaten up and painted to death final version:
            
 Version #1                                           

VERSION #2

       


Version #3 - THE WINNER!






PERFECTION!! Now it's got more depth, a darker colour and I like it much better than the other two versions.  Onto the next project!
Have a happy week!

117 comments:

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Wow, great job!

reFresh reStyle said...

I love all the versions! You did a great job! Old armoires need a beautiful makeover like this!
Have a great day!
Debbie

Gwen said...

Now I am exhausted:)
WOW!!!!
You are so clever, I know I probably said it before, but you are.
The end result is wonderful!
I am very fond of the texture of chalk paint and you were brave to make your own.....your experiments are what art and discovery are all about.
Lovely job and thanks for all the info!
xxx

Home Frosting said...

All three look great, but I have to admit that I love the third version the best. You did a fantastic job, Anne! Lesa

Pure Bliss said...

Sorry about that, let's try again.
Gwen is right, you are very clever and talented.
I love the last version of the "armoire".

I guess one can use any color of paint and get a chalk board to write on?

J.

Cynthia said...

Great job! Homemade chalk paint good for you. I love the cabinets.

Meg said...

Looks great Anne!

So funny that you posted this. I'm just finishing up my homemade chalk paint chest of drawers and had many of the same issues you did. It changed the color of my paint, didn't cover like everyone says it does and it scratches off SO easily! I do have the Johnson paste wax and it did deepen the color slightly, but it's nowhere like the paint chip. Coincidentally, the color is VERY similar to your Pinterest find. Hope to finish it up this weekend.

Mr. Smith@TheSmithGarage said...

looks great! I started waxing with CeCe Caldwell's - it smells like HONEY! - maybe because it's made with beeswax. Best if applied with a natural bristle brush. Your final version looks AWESOME!

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Oooo, I LOVE how this came out!! I liked all the the transitions, but the last was best! :) I use home-made chalk paint, but I don't measure it out. I just ad the Plaster of Paris directly to the paint I will use and stir til I get a thickness I like. I make it thick, and it never seems to scratch off. (I really think the wax helps make it strong so it won't scratch off though)I have to tell you though, it is grainy and bumpy like it's almost sandy: not smooth at all like Annie Sloane's. I guess that is probably the idea of mixing it with hot water first? I've seen others use grout instead of Plaster of Paris and it looks smoother to me, but I don't know for sure. I thought I'd try that sometime to see if it helps. I use Fiddes and Sons Wax and love it, but I think it is a bit pricey. It stinks, but not unbearably. Regardless, your piece looks GREAT!! (Sorry so long of a comment! :S )

Tracey said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog...sorry it took me so long to get back at you. I love the color of your armoire...i've seen a Chalk paint recipe on line using calcium carbonate... seems to work better. I have that piece in my kitchen to fix up,,,might use that instead of regular paint. Also, flat paint is suppose to mimic chalk paint as well. I like the piece you just finished.. if you change it, let us know!!

Sandi M said...

It looks fantastic, especially your final version. I have a small piece my dad made that is just waiting for a makeover such as this. Thanks for the pointers.

Heather said...

WOW! This is impressive, I know this must have taken some time -It looks awesome!

and yes PINTEREST never lets me down either!
hee!
Happy Friday!
xo

Victoria @ both DTTD blog and Edins House blog said...

You totally did the right thing taking this project to Version #3... it's fantastic! I think the colours are perfect :-) I take it that the original "chalk paint" is no longer rubbing off because you rubbed it like crazy with the turquoise?
You have great creative instincts Anne! :-)
Victoria

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Your armoire looks fantastic with the new finish! Great job!

Tardevil said...

I like all of the versions, but agree that the third one looks the best! I talked to a dealer that sells chalk paint and she tried to make the homemade version too, and said it didn't go as well as buying it.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Anne,

I thought it looked good after you finished it....but you were right! That turquoise is PERFECT! I love your finish....it looks better than your inspiration!

blessings,
karianne

Kifus said...

Oh dear, I've sweated along with you Anne! It looks more than amazing!! I love it and all your hard work has paid off!

Have a great weekend!

Abbie said...

The color of your gorgeous armoire grabbed me as I scrolled through Frugal Friday, but after see all the versions, I am beyond impressed.

You did such a great job!

And I would LOVE IT if you'd share this at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL going on right now!

http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/03/feature-friday-free-for-all-10-my.html

Hope to see you soon!

P.S. I'm a new follower. : )

~Abbie

Bodhi said...

I LUV that color! I think your piece came out gorgeous!

mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity said...

You did a great job. I'd love it if you would share it here:
http://www.decoratinginsanity.com/2012/03/furniture-friday-8-and-link-party.html
xo...mONICa

Calypso In The Country said...

It turned out beautiful! You have much more patience than I do. Love the color!
-Shelley

Something Nice and Pretty said...

The cabinet turned out so neat and all the versions I liked! I too made my own chalkpaint but didn't use hot water, I did an end table, tray and smaller tray with it. To me the paint, I used Bher Cottage White, is gritty but once you start painting and it drys it smooths out. On these projects I used clear minwax and added black craft paint to it, messy but it gave the cracks and crevices dimension, if you know what I mean:)
I'm visiting from Classy Clutter!
Rondell....going back to follow you stop by sometime!

Tammy said...

Yay! for Blotchy Scratched up Comrades!!!! It looks beautiful. You have me wanting to try my own homemade recipe. Pinning this! Thank you, Anne

Simple Daisy said...

Brillant!! i LOVE it:)Perfect color too!!!

Sunday said...

It's GORGEOUS! I've been using DIY chalk paint too - love it! I'm a new follower, would love if you'd follow me too :)
http://asundayafternoon.com/

Katie said...

Yes, yes! I love the third look so much better! Don't get me wrong, I like them all, but I'm a tattered gal like you! Definately worth all the effort! You did a great job!

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

Both the colors are gorgeous! Sometimes, it takes just doing it to get the hang and feel of a new medium. Now, you'll be a pro =) The color is gorgeous. It looks like a brand new piece.

Cindy said...

WOW! Ann, I love the latest version, it's really fabulous! Sometimes it takes just working and working at it until you're happy. I love it and I'm so glad you're happy with it.
Hugs, Cindy

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

I love all three versions.. and I completely understand not being happy with a project. Im glad you are happy with the final product.. its gorgeous! Im going to have to try homemade chalk paint soon!

Im going to snoop around your site some more. I would love for you to share this at my Friday link party.. oh and enter my week of giveaways too! You can win some awesome stuff :)

Leslie said...

VERY! good job! I love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest Linky follower!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Very nice job!! I'm your newest follower ~ Megan

charlene said...

Love the final colors...lol You sound a lot like me...SMILES
I have been seeing the chalk paint formula you tried, but have not tried as of yet. I have tried others...and well I have not had much success...I posted my formula here...it has never let me down...I think I will stick with it...thanks for sharing...you saved me a lot of work...

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Hi Anne, what a great job and I love that you shared all the versions! I loved the 2nd one but the final result is gorgeous and so matches the colors I'm presently putting in my new bedroom makeover! I'm a new follower and hope you'll follow back and would love it if you'd link this project to my Frugal Treasures Party going on now. Thanks again for sharing.
Barbe

Shantalle@lifestylesofthestayathomemom.com said...

I LOVE this cabinet, I need to invent teleporting or internetporting. Until then, I will dream... ;)

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Such a wonderful transformation ...

... I'm thinking it's tambourine worthy ...

:)

Linda
www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

Tisha said...

Wow, that took some work! I like them all, but the finished version is beautiful! You've made me a little nervous though, because I'm planning to use some homemade chalkpaint on my armoire this week. I'll let you know how it turns out! Thanks for linking up @ the Delectable Home.

Anne said...

LOVE the enhanced version.Adding a bit more color really did the trick.LOVE the look.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

This came out so great! I've been wanting to make my own chalk paint...so glad to see your success. Thanks for sharing the recipe and inspiration.
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

Chatty Chics said...

Oh, I feel your pain! I have tried 2 different Chalk Paint recipes (one with Plaster of Paris, and the other with Non-sand grout) and had trouble with both. Couldn't get them mixed up completely and had white dots (from the mixture) that adhered. Ugh. So I've been working with it too and also have both Annie Sloan chalk paint. It's amazing. You can buy it online now at Robyn Story Designs. She has a blog and also sells directly if you can't get it in your area. It's expensive but so worth it! Here's her Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/robyn.storydesigns?ref=ts
Cheers!
Melody

Heaven's Walk said...

You totally nailed it with your final attempt, Anne! LUV it! The depth and finish is just perfect! :)

xoxo laurie

Rachel @ Moments With My Miracles said...

LOVE it!

Scribbler said...

This cabinet looks great.

The version of homemade chalk paint I used does not have any hot water in it, and it sticks to everything, no matter what kind of paint I started with. I mix 1 cup latex paint to 1/4 cup of P/P. Two coats will cover and stick to anything. I have used leftover paint in satin, eggshell, glossy, semi-gloss and matte, and it all seems to work. The only prep work I did was a quick wash dow with some Krud Kutter and rinse, and dry off.

Hope this helps.

Ellen

PitterAndGlink said...

It's just lovely! :)

Vanessa said...

Hi, Anne

I just love the armoire and the third version is better. Looks great. I found your lovely blog from MOD link Party. I am a new follower. Love for you to stop by www.homesweetbutterfly.com. Have a great week

Vanessa

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Found you through WUW, and so glad I did! LOVE your armoire! All the versions looked good to me, but I'm glad you got exactly the look you wanted. Nice job :)

Heidi Lisa said...

looks great! Wonder what was in the wax that made your rag fall apart?

Jen Lossing said...

I think this looks great. The final attempt is just beautiful. However, after seeing this post, I am tempted to just give in and buy chalk paint! Great job!!!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Hi Anne,
I just put up a post tonight about my homemade chalk paint. I used the same directions that you did. I think you probably needed more paint with you Plaster of Paris mixture. But I agree with you, the P of P changes the color drastically. I did use the AS clear and dark waxes because I happened to have them. Anyway, I love version #3 of your armoire.

Stephanie said...

Turned out beautiful in the end. LOVE the color! :)

Becca said...

Great job!! I love at color!
xo Becca

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Wow sometimes those mistakes do turn out better! Love the color and the distressed look.

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Hi Anne
I'm so sorry you had a bad experience with the paint at the beginning. I also made my own chalk paint but I used unsanded grout instead of the plaster of paris. I painted a black TV stand and it came out great! Stop by and get the recipe and see my piece.
Susan
@homeroad.net

Revi said...

Love your persistence and the look of your armoire!
-Revi

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

You're so funny, Anne! We compulsive, perfectionist types just do not know when to quit! I actually liked ALL of the versions. But ultimately, YOU have to be happy. You've gotta live with it. ;)

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again this week.

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Pamela said...

Anne this is beautiful!!! Thanx for coming to THT!

The Other Me Is Sane said...

I really love your project. It just got better and better the more you did! I'm trying to learn to gob paint on to get more texture. On making your own paint, try using gesso instead of plaster of paris. Gesso can be purchased at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. If you don't have those stores try a store that supplies artist paints. Mix paint 2/3 to 1/3 gesso. Add water if it gets thick and add more gesso if it's too thin.

Amy Fountain said...

wow, you've turned it into an amazing rustic piece! great job. :)

bj said...

This is one of the prettiest armoires I've seen....I LOVE your color.

gail said...

Anne, love the final installment of your armoire! Why did we buy all that oak furniture? I'm so over it!
gail

debi beard said...

Hi Anne,
have you tried CeCe Caldwells version of chalk paint? It is an american brand and it's all non toxic, the wax is non toxic too! It is an amazing product.
I made a video tutorial using this paint you can find it on my blog http://debisdesigndiary.blogspot.com
I have painted my kitchen 4 times trying to get it right... now I am going to do it over again for the last time with this beautiful paint.
Sincerely,
Debi Beard

Stacey said...

That looks amazing - what a drastic change! Please come by my linky party hapening now to link it up - I would love to see you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change
http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I love the color!

~Angela

scrappydarling said...

Wow! I LOVE the final product!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

WOW!! I LOVE it!! It is so pretty! LOVE LOVE the color! All of the versions were beautiful...the the finished product....perfection!

Lou Cinda

Green Willow Pond said...

Your armoire turned out great! Thanks for posting your experience with homemade chalk paint. I've been wanting to try it. I think I'll start with something small to get a feel for it.

I have a maple armoire I'd like to paint sometime. I hope it turns out as cute as yours.

Deborah

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Wow, this turned out amazing. I really love the finished product.
I would love it if you would come link it up at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party.

Connie said...

So glad the second coat worked out, it's a beautiful piece.
Hi, I'm Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/, your newest GF and LF friend, stop by and be my friend, too.
Thanks for sharing that idea, no one likes to sand.

The DIY Show Off said...

Gorgeous and love the recipe! Great job! :)

Roeshel

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Love it, Love it, Love it! Amazing transformation. I'm glad you love it now too, because you should! It looks great!

--Katie

Beth said...

Wow! I just love that Agave color. Turned out great. I liked all three! I've been using the home made chalk paint on almost all of my projects. Try the 2:1 ratio. (2 parts paint and 1 part PP) I have never had my color diluted. I used to just mix the PP in with the paint, although I did get lumps, even tho they would sand out. So I strained it through cheesecloth. Nice and smooth. Too messy and too much work! So then I saw a hint about diluting the PP in hot water. I don't measure the water. I just add enough water until it mix and dissolves. I add a little bit of paint in the PP mixture and stir around some more. Then I take the PP mixture and dump it in my paint, stirring well until it's all mixed. Never had issues with it. But I always prep my wood. I would have lightly sanded the armoire and then wiped it down with a wood cleaner. Hope this helps.

Mrs. Handyverger said...

I love your final product! I also appreciate that you included your frustrations/disappointments on the way to it. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who doesn't have things turn out on the first try.

Bonnie said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog. I love that you gave us both the good and the bad (so refreshing) because sometimes we need to know "what not to do". I'll be back.

Jena @ Involving Color and Home said...

Anne, you did such a great job getting the color just right on this! I'm featuring this tomorrow, and thanks so much for linking up to my paint color party!

Christa Delgado Design Inc said...

A great post and I love the three different versions. So glad you didn't give up. That is the great thing about painting furniture...keep going and if you do not get it right, start over!

Judy said...

I love the end result. I actually like all the versions. I will be featuring you tomorrow night at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button.

Anonymous said...

Turned out great! I think I know what you are missing from the inspiration piece---the dark wax. Too bad you didn't like working with the wax, there are some that don't have such a bad odour. Anyway, if you notice in the groves of your inspiration piece there is a darkening --this can be achieved with a touch of dark wax. have a look at some of the projects from my blog for examples of what I mean.
good job!

Lauren said...

LOVE IT!!! I'm all about keeping at something until I a.) am completely in love with it or b.) have ruined it! I hope you come over the-crafty-cowgirl.com and share some of your posts on our Funday Sunday link parties!

Carrie @ lovely etc. said...

Wow, turned out great. Much more oomph in the end. You are so right - sometimes mistakes end up being better than the original plan. Thanks for linking up to Thats the Ticket.

Shabby Marilyn said...

Great job, really came out nice!
Thanks for sharing, I really want to try home made chalk paint! Newest linky follower, hope to see you visit

Misti@Living On Cypress Hill said...

I love it! I love that color blue! Or green... :) When I made my chalk paint I used the calcium carbonate. I liked it. You might want to try using that sometime and see which you prefer.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

gorgeous, anne! i love the color! i did a diy chalk paint project yesterday.... i love that it is cheap and easy!

Miss Charming said...

It took me awhile to get the hang of mixing my own chalk paint, too. I love how your armoire turned out. I think you found the perfect color combination.

Elaine Canaday said...

Beautiful! Your 3rd version has the depth & richness this piece deserves - thanks for perservering & being 'ocd' on this project - she shines now.

Elaine Canaday said...

Beautiful! Your 3rd version has the depth & richness this piece deserves - thanks for perservering & being 'ocd' on this project - she shines now.

Bliss said...

Wondering Anne, if since you did this post you have tried another chalk paint recipe? I'm debating on making some or slapping down the money for more ASCP.

~Bliss~

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh this looks great!
I too have tried the DIY CHALK PAINT...it worked out great.

right now, I myself am in love with the blue green of turquoise!

thanks for showing this,just found your blog today... (i think) :)
Pat

Vintage Street Designs said...

Wow...you and the dresser have been on quite the little journey! Well worth the struggle, it turned out beautiful! Blessings ~ Judy

Dewdrop Gardens said...

I agree, I love the last version better!! It turned out lovely, just perfect!
I too tried home-made chalk paint, and worked mine till I was happier with it...still not completely there, might have to add a diluted colour of some sort. Thanks for the tips!!
Debbie :)

Heaven's Walk said...

The secret is ALL in the layers!!! lol! I discovered that with my little French side table recently. Layers, layers, and more layers. It truly does add depth and interest to a piece. GREAT job on your armoire! I lovvvve it! :)

xoxo laurie

Tammy said...

Love the layers! Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

Rhonda Nelsen said...

Thanks for sharing, I love the armoire.

Anonymous said...

This really looks wonderful. I recently experimented with my first diy chalk paint, also in a aqua/turquoise color. I wasn't happy with the initial results either when I tested the concoction on the chair of a desk set. I can't decide if I should trust the diy chalk paint to complete the desk and hutch or follow a more traditional route. Thank you so much for exposing every nook and cranny of this piece. Your tutorial and commentary are quite helpful.

Becky said...

Your end results look great. I was happy to read that someone else wasn't instantly thrilled with chalk paint results. I too had the problem of it lightening the color I used considerably. I'd made chalk paint using eggshell finish paint and it also dulled it completely. Not even multiple coats of paste wax brought a hint of shine. I'm inspired that you kept at it to get the look you wanted.
Rebecca

Anne said...

Thank you Rebecca! I specifically wrote this post the way I did BECAUSE I had a less than perfect experience with chalk paint! I AM surprised that the wax didn't give you a shine, even on an eggshell finish. Maybe it's the wax you used?? The Minwax wax I used gives me a shine no matter what surface I use it on. Maybe give that a try? You really have to buff it though. Thanks for stopping by!!

Lola and Bea said...

I just found your blog and I have to say you are so creative. I love the final results of your armoire, and I am glad you kept trying until you found a color that you liked. I too have made my own chalk paint and I have found that using nonsanded grout makes a smoother paint finish. I also found that you can use ink or even craft paint to darken homemade chalk paint. My mom always told me "it's only paint, you can always change it."

Jeannie and Linda said...

Wow Anne, I'm right there with you on that chalk paint! I use the same formula and it works great. I find that if I let it "cure" for 2 days then wax the paint stays on. Most of the time I use the chalk paint for my primer and follow up with good old latex. (I don't really like the feel of chalk paint-don't tell anyone)

Anyway, I love how your armoire turned out. It's Beautiful!!

Linda at The French Hens Nest

Amanda Brooke said...

Thank you so much. This is very helpful and your piece turned out beautifully!

Anonymous said...

I love this! You give me such confidence to try this on an ugly (u-g-l-y!) stained piece that has very prominent wood grain, which I don't love. Thanks for the details! Your piece is beautiful!

Cranberry Morning said...

Look how many comments you're getting on this great piece and your refinishing job!! I love it. SO much better than the original, isn't it. What a transformation!

denise...on a whim said...

Just saw this at the blue party at The Dedicated House. Beautiful color and fantastic job! :)

Donna Wilkes said...

Came over from the blue party because 1) I love your projects and 20 I love turquoise. Sometimes a furniture piece will fight you, but you definitely won the challenge. It is beautifully distressed. As the above comment I use nonsanded grout with just a little water to begin and I do add craft paint to deepen the color.

Lulu said...

I don't know chalk paint, but it seems that many of you are experimenting with it and getting wonderful results. Your finished project looks great making it worth the effort you put into it.

Miss Kitty said...

This is SUCH a yummy color! The thumbnail picture of this piece over at the Anything Blue really caught my eye. So very pretty!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

It really turned out nice. Love the depth! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

amy sharp said...

I wish some how I could follow such directions and come out with such a beautiful piece...... seriously AMAAAZZINNG Job so worth it!!

Anne said...

Aww thank you Amy! It wasn't really difficult, just keep wiping different shades of the same colour over the top of each other until you get something you like. Beats me how I figured it out!

Thanks for visiting xox

Katie Avalos said...

WOW!! Beautiful! I am trying my own chalk paint right now. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I am having trouble with my paint being too watery. Do you have a paint of choice you prefer? I am using a latex satin paint.

Anne said...

Thank you Katie! My best results have come from using a low sheen paint. Behr's paint & primer paints seem to stick a little better than the others I've tried and it's a thicker paint to start with.

Thanks for visiting!

Beth said...

"chalk like finish" hehehe I love that you used this term instead of She Who Shall Not Be Named. Thanks for linking up to the B&A party!

Tammy Henderson said...

Very Nice! Love the color!

ANNE said...

Thank you Tammy!

Kristina Kisner said...

I use maison blance chalk paint and I love it but I use lots of things. I make chalk paint with either p.o.p or non sanded grout and it does scratch off easy until you use the wax and let it cure. Then it is one of the most durable finishes ive ever had. Sand it smooth ofter painting and use a clear wax then a colored wax to "glaze" with if you want that look. Ages it so well. Once dry buff to a nice finish with an old tshirt and once it hardens its on there.u may have small lumpsbwith the grout but once you sand it they go away.

ANNE said...

Thanks Kristina! I never realized until recently how much of a difference the waxing makes to the durability of this finish.

Paul the paint master said...

Great post! We just moved into a beautiful home out in the country, and we have been restoring the shed that was hidden out back by the stables. There are some really cool suggestions here, keep up the good work!

ANNE said...

Thank you!

Diena Cameron said...

This chest came out beautifully Anne ! I love the final blue the best too .) You definitely are an artist who is a perfectionist .) I looked through your art work also and they are are beautiful, especially the ones about the ocean and sailing. The one that really grabbed me was the red barn with red flowers in the field (i think ?) It's really stunning and i think the name is "After the storm", aging I think. I was going through them kinds fast because I wanted to get to this part. Anyway, love what you do.) Have a great day !

ANNE said...

Thank you so much! What a lovely compliment. I hope you have a great day as well xo