Category: Chalk Paint

Facebook..we are back!!!

June 18, 2013

You can find us on facebook again…we are having to start over..but you can’t keep a good Diva down! :)

 

Facebook? Where did you Go?

June 17, 2013

Well if you have looked for us on facebook and had an issue don’t worry you didn’t do anything wrong. :) We have been bullied for a long time now and held strong that we wanted to help everyone that had issues with Chalk Paint. But because someone has obtained an illegal trademark in MY country they have been able to hide behind some questionable business practices and bully people. No I’m not the only one but I’m the one that is tired of being silent. I always want to be the bigger person. It is part of being a Christian and turning the other cheek, but Bullying of any type is unacceptable. No I don’t have a million dollars to fight someone with MillionS of dollars so I lose..not morally just financially. Facebook never contacted us, gave us the option to change our name etc. We just got blocked. Don’t worry we are still here. We have our website for now. We will always answer your questions to the best of our ability. And know this….I 100% know I’m in the right. Chalk Paint has been around since the caveman. My grandmother mixed it in her basement when I was a kid.  You can’t copyright two common words in this country unless you are doing it “in a questionable manner” not going into that now. So I got to vent a little and just want all of you to know we are still here to help regardless of your brand of Chalk Paint!

Update: Van Gogh Chalk Paint, Websters Chalk Paint Powder, Autentico, and some of her own reps have been deleted. Please support them all. This is our livelihood, our creative outlets, our homes. You can’t just delete it because you are losing some sales. We have a petition to get our pages back here. Please sign. Please be kind to others and realize this is her business practice and doesn’t necessarily reflect her stockist.

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Have you Met Saved By Scottie?

March 11, 2013

Introducing van Gogh Chalk Paint Collection!

Did you ever want to repaint your kitchen cabinets and just not know where to start? Does the whole idea of sanding, priming, painting, sealing, waiting, etc. scare you to death and make you just not bother? Me too…

Cabinets Painted by Van Gogh Chalk Paint

I’d love to introduce you to the van Gogh Chalk Paint Collection! Our professional grade products are much like “Secret”- strong enough for the Pro, but made for the beginner…

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The paint has amazing coverage, a velvet consistency, and incredible leveling properties- brush strokes are a thing of your past with this line.

The wax is 100% non-toxic. It is made of beeswax and smells like honey. You’ll seriously be craving toast from the moment you open the jar.

We have a Table Top Finish in two colors (Clear and French Caffeine) to give you a hard as nails top-coat when wax just isn’t enough.

Recently we introduced a line of products we call “Furniture Makeup”, they are incredible finishes to give your pieces that extra special touch. Don’t be frightened, we made these easy too.

Remember that amazing kitchen photo? After painting with “Balsamic”, the island was coated with “Luminous Eyeshadow” (only to be described as “Metallic Champagne Gorgeousness”) while the wall cabinets are “Chalk” and finished with “Cabinet Concealer Glaze” kitchen cabinet antiquing glaze. Not only do they look beautiful, they seal and protect your cabinets at the same time! If you want that hard as nails top coat, finish it off with the Table Top finish in clear.

The Glamour Glaze gives a Silver “Moon” sheen you can leave as is or wipe back for more transparency.

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I love the look of bas relief- those 3-D wood carvings on drawers fronts and wall hangings. Want the “cheater” way to create it without learning how to carve wood? Use “Furniture Facelift” and your favorite stencil. It’s an embossing plaster that when dry can be painted and distressed. It will look like the “carving” was there from the beginning. There’s a secret too- this product does “double duty” as a decoupage medium too- line the drawers of that dresser with tissue paper for a little “POP” of fun!

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Photo courtesy Muddaritaville. Joanne is a pro at using Furniture Facelift to create amazing drawer fronts and signs!

Finally we have “Wrinkle Lotion” to give you that subtle crackle while doing double duty as a decopague and leafing medium and “Facial Masque” to create more of an ancient stone, more coarse look.

 
Doesn’t it all sound like so much fun? For more information, contact me (https://www.facebook.com/SavedByScottie) or the “Paintologist” nearest you- you can find one here (http://www.vangoghchalkpaintcollection.com/retailers/) There are always classes to learn how to use the products and meeting new people who share the love of creating! If you think you might like to turn your passion into an opportunity to make some extra money… drop me a line- van Gogh Chalk Paint Collection is expanding and I (or one of our other fabulous Distributors) would love to talk to you about the possibilities of working together!

 C’mon….get your hands dirty!!

Buffet makeover Chalk Paint by Fat Paint Stencil by Wallmasqu

RePurposed Dresser to Buffet

February 20, 2013

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 By Shab 2 Fab

Chalk Paint by Fat Paint

Stencil by Wall Masque Stencil Company

RePurposed Dresser to Buffet~This Basset Dresser is the heaviest piece of furniture I have ever purchased. With every drawer and door removed I can barely lift it. Each Door weighed in at 15 lbs. What is up with that? Which may or may not play into my decision to keep it for a while :) I used Fat Paint Grey Gull and Indigo. The stencils are all from Wall Masque stencil Company. Yummy! I finished it with Fat Wax and lots of extra buffing on top for some shine :)

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Marketing Tips and Diva Directory

January 27, 2013

Marketing Tips and Diva Directory

If you’re like me, marketing and marketing tips aren’t the first thing on your agenda. You’re probably going 90 to nothing most of the time. With 5 kids, a growing business, and trying to get in a few minutes of actual life, in between trips to Lowe’s… (I swear, they’re going to start charging me rent)… I’m always busy.

Don’t get me wrong. I love working from home… and having the flexibility to make my own schedule. But without a brick and mortar store, marketing myself is the only way to remind people I’m here. Marketing used to be my least favorite thing to do. But thanks to my incredible diva-in-crime, Shannon from Shab2Fab, I’ve learned the most effective ways to do it… so now cleaning the bathrooms can reclaim its rightful place as my least favorite activity. Here are a few marketing tools that my sensei has taught me.

Shannon always thinks this picture makes her look too masculine.

Shannon always thinks this picture makes her look too masculine.

Facebook

I know… I know, sounds like I’m stating the obvious, right? After all, if you’re reading this, you’re on the computer and probably have a fb account. But do you have a fb business page? When I started my business page is when my business started to take off. Before that, I was just getting clients through word of mouth. Now I’ve gone from working primarily for friends, to working almost entirely for strangers… ehh… new friends.

Of course, once you open up a business page, you have to actually pay attention to it. In spite of starting our pages at the same time, my Shab2Fab counterpart has 4 times as many likes as I do, which means 4 times the exposure. Guess which of us pays more attention to her page? Remember, fb is sort of like a pet. You may not always like putting in the extra work, but the more time you invest, the more love you get back… and the less likely you are to have a dead parakeet in the corner… or something like that. I may have gotten lost in the metaphor.

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I swear I have not seen the parakeet…

 

Try these ways of expanding once you get your page going.

1. Invite everyone you know to join and “like” your page.

2. Go visit, comment, and “like” other people’s pages, especially people who are doing what you do. The more pages you “like”… the more “likes” you’ll get from other people.

3.  Share other people’s work on your page and give them credit for it… often they’ll share yours too.

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notice credit given to artist : )

4.  Put up lots of pictures with your posts. People respond to pictures. It’s just that simple.

5.  Do a giveaway for people who like and share your page. Free stuff rules.

Website

Facebook is great… but there are plenty of people who don’t have facebook accounts. So keep a website too. There are several free sites that can walk you through making your own, and the hosting is fairly inexpensive. I used wix.com for mine. You don’t have to update your website as often as facebook, but at least you’re widening the net on potential customers just by having one. You can check out mine, which was free and is hosted for $10 a month.  http://grishaminteriors.com

Business Cards

Business cards are essential. You can have them made on line, at places like Zazzle, or even at your local Office Depot. Wherever you choose, put your business cards at paint stores, flea markets and paint boutiques… and don’t be afraid to ask people like your hair stylist to keep some on hand as well. Any place people sit is a good place to have a card. And always keep some in your wallet. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been happy to have a business card when I ran into a prospective client. It has also been a big help in convincing people I’m not actually homeless since I’m usually wearing paint- covered yoga pants with holes in the hind quarters.

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that’s me… those are my cards.

Craft Shows & Events

Take your show on the road at a few targeted locations a year. You don’t have to overdo it. But even people who do custom work from home (like me) can do a couple of craft shows a year. The booth rental is usually reasonable and you can’t beat a customer base that’s arriving at a location with discretionary income and the intention of spending it. Bring a stack of business cards with you, and if someone starts talking about a project they want to do, end the conversation by saying, “I have my scheduling book right here, would you like me to drop by to give you a free estimate on that dresser you want painted?”

Donations

Get your business name out there by making donations to good causes. Schools and local charities, among others, often hold silent auctions. Donating one of your creations is a great way for people to see your work… and it’s a great way to be part of your community as well. And don’t be embarrassed to ask if your business cards could be put out along with your item. Organizations are happy to do it, and after all… there’s only one person going home with the item. The other bidders may want to know where they can buy one just like it.

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Specials

Don’t be afraid to offer 10% off to first time customers or free delivery for a specific month… maybe a credit to people who bring you clients. There are all kinds of creative ways to give people a deal. Don’t be afraid of losing a little profit… In the long run, you’re trying to get repeat customers and let’s face it… you have to get them in the door first.

Electronic Spotlight

I don’t pretend to have a clue about all the ins and outs of electronic media. I highly recommend a genius girlfriend like I have. Shannon is the brains behind the Chalk Paint Divas and is a BIG help with Grisham Interiors. I’m the brains behind knowing we need Shannon. She knows all about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Pinterest, Google +, Houzz, Twitter and all the other ways to help people find us. I’m simply not that tech savvy. This is an actual conversation between Shannon and me…

Shannon: Do you have a Smartphone?

Me: I don’t know… I have a cell phone… Is that a Smartphone?

Shannon:  Nevermind

But hey, if you don’t have a Shannon… (and no, you can’t have my Shannon)… just hire someone like her. If money is a problem, you may want to consider a barter with someone who knows a little more than you do. Any way you do it… the more you’re out there, and the more creative you are, the better chance you have of being found.

Advertising

Take out a small ad in a local publication. In my town we have, “The Kids Directory” which is filled with information and resources for families. We also have a couple of  magazines, covering local events and human interest stories. See if your town has something similar to get the best target audience. And don’t forget to advertise on line with people who are doing what you do. They’ll have a target rich environment, and your ad can provide a link to your site, which will take people to you immediately. If you want to “Divatize,” just click here and the brains of the operation will get back to you.

Craigslist

Get pictures of your items onto Craigslist and make sure your business information is included. Obviously you won’t sell to every person that looks… but several people may see that you paint and then save your name for something they need refurbished in the future.

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Diva Directory

And finally… here’s a way we’re happy to help. Every day visitors at Chalk Paint Divas ask us where they can find chalk paint. Sure, we can provide stockist locations, but not everyone wants to actually get their hands dirty. Sometimes they want to know who paints, who gives classes, or who has a booth of painted items available in their area. We’d be happy to provide them with your information. We’re compiling a list of people who do what we do in different locations around the country… and out of the country. If you’d like to be included, just send your information to Alison@ChalkPaintDivas.com. We don’t sell your information (well for the right price I would… but I don’t know how), and there’s no cost to you. But if we can help you get noticed, we’re happy to do it! I have several names for the directory already since I started this several months ago. They’ll be going up soon. Hey, don’t judge… I told you… I’m not the brains.

Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to toot your own horn a little. It’s not like you’re running a pyramid scheme. People really do want to find talented artisans to transform their belongings. Why not let that person be you?… And while you’re becoming uber successful… remember to Paint like a Diva!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Chick Is Toast

January 1, 2013

Painting Appliances

Sometimes I have a little trouble reigning in the crazy. I get an idea in my head and, before I’ve had time to really think it through, I’ve gone too far to turn back. That’s how I ended up painting my toaster a while back. Yes, you read that right… my toaster. Now let me start by saying… I still love this idea… in theory. But in actuality, it didn’t really go as I had hoped.

I was inspired by those funky toasters I keep seeing everywhere, the ones that bring back the vintage colors of the 1950’s. Unfortunately they didn’t bring back the prices from the 1950’s… and at over $200 a pop, I just can’t afford to be retro chic.

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So there I was one night cleaning the crumbs out of my boring, black plastic toaster…

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…and I thought… just paint itwhy not? Since it was midnight… my “why not” meter was a little off… so I went ahead and threw caution to the wind.

I already had it unplugged, with the crumb catchers removed. So I started taking apart everything else I could. I was hoping I could just slide off the black plastic outer cover, which would’ve made painting a whole lot easier. Unfortunately, there was no way of taking it completely off without breaking it. So I taped her up, wiped her down and got my paint groove on.

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In an effort to match my canister set, I started mixing colors from my Annie Sloan quarts. I threw in some duck egg, old white, aubusson blue, and little dribs and drabs of a few other colors before I came up with a combination that worked. I had the optimism of a college sophomore after two shots of tequila. Anything seemed possible!

The first coat went on beautifully and after a gentle sanding with a 220-grit sandpaper, I applied a second coat. I was doing the paint dance, and maybe feeling a little overconfident about my chances of getting my own toaster show on HGTV.

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And then… disaster. I was trying to figure out what kind of protective finish I was going to use, when I noticed a little chip on the back. It was small at first. But within minutes, more and more paint started chipping off. I tried letting it dry longer, touching up the chips, and even waxing. But the Chalk Paint was not going to stick to this plastic… plain and simple.

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(This picture shows the area that started chipping in the middle, but by this point I had started sanding too).

After a good night sleep I decided to start over. I easily chipped off all the paint that was taunting me and decided to sand the plastic enirely before painting. It took a lot of work, but once I got a smooth finish and cleaned her up I was ready to give it another go.

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I did a little test patch of paint before I painted the whole thing again and… Voila!! It worked. This time around I did 4 or 5 coats of paint, sanding in between each one to get the smoothest finish possible. This thing was like a baby’s bottom.

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But it was still a toaster, and it definitely needed some kind of protective coating. I didn’t want to wax since I was afraid of it melting. But I was really looking for more of a high-gloss finish than wax could have given me anyway. So I decided to go with a high gloss lacquer. MISTAKE ALERT… MISTAKE ALERT!!

In the first few seconds of spraying, I was thrilled. It was looking great! But less than a minute later it was a different story.

There was just a small crack at first… and then another. In fact, they were so small that I thought I was seeing things… then more started to appear… then the cracks got bigger until the entire toaster had noticeable lines throughout the paint finish. Ugh!!

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Are you feeling bad for me yet? It almost made me want to shell out the cash for one of those high-end toasters. But a big hug from my sweet hubby, and I was over it.

I’m not sure why the paint cracked… in the end I chocked it up to some kind of complicated chemical reaction. If I ever try it again, I’ll probably just use Krylon spray paint for plastic.

But for now, I’m not going to sweat the small stuff. From a distance it looks just fine, and ultimately, a glass of wine makes everything look better anyway. Right? : )

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Waxing 101

How to Wax Furniture

October 11, 2012

Waxing Poetic

How to Wax Furniture

 

Okay… so you’re having trouble with wax, right?   Take a deep breath. No really, take a deep breath… cause I totally know you didn’t just take one.   The thing is, using furniture wax is as much about relaxing as it is about anything else. It’s about realizing that wax, while you can make a few mistakes, is part of your artistic vision. So there really isn’t any kind of HUGE mistake that can’t be undone. I’ve seen some things with wax that I didn’t like. But that doesn’t mean they were wrong. I don’t like nuts in my brownies either… but that’s just one girl’s taste buds. I guess what I’m saying is, wax… especially dark wax… is a matter of taste. You just have to please you. So take a deep breath. You’ll get there. I promise.

 

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So let’s review the basics. When you’re using chalk paint, you can choose to wax or not to wax. No one is taking notes, and there are plenty of people who like a unwaxed look. But the reality is, that wax protects your furniture. It deepens the color of the paint, repels water, and it protects the finish. So most people choose to use it.

 

Ok, sure… but…

 

Q:  Is there a time when I should not use wax?

A:  Yes… if you’re doing outdoor furniture. Wax melts in the sun. Wax + sun = mess.

 

Q:  Can I use other protective finishes with chalk paint… like polyurethane or lacquer?

A:  Yes. I prefer wax with chalk paint because it’s easier to control the type of finish you want. But if you’re more comfortable, all protective finishes work on chalk paint.

 

Q:  Will wax protect as well as polyurethane?

A:  Yes. Wax will cure to a hard finish, repel water and protect the paint from chipping. And wax doesn’t yellow like polyurethane. If you use poly… go with a Polycrylic water based clear finish. You’ll thank me later.

How To Wax

So you’ve decided to go with clear wax… Now what?

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Q:  Do I have to use the same brand of wax as the chalk paint I choose?

A:  No. Some brands claim to have waxes that are designed to work with their brand of paint. But I’ve used many brands of wax that have worked very well without any issues.

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Q:  What brands of wax can I use with chalk paint?

A: Fat Wax, Cece Caldwell, Maison Blanche and Annie Sloan are boutique brands that work really well. But you can certainly use alternative brands. Briwax, Fides & Sons, Minwax, and Johnson’s Paste wax are just a few options that have been around for decades.

 

So you’ve painted your furniture with chalk paint, you’ve got your clear wax and you’re ready to wax your heart out. But you still have a few questions.

 

Q:  How long after I paint should I wait to wax?

A:  You can wax as soon as the paint is dry.

 

Q:  Do I sand first or wax first?

A:  Either. But sanding first can be messy, and you may naturally remove more paint as you wax anyway. So I prefer to wax first and see what happens. I can always sand more afterward. But waxing first also means less dust in the sanding process.

 

Q:  What if I don’t want any distressing. Should I still wax?

A:  Yes. If you don’t want any distressing wait for the paint to dry overnight before waxing. It gives the paint time to set, and less chance of natural rub off while waxing.

 

Q:  How should I apply the wax… with a rag, or a brush?

A:  Either. Many people swear by the brushes and I admit, they’re great for nooks and crannies. I use an inexpensive chip brush for those. But it’s an added expense for sure. If I had an endless supply of money, I’d probably buy a couple. But on a budget, a wax brush is a luxury I can do without.

 

Q:  How much wax should I use?

A:  I’ve heard lots of people say, “…the wax goes so far, you don’t need much at all.” But too often, in attempt to conserve, I’ve seen waxed pieces that are really streaky. If the paint has streaky color variations or looks patchy, you probably didn’t use enough. By the same token, if you can see the wax or it’s very tacky to the touch, you have used too much. The goal is to rub it in, letting the paint absorb the moisture of the wax, until the paint is one uniform color and the piece feels smooth to the touch. Rub until the wax is gone. You may need to get an extra rag. But keep at it. Waxing is the most time consuming part of refinishing your furniture. But it’s worth it.

 

Q:  What if the furniture feels tacky?

A:  There may be some slight tackiness. Just like if you put on body lotion, you may feel it. But that will go away within a couple of days. If it doesn’t, keep buffing until it does.

 

Q:  Should I let the wax sit a little while, or just wipe it off?

A:  Wax isn’t like a marinade. You don’t need to let it sit on the furniture to make it work, and it’s not really about wiping it on and wiping it off either. It’s really more about rubbing it in. It’s about making the wax part of the furniture. So apply the wax and rub it in until it disappears.

 

If you’re new to wax, you may want to get the hang of the clear wax before you go any further. Just like anything new, you’ll agonize over whether you’re doing it right the first few times, and then suddenly, it will all come together and you’ll be saying, “that’s right, yo!… I’m a waxing goddess.”  I promise.

 

But let’s face it, we creative types need to create. Pretty soon you’ll get bored with clear and you’ll want to move on with dark waxes, and crackle finishes, and stencils and quantum physics. If you get to quantum physics, you’ve gone too far and it’s time for a glass of wine.

 

But if you’ve conquered clear wax, you’re probably ready to give the dark wax a try. So what are you worried about? You’ve got this. Relax and dive in. Right?

 

Q:  Ok, but should I still use the clear wax if I’m using dark wax?

A:  If you’re using ASCP or Cece Caldwell waxes… then YES. I like to think of clear wax as a way of preparing the canvas. The first coat of wax, no matter the color, will soak into the pores of the paint. If dark wax is absorbed first, it will stain the furniture and make it impossible to manipulate the color and finish. The clear wax acts as a barrier to the paint so it’s easier to control the dark wax. I haven’t used Maison Blanche waxes yet, but I’m excited…. They have several colors that reportedly can be used first without a clear coat. So I’ll get back to you on that when I use them.

 

Q:  Can I apply the dark wax immediately after the clear wax?

A:  Wait for the wax to dry in between coats. But usually by the time I’ve finished an entire coat of clear and rubbing it in well… it’s dry enough. Waiting an hour wouldn’t hurt. But you don’t have to let it cure… just dry.

 

Q:  Is there any way to make the dark wax lighter?

A:  Yes. Mix clear wax with dark wax in a separate container to lighten the wax.

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Q:  How long should I leave the dark wax on?

A:  Work in small areas, applying the wax over a couple of square feet before you go back and adjust. You may want to add more and you may want to have less. Until it dries, you’ll be able to wipe a little away with the same rag you’re using to apply. If it’s too dry to rub off on its own, just apply a little clear wax. It will moisten the dark wax and let you adjust the look to suit your taste.

 

Q:  Should I let the dark wax sit overnight?

A:  No. Waxing should be done in one sitting. It will begin to dry quickly so don’t apply a thick, sticky mess, and just expect to buff it off the next morning. It will be much too stiff to work with.

 

Q:  What if applied too much and the next morning I hate it. Is there anything I can do?

A:  Yes. Put some mineral spirits into a small container. Then slowly dip a clean rag into the mineral spirits and wipe away the wax. Warning: You should only try this if you put a clear coat of wax on first. Mineral spirits are strong and will remove the paint if clear wax is not underneath. And in spite of this picture, remember to wear gloves.

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Q:  It goes on too thickly for me. Is there anything I can do?

A:  Any wax will become softer when left in the sun for a few minutes. You may find it easier to apply the wax when it’s softer.

 

Q:  What if the wax melts?

A:  All wax will melt in heat. Put it in a cool place and it will return to its original form.

 

Q:  Is there any other way to use dark wax?

A:  Yes. In a glass jar, mix a couple tablespoons of dark wax with a couple tablespoons of mineral spirits. Add either item until you get a consistency you want to work with. If you add a lot more mineral spirits, you’ll have a glaze of dark wax

 

So that’s it. You’ve learned how to wax with clear wax and dark wax. So you should be all set. Right? No? Ok… here are a few technique tips.

 

Q:  Should I apply the wax in circles or back and forth with the grain?

A:  A little of both is probably best. It isn’t easy to get wax everywhere you want just by going back and forth with the grain. But you don’t want to leave circle streaks behind either. Rub it in uniformly however you can. But at the end, go over it along with the grain, which will give you the best look.

 

Q:  What if I want the final look to be shinier.

A:  Buff it. A few hours after waxing, or the next day, you’ll probably want to buff it a little just to make sure you’ve got it nice and smooth. The more you buff, the shinier it will get.

 

Q:  How many coats of wax should I apply?

A:  On most pieces I do one. But on a kitchen table or an area that will get lots of use, a second coat will make it that much stronger. Just remember to let one coat dry before applying another.

 

In the end… no one learns anything by hearing about it… you have to do it. So be fearless. Grab a glass of wine, put on some music, and go have fun! I can’t wait to see your projects!

Waxing 101

 

 

Chalk Paint 101

How to use chalk Paint

September 28, 2012

How to use Chalk Paint

Diva~Ally
Alison Grisham
Grisham Interiors

Chalk Paint 101

Paint like a Diva..or a pro ;)

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Chalk paint how to: As the chalk paint buzz makes its way around the DIY world, more and more beginners have been asking how to use chalk paint and where do I start. Everyone seems to know the benefits of chalk paint… no sanding… no priming. But that’s not exactly a user’s manual. So the Divas have a little Chalk Paint 101 Just for our favorite Diva Followers :)

 

First… chalk paint isn’t new. It’s one of the oldest paints available. But a renewed interest in aged finishes has also given rise to a renewed interest in authentic paints from days gone by.

 

Chalk Paint contains calcium carbonate, a natural substance that makes up 4% of the earth’s crust. It is more commonly known as limestone, marble and yes… chalk. But it’s also found in paper, plastic, concrete and many other household items. In fact, egg shells are made of 95% calcium carbonate.

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So what does all this have to do with paint? Calcium carbonate is a useful bonding agent. When used in paint, it allows the paint to bond to any surface, including laminate, glass, fabric, and wood, which is just a sciencey way of saying… the rumors are true. Cross my heart… no priming or sanding. Just paint.

 

So, here’s what you’ll need:

 

1.  a piece of furniture to paint

2.  a drop cloth or plastic

3.  chalk paint

4.  a good paint brush

5.  water

6.  clean rags

7.  sandpaper or sanding block

8.  basic tools*

9.  tape*

10.wax*

 

* optional items depending on what you’re painting

 

Here’s what to do:

1. Set up a work area with a drop cloth and the piece you’re about to paint. There are no fumes with chalk paint, so it’s perfectly safe to paint indoors.

2. Wipe down your piece with a damp rag so you have a clean surface. Take out drawers or any other parts of the furniture that should be painted separately, and remove any hardware, knobs or hinges.

3. If you are painting near fabric or an area that you want to keep free from paint, make sure to tape off the paint free areas. For instance, I like to tape around drawer edges since I don’t usually paint the sides of the drawers. This helps give nice clean lines.

4. I usually start with the underside of the furniture. It’s the area that matters least and it gives the painter a chance to get used to the paint.

5. You can paint directly from the can or in a separate container. But in either case, give the can a good shake before using it.

6. When starting out, I recommend using a separate container so you can play with the paint a little bit. This is the easiest way to determine the texture that fits your personal taste. You can leave it exposed to the air and it will get thicker, or you can add water to make it thinner… or, of course, you can use it as it comes. Just remember to put the lid on the paint can while you play, so the full amount of paint doesn’t get too thick.

7. Dip your brush into the paint, about a third of the way… and start painting. If you feel like it’s a little too thick just add in a little bit more water until you’re comfortable.

8. Once you like the coverage and the thickness of the paint, keep going until you’ve finished your first coat.

9. Sometimes, one coat is enough, especially with the darker colors. In other cases you may need two coats. But very rarely three.

10. Chalk paint dries quickly, especially outside. So chances are, the first coat will be dry by the time you’re ready to start the second.

11. After the second coat, give the paint a little bit of time to thoroughly dry… a couple of hours is plenty… and then decide how you’re going to finish it.

12. If you decide not to distress the furniture, I would suggest leaving it over night to really let the paint cure before doing anything else. Then you can wax. It’s easy for the paint to rub off a little, during the waxing process, if the paint isn’t entirely cured. If you decide that you DO want to distress, just make sure the paint is dry and you’re ready to go.

13. There are two different ways to distress your piece. 1. You can use a damp rag and rub the paint off in random places until you get a look you like, and then wax… or 2. You can wax first, and then use a sanding block or some sandpaper to distress. You can use sandpaper beforehand if you like. But sanding can be messy and waxing often rubs off a little more paint naturally, so don’t overdo it with the sandpaper before waxing. It may sound counterintuitive to wax first, but it makes the sanding dust a lot less messy.

14. And speaking of wax… it’s not mandatory. But I highly recommend it to protect your finish and to deepen the color of the paint. Waxing is sort of like icing a cake… to me it doesn’t feel quite finished without it.

15. When you’re finished with the look you want, wipe down the piece again, and see what you think. You may want to add more wax. But usually one coat is enough.

The most important thing to remember about chalk paint is that it’s really an art form. There are no rules and no one way to do it. Your ideas, your choices and your vision is what will make it unique. So dive right in and enjoy the freedom of making something beautiful from your heart!

paper doll nesting tables

painted fabric rocking chair

 

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Diva~Ally

Alison Grisham

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Shabby Chic display and Storage Hutch

September 13, 2012

Dry Brush Painting Technique

Yard sale find to Shabby Chic display and Storage Hutch

One thing I’ll forever need is more storage. A house built in 1974 is short on a few things..character and closets. I had gotten this at a yard sale for $60.00 months ago. The Hubby put it on the patio and as the construction process went on and on..tools, lumber, and other junk got put around it. I was unable to get to it and really had forgotten about it for months. Now that we are in the process of putting the house back together, it was time.  Time to make this part of our home. I didn’t give it enough pre-planning and jumped in without a clear vision of what I wanted. Seems to be the way I work best, under pressure!  I randomly buy oops paint when I’m at Lowes and have really been stocking up. It is the first thing I do when I go in..hit the oops rack. So any who, I had gotten some bright blue and never paid attention to what kind of paint it was. I know…. how distracted can you be!! I mixed it with the Websters Chalk Paint Powder and then realized that it was Interior Kitchen Enamel! What..I don’t want shiny paint!! Oh well let’s make the best of it. So I didn’t do any prep work on this dresser (broyhill) or the homemade hutch. I did get the spiders off of it. Who wants to paint over them anyway :) WAIT let me back up a second. I got this at a yard sale and the high end dresser was converted by the owner so his daughter could take it to college and use it as a dresser, a tv stand and a lighted display. He did some quality work building the top part and installing hockey puck lights and then using glass shelves so the light would make it to the bottom. Quality and Heavy..seem to go together :) I removed the back part because it had the ugly cut out for the tv cords etc. Before~ Shabby Chic Hutch (1)   Shabby Chic Hutch (3)   Shabby Chic Hutch (4)   Now where was I..Okay so I just jumped in and put the first coat on. Because it was semi gloss which is not like chalk paint(flat) I was afraid that the brush strokes would show. I’m a sloppy fast painter…this has never been a problem because chalk paint is awesome about hiding imperfections. surprisingly the Websters did the trick it dried perfectly with out all the normal paint problems and only needed two coats. The problem was the paint I chose was shiny!!! Sorry for the below photo almost forgot to take a picture of the paint before the next step. As you can tell the paint is a beautiful color but I really prefer the flat paint look. Websters Chalk Paint Powder   So the next part was just a desperate attempt to make it look….how should I put this….not so durn shiny. I really hate that I didn’t do Websters Chalk Paint Powder justice by not paying attention to the kind of paint I added it to..it worked but not the look I was going for. Well that was until I took some left over Annie Sloan Paris grey and a cheap brush. It is so hard to explain how I did this because I started out thinking well I’ll try but I don’t think this is going to work. I had a wad of paper towels in one hand and the brush in the other dipping only a small amount of the brush in and then wiping most off on the paper towel. Using a very very light hand and quick brush strokes I dry brushed all over in both directions. I had a wet paper towel ready for mistakes. When you first put the brush to the paint it is real easy to get too much on there so be ready to erase, and then move somewhere else and come back. Don’t over think it. Walk away, look at it later. Try and remember that if it was perfect it will not look shabby! You need it to look random. It really looks like faded blue jeans :) After that was all finished I added some hardware that I had..still looking for the right ones. I didn’t wax it, and from the look and feel of it I’m not sure it will need to be. I will keep everyone posted on how it holds up.  The cool part is the hockey puck lights where already there and two of the three glass shelves survived the move. The chandelier was one of my weird ideas. I had seen where someone had painted a chandelier in a china hutch on pintrest and I had that chandelier sitting in the floor to be priced and taken to my booth. Well I figured hey why not use the real thing :) I like it and that is what counts. I added a lot of photos below, It is hard to take a picture of something with lights in and around it while getting an accurate since of it. I think it is home!!

Okay my first video debut..well my arm anyway. It’s not easy to shoot a video solo. So no laughing. I was hoping to help you see how to do dry brushing..I’ll keep working on my video skills. :) PS. the rougher the brush the better. Go Cheap..don’t use up your good brushes.

 

 

              Shabby Chic Hutch

Diva~Sha from Shab 2 Fab

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Vain Vanity Makeover

August 29, 2012

Easy Vanity makeover from Shab 2 Fab!

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Here is a quick post on taking a beat up, out dated vanity and making it into a romantic piece of furniture you will love!  This beautiful Bassett vanity was a great buy at $45.00, it was easily transformed using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paloma, Graphite, and Paris Grey.

If I could keep this I would. I love its shape and the functionality. Who doesn’t need four great sized drawers and then lift up storage with a mirror?

Vanity Before

You can’t tell from the picture but this beauty was really in rough shape. Deep scratches in the wood, water-glass rings, and broken hinges.

What I did-

I did nothing to the surface other than wood puddy a crack on a leg and wipe clean.

Then I removed the hardware and ordered two new brass invisible hinges.

For the paint I used a half and half mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paloma and Paris Grey. It was just short of what I was picturing so I added some graphite about 2 oz. to the 24 oz. mixture I had. I really like the way it looks it is a perfect gray with a hue of purple. Not too much just right! Two coats of paint.

After that all dried I lightly sanded a few areas for a distressed look.

I really wanted more depth than dark wax gives so I used my go to Martha Living Metallic Glaze in Black Coffee. I used a sponge brush to wipe on and a wet rag to wipe off in small sections. Leaving it on in creases and corners for depth. I removed the middle dummy pulls and added an iron scroll piece I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I painted the pulls with a homemade black chalk paint. Then dry brushed the iron scroll and pulls with a white chalk paint for a white washed look.

I then used clear wax all over to protect.

Done!

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For more inspiration check out Shab 2 Fab.

 

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Diva~Sha

 

Drab to shabby chic and classy !

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