What kind of friend shows up for a visit from miles away with paint brushes, Plaster of Paris, and paint clothes?
The very BEST kind of friend! My uber talented and crafty girl Trudy! Ever since she discovered how to make her own chalk paint on Pinterest that’s all I have heard about! I happened to have a piece that needed some love! We always wanted to redo it, but never got around to it before she
abandoned me moved to Michigan last summer.
So, when she got here and started raiding my paint shelf, I knew I was in for some
Sidebar: I got this piece from a sweet lady who came to my scrapbook rummage a couple summers ago. She insisted she had the perfect piece for my cottage and I had to come and see it. So, Scott and I went over there and she gave this to us for FREE!
I always knew I wanted to do something with it. THEN the other day I was searching high and low for my hot glue gun that I KNEW I had put away in an organized manner. After many failed attempts to locate it, I bought a new one.
And you guessed it…I brought it home and then lo and behold, I found my others. In the black wooden caddy in this hutch. It was too dark in there and things got lost literally!
So, I knew the inside had to be painted, but it was a piece of warped board on the back.
In walks the electrician.. HA! Handy Hubby put in a piece of wainscoting that we had left over from the bathroom project. It worked perfectly! He also removed the drawer- the GOD FORSAKEN heavy drawer that I could NEVER open and close without some choice words- yep, that happens here too!
In place of the drawer he added a board for a shelf. PERFECT!!
Sofie babysat Zowe and set up her own art station. Trudy got to work with her tried and true recipe for homemade Chalk Paint. (Not chalkboard paint).
It is made with plaster of paris and covers beautifully and lasts forever. NO Sanding required! That is what made us giddy! Also, finding these cool containers to mix in. PLUS they have a lid. PERFECT!!
Here is Trudy’s Chalk Paint Recipe:
2 C. flat latex paint
2 Tbs Plaster of Paris
2 Tbs Water
Mix the Plaster of Paris and water together until you have a creamy mixture.
Add that mixture to the paint. Stir with a paint stick. Start painting.
It dries incredibly fast, so it make the whole process of painting furniture a lot less time consuming!
The final step is to apply a wax finish. It went on easily with a brush. Chip brushes are good for this, you can just throw them away. Then buff with a clean white rag. We used old t-shirts.
The paint color we picked was left over from our powder room redo. I wanted to add a pop of color and love the brightness of this photo below.
My color inspiration came from this picture I found on Pinterest.
So, here is the finished project!
I LOVE it! It makes me so happy every time I walk into my cottage! It reminds me of my best friend and makes me smile. I can’t wait for her to come back and see what else we can chalk paint or other trouble we can muster up!
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