I have been properly MIA these last few weeks so apologies as I am sure you have missed me…;-) Life got very busy and notes fell a little by the way side. However there has been a lot going on in our little cottage in the shire so I have a few projects to share with you. The first thing to happen was that we have started overhauling our bedroom, we got a new carpet and refreshed the paint. We hadn’t decorated at all since we moved in almost a year ago so it really was time. I will share a picture of the whole room overhaul once it is done but in the meantime I want to share my weekend’s project with you. The small wardrobe that lives in our bedroom (we converted a cupboard into a larger wardrobe- this one would just be way too small on its own!!) It just did not go with the cottage’s decor and looked decidedly 90’s so after some research (which my mum helped with) I decided to use chalk paint to give it an update. Chalk paint doesn’t involve sanding down your furniture first or priming it – had that been the case this project would just not have happened, no time for sanding, priming and painting, well no time and definitely no patience. Here’s how I did it!
I found a nearby stockist of chalk paint and spoke to the lady in the store about how much I would need (a little goes a long way which meant I only needed one tin – woo) and then just had to decide on colour. Our linens often (we have different sets) have a pale blue stripe so I like blues/greys, which meant that French Grey was a perfect choice as it is a grey with a blue tinge. Chalk Paint is a thicker, ‘stickier’ paint that effectively coats everything and anything (metal, stone, wood inc varnished wood) without having to fuss about with sanding and priming.
Once I was home I pulled all the drawers out and then took the doors off. I did all of these components whilst they lay flat which made sure they had a nice even finish. I then painted the main body of the wardrobe. One side of the wardrobe did go a bit iffy (luckily the side against the wall -phew) and this was because I definitely used too much paint and it dripped, and then I tried to repair it and made it worse, sigh. But, as I said, it’s the side against the wall so no great dramas there.
In conclusion a great project to take on and I am so thrilled with the result, it looks so much more in fitting with our decor. The biggest tips I have when working with the chalk paint are:
1. Water it down (to an extent). The lady in the shop told me this and I could probably have diluted it more than I did. I poured half the tin into my painting tray and then added about 75ml of water. I could have added more, it mixes easily but I was concerned about ruining it. However I also think that as I was working with such a dark wood the thicker paint did mean I have only had to do one coat. I have since diluted it more and painted a dark photo frame and this is going to take a lot more coats, no big deal when it’s a photo frame but it would have been a pain doing a whole wardrobe twice!
2. Lie things flat where possible. Gravity definitely worked against me on one side of the wardrobe so where possible lie things flat to achieve the best finish. Also do not get bored and slap on the paint – it’s not that idiot proof apparently…! Too much paint will run and drip.
3. Buy good brushes. When my husband and I painted the inside of the cupboard which we turned into a wardrobe we just bought some cheap paint brushes, bad idea. I had to keep picking bits of bristle out of the wet paint as the brushes molted – pain! There was no way I was going through this again so I bought a couple of nice brushes along with the paint. Even with brushes the whole project came in at under £35 so still a lot cheaper than new furniture!
Have you worked with chalk paint? Is there something you want to overhaul in your own home? Share in the comments section below.