I’ve been looking at all those incredible chalk paint projects on Pinterest and I couldn’t help but want to try it myself. So I did. I started out small, though, because I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing before I jumped into a big project. Anyone who knows me can tell you that this is NOT my usual M.O. I tend to jump in feet first (like the time I wanted to learn to quilt and started with a queen size bed quilt)
My bathroom really needed something on the wall over the toilet. It was this big space that just screamed fill me. So I set to work to do just that. Earlier this year I’d picked up a black, kind of ugly, 9 cubby piece. it’s about 18 inches square. It was only 3.99 so I couldn’t resist. It’s been sitting in the garage for a while so I decided to start with that. It wasn’t quite enough for the wall, so I hit the thrift store and found a little shelf for a whole 1.99. It was a bit beat up which is great for chalk paint, so I grabbed that one, too.
Next I went to Benjamin Moore and chose my chalk paint colour. They had so many colours I could pick, it was pretty exciting actually. My paint, wax and a good brush ran me $70 – a bit much for $6 worth of thrift store finds, but I have a few other small projects and a big one in mind for it and the quart of paint and the wax will do them all with leftovers for more fun.
I painted my stuff in the messy garage which maybe wasn’t the best place for it. I squeezed out a space, though. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to find that the paint had no odour! One big plus for chalk paint, that’s for sure. In the picture below, I got a bit excited and forgot to take before pictures of the cubby. It was a dull black wash, so not pretty.
It took two coats of paint to get them finished. Once they were dry, I used some coarse grain sandpaper to run along the edges and anyplace I thought would incur wear over time to give it a distressed look. Then I wiped it clean with a slightly damp cloth to get the paint dust off.
Next I got out the wax and an old t-shirt and got to work. I used little circular rubs of wax to get into the grooves and nicks then I smoothed it out to take off the excess along the whole section. The next day I buffed them up with another piece of the t-shirt and they came out beautiful. I added two little hangers to the cubby unit, dug out two screws for the shelf and voila – instant awesomeness in the bathroom. I added a bunch of the things that had been loose on my counter, searched the thrift store again and found that funky glass ball that looks like a blowfish and the Partylite candle holder (all of which cost me $1.50) and I love it. I’d had the little picture hanging on the wall and repurposed it to the shelf instead.
Once again here is the final look. I’ve got another three little projects lined up and I’ll share those soon. One of them is also for the bathroom to put some more colour into it. I should probably mention that this made me go out and buy some new towels to match since I’d been using some pretty old ones up ’til now. And a new shower curtain. And maybe a few more things… When I’ve got it all set up, I’ll share that, too.
Have you tried chalk paint? If so, what brands do you love – or do you make it yourself?