December 16, 2011

The Wonders of Paint

It looks like Mr. Potato Head threw up in my living room. Sorry, but it's true!  I feel like EVERY THING is a shade of brown and I can't take it anymore!
I used to love brown and dark wood and now my taste has changed. I like whites and creams, and pretty shades of blue.

When we first moved in our house we needed a few little things. For example, a cheap little table. Well, this table wasn't cheap but it was the right size and worked with what we had.

BEFORE

OH...the brown

I found some whitish-gray (is that a word?) paint at the Re-Store and used it on the table. I think the name was Silverplain by Sherwin Williams.
I primed, painted and then distressed. I used a razor....yes, I said a razor to chip away at the paint and coated it with wax. I love how the white pops out under the gray!

AFTER








Slowly but surely, my house will no longer reek of brown! 





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Yellow Drop-Leaf Table

This little side table belonged to my mother-in-law and now it is ours. I don't have the original before picture but this is what it looked like after I stripped the table.

BEFORE

AFTER







I was very hesitant to use yellow but I am so glad I did!

I used a chalk paint recipe (1 c. latex paint and 1/4 c. baking soda). I added a brown glaze to my paint to tone down the yellow. So things can be added and it is not an exact science/measurement. If the chalk paint is too clumpy add some more paint or a little bit of water. I suggest finding the recipe you like and run with it. There are tons out there and you really can't mess this stuff up....plus, practice makes perfect!


What do you think of the yellow?




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Here's to Handy Andy


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