Thursday, March 21, 2019

Chalk-like Paint Tutorial

Have you ever revisited an old post (looked back in time) and tested your original 'great idea' to see if it still works?

Last Sunday a fellow re-seller in our mall and I were talking about over-painting a reddish brown vintage and well used top cabinet that had a great look but was too DARK in its display space. I asked if she had any white chalk paint - she had a lovely blue but ...

We talked some more and I promised I would give her my 'how I made my own chalk like paint' ideas.


I decided to re-write my original version for making home made chalk-like paint. At the end of this post is my 'do it all again to make sure everything works' test. 

The photos below are from my original  'make it and use it' tutorial on making a chalk-like paint.





For my first try, several years ago, I used 1 scoop of plaster-of-paris, 1 scoop of fairly warm water and 3 scoops of white latex flat paint.

Test it Out Sequence:

• in a small container mix the 1-1 ratio of plaster-of-paris with the water until it is VERY smooth

(ie) 1 Tsp or scoop of plaster-of-paris and 1 Tsp or scoop of very warm water, mix very well (I use a small wisk)

• add the paint to the plaster-of-paris mixture,  
  mixing VERY WELL until it is very smooth.

• test out the paint mixture on a board for 
  smoothness. Test again whenthe first coat is 
  dry. Paint again.

• if it feels a bit 'rough' sand it very lightly, 
  remove any grit with a clean cloth

• apply a light coat of clear wax and polish and 
  see if you like the effect.


I used Bondex Plaster of Paris. I had a litre of white satin latex paint sitting on the deck (all winter), a clean empty rhubarb/ strawberry jam jar, well worn paint brush, 1/4 cup measure and some newspaper. What could be better - my first try at making chalk-like paint.

Recipe I used:

1/4 cup plaster of paris powder

1/4 cup slightly warm water
3/4 cup latex paint

[1/1/3 ratio]


Mix measured plaster of paris in measured warm water, mix very well.


Add measured latex paint to the mixture, continue mixing until smooth.

I had a 'need to be made pretty again' bedside table for my paint trial.

I painted the first coat. The paint went on much the same as ASCP [which I love]. Dried in about the same amount of time. Added second coat. Dried in. The water stain on the back didn't really cover properly so I opened some white Kilz oil paint and covered the water stained back. When it dried I painted another layer of the chalk-like paint.


Check out the work that went in to the original finish on the little bedside table, all that gold lining!



Filled holes and cracks with DriDex and sanded smooth, first coat on top and a colour sample of fresh and old paint.


Condition of legs, first coat of chalkpaint.


Second coat (drawer got 3 coats of chalk paint).


Painting finished. Surface feels the same as ASCP to me, slightly chalky feel.

Used clear wax to seal the paint.

Dressed with a vintage netted hat and long black gloves.


Before (in the daylight) and after (in the late evening).





2019 test boards

plaster-of-paris,

warm water
acrylic latex paint

Mixture ratio: 1 plaster-of-paris, 1 warm water mixed well. I also used a fine sieve to strain the plaster/water mixture before adding the 3 acyrlic latex paint measures. Mix well before using.

Supplies: 



Painted first two coats.



3rd coat of the chalk-like paint:



My opinion:

The plaster-of-paris/warm water/acrylic latex paint covered in 3 coats. It dries quickly so wash your hands/spills etc. directly after each coat OR wear thin latex type gloves while painting.

Finished surface is a bit rough but an added stencil looks the same as using commercial chalk-like painted boards.



I attempted adding a small trailer but wan't happy with my colours so I will be 'painting over'.


I painted a few more boards to triple check and was pleased with the coverage.

Remember to:

Clean up with water (and soap/spray nine, etc).
2-3 coats needed for full coverage
Can be distressed
Colours can be layered
Needs to be sealed with wax and then polished
Can use a top coat of clear sealer (read labels carefully and test before using on your finished project)

The chalk-like paint can be scratched off so a sealer is needed.

It was a bit of fun to try out something from 2012 in 2019 to see if I had the same results - and - yes I did.

Glad you visited today.

Joy

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Welcome To My Garden


A sign to welcome you - Spring will be official on March 21st.




Grouped a faux birds nest and eggs with a bisque bird who has been perched on my Welsh Dresser shelf for some time. 


Added a green 'family' mushroom (from DGS when he was younger).


The teapot with its matching tea mug is from my favourite Thrift Store. 






Spring thoughts.

Project: Welcome To My Garden stencil




Supplies used:


• Fusion paint Picket Fence for the background

• CeCe Caldwell's Beckley Coal, Texas Tea and .. Green 
  used for the words, branch and leaves
• Martha Steward stencil brushes
• my favourite paint brush
• a piece of 1/4" plywood
• stencil Welcome to My Garden by  Funky Junk's Old Sign 
   Stencils

also


• ruler

• blue masking tape
• newspaper
• paper towels
• Spray Nine for cleaning paint from hands, brushes and 
  stencil + sink/water)

Sequence for making the Garden sign


• collect supplies for each step (and clean brush/put paint 

  and brush away as used)

• paint board, dry, paint 2nd coat, dry

• lay stencil on board, use a ruler to ensure the 
  stencil is positioned the way you want it
• tape corners to keep stencil in place
• dip flat surface of stencil brush lightly into the 
  paint surface then DAB it almost dry on the 
  paper towel (or newspaper)




• tape any area you do NOT want paint to touch when you 
are stencilling - the little leaves off the branch (see just above) are an example, it is very easy to have some of the  brown 'twig' paint land on the 'leaf' area

• a hint - dab LIGHTLY until you are comfortable with the 
process, learn as you go and always test your brush for dryness on a paper towel, newspaper or even on the plastic of the stencil or the back of your hand to make sure you have the right amount of dry paint

Cleaning your stencil - brushes - hands - anywhere paint needs to be cleaned up ...




I use a variety of cleaning products to clean brushes and stencils. Warm water with any of the following; dish soap, brush soap (the lovely ones that are sold at the same stores that carry chalk like paint), Spray Nine, whatever is handy.


Cleaning your tools makes the future you much happier than trying to use brushes that are clogged with paint, lids stuck tight to the paint bottles, stencils stiff with layers of paint.


Did I mention to make sure the edge rim of your paint jar/container is free of paint because the paint dries very hard to the lid if you forget to clean the rim.





I have used this stencil before post here (June 2017)


and made myself one post here May 2017.





Thank you for visiting today

Hugs

Joy

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Do You Remember


Do You Remember ...

Having reached the years of remembering when the early 60's were fresh... watched Happy Day's and visited a few retro 50's diners over the years...


I decided to post a 'do you remember' picture.



This wall mount Diner Menu has been 'resting' in my store room for a few years. 



So, today - a menu from a 50's diner.




The prices are certainly different and I don't know if they are the imagination of the last owner of this sign or just a creative use of the few letters and numbers that were available.


A close-up of the back chain, a corner showing its age and the 'sign' with the letters pushed into the groves.






A treasure from the past. 


Have you saved a piece of history?

Thanks for visiting today.


Joy

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

February 2019 Thrifts and Stencil



February Hints of Spring



Finished stencil - Tutorial after the thrifted finds




Violets, hints of spring and mid-February - SNOW. It got worse, we had snow, ice, snow, more snow. More than usual for Coastal BC. Rain is what usually happens.



Black Transferware platter with marks, very old.



Pink Roses on China - the pink Cup and Saucer with lace and small roses teacup is Royal Albert True Love.


Plaster sun figure holding a figure. Heavy. Needs some gold/bronze paint touchups.




The bunny is a tiny hint of Easter. The dried roses are from my last pick of the season in late fall and the jar of wooden spools are from my sister. Silver plate tarnished cutlery needs some TLC.




Wooden Framed Windsor Electric Clock - needs to be rewired (had very old cord).







Tray and Tote Stencilled





Tray and Tote Before




Painted out the inside of the tray - overpainted the original tray with Fusion Buttermilk Cream, then Fusion Picket Fence and then again with Fusion Buttermilk Cream for the background.




Stencilling - measured/taped and used CeCe Caldwell's Beckley Coal and a Martha Stewart stencil brush.





Bee on Tray






Stencilled a bee on long sides of the tote


I first waxed the stencilled tray with ASCP Clear Wax and waxing brush (large wooden handle) and then added CeCeCaldwell's Aging Cream then CeCeCaldwell's Aging Dust to the tray using an old paint brush applying very lightly.





Tray and Tote Before and After




A bit of fun as the snow melts and the ice under the snow is showing water stains.



Thanks for visiting today.

Joy

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Beverly of How Sweet The Sound
 Andrea of The Cottage Market
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Katie of Lets Add Sprinkles
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Repurposed - Built a Shower Bench


Repurposed a low stool into a very sturdy shower bench, used thrifted and on-hand supplies.


Finished.



A shower bench was needed. DGS measured the space, the necessary height and width. DH repurposed various pieces of wood to add height to the tole painted thrifted low stool. I painted.

The cute bears short stool (before) was the beginning of this project.




Supplies:

garage sale - pine (teddy bear tole painted) low stool
free piece of salvaged plywood (just right for the side extensions and brace)
free - nice board from the cabinet turned into a cupboard

on hand - screws, nails, glue and clamps, skill saw, hammer, screwdriver, measuring tape, set square

on hand - Marine Enamel Paint (garage sale), foam brushes, Exterior Varathane, Polyclens (garage sale), clean rags, newspaper, paper towels


The beginning - gather supplies, measure, square, cut.  




Measure, square, cut, glue, clamp.
First leg support in place, repeat for the 2nd side.





Added the 2nd supporting side over the first. Glue, clamp and screw, repeat.





The bracing board was glued to the edge of the original side supports and clamped. Screwed down along the joining edges. It was also screwed in from the outside of the lengthened side pieces.





Heavy, sturdy, very solid. I know, not a beauty, just needed.


Next up - painting/sealing with Marine Enamel and Exterior Clear Varathane. Two coats on sides, 3 coats for the top and a final Varathane Exterior on all surfaces.



Sequence:

• decide the stool could be re-invented (no cute little kids
  around)
• gather supplies (involved checking in the carport, paint
  storage shelves and workshop)
• plan sequence
• Cut the plywood board into 2 sides and a braceing piece 
  (after measuring twice)
• Cut the nice board (ditto on measuring)
• add the 'extended height' pieces, glue/clamp
• add the nice board to outsides to grungy board
• add a piece of grungy board to brace the legs
• first coat of paint (dry overnight)
• second coat of paint
• Varathane Exterior all surfaces.
• place the sturdy rebuilt stool for shower seating


Before and After



It makes me happy to see 'found' supplies
used for a needed item
(also a bit more stuff is used up).

If it doesn't work as well as we hope 
then it can be a potting stool
(the cactus told me so).

We use our living room when we are 'making/fixing/rebuilding' something 
so the carpet (which has just a bit of pink to share with
 Beverly of How Sweet The Sound) takes a beating 
(not the 'clean the carpet' beating).

Since we like fixing things we 'live with it', clean up afterwards and wait for inspiration for our next project.

Always happy when my blogging friends drop in.

Thanks for visiting today. 

p.s. DGS and DS tried out the stool, decided it was a bit too tall for comfort and shorted the bench side supports 1 1/2" and sanded the sharp front edge. Added 3 coats of outdoor clear Varathane. Now it works well for them 
as a shower stool.

Joy

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