Revive an Old Friend!
As you work through your Castle Revival Challenge, keep your eyes open for a special piece you love for it’s functionality but it needs updating? Chalk paint to the rescue!
I have been eyeing up my favourite hat box for a while now. For years, it’s been a Cinderella fit for my favourite straw hat. I just felt it needed a fresh new look to fit into my decor. So, when I had a few minutes, I grabbed my new jar of chalk paint and dove right in. And you can, too!
Just to demonstrate that chalk paint is a quick project – even when you’re busy – I started this one morning before work. That’s the great thing about chalk paint – it’s not drippy and is easy to clean up the brush with water on the fly. Besides, there is all the drying time between coats. Who wants to watch paint dry?
Working six days a week, I don’t get huge chunks of time, so I knew this would be a perfect project. A coat here. A coat there. Eventually – done. So, check out your stash for paintable projects and get an easy makeover going!
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Introducing My Project Crew
Going Green with Chalk Paint
Chalk paint and wax are a pretty cool environmentally compatible choice. I was also relieved that it wouldn’t harm my straw hat during off-season storage.
The chalk paint I am experimenting with is from, Country Chic paint. It was a discovery at a local farm market and I thought it would be interesting to try. My colour was Sage Advice and I like how smooth, yet still textured, the finish turned out.
Chalk paint can be a little rough, although the wax helps with that. The silky touch of this paint, after two coats, worked out well. I didn’t want a surface that would snag delicate fabric.
Lovin’ My French Vintage Stencil
I had also been reading about transfers. Love them. Someday. But at the moment I don’t have an inkjet printer. As a result, I found a lovely stencil from ArtMinds . It had the same French look I was going after, so I thought I would try chalk paint in a contrasting colour for the stencil design. I also wanted to use a dry brush technique that I often apply in my watercolour paintings. Let’s see how it goes!
I love FrogTape. It holds my stencil, but doesn’t damage my freshly dried paint. It can be found at most hardware or paint stores.
Confession. I bought this ArtMinds stencil brush set based on price. However, the brushes impressed me by not loosing bristles as I dabbed away over the stencil.
A Word About My Wax
I decided to use the Aspire wax since I already had a jar and it is a dream to apply. I used a clear wax because the dark wax I have would have ruined the fresh look I was going for.
I use Swiffer replacement dusting sheets to apply wax. They do wear out, but you can just re-position the cloth and continue. My thin tea towels wore out just as quickly as these dusting sheets, however they weren’t lint free.
I prefer thin materials because they won’t absorb my precious wax.
Meet my Makeover Victim
As promised – my old and very much loved hat box “before”. Loved the look years ago, but felt it needed a freshening up. Besides, I prefer solids to prints.
First Two Coats
It took two coats to completely cover the nonporous surface of the box with this paint, but it is a lovely paint to work with. I used a cross-hatching stroke so the surface was a bit textured. The second close-up photo shows the texture better.
Chalk paint dries very quickly, so don’t disturb it or it will create a marred surface.
Stenciling the Top
Allow your project to dry overnight to make sure the tape will not damage the surface.
Tape the stencil to the surface of your project. I used Frog Tape, but you can use what you have as long as it is low tack. A spray adhesive will also work to hold the stencil, I just didn’t want to use it in case there is a residue left on my project that would interfere with my wax application.
Stenciling with chalk paint was a breeze. Because of its thick consistency, it didn’t bleed under the stencil as long as I kept wiping the excess paint off the brush after I dipped the bristles into the paint.
A good technique here is to dab a bit of paint off the bristles on an uncut part of the stencil first before dabbing in the cut out areas. It is a light dabbing motion you are trying to achieve, not a brushing motion.
Another trick if you are using a graphic that looks like handwriting – when you re-position the stencil, make sure your rows of writing are lined up straight with the row you just stenciled. I just lined up the bottom edge of my stencil with the top edge of the letters I had just painted.
Waxing and Waiting
There are two coats of wax. I chose clear to maintain a fresh look for this project. The first coat will absorb into the chalk paint and give it a subtle sheen. This acts as a base layer.
If you want to use a dark wax, be forewarned – the first coat of wax really absorbs into the chalk paint. It is not easy to lighten the effect when using dark wax for your first coat. In that case, I have found it easier to control the smoothness of coloured wax by starting with one coat of clear wax and applying the darker wax over top.
Allow the wax to dry for a day or so before using it.
The wax softens the paint and is more susceptible to damage until the wax hardens. You can then refasten the hardware or trim that was removed at the beginning for painting.
I just have to re-thread my ribbon through the holes and re-tie it. That was a simple fix!
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