My friend Deb redid her home office a couple months ago. She used Beckley Coal on an entire wall to create a very large chalkboard. She loves that she can write on it when she needs to remind herself about something important.
Last week, Deb’s youngest son left to go to Africa. He will be serving in the Peace Corps for two years.
The day after he left ,she walked into her office and saw this note posted above the door from Ian . How cute is that???
Chalkboards aren’t just for school anymore!
The other day when I was teaching a class, the owner came in and asked me if this paint sticks to metal. I said, “of course!”
Encore has a room that has sale items.She picked this piece for me to demonstrate painting on metal. My students decided that I should paint it Traverse City Cherry.
I started painting and realized I almost forgot to take a before picture!
I painted it while I was teaching and then took it home to add a stencil and a dark glaze. I mixed Beckley Coal in the glaze and applied it over the entire piece. Then I put on the satin finish for the top coat. It looks entirely different and is back out on the floor instead of in the back with the sale items!
I love the new metallic waxes! This piece was created using Seattle Mist and Vintage White.
After I painted the piece, I applied the Sierra Silver wax to give it a metallic look.
You will notice that the surface has a textured look. This is easy to create. You dab and “moosh” your brush to get the paint to be very textured and rough. After the paint dries, you lightly sand the surface. Apply the Sierra Silver and you have a similar look to Restoration Hardware!
I am slowly cleaning out all of my stuff from last summer’s finds at garage sales. I bought this table at a garage sale and it was in great shape but I used it like a workbench to pour paint and drill on. I now have a workbench to do all of my projects so I don’t need this table anymore. This was more work than I thought it would be but I think the results are great!
This is what the table looked like before I added some “TLC”.
The table was really trashed as you can see from the picture. I got the table really wet and in no time the paint was coming off with a scraper.
I had to fill the holes with a wood filler. You can find wood filler at the hardware store.
I painted one coat on first so I could see where I needed to fill the holes. After it dried I sanded the wood filler and painted a second coat of Texas Prairie.
I used a basic harlequin design but varied the colors and placement. For this table I used CeCe’s Texas Prairie, Chesapeake Blue, Seattle Mist, Young Kansas Wheat, Portland Rose and Vintage White. I just love how all of the pastels look together on this table.