I found some time today to take photos of a few pieces I have painted recently.
I love finding pieces to paint at garage sales but if I don't take the time to get them painted the pile can get out of control. Can you relate to that? We still have 3 weeks of school and work left before summer, but I squeezed in some painting projects in the evenings and now have a few more completed.
For this pine box I layered black over a base coat of blue then distressed it and finished with a wax.
It is a great spot to store shelter mags for now but it is one of those pieces that could have lots of uses. Can you tell that I am still excited about the feature in Romantic Homes magazine?
This is the before, a $3 pine box that might have been intended as a planter.
I also finished painting this little bookcase with a home made chalk paint mixture in Ben Moore Origins Mercury Glass. I'm still deciding whether to use it here in the family room, or in the little exercise area of our basement guest suite bedroom. Now that it is painted white it looks nice, but this was one of those pieces that I regretted as soon as it came home.
I found it on kijiji for $25 and sent my husband to pick it up. I told him to check that it was real wood (the online picture was blurry.) He didn't check and it wasn't real wood. Seriously, a man who worked in and ran his father's lumber mill for years didn't check to see if it was real wood. Good thing he is super sweet and will pick up all my purchases and lug them from room to room! It is a pressed board with a pine finish. After debating tossing it I decided to try painting it since it was a solid bookcase. It turned out okay and I will keep it until I find a real wood one.
This robin's egg blue painted box has been shared before on our basement kitchen counter but the lighting was off so I am sharing it again today. We use it here in the office end of our family room to store all the necessary cords for cameras, phones, ipods etc.
The paint is craft paint mixed with plaster of paris for a home made chalk paint, and then distressed and waxed. A super cheap and easy way to update a $4 thrift store pine breadbox. I love how buffing the Minwax paste wax brings up the colours and has a subtle shine.
I'm back to painting again today. I'm trying to mix Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone again. Last weekend I had trouble mixing the MMS Milk Paint I bought a few weeks ago. Good thing I only mixed a small amount because it didn't work out. I watched all the videos but the problem was that I think I added too much bonding agent and/or I used a battery operated frother to mix it. It was full of bubbles that transferred to the tray I was painting and didn't lay down nicely, even after leaving it to sit for awhile. I keep hearing how people are loving it and that it is easy to use so I am a bit frustrated that I messed it up. Here's hoping I mixed it better today!
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