Kerr Canning Jar Vase

givethanks_fallOne more project tonight.  I was on a roll today finding projects to paint and re-purposing things from around my house. This one only cost me $.99 and that was for the fall font.

Silhouette fall font – purchased from Silhouette store for $.99.  Re-designed the letters on my Silhouette Portrait machine and printed on brown contact paper.  Yes.  I have one of those, too.  I make a lot of projects with my Silhouette machine.  I love that thing!

Ribbon – from a stash I kept when making bows for my grand daughter, which she basically never wore.  She hasn’t ever liked bows.  But I saved the left overs.  Remember, I’m a teacher.  We don’t discard.

Chalkboard – you will recognize it from the project I made earlier today.  Just erased one message and added a new one.

Pumpkin with air plant – bought that from a Vintage Market earlier this month.  The other side is a jack-o-lantern!

Flowers – Stole those out of an ancient arrangement I had.  I may need to re-arrange that one a little to disguise the holes I left.

Kerr Canning Jar – bought for Young Living Sugar Scrub.  Yes, I like  essential oils, too! I gave this jar two coats of off white chalk-based paint I had left over from other projects.  It was a little thick, so just added a bit of water and it was fine.  Then I sanded the jar a bit with 220 sandpaper and added the fall letters. I tied a ribbon around it, stuck in the flowers, made a vignette with my chalkboard, pumpkin and jar— and there you have it!  A beautiful fall arrangement. Don’t you agree?

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Chalkboard from a Cabinet Door

I was looking for ideas for class projects using chalk-based paint that is so popular.  I had to look no further than Pinterest and my basement. Pinterest sparked the idea that I could paint a cabinet door.  I happened to have 6 of them in my basement.  Don’t ask. I’m a former classroom teacher.  I save things.  You never know when you will need them.  And, see….I needed a cabinet door. The upside down copper drawer pull was a left over from our kitchen remodel.  I didn’t miscount.  I realized later the way two drawers were installed, drawer pulls on either one wouldn’t allow the other drawer to open. Hmmm.  Twenty-nine years in this house when we did the makeover last year and I never noticed this before.  But, then, I never had drawer pulls on my kitchen drawers before.  Click here for a peek at our kitchen makeover.

I will say that a chalkboard idea might be better using chalkboard paint rather than chalk-based paint, but I didn’t have that so I thought I’d give my Missouri Limestone Paint a try.  It worked just fine, thank you!  And, with grandkids, I just happened to have a fat piece of chalk.

So, with no expense, and using left over Missouri Limestone Paint in the colors of “Homemade Ice Cream” and “Something Blue”, missourilimestonepaint_chalkboardI have a nifty little chalkboard sign for a kitchen or entryway or wherever you’d like to put it, and to show my “students” when I teach my classes.

Chalk-based paint is definitely not just for furniture.  See my Chalk Paint Project Pinterest Board for more class project ideas I’ve been collecting.  Of course, I added this great idea – can’t lose it! I can’t wait to make some more example pieces!

Class Project Ideas

I have been gathering chalk-based paint project ideas on Pinterest that I think would be fun things to do in our classes.  Check these out!  Start gathering items now to paint in class.

Vintage Buffet to Bathroom Vanity Using Chalk-Type Paint

I’ve been wanting to update my bathroom for quite awhile now.  We had already put down a different floor back in March 2014 (See that post on my personal blog) and I had put a new shower vanity_curtain
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on my Amazon birthday wish list for July of this year.  It has been sitting in my closet waiting.  Note:  This curtain needs a vanity-showerhooksliner and I researched and found the coolest shower curtain hooks that allow you to leave the curtain on and just remove the liner for washing. These work great! I know because even though I’ve not finished my bathroom, I have hung the shower curtain for incentive.  : )

The only thing I had left to do was replace the vanity and paint the walls.  I knew what I wanted.  I wanted to paint the walls a rather dark gray (but lighter than my floors).  They are going to be Silver Liberty by Glidden.  For the vanity, I wanted to use a vintage buffet and paint it a soft, buttery yellow.  I am passionate about the chalk-type paint.  If you follow my blog at all you know I have painted many items with Annie Sloan Chalk paint and love it.  I had every intention of finding an old buffet and paintinvanityinspirationg it with Annie Sloan and adding a vessel sink.

Here is my inspiration photo – found when doing a Google Search for turning vintage buffets into bathroom vanities.

I found a buffet I fell in love with at a local flea market.  Isn’t it beautiful?

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I almost felt guilty painting over this refinished piece, but, upon closer inspection, there were some flaws and cracks in this one that we needed to repair so that made me feel better about painting over it.

It is very tall to use with a vessel sink, though, so we knew we would have to cut the legs off some.  The way this one was made, that was easily done.  The refinishing looked to be a linseed oil finish and I knew from experience using the chalk-type paint, I would need to give it a coat of shellac before painting to stop any oil bleed-through.  I’ve also been told that oak has tannin and that might seep through if I didn’t shellac it first, so that’s what we did.

Here it is, repairs made and the shellac applied.  I use the Zinsser Brand.  It is fast drying and easy to apply.  I actually applied it with a rag.  My husband also cut out and reinforced the drawers to accommodate the plumbing.

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We had purchased from IKEA (what I thought was a vessel sink) and had cut a hole for it.  I realized, though, it wasn’t truly a vessel sink as it was unfinished on the back and made to attach to the wall. Darn!  We took it back and I looked high and low for a shallow vessel sink reasonably priced.  Most store fronts do not carry them in stock.  Hoods had a good variety, though.  Unfortunately, they were not shallow enough.  I really needed no more than 3-4″ depth due to the height of the vanity.  Otherwise, my husband and I might need a step stool to wash our hands.  : )  We finally found what we were looking for on Amazon.  The depth for this one is 4″.   vanitysinkHopefully, we will be able to work around the hole we already made.  I really liked this vessel sink as it came with the faucet.  The faucet stand was also part of the sink like the original one was and I liked that.

Annie Sloan did not have the color yellow I was wanting, so I mixed several colors together and thought I had the color.  I painted my mirror with it and hung it up, but the more I looked at it, the more I decided it was much too bright and was not feeling the love.  : )  Then, we took a short trip and I discovered Missouri Limestone Paint Company.  I fell in love with this paint and the colors.  Right now they are featuring 27 different colors, too!  We loved this paint so much, we now hold a franchise for selling it in our area.  See our website:  http://sharsumpaint.com or follow us on facebook.

vanitypaint I decided I just wasn’t going to be able to live with the other color and purchased the yellow and a blue/green color for some nightstands I bought on the trip, too.  The nightstands will have to wait for another day.  : )  vanitymirrorYou can see the difference in the two colors as I started repainting my mirror.  The top color is the new paint.  I absolutely loved working with this non-toxic chalk-type paint, which uses limestone as an additive!  You’ll be hearing more about this company in a future blog, so stayed tuned!

I also discovered, when researching how to finish a vanity in a bathroom, that waxing is not a good option.  In my research I came upon a blog post from Painted Vintage that led me to finish my vanity with a water-based floor finish from Varathane!  Another tip I learned from this blog was to sand between coats with a crumpled up paper bag!  Really!  It was a great idea!

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This floor finish was awesome to work with and dried very quickly!  I used a sponge brush to apply it.  I did a practice board and after curing overnight, I tried in many ways to scratch it with a paint can opener.  I finally was able to produce a few scratches, but it still didn’t penetrate to the wood underneath.  I think this is going to be a very durable and water-resistant finish.  I did have trouble finding it anywhere locally, but did finally find it on Amazon!

A little “just-saying” humorous note here:  To give you an idea of how long it took to start and finish and finish the painting and final finish of this piece – I was able to paint two coats on the whole vanity (I had applied the first coat the night before) for a total of 3 coats of paint and applied two coats of floor finish over the whole vanity with a third coat on the top for even more protection, in the amount of time it took Congress to question Hillary Clinton.  As one friend noted, “Maybe if Congress had hobbies, they could be more productive”.  Sorry, but it just tickled me to realize this really illustrated just how quickly you can finish a project like this…in less than 10 hours.  I love, love, love it!!!!

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One of the most exciting parts of this project came when I started cleaning the drawer pulls and knobs.  I figured they were brass plated or something, but when they came clean they were a lovely copper! I love them!  I used a mixture of vinegar and salt and soaked them for several hours.  That loosened some of the dirt. Then I used a toothbrush to scrub as much gunk away as I could.  I used a toothpick to get into some of the smaller areas.  I then tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and Wow!  That took the rest of it off.  What a fun find!

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Even using a thin coat of shellac, the old oak really soaked up the paint.  I love how the grain of the wood still shows through, as you can really see in the drawers.

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Now, it is onto painting the walls and waiting for the sink to arrive.  Final pics will be posted as soon as that happens.  The sink should be here no later than November 3.  I can’t wait to finish this project.

Update:  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my bathroom! And to finish it off, see our Lowe’s Pull-down Shade hack. And what the heck….see how I crocheted my rug in front here!

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Ben’s Baseball Dresser – Another Chalk Paint Project

I created this project September 2014

Pinterest inspiration, an old chest (I estimate $25 as I purchased a dresser and night stand at the same time – all for $75), Annie Sloan Old White paint, sharpies, clear wax, and one afternoon turned an old dresser into a new one for Ben’s room.  At first I tried red paint for the stitching….whoa!  That didn’t work.  So more Annie Sloan Old White over the red paint (good thing I hadn’t done too much).   Continue reading

Wedding Invite on Canvas – Using a Silhouette Machine and Annie Sloan Paint

I created this project in July 2014.

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Wedding Invite on Canvas W/SilhouetteI love my Silhouette Portrait machine and all it can do. I scanned Katie and Richard’s wedding invitation and saved it as a jpg. Then I put the image into my Silhouette software and traced it. I copied and pasted each section into a new design, making sure I welded the lettering. I then turned each section sideways and enlarged them to fit on a large stretched canvas. I cut each section using contact paper.

Next I painted the canvas with Old White Annie Sloan chalk paint. I applied the contact paper lettering and painted over everything in Old white again. This is to make sure there is no bleed through with the final color.

Once dry, I used Annie Sloan Graphite and when that dried, I peeled off the contact paper lettering. As a final step I will add a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax and now Katie and Richard will have a large vintage look wall hanging with the exact fonts from their wedding invitation.

I’m still amazed that you can trace and cut lettering from an image with the Silhouette. 20140706-125426-46466661.jpg

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How to Paint a Bamboo Rug with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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I wanted an area rug for my living room, but rugs act like a magnet for my cat’s shedding fur.  I have a bare laminate floor that just needed something, though.  My friend, Cindy, has used painted canvas floor cloths and I’ve always liked them, so I started searching for ways to make them, but found it too messy and time consuming to make my own and already bound and primed ones were way too expensive.  Then I started thinking, maybe I could paint a bamboo slat rug with Annie Sloan…..yep!  I could. Continue reading