Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chalk Paint Love

I finally had a chance to try out the chalk paint I won in a giveaway last month....I love it!   Yes, I'm happy to say that I'm no longer a chalk paint virgin.  Now I understand what all the excitement has been about.  I wanted to start with something small, so I picked through my stash of frames and came up with two perfect candidates.

 Both of these frames used to be gold.  They weren't a bright gold, just gold enough that they weren't selling.  I have no idea what happened to the "before" pictures. I always delete them from my camera after uploading, and they're nowhere to be found on my computer. 

 I used Country Grey as a base coat and Old White for the top coat.  I only have the clear wax, but now I'm thinking they need a little something extra to bring out the details.  The dark wax is going on my list along with a few other colors.

 It's hard to see all the distressing on the square frame, but it's there. 

My next victim was this old metal tool box.
You wouldn't believe how much elbow grease it took to get rid of all the grease!  I was amazed at how easy it was to paint.  Before chalk paint, I would have just spray painted it.  

 I found this French graphic at The Graphics Fairy.  Windows, hinges, pulls, handles of all kinds and styles.....not a perfect translation, but I thought it fit in with the tool box.

It took me several attempts on plain white paper to get the reduced size just right, 43% was perfect.  Then I printed it on a patterned end page from an old book.  I really like the subtle pattern and the natural yellowing of the edges.

It was so nice not to have to sand or prime before painting. The real test was painting the tool box and having the paint stay right where I put it.  The inside of the box developed some rust spots after the paint was dry, waxed, and sanded.  Oh well, a little rust is a good thing, right?   After I get a few more colors and some dark wax, I'll be ready for a painting marathon. 

I'm linking up my chalk paint projects with:
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday,
2805 for Potpourri Friday,
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday,
My Repurposed Life for Catch as Catch Can,
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday,
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday, and
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.


Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Love those frames and that box! Glad you won some chalk paint . . . now you'll be hooked!

Into Vintage said...

I tested out chalk paint on carved frames too and agree - I need some darker wax - mine is clear as well. Really love not having to use primer! I love that you tested it on metal, your results are great.

I think a little rust is definitely a good thing. :-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did good! I have not tried the chalk paint, but have enjoyed seeing others' project and hearing about how easy it is to use.
Another beautiful day here and I am stuck inside waiting for the security door people.

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I love what you have done with the frame and the box. Both are beautiful. Found you at 2805 Potpourri party.

Loretta said...

I really love the box you repurposed. Nice post. Luv

Donna said...

Those projects turned out great! I've never used chalk paint and don't even know where to get it!

Honey at 2805 said...

The picture frames look so good in white, and the way you used the graphic is really clever!

Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday. Your participation made for a more successful party. I appreciate you, Betsy!

pamq said...

I have not heard of chalk paint.

I must live under a rock.

But it looks like a mighty spiffy thing!

What is your next victim going to be?????

Sassy Marsha said...

Great makeovers, Betsy!!! I agree, a little rust is a good thing!!!


Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Your frames are gorgeous now. And I love your tool box. I really need to order some chalk paint.

Heaven's Walk said...

I'm so glad that you discovered chalk paint, Betsy! You'll never use anything else now! It's so stinkin' addicting! lol! I've got about 4 different colors now, and can hardly wait for my next project! Great job on your treasures. The frames are just beautiful! :)

xoxo laurie

Cindy said...

I just found your blog, and ohhhhh my... these frames look so pretty... I'm still a chalk paint virgin. I keep thinking that i don't paint enough stuff to buy any, and then i'm sitting there with something to paint wishing i had some!
Anyway, I already see so many interesting things on your blog I can't wait to explore, so i'm off to do that!


Michelle L. said...

I'm still a virgin, ha! I do love the look of the frames, so soft and aged!

Cottage and Broome said...

I need some chalk paint!! Love how your frames turned out. Laura Cottage and Broome

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Love the frames and the tool box. I have a soft spot in my heart for tool boxes, not sure why! You make me want to go and paint one of my gold frames right now!


Shabby Chic Sandy said...

Very nice! I still haven't tried chalk paint--

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

love how your frames turned out! I need me some chalk paint! I have a shair to redo....this would be great for the wood part.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful post! Love the frames and box. You got a great space here.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Wax Beach Artist said...

Very nice! I love the frames most. I am going to have to check out this chalk paint!

Ellen said...

your frames are wonderful and I am sure the ole toolbox will be awesome as well.

lvroftiques said...

They're beautiful! I too am a chalk paint virgin...but not for long! *winks* Vanna

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh my...loooove the tool box! Printing the graphic on the old book page is such a great, unique idea! Thank you!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Love the frames and the tool box! I haven't tried chalk paint yet but your projects make me want to!!!

Barbara Jean said...

Love how you printed that label on a printed book page.

frames are lovely.
have not tried chalk paint yet. afraid I'll like it too much. (and have heard it is expensive)

barbara jean

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your frames and toolbox turned out beautifully! Renewed and ready to beautify your home! Nice job!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, I am such a tight wad, I still have not tried chalk paint. I love your projects, the tool box is great!!


Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Absolutely beautiful! Don't you love chalk paint? It's so easy to use. Found you via Between Naps on the Porch. Toodles, Kathryn

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Never thought of using chalk paint on metal! Thanks for the idea! Everything looks beautiful.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Nice job. I am still working on getting my nerve up to try it. Thanks for sharing.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Love your toolbox transformation, Betsy. How clever to print the graphic on an old book page!

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday each week. I enjoy peeking at your clever endeavors. ;)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love, love , love your chalk painted frames Betsy!! I haven't tried chalk paint yet- but will be getting a bit of it soon!!Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

So happy that you LOVE it! Your items look that toolbox. Do get you some dark will love it too.