This last weekend we had opposite day. Or…maybe it was opposite weekend? Normally, Chris would be cleaning and organizing and I would be painting or crafting. He “volunteered” to paint the boys bed
instead of being stuck in the house with 6 kids all weekend, in order to help me out. Which is too bad. Because I had a weekend of Enya listening, drinking wine, and Chalk Painting in our garage planned. Krystiana, who probably knew she had a weekend of hell helping me ahead of her “volunteered” to help her Dad. At least she cooperated for pictures. Since Chris was painting and waxing, I thought I could get a few pictures for my blog. This is his response to “Honey, could I get some pictures of you?”…
This was my second attempt. “Babe, I’m serious!” The problem is I AM serious…and he is not.
Anyway, over the past several years I have learned a few things about Chalk Paint. Chalk paint is a great product but Chris and I have noticed it isn’t as durable in high traffic areas. With 6 kids every area of our house is “high traffic.” Waxing is tricky business. Too little wax and it isn’t durable…too much can ruin the finish as well. My step-mom and I took a Plaster Paint class at the Vintage Phoenix. We had a great time and Ava was really a wonderful instructor. Plaster Paint is a similar product to Chalk Paint that is made locally in Catoosa. Who couldn’t love a product that their motto is: “Get plastered”? At the end of the class, she took out this bad boy it buffed the wax out. It was amazing and I would highly recommend it for waxing large pieces. It is usually the only way I wax now because when you buff the wax it makes it shiny. It seems like it makes it a little more durable.
My favorite way to seal my projects is Annie Sloan Lacquer. It is made for floors but is recommended for things like cabinets and pieces that need better durability. Several of the earlier pieces I waxed have stains on them. As a result of that, I avoid waxing. My Kitchen Island project was a bust. It looked beautiful…for a week. I am repainting it (which is a total pain) and lacquering it instead. Because of our experience with the Chalk Paint on our island ,we are going traditional on our kitchen cabinets and using enamel or this product over an oil based primer. There are two other products I have read that people have been happy with: Varathane and Wipe-On Poly. The Wipe-On Polyurethane I have used on two pieces of furniture and it is super easy to work with. The only thing you need to remember is that unless you use the water based polyurethane…it will yellow. So don’t use it on your white cabinets or furniture.
I am redoing my cabinets in my laundry room too. The Chalk Paint will work well because it doesn’t get much wear and tear in there. I have been very happy with the results and I can’t wait to share that project with you! One of the benefits of Chalk Paint is “no sanding, no prep.” All of my cabinets in my house have a horrible, painted pickled oak finish, which has seen better days. In my laundry room I painted the cabinets, lacquered, distressed them (so the glaze would show up more in certain areas), glazed (Van Dyke Brown by Sherwin Williams), and lacquered again to seal. It looks really beautiful and is holding up well. Chalk paint is a little more “rustic” looking than traditional paints. Which can be charming (see below) but if you are wanting a crisp, white, semi-gloss paint job…go with a more traditional paint. In my laundry room, this was perfect because we might be adding onto my downstairs bathroom someday. It makes no sense to spend a fortune painting that space.
Anyway, we got the kids bed put back together and we are ready to start on their room makeover. Poor Chris has got blisters from painting all weekend. I guess I need to take it easy on him…today;) For now, this is one project we can check off the list!