Wednesday, July 25, 2012

CHALK PAINT OVER LEATHER???

Yes, believe it or not, chalk paint EeeeVEN sticks to LEATHER.  
I recently purchased this neat old table at an auction, but didn't know how I'd paint it since the top surfaces were leather.  First I thought I'd tape it off and just paint the wooden areas, but I didn't like that look.  Sooooo, thought I'd just try painting it.  


These are the AFTER pics.


Click below to see the before.





You can see that the leather was all scratched up.  It probably would have looked okay after waxing, but I decided to test my theory "chalk paint sticks to ANYTHING".

   
AND IT DID!!!
 For any newbies here, this is the process.  Add one part Plaster of Paris to one part water, mix.  Then add that mixture to two parts paint.  This is usually a thin mixture, so sometimes I do add a little more paint. After two or three coats of this HOME MADE CHALK PAINT, sand the entire piece, especially in areas that would typically get more wear (gotta make the shabbiness look real).  Then, I use Minwax Special OR Dark Walnut Stain.  Working in small areas, brush the stain on with a cheap brush, then wipe it off with a soft cloth or paper towel.  This gives the piece a darker richer look and adds a sheen at the same time.  (For more chalk paint recipes, click HERE.)

HINT:  DO NOT put the piece in the sun to dry......as Ms Brilliant did.  Sounded like a good idea at the time.



But, as you can see.....BAD IDEA.  No worry.  I just had to spend a few minutes pressing the bubbles down to the table.  Most disappeared.  Some left a nice aged look.  So, of course, I can say "That was the LOOK I was going for."



Replace the hardware........and DECORATE!!


 I'm lovin how the red turned out with the dark stain over-glaze, so now I'm searching for a larger piece to redo with this same technique.  I'll be sure to keep the next outta the sun.

        I'm linking to these parties:   

http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/2012/08/transformation-thursday-no-163.html

              http://thediydreamer.blogspot.ca/2012/07/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-26.html
http://www.serendipityandspice.com/2012/07/manic-monday-linky-party-27.html
http://www.kathewithane.com/



http://madeinaday.com/
http://lovingthiscrazylife-melissa.blogspot.com/2012/07/its-piece-o-cake-linky-party-16-and-bit.html
http://onecreativemommy.com/one-creative-weekend-4/
http://www.callmepmc.com/2012/07/marvelous-monday-link-party.html
http://jannolson.blogspot.com/2012/08/share-your-cup-thursday-19.html


My entry into The Creative Inspirations Linky Party at Embracing Change is sponsored by Appliances Online and their best freezers.

41 comments:

  1. this is way cool and I will have to keep this in my file of things I want to do...

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  2. Wow! So cool! Never would have guessed it'd work on leather!

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    1. And, it really did great........stuck like glue. 8-)

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  3. Who would of thought!!! Turned out wonderful ~ love that color of red!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Prim Blessings
    Robin

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  4. What amazing results,leather! Who would think chalk paint on that?
    Way to go.
    Hugs

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  5. This is a stunning color - just beautiful. I think this is a timely post for me as I just purchased a cool little desk to redo with a leather top. It is getting painted over too. In fact, the hardware is just like this...very cool piece! What colros did you use? Reminds me of a dresser I did recently -

    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com/2012/04/if-you-follow-me-on-facebook-have-seen.html

    Thanks for linking up to my party! And so glad you entered the contest too! Can't wait to see who wins!

    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. Stacey.....thanks so very much for the encouraging words. I'll check the color and send you a note by email.

      8-)

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  6. LUV THE COLOR AS WELL!!! AWESOME SIDE TABLE!

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  7. Enjoyed your tutorial on the paint process with the home made mixture of chalk paint.. I loved the color of the table. I actually have a leather top table that has a glass wring on it I can not do anything with.. I wonder if i should try this on it.. Well thanks so much for sharing.. Hugs, Cindy

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    1. Sounds like a YES to me. That'd be a great way to cover the glass ring. THANKS FOR STOPPING IN, Cindy, and come back OFTEN. 8-)

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  8. Love it! I did the same thing with the twin sister to your table! There is nothing better than Chalk Paint. I used it daily!!! Thanks for sharing ~ I found you at The DIY Dreamer and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit and follow me back. Blessings ~ Judy http://www.vintagestreetdesigns.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Judy. I've already been over and become a follower. Love your blog. 8-)

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  9. This came out really cute! I probably never would have painted over the leathe, but you made it work, good job!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  10. Thanks for experimenting for us! LOL! Turned out great and if you hadn't said so, we wouldn't know you didn't want it to have the bubble marks. It's a cute little piece too.

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    1. Bubble marks??? What bubble marks? 8-)

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  11. Bravo Candy for trying the new thing and share with us, so that we know it'll work!! lol
    Seriously, it turned out beautiful, I love the red and the bail handles, great job!!

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    1. ahhh, you're always so sweet, Sayuri. Thanks for always commenting. 8-)

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  12. I love that color! I shy away from tables like this because of the leather tops....well, not anymore! You did a great job!

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  13. This is awesome! I just bought a coffee table with leather top. I didn't think the paint would stink to the leather, so I am mod-podging the top with old sheet music...we'll see how it turns out tonight! Loving this red table!

    -Katy @
    www.TheElegantHouse.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, the sheet music idea sounds neat. I'd love to see.

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  14. Way to go!! Love the color!! Glad you were able to work with the bubbles :) It turned out beautiful!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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    1. Thanks Christine. And, thanks for hosting the party.

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  15. Love that red that you are using. I am partial to reds.

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  16. I am featuring you tomorrow!
    Kim@madeinaday!
    http://madeinaday.com

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  17. No way! Great transformation! Thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back tomorrow.

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  18. I LOVE the color that you used to paint this table. It looks great. Thanks so much for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

    Julie

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  19. Hahaha, I do that too! "That's how I meant for it to look." Gotta love the freedom of painting. Your table is beautiful, as usual, and I'm lovin' the idea of painting over leather. Red can be a hard color to pull off just right, but you managed beautifully! Can't wait to see what piece you do next :)

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  20. Who Knew? Great idea and I really like how it turned out. The bubble look really did just add to it's charm. Love, love the color! It's kind of a unique table. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  21. OMG...I have a coffee table I've been avoiding for a year and using it for storage...I was so afraid of the leather. Thanks for the tip, now I can work on it and get it out the door!! AWESOME!

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  22. ok...this is color I was thinking about on my hutch. dull red with brown tones. I need to send you a pic and see how much you would charge me to do it. love it!!!

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    1. Great!!! I actually mixed this color, but I'm sure I can come close on reproducing it. Just let me know and I'll mix up a new batch.

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  24. I love this! I have an old desk with a leather top that I'd like to paint.
    QUESTION: Did you sand it all down first? Including the leather?

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  25. love love I have a table almost the same been wondering about a color...can u share the color

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