Monday, August 6, 2012

CHALK PAINT IS AMAAAA'ZING

I haven't done a 'special order' in years and this one kinda scared me.  I asked the customer before she brought it if it was wood.       "Yes." 
But, when this little sewing machine cabinet arrived............
I discovered that the drawer fronts were some kind of  synthetic  ???  plastic-like material.  This would have scared me off a few months ago, but since I've started using CHALK PAINT, I thought "no problem".
 So, after taking the hardware off, I mixed my paint.  She wanted a green, but a little brighter than my OOPS green by Behr.  
 Soooo, I mixed in some of this Devoe Green Apple that I had my local paint store mix.  This gave me the color I was lookin for, but ................
 then I added the MIRACLE INGREDIENT that makes the paint literally stick to anything.  Click HERE for several different recipes, but I do use the Plaster of Paris mixture.
 After two coats of paint, the entire piece is sanded.  Here my speedy fingers are brushing away the dust left from the chalk paint.  (It does make more dust than sanding regular paint.)
Click below to see the REST of the story.  8-)

My customer said she knew it wasn't 'in style' like it once was........but she still wanted me to paint some of my free hand flowers on the piece.  Soooo, here they are.
I start with green vines, then green leaves...........next add little buds and dot flowers.  To finish, I do what I call
  connecting the dots..........just bring it all together by painting 'stems' for all the flowers and leaves.
 And finally, on this piece, I used Johnson's Paste Wax and gave the entire piece 2 coats, but gave the top about 4 coats for more protection.
 Put the hardware BACK on.
 Oh, and she brought this precious piano stool which she wanted to be painted to match the table.
 And...........ta da..............here is the finished set. 
 I was actually very nervous for her to pick it up.  But, thank goodness, she was thrilled.

Sooooo, what cha think???
If you're in my area, I'd love to paint a special piece just for you.  8-)



I'm linking up to these parties:

http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/2012/08/transformation-thursday-no-164.html


http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com/


http://onecreativemommy.com/one-creative-weekend-6/


http://madeinaday.com/2012/08/09/made-u-look-linky-35-2/



http://serenityyou.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/serenity-saturday-50.html









61 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! Those little painted flowers are gorgeous.

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    1. THANK YOU, Amy. I call them my 'fun flowers'....quick and easy. 8-)

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  2. Great Custom job. I bet she loved it,
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

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    1. Thanks, Deb. I think she was pleased. 8-)

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  3. This is really sweet. I really like the color of green you came up with.

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    1. Thanks so much. I enjoy mixing and playing with paint colors. Never know what you'll come up with. 8-)

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  4. Of course she would be delighted with those charming pieces! ~ Maureen

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  5. love it and the green is spot on....really loverly....work and a happy customer...she will brag....word of mouth is the best advertisment always......Ok I need to get to the graphic fairy ....I need something for a projects...

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    1. THANKS Kathryn....and yes, I love that word of mouth FREE advertising. 8-)

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  6. I love this! You did a great job on the flowers! That's some real talent. Do you find that the Johnson's Paste Wax is the same thing as Minwax's paste? I've though about using that before and always wondered. Loved to know!

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    1. I haven't used Minwax in sometime. I couldn't find it when I wanted to do this project, but really can't tell much difference. Good luck and yes, let me know what you think.

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  7. What a great transformation, I'm sure your client did a happy dance all the way home. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. She really was pleased and I was sooo very pleased when I saw her face. And, relieved. 8-)

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  8. Wow, this is beautiful! You are so talented, don't know if I could do those flowers...

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    1. Thanks, Hetty. And, the flowers are super simple. 8-)

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  9. I have just discovered your blog and chalk paint, had to try it immediately of course, bit I am finding that it paints on great, but scrapes off real easy. What am I doing wrong? I would love your opinion, thanks so much

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    1. Judith, I really don't know what to tell you, since all of my experience with the chalk paint has been just the opposite. It will stick to almost anything. Wish I knew. Sorry.

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    2. Thanks so much or answering my query, am still in love ith chalk paint, especially everything you do

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  10. Wow! What a difference chalk paint and your creative hand make!!!
    You did a wonderful job ~ Just Beautiful!!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Prim Blessings
    Robin

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  11. Candy, you have been so busy. I love how it turned out! The color is wondeful. I use to teach Tole Painting so the flowers still hold a tender place in my heart. Always loved doing tiny rosebuds. You did a greaat job and I love the stool to match.
    Hugs,
    Jann
    p.s. I use the Plaster of Paris method also. Well, only once; but I really liked it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jann. I once taught Tole Painting classes too. Maybe we should just BRING IT BACK??!!!

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  12. You did a wonderful job! The stool is darling! I was doing this with furniture a few years ago but gave it up and started painting on canvas. This makes me want to start again!

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    1. Oh, and I've seen your canvas painting. Looks like you're doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing. Your work is BEAUTIFUL !!!

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  13. Awesome blog so happy I found it it is darling!! Thank you for sharing :)

    Ash @ ABpetite.blogspot.com/
    xox

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  14. How cute did that turn out. I'm with you on chalk paint. I used it for the first time and I loooove it. I just did a post of my first chalk paint project. Hope you have time to check it out.

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    1. Thanks Ms Barefoot. I'll be right over to take a look.

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  15. Love it! I can't beleive you free-handed those flowers!

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    1. They're super simple, Stephanie. But, thanks. 8-)

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  16. WOW CANDY!!!!!!!!! LOVE this piece!! Really I do!! The color is great and I love your little flowers! Great job!

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

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  17. Thanks so much, Christine, and thanks for hosting the party. 8-)

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  18. Just beautiful! I am also a HUGE fan of chalk paint. I have not made my own yet. I have just used the Annie Sloan paint. I am now following you!

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    1. Thanks Melissa. I'd love to try Annie Sloan, but my pieces are for resale and I can't afford to pay that price when trying to resale. Thanks for stopping in. 8-)

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  19. Thank you for joining my party and linking my blog!

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  20. Just wanted to let you know you were featured at http://mommyssweetconfessions.blogspot.com/2012/08/sweet-confessions-sunday-link-party-2.html. See you at this weeks party!

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    1. GREAT!!! Thanks so very much Lindsay. !!!

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  21. Thanks for visiting me at Adorned From Above. I am your newest follower. Have a great weekend. By the way I love your sewing table redo. It is beautiful. I would love for your to link any of your posts with my link parties on Wednesdays. It goes on from Wednesday through Sunday night.
    Debi
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. Thanks Debi, and I WILL BE THERE.

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  22. Aloha Candy,
    You are awesomely talented! The sewing table turned out beautifully! I think I have to follow you!

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    1. Thanks soooo very much. And, thanks for stopping in.

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  23. Wow you are so talented! Beautiful work, I need to try out that chalk paint one of these days!

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    1. Yes you do. And, thanks so much for the sweet words.

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  24. Shame on me! Months ago, you made a comment on one of my posts, and I am just now coming for a visit! My loss completely, because you do beautiful work! The sewing machine cabinet turned out wonderfully! And the gorgeous painted flowers are icing on the cake!

    Now, to go back and see what I have missed on your blog! NOW a follower!

    Elaine
    Creating Wonderful Spaces

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    1. Well, Im just glad you finally made it over. And, thanks for the sweet comments. COME BACK OFTEN.

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  25. I've never used chalk paint. I am dying to try. Stopping by to follow you back. =)

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  26. I LOVE chalk paint. I swear by it. It is amazing!! Im so glad you found a love for it as well :) This turned out super cute! I love that you did something unique rather then playing it safe with something neutral :)

    I would love if you would stop by and check out my blog & like my facebook page! Im hosting a give away once I hit 200 fans :)

    Here are the links:
    blog: www.jordynluise.blogspot.com
    facebook: www.facebook.com/jordynluiseblog

    Love your Blog! Can't wait to see what else you come up with in the future!!

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  27. Amazing!! I have to do my bedroom set... maybe I will use chalk paint!!

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  28. Hi Candy,
    I have featured your Chalk Paint is Amaaaazing Post on this weeks blog. Head on over and grab the featured blogger button.
    Thanks so much for sharing your post last week with Wednesday's Adorned From Above. I love this. It is really beautiful The link party is open now for this week.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  29. love that Piano stool!! This came out great! Thanks for linking up!
    Kim@madeinaday

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  30. I definitely need to try chalk paint! Great job. I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! I’d love for you to join the party again tomorrow.

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  31. Very nice job Candy! Love the painted flowers too!

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  32. LOVE it!! I have hutch I wanted painted soooo bad. I kinda want a dull red since I have apples in my kitchen....what do ya think???

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    1. I think we need to get started. And, yeah, that color would look great with your apples. Call me.......MAYBE. 8-)

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