Saturday

UNWAXED WHITE CHALK PAINT - storage cabinet



 
I'm happy to finally share with you my beautiful white storage cabinet that sits in the
corner of my kitchen. I fixed it up and painted it with AS Pure White Chalk Paint
almost two years ago. 

 
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Below are the old photos of how the cabinet looked when I got it and the photos of the make over
process. It is a solid pine cabinet that was left on the side of the road in a heap of parts. 
It had been painted white and stamped with giant pink roses.


 
Yes, I said GIANT PINK ROSES!
All I can say is that I applaud everyone for their attempts at DIY, enough said!
 

   
 
The backer board for the bottom section was missing a huge chunk so I cut a replacement piece
from a large salvage piece of hardboard I had.
  
wallpaper paste can be found at Home Depot
I lining the upper portion of the cabinet with a blue floral wallpaper, starting with the top backer
 board. I used my bucket of wallpaper paste (above top right) because this paper came un pasted.
 
  
 
After the inside was all papered I sanded, painted, then distressed the outside. 


  
 
Unfortunately the GIANT PINK ROSES had some texture to them so
I had to do extra sanding to get rid of them all.

  
 
In the end I needed a storage cabinet more than a display cabinet so I went one step farther and
applied some beautiful white Anaglypta wallpaper over the glass to hide what is inside.
The Anaglypta was adhered to the front of the glass with double sided tape
that can easily be removed in the future if need be.
 
 
I found a galvanized metal box with rope handles for the top that stores my extra
 rolls of paper towel. The three city names are actually punched out of the metal.
 
 
When I brush painted this cabinet 2 yrs ago with chalk paint I never waxed it. This is the only piece I
 have not waxed to date and did it on my piece to see how it would hold up.
 
I am seriously impressed with how durable the paint is without wax. Before I took these new photos
 I used a kitchen sponge and easily wipe away a few scuff marks from the painted surface.
Here is a close up of the finish today ...
 
 
 
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Sunday

A LITTLE DESK & SOME MAGIC LOVE

 
 
This little desk made it into a pile of furniture I had given up on. It had been photographed
in it's uncared for and ugly state and advertised as a give away on my Facebook page.
 
 
 
No one saw any potential in her and that kick started my interest again. All it really needed
was a good cleaning, a good painting, some awesome drawer hardware, and the magic love.
 
 
What little lady doesn't love some sparkling crystal knob so I added a pair across the top
and the big curly Q handles came from my Etsy shop. They have been ignored for months
 so I figured they must have been waiting for the unloved desk.

 
 
Her size is unmatched by most furniture pieces as she can be used in so many small
spaces. If you are interested she's listed on my SHOWROOM page with price and dimensions.




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Saturday

OMBRE DRESSER - tips, tricks, and graduation

 
 Have you ever asked why it's called Ombre?
Ombre in French translates to *shadow or shade* ... so that explains a little.
 
Have you wanted to paint an Ombre dresser?
The painted Ombre looks really good on mid-century dressers.
I'm sure it has something to do with the clean lines.
 
   
 
I had the pleasure to paint a mid-century Ombre dresser for a new member of the family.
 
It wasn't hard to do but I found it tricky to figure out where each color should start and stop. What I
 mean by that is what color goes on what divider, or should the drawer color go on the side panels or
 should it be white. To answer a lot of my own questions I referred to online photos of dressers
already painted in an Ombre theme. I took note of what I did and didn't like and mapped out my plan
 from there. Everyone's dresser will be different so starting with a plan will definitely help you.
 
 
To get the different shades of color I worked with ASCP Florence and Pure White.
The principle I worked with was to start at the bottom with the strongest color and work
 my way up mixing more white into the last color I used.
 
IMPORTANT TIP:
I did not keep any extra paint of each color but made sure I had full coverage before remixing.
 
first attempt
Unfortunately I didn't think my color graduation was strong enough through the middle
(see the above photo)
so I took drawer three and repainted it much darker, moved drawer four up, and the now
darker drawer three became the new bottom drawer. Did you follow that?
You can't always do this with every dresser but I was lucky and it worked for me.
 
 
Consider as long as you have a nice paint job on the dressers outer frame you can repaint
the drawers as much as you want and have fun with it, and most importantly don't be afraid.
 
I hope my tips can encourage you to give it a try.
 
and if you need some more inspiration check out the very well executed Ombre dressers
 
 
 


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Friday

STENCILLED SIGNS - ideas, colors, and textures

 
 
My last sign class brought together a fun group of ladies that had a blast creating
all sorts of different signs with all the stencils available to us at The Passionate Home.
 

This first cabinet door was painted with ASCP Coco and stenciled in white. We played with the dark waxed only on the outer frame and edge but used some heavy sand paper distressing through out.
 


 
ASCP Florence & Pure White made this soft turquoise with white stencilling. The outer frame
was lightly brushed with more white and only the interior panel was clear waxed and buffed,
leaving a polished and wonderfully unique look.
 
 
 
 
Three different colors were brushed to create a texture and weathered look, a grey, some Duck Egg Blue, and white. The stenciling was done in white as well as some dry brushed edges in white.
It was finished with a clear wax and vintage double hook.


 
  This is a sign painted in ASCP Primer red on a vintage kitchen cabinet oak door. We combined images from three different stencils to make this sign and added a vintage brass applique in white.
 

 
This water distressed grey sign is going home to point the direction to the NO VACANCY room
in the artists home.
 
 
If you want to join us on September 14th or 15th give The Passionate Home a call to book a spot.
604 532 5931
 
 
 
 
 
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SIGN MAKING CLASS - sign up for this sunday


    

The Passionate Home has over 90 different stencils to choose from, over 30 different paint colors to
play with. This Sunday afternoon is my next sign making class so stop watching those kitchen reno
 shows where they tear out the cabinet doors and send them to the landfill. Come join me and the
 other ladies at The Passionate Home to save some of those doors and make them into a special sign
 for your home or maybe the perfect gift for a friends home! We supply everything you will need,
vintage hardware to accent your masterpiece, a good selection of different shapes and sized doors,
and lots of imagination.
 
Give the store a call 604 532 5931 right away to sign up.



   

  

 


 




 
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Thursday

Q&A - spray painting, upholstery, and sandpaper


 

 
 
 

QUESTION:
What is the material used for this chair? Was this chair's paint sanded? Was all this gray and burgundy Annie Sloan paint?

 
ANSWER:
The material is drop cloth from the paint store. The paint is sanded, and not waxed. The burgundy is an acrylic craft paint and the gray is ASCP Graphite.
 
 
 
 
QUESTION:
I have started to spray and I could not get the paint to look smooth (as opposed to little dots) even after a few coats. Then I went to sand the piece, as I sanded it back, it looked like polka dots all over. Do you have any idea what I might be doing wrong?
 
ANSWER:
You should be getting a super smooth finish after the first coat. Little dots sounds like your paint is too thick for your nozzle. The paint isn't flowing smoothly as opposed to the air pressure spitting the paint out. Put just warm water in your pot and see how it comes out.
 
 

 


 
QUESTION:
What grit of sandpaper do you use for your light distressing on chalk paint?
 
ANSWER:
I use a 220 sandpaper for light distressing before waxing.
 
 

 
 
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