Friday, June 3, 2011

Chalk paint project #1

Well, I finally finished my first project with the chalk paint.  I am pleased with the result even if I am still on a learning curve with it.  Let me remind you of the before.


Yes, it is a partial, very heavy headboard with great lines.  It was telling me to make a sign similar to Ballard plaque like this one:



First, I put on two thin coats of old white.  Let me warn you that this paint dries pretty fast but on the plus side I could smell no paint smells at all.  I usually sand in between coats when using latex but didn't with this.  I found that I could see my brush strokes which I don't care for but maybe it makes the sign look more authentic?!  Anyways, I used carbon paper to trace the letters and hand painted using duck egg blue.  I wish I would have stopped here and taken a photo.  I think I really liked it without the aged look but decided to go distressed and aged.  Anyways, I tried out the soft clear wax first.  I think I was a bit afraid to slather it on due to it's price.  After I applied and buffed the clear wax, I applied the dark wax.  I found this to give it an extreme aged look which I'm not for sure that I am found of (yet).  Without further ado:
 


Here is a little bit closer shot:


I would love to know what you think of the final result.  So, please leave a comment and let me know.  I plan on sharing over at:

Transformation Thursday  Furniture Feature Fridays 
The Shabby Nest  French Country Cottage



15 comments:

  1. absolutely love it, you did an awesome job!!! thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. It looks perfect from here.

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  3. WOW!!! Great job! I've been eyeing that BD sign forever. Your sign looks great and I'm glad you distressed it. (I, too, just bought some chalk paint and am soo looking forward to using it.)

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  4. Great job Julie - Love it! I haven't ordered Chalk Paint yet - it is on my list of things to do! thanks for sharing your experience with Chalk Paint!
    Kathy

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  5. Gorgeous, I love the distressing also, great job!

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  6. Completely adore this project! I love that sign at Ballards too and your sign came out so wonderful! Sharing this on FB~ thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  7. This is just beautiful! I have long admired that sign at Ballards and you totally rocked it!

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  8. I love it and think you did a terrific job.

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  9. Love it...great job and yes, very inspiring!
    Like it actually better than BD!

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  10. Oh, I love love love it! I think the "extreme aged look" is perfect. Why does everything look better in French??
    Thanks for your kind comment on my "chocolate" coffee table!

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  11. I think it is great! Good eye.

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  12. It's great!!!...LOVE it even more than the Ballard one...Mariaelena

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  13. I love it and thought to use the same thing for it. I am in the process of making one myself. I have a big wall over stairs and thought it would be great to have. Enjoy it.

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  14. I know I'm late to this post, Julie, but I've been browsing your blog. You may already know this now, but if you do a clear wax over the dark you can lighten up the dark. It works almost like an eraser! I did that on my french dresser transformation because it came out too dark for my tastes.

    I am your newest follower! : )

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