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Shiplap Wall….so easy!

shiplap6Several months ago I completed a shiplap feature wall in my Master Bedroom.  I’ve been meaning to do a blog post about it…but…well…I got really busy….and quit frankly I really don’t have very good pictures. The perfect pictures are never going to happen… so, I grabbed the few I have off my phone.  The wall was SUPER easy and really made a huge difference in the room!

Here is my room before.  It is painted Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue.  I love the color, but it is just so blue!  I wanted to break up the blue with some white.

shiplap5I splurged and bought the Ryobi Air Strike Brad Nailer from Home Depot.  I had been wanting one for awhile and this seemed like a good time to go for it.  Next, I purchased 4 sheets of 1/4″ plywood at Home Depot for $13.97 each and had them cut it into 6 inch wide planks.  Some of the edges were a little splintery so I sanded them down slightly with my power sander.

shiplap4I did not plan out some perfect pattern.  I just randomly staggered the boards, making cuts as I went along.  The boards were so lightweight and easy to hang!  I even let my 11 year old get in on the nailing action.  I did not paint the wall white first.  I debated on that.  I was wondering if you would see the blue through the cracks.  I’m glad I did not waste my time doing that! I can’t see any blue peeking through.

shiplap3I had LOTS going on in my life when I was trying to get this done…so, I will admit that it took about 2 weeks to get all the boards up.  Some days I would just nail about 3 boards at a time.  You could easily get this project done in a day or two if you had the time.

I then hand brushed 3 coats of white paint I already had, Sherwin Williams Snowbound in Satin.  I’m sure rolling would have worked too.  I didn’t have any rollers and I prefer hand brushing because I could push the paint down into the seams.

IMG_3291shiplapwall2The mirror over the bed was free from a friend who was done with it.  It was painted in gold craft paint when it arrived at my house.

goldmirrorI painted it with a few coats of Annie Sloan Graphite and then washed some Pearl Plaster from Artisan Enhancements over it.

graphitecanmirrorshiplapwallI also added some white curtains from Wayfair (a terrible picture!) and they really made a huge difference.  Now I”m shopping for a chair for the corner and getting stuff hung back on the walls! It seems everything takes me a long time to finish these days!

curtainsThe shiplap was super easy and super cheap!  I would definitely do it again….maybe I will some where else in the house!

July Studio Nights – Featured Finish – Weathered Zinc Look

IMG_3479One of the finishes I teach in my Chalk Paint® 101 Class is the popular Weathered Zinc look.  Everyone loves it! It is one of my most requested finishes I do in my custom work as well!

So…that being said….Let’s do it in my July Studio Nights Class!

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I recently completed this fireplace makeover for a client using this technique.  They had a basic builder white fireplace with TV cabinet.

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Using Annie Sloan’s Graphite and Paris Grey Chalk Paint® and some Clear Soft Wax….

IMG_3456 IMG_3477Another makeover I recently did using the fun technique on this “Factory Faux” fake chippy clock.  It was a great piece…but even better with the Weathered Zinc makeover…

IMG_3490Doesn’t she look better?

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I Painted a Ceiling Fan….

fancloseupOf course I did….right?!?!

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After I finished my Kitchen Makeover, the ceiling fan was not really blending into my clean, white and gray theme.  I have pretty much blown my decorating budget on the bathroom remodel…so I’m trying hard not to spend anything on the house for awhile.

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So, what is a girl to do when she suddenly has 12 hours at home with NO children needing anything from her?

SHE PAINTS!

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I got a ladder, a few brushes, Graphite Chalk Paint®, Paris Grey Chalk Paint® and Pure White Chalk Paint®.  I wiped off the dirt and dust and started painting. Didn’t even mess with taking the fan down. I decided to do the Washed Zinc technique that I teach in my Chalk Paint® 101 Class.  Its a Graphite Base with Paris Grey washed over it.  I finished it off with some Clear Wax.

I dry brushed the paddles with some Paris Grey and Pure White and I did end up putting wax on them, not because they needed waxing, but because the wax softened the look a bit.

and then this happened….

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The “browny” toned glass globe was soooo not working with my new look.  I really hated to spend any money on this project, so I thought perhaps I could work some more paint magic.  Nope, that was not happening….the picture does not do justice to the failure of this idea.  Yes, you can paint glass very successfully with Chalk Paint®, but, the look I was going for was not going to work on this.

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I was super excited that for $14 at Lowes I was able to get a new Alabaster White glass globe!

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Project Complete with minimal disruption to my life….and nobody destroying other parts of the house in the process!

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How about this $349 fan from Ballard Designs? It also comes with white blades.  Ooh La La! I love it…but not for even 20% off $349…can’t splurge for quite awhile!  My fan makeover sure is not “perfect”, but it is “perfect” enough for me!

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photo from Ballard Designs

Have I inspired you to paint something in your house that needs a makeover?

Sleek Dresser Makeover

This dresser was given to me last week in need of a makeover.  It was a donation from a furniture company for a fundraiser for our local youth football league silent auction.  When it arrived it had been damaged on the top.  There was a rumor on the team that MJ could work some paint magic and fix it!  
I only had a few days so I had to work fast!  While waiting for the wood filler to dry, I picked a “glam” palette of Graphite and Paris Grey Chalk Paint™and some silver metallic paint I had.  
I painted the entire dresser with the Paris Grey Chalk Paint™ and then hit the decorative embellishments and hardware with the metallic paint.  

I painted the entire top with Graphite Chalk Paint™ and washed over it with some Paris Grey to soften the look.  I love how the Paris Grey grabs the imperfections and brush marks in the top!
And here you have it!  The glammed up after shot!  
I hope she found a lovely new home!
I can picture this piece in an entry way of a home with a fun lamp on top!

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Day 3 – No Need to Prime or Prepare!

No Need to Prime or Prepare?  What?  Really?  That can’t possibly be true!!
I was going to have to see this to believe this.  I’ve done a lot of painting over the years and have always regretted when I did not properly prepare a piece beforehand.  I dug out these SUPER SHINY side tables that have been doubling as bedside tables in our guest room for forever and a day.  Check out the shine factor on this?  You can actually see a crystal clear reflection on the top!!!  {One must always have an audience when painting….that is why Asher is so handy….he always has to stand in a picture somewhere!}
Against better judgement I began slapping on Paris Grey.  The first coat dried super quick and I had a second coat on in no time.   Yep, it was sticking beautifully!  I was so excited!  Yippee I had a new best friend!

The table on the left is 2 coats of Paris Grey.  I was loving the color, but wanted to finish them off with some distressing and waxing.  On a whim I mixed up a deeper gray by adding some Graphite into the Paris Grey and wiped it all over the tables.  I then waxed with clear wax and distressed!

So, it is indeed true, there is no need to prime or prepare!  I’ve tested this statement from Annie Sloan over and over and it proves true each time!  
Thank you Annie!  You may but Kilz out of business!

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