How to Paint Furniture in One Afternoon

A sponsored post created in partnership with Ace Hardware & the brand of chalk paint I’ve been using for years anyway:  Amy Howard at Home® One Step Paint™

You know those TV shows where they count down the best inventions of all time?

Well, if I were in charge of that show, chalk paint would be in the top ten. I remember the dark, olden days before I knew such a thing as chalk paint existed. In those hard times, we didn’t have much choice but to use glossy enamel paint because it cured to a hard finish–sadly, that curing took a month.

Listen, I’m not talking about chalkBOARD paint, no, this is chalk paint–a one coat paint that requires no sanding or stripping– I’m pretty sure I’ve even painted right over dust and spiders. Chalk paint is a DIYer’s BFF.

And Amy Howard should win the award for the prettiest paint labels and branding.

I decided to repaint this hutch that I’ve had for years and years. I wanted him to be a warm, light pink but I wasn’t exactly sure the shade I was looking for. I use the top part of the hutch in another part of the barn where it sits on a big old table and I love where it is. The top and bottom half of the hutch have been divorced since we moved out here, so it was time for the bottom half to move on and go his own color with an afternoon makeover.

Chalk paint loves being mixed together to get the right color. Also, mixing paint colors is SO FUN! So I decided to grab a few colors and experiment until the color felt right.

I started with using mostly the colors Palmer Pink and Shaw Red with a little Linen. But the color was waaaay to strawberry and bright for what I wanted. So I kept adding in more Linen and Palmer Pink to lighten and even a little dash of Holy Moley (yellow) for warmth up to the perfect shade of light pink.

If you don’t want to mix your own colors and can’t find the color you love out of the 52 Amy Howard suggestions, just make sure you get the tintable base, and the Ace Hardware folks can mix it to any color you want.

You can see the darker color on the top of the hutch, then I added more Linen painted that on the drawer on the right then again, more Linen, painted that on the middle drawer, and it’s hard to tell in the photo, but the drawer on the left if even a lighter color.

I thought I had the color right until I painted the entire piece. Nope, still too strawberry and intense. It is One Step Paint, so if I would have loved this color, I could have been done in one coat!

No worries, I just added in more Linen colored paint to my batch and waited about an hour for everything to dry and quickly painted over the hutch again. Seriously, I do paint really fast like a possessed woman, but even a slow painter should be able to paint a piece like this in less than an hour. This paint goes on so easy.

The best thing about chalk paint is how forgiving it is. I could “practice” my colors all over the piece, and once it was dry I did one last coat in my final color and all traces of the first coat were gone.

Ta-Da! This might be the most productive and rewarding two hours I’ve had all week!

Never painted furniture before?

Here’s my best advice for painting with chalk paint:

  1. Be sure to have the paint people at Ace shake your paint in the machine, even if it’s premixed
  2. Give yourself an afternoon (seriously, don’t put it off because you think a paint project will take all weekend, this entire project took about 2 hours including time for the first coat to dry!) Chalk paint looks better when it’s imperfect, you aren’t painting the Sistine Chapel, most people paint too slow, that’s fine except when you let that hold you back from starting a project. Consider the choice to paint quicker but less perfect and have a finished piece instead of a piece you have to take a vacation to complete to perfection and therefore it’s never started. AMEN.
  3. Don’t start with a bookshelf as your first ever painted piece. Think about all the surfaces and corners and back of the shelf and the underside of every shelf. I’d rather paint two dressers than one bookshelf.
  4. If you are painting something with a main surface that gets used (pretty much everything) be sure to use wax to seal it. Amy Howard has her own line of waxes, I’ll probably end up adding clear wax to this piece in a few days–it won’t really change the color much, but it will protect it.
  5. If you’ve never painted furniture, practice on something small first. Don’t have something small? Take $5 to a thrift store and buy a practice piece.
  6. Don’t be afraid to mix colors together. It’s so fun!
  7. Don’t start painting on the top first, start on the back or the bottom of one of the sides, that way you can get your rhythm and brushstrokes going confidently on a “private” part of the piece.
  8. Use a brush, not a roller–chalk paint likes brushes.
  9. Don’t like the color? No problem! You don’t have to wait for the paint to cure for weeks, go ahead and paint another color on top once it’s dry!

Amy Howard at Home® One Step Paint™ paint is available at select neighborhood Ace Hardware Store.

PS. Now through March 20th, buy two get one free on all gallons of Royal®, Clark+Kensington®, Valspar® Aspire and Valspar® Optimus paint at The Paint Studio at Ace. (the white paint I used on the walls and ceiling of our house is: Clark + Kensington’s Designer White)

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Cozy Spring Home Tour

Today I’m joining in a Spring Tour of Cozy homes hosted by Rachel from Shades of Blue Interiors and Country Living. Besides the fact that I love the women who host tours like this and it’s fun to join in, the biggest perk of these tours is that they force me to get my house into somewhat presentable shape!

My goal for our home’s style is for it to be cozy enough to be comfy while using the least amount of stuff possible to get the quirky, casual cottage style I love.

I call myself a Cozy Minimalist…

Meet our little table. This guy is our breakfast table, dining table, catch-all table, laundry holder, puzzle central and sometimes he turns into my work space. This corner of our home is the hardest working little area and I made a few logistical changes to it right in time for spring.

I took this photo within hours of the first photo above, and you know what, I think it’s just as pretty. This is the truth about what it looks like when our surfaces serve us well. But I recently added that thin console table turned desk back there on the left side to both look pretty and solve some issues.

Here’s what I had there before. I love this little half-moon table, and I loved the white plate display, but I wanted something that could double as a desk so I could move stuff off the table for dinner and have a place to put my computer and still be able to pull up a chair. The head planters went out on the porch (but now that I see them, I miss them in the house.)

 

 

Here’s that same corner from a little different angle now. The desk, mirror, pillow and blue urn are from HomeGoods, the white vase is from The Depot at Gibson Mill and I’ve had the chair for years along with the cat.

I broke off a few cherry blossom branches from our yard because #SPRING! My favorite way to add life to our home is by bringing in something from outside. When you are hunting for leafy or flowery branches, try to cut or break them off about twice as long as you think you want, see how those branches above fill in the empty space and look riskier and fancier? They have more presence because they are tall and quirky.

Below you can see the different personality that you get when you use lots of short branches, more sophisti-mi-cated. As they say.

The half-moon table makes so much more sense here on the other side of the window. Since there’s main thoroughfare/foot traffic highway right next to the table, having those rounded edges tapering to the wall give us more space than the old sideboard I used to have there, bonus: no more permanent bruise on my hip from hitting a corner daily! I realized this is such a great use of a rounded table–at the end of a wall!

Relax: Lindsay Letters

Pillows & planter: Home Goods // Peacock Chair: local thrift store

I’ll be sharing more on instagram today, you can see more cozy home inspiration there with the hashtag #cozyhometour

I wish there were another tour going on next week that could ensure that my house stay somewhat presentable. For now, special thanks to HomeGoods for partnering with the Cozy Spring Home Tour, be sure to check out the other Cozy Homes below:

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