Anne Sloan Chalk Paints are expensive! $35 per qt. (I was painting 3 large pieces at once and didn't want to spend $105 plus shipping and tools on this project.
I don't like to wait for shipping. Being a product of the now generation I wanted to get this project started... and finished in a week. So I opted for product I could get my hands on quick and local.
A few word about paints:
Milk paint is good for the distressed look.
Chalk paint is a very smooth finish, hardly any brush marks, plus its a quick dry.
Chalkboard, makes chalkboards
White Dry Non-Sanded Grout - about $11
Zinsser Cover Stain Primer - had it
Minwax Polycrylic - won't yellow over white paint
Enamel Satin Latex Paint - had it, Behr brand is usually $25 a gallon and I maybe used 2 qts.
Trewax Paste Wax - $12 at my local Ace Hardware, more expensive and quantity than I needed, but at least I'll never run out... ever. I also called the company to double check, it won't yellow over time and unlike Johnson's has practically no smell.
Mixing bucket with measurements
Dense small sponge roller & tray
Fine grit sandpaper
Blue painters tape
Old white T-shirt scraps - must be white if using white paint, then there isn't lint to pick off.
This brush is genius! It has an itty-bitty silicone handle and angled synthetic bristles. This little chubby brush made the polycrylic coat a breeze, plus the silicone helped keep hand fatigue at a minimum. I don't remember who made it but it was next to the good Purdy brushes at Home Depot.
I had read that the chalk paint will keep and I also knew this was going to take at least 2 days to paint so I mixed up a larger batch for the hutch, table, and sewing desk. I made a triple batch in the container with the lid.
Recipe for 1 1/2cups of Chalk Paint
1. Mix 2 tablespoons non-sanded grout with 1/2 +/- water in a plastic container.
2. Stir throughly until there are no lumps.
3. Add to approx 1 cup of paint.
4. Mix throughly
Using the Zinsser primer I primed all the shelf tops and table tops that I knew would get the most wear. Using the foam roller and the foam brush. (In retrospect I wish I had definitely primed the entire black desk because it took several coats of paint to go from black to white.)
NOTE: Zinsser primer is stinky so wear a mask and toss your brush and roller foam when done!
After the primer had a good 2 hours to dry I painted the chalk paint over every square visible inch. Using a foam brush (not recommended, I switched to the silicon handled brush pretty soon.) Chalk paint dries fast thanks to the non-sanded grout so by the time I had painted one coat on all 3 it was dry enough to start the next coat on the first piece.
Don't freak out. The first coat looks gross!
More coats just make it better.
In my laziness I didn't empty drawers or move things off the top of the hutch as you can see. I just taped off the drawers after removing the knobs. I also hardly had to move things, just far enough not to get paint on the walls.
The chalk paint did leave a bit of a grainy texture when dry and waxing was much harder than I expected only because of the muscle involved. The resulted 3 coats of wax did not completely erase the texture but left everything a nice eggshell finish which I like.
The top of the center table I primed, straight latex painted, and sealed with the polycrylic because I knew it would take a beating. It has the most shine due to the satin finish but the reflective light helps a lot when I photograph work now.
I had forgotten this fact when I whipped up a batch this afternoon. I tried out a Cooks Illustrated recipe. I added chocolate chips rather than raisins. I under cooked them slightly. I offered them up warm and soft on a plate to my son who simply said, "What did you DO to my chocolate chip cookies?"
He was right.
From his perspective I had ruined a simple, luscious family favorite: the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie. In an effort to make it more "healthy" I challenged his ideal about what a cookie should be. I had messed with perfection and there was no way to recover, my cookies contained oatmeal.
So here is where you should quit reading if you are not interested in my philosophical views on human nature and their relation to oatmeal cookies.
Some of us simply don't like certain things. We have ingrained in us a dislike or like for things. When our personal ideal doesn't match up with someone else we are confused as to why they would like something different and can't understand why they don't agree with us. Case endpoint with the oatmeal cookie.
On a grander scale when meeting people we find different from ourselves it is still surprising and sometimes shocking to us how "different" they are from us. On one hand isn't that the point, that all people are different from us because, well they aren't you. They never will be. Their entire makeup inside and out is not you. Their thoughts, perspectives, attitudes, beliefs, haircolor, and favorite cookie are not going to be the same as yours. I think on a fundamental level we understand this, yet it has also been the cause of wars, contentions, and negative behaviors throughout history. Sad and true.
On the other hand we all have this desire to find our "Tribe" as Seth Godin puts it. We are looking for people who are like us, because no one wants to be alone. By having a tribe we can feel better about ourselves. Finding like minded people give us hope that we are not alone in our "ME-ness". The celebration can start because you have found someone or a crowd who gets you. What a relief and support this can be! It gives us courage and confidence to proceed with being who we really are.
But... who are you really? Are you a version of someone else? Are you a montage of all the people you've ever met and the things you liked about them? Have you picked up traits that perhaps you wish you haven't? All of these are rhetorical of course, but it's worth the look at yourself to gain a better understanding of not only who you ARE but also who you want to become.
I've spent a lot of time thinking about this. It seems to me that the more we learn about ourselves and who we really want to be and become we open ourselves up to accepting others more. We become more ok with honesty and transparency.
In other words we are better about stomaching the walnuts in others brownies, the mustard on their biscuits and gravy, and the eggs on their toast. We also hope by the same token they will come to accept (even if it's not love) the oats in their Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Note: I'm sure it is a stretch to equate this idea with food. However it struck me while baking today. I still do not personally care for walnuts in baked goods, I've tried mustard on biscuits, eh, and I will in no form eat eggs unless in cookies or cakes. However, I still love all those people in my family who are walnut-mustard-biscuit-egg-eaters all the same.
Something to think about over the weekend. Happy Friday.
I've spent the last week tearing my studio apart, painting furniture, and putting all together again. If you follow me on Instagram you've seen some of the progress shots, but here is the big reveal!
This drafting table was my moms and I've made a promise not to repaint it. It has a terrific worn patina from years of use. The paintings on the wall are mine and my desk has little reminders of good things.
I love these industrial metro racks! They have served well everywhere we have lived and are so flexible as needs change. All my fabric is stored in the labeled bins on the left by color, solids are mixed with prints. The other shelves hold craft supplies and obnoxious sized things like the laminator and paper rolls. The metro rack on the right has Eva Blake tools and supplies, my serger, packing supplies, and sewing patterns in the large accordion box.
I painted this hutch white with DIY chalk paint to cover the natural unfinished wood. I'll review my thoughts on that next week. Sewing books, inspiration books, gifts, containers I can't part with and new binders with ideas. Inspite of my love of Pinterest I still love cutting out things from magazines and pasting them in binders where I can doodle notes and idea for future use. Also some of the women in my family to watch over me.
After keeping pens in boxes for years I've learned that when they are all out and sorted by color I actually use them! I found these teal ramekins and birds at Michaels for practically nothing. I love the pop of color.
The sewing table also got a coat of chalk paint over the existing brown finish. Still waiting for this weekends trip to Hobby Lobby for new knobs! I think I'll also recover my ironing board eventually. Also as part of this over haul I finally said goodbye to fabric that just been hanging about, isn't costume or quilt quality, odds and ends, and lot of stuff that just did't belong in here plus many a WIP that honestly had lost it's zeal (mostly because I was just starting to sew again and the fabric and quality was awful!). I was surprised to see two full garbage bags and a stack of things for the attic in the hallway!
I'm really happy with this fresh look and it was worth putting all the other projects on hold so I could get it done. This was also a reward for finishing the quilt and practically all of the pattern for a quilt I have coming out in January's issue of Fat Quarterly! Gosh, secret sewing is hard.
Some times I get an idea.
I think about it constantly.
Then I try to ignore it.
Then I can't. Then...
I MUST do it NOW.
So I do.
But before I forget, the winner of the Hemispheres quilt pattern is... Sewbing who said, "Such a fun pattern! I would love to try it. Thanks for the chance to win!"
I'll pass your info on to Arialane.
My studio mis-matched furniture drives me nuts. Plus I like to paint and frequently itch to do so. Now I here I am in a studio I tore apart Saturday (yes, I was that lady at Home Depot at 7:15am on a Saturday with my kids in pjs). I decided to paint the apothecary desk, sewing desk, and hutch white.
I managed to get the right surfaces primed and my mix of DIY chalk paint on most of the surfaces and I'm hoping to knock the rest of the coats out by Tues so I can wax it and let that dry... All to get it put back together in a new way.
Of course I have several other things I should be doing too, like laundry, groceries, and a pile of projects and calls to make. But for some reason they don't seem as important as painting right now. (Except for the grocery part, I like food and a happy family too much. Oh, and the laundry because we aren't nudists). I have visions of drawer liners, cleaner lines and freshness. A space where I will be happy and light filled and more on top of the incoming paper and the debris of creativity.
I also have my eyes on the kitchen "command station".... Beware wall. You are next.
What does your studio look like? Any ideas for handling all the gobs of paper that comes home from school.
This past week was a little bit of whirlwind! Now it's over and of course hindsight is 20/20. It really wasn't that bad. I could do it again. Right? (My family lived on sandwiches and used the coffee table for all the meals for the week. They are awesome sports!)
Saturday Eva Blake's Makery and Emporium had the chance to be a vendor at the Cheshire Quilt Show! It was also the first time I've tested out the emporium concept in real time. So the 9 days leading up the show were very busy with packaging, pricing, organizing, sorting and packing all of the goods available. It was such a relief to see it all come together not to mention seeing the picture in my head make it out there for others to see.
We received some wonderful comments and perhaps over whelmed a few with the amount of options they had to choose from. We sold paper bundles, ribbon, embellishments, buttons, twine, my patterns and the famous Makery Kits
On a whim we also made up dozens of these little cross stitch kits. While I was at the show my friend taught me how, it's not rocket science but just getting started seemed to be my biggest challenge. By the end of the day I had this little thing.
I have a deep love of business cards. I love the pocket-sized graphics and the simple way they convey so much information about personality and style. I made it a goal to swap business cards with as many gals as possible while at Sewing Summit (mostly, because I'm terrible at names!).
Here's a view of all the pretties I picked up while there.
I made this little packages with brads so my two cards could spin out. It was a delight to hand these presents to everyone and see them open it up. If I met you and you didn't have a card to swap with me, please get in touch.
I am back on EST this morning, back in mom mode and oh-how-I-need-to organize my office mode. I have lots of new fabric and goodies to put into my stash. I'm also coming home incredibly inspired and in admiration of the incredibly beautiful, creative, and brave women I met at Sewing Summit.
If you follow me on Instagram you were right there with me as I used my iPhone as my primary camera (too much stuff to tote around, so I left the big Nikon at home). However I saved a few to post new on the blog.
Ok here we go! (Warning! There are so many pictures... these are just a sampling)
I started packing and planning out what to bring. I took the time to make some drawstring project bags for every class and labeled them with a little yellow tag. This made it so much easier to grab what I needed each day and know everything I needed was in there!
I also didn't want to look to schmancy or underdressed so I brought my "nice" jeans, cardigans and tops, lots of flats and some jewelry to keep it fresh.
My flight was super early since I was going East to West. When I arrived my best friend since high school picked me up from the airport. I miss this girl with a vengeance! It's been years since we just hung out and chatted. It was so good for my soul to spend the afternoon with her.
Then I met up with my aunts, a few cousins, and grandparents for dinner who all live in Utah Valley. Also forever since I've seen them, living 3000 miles away will do that.
I stayed at the beautiful Little America Hotel where the Sewing Summit was hosted since I didn't have a car and it was lovely to just walk to my room when I needed to. FYI I opted for the "Garden Rooms", a little cheaper and quieter! So I didn't mind the distance from the tower rooms.
Shop Hop Day! I met these awesome gals in the lobby and then spent most of the weekend with them. What talented fun ladies!
Token selfie! I was so excited!
This was my words of wisdom on my peppermint tea that morning. Smile I did@
I got to know these gals better, Megan of City Stitches, Anna at Hoot and Haller, Kathy at Miss Stitchy along with lots of cross aisle gals not pictured.
I bought this awesome stack of fabrics with I collected from each. I'm so happy with them! Nothing replaces shopping in person, colors, textures, and experience way out weigh online. So True.
Lunch at Cafe Rio, YUM! (and HUGE btw, no one warned me before hand! WOW)
The Secret Swap I helped organize was a blast! I got these adorable yellow and teal bags and goodies from Savingrc were so fun! I gave mine to Erin who just loved it. It was awesome to see everyone so excited to find out who their parters were.
Dinner out at PF Changs after a long day. I didn't go to the open sew that night, I was super toast after a rough nights sleep and getting up on EST that morning.
Breakfast with these beauties! Amanda, Kelsey, (me) and Shannon at Little Luvins
A new friend in the JEDI Craft Girl, Amanda from California we bonded over our love of teal and orange.
There were surprising goodies at every meal, like these new Omnigrid Rotary cutters, blades, and needles. I'm sure there will be several posts elsewhere of the sweet swag. Let's just say I was glad I packed an extra duffle!
The ever so honest and humble Heather Bailey was the Keynote speaker of the Summit. It was great to hear her story, and her perspective on the fabric industry. She had incredible tales and was so kind.
Diane at From Blank Pages with her cute boy. She designs paper piecing patterns, which I know can understand her love. They are so precise! I'll be posting about my paper pieced quilt top soon.
Jeni Baker at In Color Order and I have the same birthday! Who could have guessed! Both of us were born on March 20th on years that were the first day of spring.
After an AMAZING & INCREDIBLE weekend, pure exhaustion set in. I spent my flight home sleeping and absorbing all of the experiences, conversations, and thoughts I'd had while at the Summit.
I know for sure I made friends I will keep in touch with and I hope to go again in 2014
FYI I'll be doing another post just on the cute business card designs.