Tuesday, March 13th 2012
Paint Break

Someone asked what exactly I am doing. The boys are passing gas and play fighting. But what about me?


I’m staying REAL busy. I’m buying tons of cheap nasty broken furniture at thrift shops. Then I’m stripping it or repairing it or painting it or all of the above. What repairs I don’t know how to do, I learn. And teach the boys. Seth-6yr removes all hardware and sands. Caden-8yr and Ethan-11yr help me move stuff. Ethan-11yr tells me exactly how I should do everything, but that’s just Ethan-11yr.

When I’m really stuck, i ask my dad. Which is how I ended up on my butt in Home Depot a couple Sundays ago for twenty minutes while I studied every available drawer guide mounting system and figured out what the differences were and what a “European system” was and what I needed and what I most definitely did not need for my trashed out craigslist dresser which will very soon be GORGEOUS and with working drawers.

I’m thinking it might soon be distressed turquoise with clear glass knobs.

I want to paint everything in peacock colors. I just can’t help it, it makes me happy.

Today Seth-6yr painted a desk for his room. It’s an old school desk Mom and I found at the Habitat for Humanity store. It’s laminate on top and metal on bottom. Annie Sloan brand chalk paint sticks to even THAT, y’all! And we’ll leave the desk top chalky so he could use it like a chalkboard if he wanted. The top is red and the bottom is blue. (Emperor’s Silk and Greek Blue, if you are an ASCP fan and want to know.) It’s looking really great, and he’s thrilled to be doing it himself. He even scraped the old gum off the underside all by himself, using a paint scraper, and then gagged. I was so proud.

Caden-8yr’s desk is also in the backyard right now. It’s getting a first coat of green and the desktop will be a darker green, also left to be chalkboardy if he so desires. (desk bottom: 2 parts ASCP Old White to 1 part Antibes green, desktop: Antibes green)

Ethan-11yr wants to paint a darling barley-twist nightstand I found last week, but he’s not thrilled with my current color selection and so I put him to work changing all the lightbulbs instead.

Some stuff I’ll sell eventually. If it turns out okay. If anyone would buy. But for now, I’m having a wonderful time learning a lot and brightening up old stuff that was destined to be trashed and forgotten.

There’s just something so rewarding about that.


(Annie Sloan chalk paint link – colors.) no financial gain if you click that – and that’s not a good link to use to buy, if you’re in the States.  I’ve used a couple of different suppliers, since no one sells it locally here. if you’re really interested, ask and I’ll tell you which one takes forever to ship and which one is quick. : )



3 Comments on “Paint Break”

March 13th, 2012
6:00 pm

Oooh! Fun! Are you taking before and after pics? I’m totally addicted to furniture transformations.
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Jennifer Sullivan
March 13th, 2012
9:31 pm

This post got me so excited! I love paint and project talk! And chalk paint is the coolest thing ever!!! We can cross motivate eachother. When I get off track I will read about your projects and I will get back on that chandelier asap! I’m with Geekwif, I really want to see pictures!
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March 14th, 2012
9:01 am

Pictures, please!
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