Let’s Talk Chalk Paint

Hello everyone, and thank you for taking the time to come read my blog!! It truly means the world to me!!

So I chalk painted a piece of furniture for the first time ever recently. Yes I know, where have I been?! Apparently under a rock somewhere. But that’s me, always late to the game. All of my life I’ve decide I like things wayyyyyy after everyone else. It takes me a while to decide! Someone will tell me about a song (usually my sister) and I’ll listen and think meh not for me, then 6 months later I hear it and fall in love with it. And she’s always like “I TOLD YOU ABOUT THAT SONG FOREVER AGO!!” I’m weird that way. But anyways onto the reason for this post- CHALK PAINT!

Well of course I love it!! It was so easy to just paint and not have to sand!! No one likes sanding! The consistency of chalk paint was very different from regular paint so that took some getting used to. The only time I’ve ever used chalk paint was on my fireplace and it was mixed with water so I didn’t notice the thickness of it.

I used Valspar Chalky Paint that I bought at Lowe’s:

It said “must be tinted” so I took it to the paint guy and asked if I could just use it as is. He was super nice and shook it for me and opened it up to show me the shade of white. It was classic bright white just like I was hoping for so I didn’t have to have it tinted. But if you are looking for a different color they tint it for you at Lowe’s and will show you your color options.

Next I bought a chalk paint brush. It was located right next to the Valspar Chalky Paint:

And lastly I bought the Valspar clear sealing wax:

Now I was ready to start! I wiped down the piece of furniture really well and made sure it was clean before I started. I removed all the knobs and got started. Here is what it started out as:

I also removed the top piece because this was being turned into a coffee bar.

I started painting the first coat and quickly noticed how easily you could see the brush strokes. Then I remembered one of the bloggers I follow saying you have to use long strokes with chalk paint. (Thank you Shae from @sweet_southern_grace) So I started making sure to paint in long smooth strokes and it really helped. I love to paint so this was so fun to paint furniture!! The first coat was done quickly:

I let the first coat dry for a couple of hours (be sure to read on the can to see how long to wait between coats) and then started on the second coat. Painting on the second coat was much smoother and you could already tell how great it was going to look!!

I’m already in love at this point and ready to chalk paint anything that will stand still! Now time for the fun part, DISTRESSING!! I had been looking forward to this part from the very beginning!! I just used sand paper that I already had in the garage and started sanding. I had always heard that you want to sand the parts that would naturally get scraped and bumped, so that’s where I started. I sanded corners and edges, places that would get touched a lot so it would look like “natural” wear and tear. The distressing just sealed the deal, now I was really in love!!

Since this piece was for a coffee bar I wanted to make sure to seal it really well with the sealing wax. I read all the instructions on how to use the wax and did exactly like it said. You work in small sections so you can wipe off the excess before it dries. So I waxed and wiped, waxed and wiped (starting to feel like Mr. Miyagi’s student at this point). I let the first coat dry for a little while then did a second coat of wax. Waxing and wiping, waxing and wiping. I let that dry and put the hardware back on and it was finished! I am still surprised how easy this was!! And also I’m wondering why it took me so long to start chalk painting all the things!! This whole project only cost me around $50! $50 for a piece of furniture that looks like you went out and spent hundreds!! Chalk paint you have my heart!!

Stay tuned for the plans I have for the inside of this baby!!

Thank you for reading!!

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

1970’s Stone/Rock Fireplace Renovation

When we bought our home 12 years ago, one of the things I loved about it was the stone fireplace that went all the way to the ceiling. That love didn’t last long! A couple of years later I was totally over the dark stone and black grout, but wasn’t brave enough to do anything about it! Finally, after reading every post I could find and watching countless YouTube videos I decided to go for it!! And I’m so glad I did!!

Below is a picture from this past Christmas before I started the renovation.

The first thing I did was clean out the firebox. I got out all of the ashes and vacuumed out everything I couldn’t sweep out.

Next I vacuumed all of the rock and grout and removed the mantle. I wanted to make sure the fireplace was as clean as possible before I started painting.

I hated how the inside of the fireplace was half dark and half light, it just looked dirty. (Well it was dirty, duh, it’s a fireplace!) So I did my research to find out what I could do about it. I found a heat resistant paint to freshen up the inside! Here is the one I used.

Let me warn you that this paint is as thin as water and smells HORRIBLE, but it looks beautiful when it’s dry!! Make sure you cover all surfaces you don’t want painted and open some windows!! I used a mini roller to roll it on and then a small brush for the corners. I did 1 coat and let it dry for a couple of hours then did a second coat and voila!

The next part is where I got nervous! The actual painting of the rock. My husband thought I had totally lost my mind and just could not envision a white fireplace!! I had the image in my head of what I wanted it to look like and it was white, but not shiny white. I didn’t want it to be shiny, that was my biggest fear. So I started with a white chalk paint and mixed 1/4 paint with 3/4 water. I used a heavy duty paint brush. I started at the top, next to the ceiling because I knew it was going to be runny. I started by painting a small section and then taking a damp cloth and dabbing off the excess.

Here goes nothing!!

At this point I was getting nervous because it DID NOT have the look I was hoping for!!

First coat is complete!! At this point I decided I didn’t want it quite this flat. So I went to the basement to my paint stash and found some white semi-gloss wall paint. I had about 1/4 of my chalk paint mixture left and poured the semi-gloss wall paint in with it. Then I added water to get it back to the consistency I needed. (Basically like the consistency of heavy whipping cream) And here goes nothing, I was going in for a second coat!! The entire time I was thinking, my husband is going to hate it as soon as he walks in!!

I started going over the stones and decided not to dab off the excess on the second coat and I liked it so much better!! The chalk paint mixed with semi-gloss gave it the perfect look! Not too flat, not too shiny!! Also, I did not do a second coat on the grout. I wanted it to be darker than the stone.

ALL DONE!! And it turned out exactly how I pictured it in my mind!!!

I am so beyond happy with the way it turned out!!! It brightens up the room so much and I am just in love!!!

My biggest tip for you, if this is the look your going for, is to mix white chalk paint with white semi-gloss wall paint. And don’t waste your time dabbing off the excess! It was way prettier without doing that step.

If you have any questions that I didn’t answer feel free to send me a message on here or on IG!

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

Welcome to my Home!

Hi! Let me start by saying, I am so thankful you are here!! My name is Rebecca Boothe and I was born and raised in Alabama. I am married to my high school sweetheart (cliche I know, but it’s true). We got married at 20, bought our first home at 21 (where we still live) and had our first daughter at 22. Another daughter followed 4 years later, then our precious little caboose came 3 years after that, giving us a total of 3 daughters! I absolutely love everything about having daughters, even the drama and fighting! I work in a family practice office in our town and I have been there since I was 19. My husband is a survey drafter and he has been with his company for 15 years. My husband traveled for the first 13 years of our relationship and just within the last 2 years has stopped traveling! It is so nice to finally have a husband home every night!!

I love all things antique and started antiquing with my Dad as a pre-teen. I walked into my first antique store and fell instantly in love. There is just something about finding a treasure with so much history! My favorite type of antique stores are the really cluttered ones where you could go daily and still not see everything! That thrill of finding something that someone else didn’t see is just so fun!! I love to incorporate antiques and family heirlooms into my decor. I love to decorate with color. I know I know, neutrals are the cool thing and don’t get me wrong they are beautiful! But I love color!! I love cool earth tones and pastels. And did I mention I LOVE ANTIQUES!!!

When we bought our home in 2006 it was a one owner. The same man had owned our house since it was built in 1978 and had pretty much left everything as is, which left for a very outdated home. The problem was, we were 21 and newlyweds so money was tight. I quickly learned how to decorate on a budget. It is so funny to think back now and compare my decor style then to my style today. Totally different ends of the spectrum!! Isn’t it funny how our tastes change as we get older? But my goal back then was to make my home beautiful and inviting without spending a ton of money and it was so fun. Now that our kids are a little older and money isn’t so tight we are finally starting to update our house one project at a time. I can’t wait to share our home and ideas with you!! Thank you so much for being here and taking the time to read my first ever blog post!!!

~Becca~