chalk paint: discourse and 2nd project

I am back.   I have just returned from exhibiting in the Designer section at the Winter Craft and Hobby Show in Anaheim, CA, and have come home with quite a few new products to play with.  I can also proudly say that I won “Favorite Booth Display” in the Designer showcase, so many thanks to all who voted.

As promised, I’d like to talk a bit more about Chalk Paint. I stumbled upon it while researching materials (a favorite past time) and was so enamored with it’s praises that after gathering info in the morning, by that afternoon I had mixed my own and was ready to paint. I am not an expert on this paint by any means, and I am not always so quick to jump in, But I see a future full of possibilities. I had mentioned that there are 2 commercially available brands, Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, and Ce Ce Caldwells. Annie is based in England, Ce Ce in Michigan. There are retailers nation wide that offer the brands along with workshops, which I think is one of the most exciting ways to learn anything new. And you can always order on line. The advantage to the available chalk paints is if you are not comfortable mixing color, they have beautiful palettes and are always adding new colors. And, a single gallon can go a long way. However, if you have any experience at all as a painter, and you are in fact comfortable with creating your own colors, than mixing it yourself with the recipe I shared is a terrific economical alternative. The implications of a paint that adhere’s to just about anything, (wood, walls, glass, cement and ceramic surfaces), and requires virtually no preparation of the item to be painted is enormous. I have just moved from a very large space to a very small space. Thus I am challenged daily with creating a functional home and studio from my new (teeny) little bungalow with a view of the ocean. The daunting task of painting stained wood trim in my bedroom all but disappeared once I discovered chalk paint. All I have to do is tape off the trim, paint over it with a light colored chalk paint, and either seal it with wax, or continue and paint with the proper enamel trim coat. My Kitchen, which is in dire need of being completely redone, will be transformed temporarily by chalk paint. I can paint over the wall paper and the wood stained cabinets, and it will be at least tolerable, not to mention, it will help in the final design decision making.


before and after



I have had this shelf unit for years. The colors weren’t working in the new space. I apologize for the less than perfect photo of the “after”, my camera died, my phone is filling in till the new one arrives.

I will be back soon of course to share the the process of this second chalk paint furniture project.

it’s me, viv

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