Three things for your Monday morning. One…90s music is SOOOOOO much better than today’s new hits. I mean c’mon…90s Britney vs today’s Britney? Or Katy Perry vs the Spice Girls? No contest. Two…winter needs to be over with a capital “O”. But alas…we’re still stuck in single digits and below. And three…magnetic wall paint is AWFUL! These three things are obviously my opinions, so feel free to disagree. Actually, I welcome disagreement. Anyone up for arguing Pearl Jam vs Imagine Dragons? I’m game. But that last point…about magnetic wall paint…let’s discuss my recent experiences…when we put in a combo magnet/chalkboard wall in our kitchen:
In case you’re just joining us (welcome), we recently built in our refrigerator and installed a pull out baking pantry, leaving this side of the refrigerator built-in wall blank. Perfect spot for a combo magnetic wall/chalkboard wall. I dreamed of the combo since I’m THAT person who refuses to hang anything on her beautiful as is stainless steel refrigerator. I did hang Christmas cards there this winter but was sweating bullets the entire time dreading the thought of the refrigerator getting scratched with those heavy duty magnets. So when I came across the Rustoleum magnetic wall paint I was sold! Magnet wall here I come (or so I thought…foreshadowing say what?!).
In retrospect, I probably should have read some reviews or did a little research about magnetic paint but I was jumping in full force. Hindsight is 20/20 right?! So what was so awful with the paint?! One…it didn’t work as I wanted it to. After four coats of just magnetic paint a heavy duty magnet barely staid on the wall. No way would it ever hold something to the wall. Two…oh the stink-age!!! I kid you not I thought I was going to die while painting that wall. In fact, my running commentary during the project went something like this, “Colby…I’m dying! The smell…it’s so bad…I feel faint! THUNK! I’m dead now! Babe…come here and Snow White me and bring me back to life.” And three…it’s not the easiest paint to work with. Enter photo exhibit A:
See that chunk? That’s a magnetic parts chunk. I couldn’t stir the stuff in the can since it was not only full to the brim but literally a solid chunk of metal at the bottom of the can. So I dumped it in a paint tray and stirred…FORRRREEEVVVVVVER! It took alot of stirring to even out the consistency and get the paint to a point where I could whip out my mini foam roller and start rolling it on the wall. Needless to say, in the end I not only scrapped the magnet wall project but also my paint tray and mini roller (foam part, handle and all) since the stuff also stuck to everything and didn’t
play clean up nicely.
Moving onward to my trusty ol’ chalkboard paint (who saved the day by the way):
I love that stuff. I’ve used it on a couple of mini chalkboard projects in the past and still had half of a can left so I could take our refrigerator built-in side from drab:
To slightly more fab after painting and adding a bit of trim around the edge for a more finished look. Ignore the beam progress. We’ve got about 8,000 kitchen projects going on simultaneously.
And boom….finished, trimmed out chalkboard wall in the kitchen. I didn’t get any good “in progress” shots of the process since I was too busy cursing the day that magnetic wall paint was invented. But all I did was use a mini foam roller to roll on two thin and even coats of chalkboard paint right over the also black magnetic wall paint.
Here’s the wall from another angle….along with a finished beam…but more on that another day.
The last step in the chalkboard wall project was seasoning the wall. I have to admit, I’ve never done this before with other chalkboard projects but I’ve heard through the
grapevine blogosphere that it’s helpful. All it takes to season your board is smearing chalk all over the board.
I may have gone a little overboard…note the dust buster on the floor.
And wipe the whole thing down.
And from there, feel free to chalk away! I just slapped up a quick “Welcome to our beautiful mess” free hand message. It seemed appropriate at the time since most weekends we spend it destroying our house via projects and then spend the rest of the week putting it all back together again. It’s like we live in a Humpty Dumpty house. But I envision switching up the message seasonally or whenever I feel like it. Maybe even make it fancier.
Oh…and this was Colby’s contribution to the chalkboard wall art:
Goose’s food and water dishes sit right in front of the wall so it seemed appropriate to add what’s on Goose’s menu…a consistent helping of “foods”. I don’t know what I’m more concerned about….that we have horrible grammar when talking to our dog (ie…”Goose, we got you new foods” or “Goose, you want some lunch-es-essss” or my personal favorite “Goose, let’s go do some business-essss”) or that we talk to our dog on a regular basis and sometimes think he understands us.
Pssst…I’m curious, has anyone else ever played around with magnetic wall paint? Did you have a better experience than I did? Did I just do something wrong?!
This past Sunday, when I should have been making the Pioneer Woman’s queso fundido, picking out just the right beer at the local craft beer store, and bunkering down to watch the Super Bowl with Colby, I spent my day working on a little project for our master bedroom. And I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if my mom was here, and I showed her what I did, I’m pretty sure her reaction would be something along the lines of “well…it’s interesting”. My mom is totally conservative when it comes to home decor and I’m totally not. In fact, lately I’ve felt that our master bedroom was a little on the bland side. Well folks, not anymore! Helloooooo accent wall!
We stenciled a little accent wall in our master bedroom behind a pair of Ikea dressers, which I also started impulsively painting. But more on that later. Let’s talk stenciling a bit.
Just before Christmas time when all hell was breaking loose in the Etsy shop and I was pulling out my hair trying to keep up with sales demand, I was contacted by the lovely folks at Royal Design Studio Stencils about doing a stencil review. You mean I get to try one of those gorgeous stencils I’ve been drooling over for months for free?! All I have to do is write about it and share my experience with my people?! Um…sold! I have to admit, I’ve never stenciled anything before and was a bit nervous. Although I have watched my mom do it several times, does that count for something?! My stencil of choice, the Rockin’ Roses Damask Stencil. Swoon!
Have you guys seen Joy Cho’s living room done by Emily Henderson? I loved that accent wall. Like wanna make out with it love it. So I envisioned an accent wall similar to that in the nook of our master bedroom. I didn’t have extra wads of cash kicking around so in lieu of the fancy metallic wallpaper, this stencil was a cheaper alternative with a similar vibe. So away went our dressers and off to work we went.
And the paint color of choice? Copper Kettle Stencil Cream. Meow.
The stencil came with some basic instructions which was great for a novice like me. The general consensus with the play by play was to start at the ceiling. The ceiling part is super visible but where the stencil meets the baseboards is often hidden by furniture or masked with baskets, bins, etc. Also included with my allover wall stencil was a ceiling stencil that was just one row of the pattern and easily matched up with the giant stencil.
I’m going on the record now to preapologize for the poor quality of “in action” shots and general lack of “in action” shots. I had a case of Edwardian Copper Hands, distant cousin of Edward Scissor Hands, which made for quick snapshots a little difficult without getting copper paint all over the camera. Colby tried to help…photography isn’t his strong suit. He…is…man. Man…build…things…with…hands. Man…no…camera…need. (That totally makes more sense if you say it aloud with a caveman voice).
So back to stenciling. The beauty of an allover wall stencil is that they’re cut out so you can easily overlap the stencil with what you just finished stenciling to repeat the pattern. So I worked my way down from the ceiling and off to the sides, one stencil section at a time. I liked working right to left. I felt I didn’t smudge the paint as much that way but I’m sure it’s a personal preference kind of thing.
As for the general “how I did it”, I kind of winged it. I had tried out this paint at the Haven Conference, and the general idea is to dip your brush in the paint (I was using the 2″ overall stencil brush), remove the excess with a rag, and work the paint into your stencil in a circular motion. I nixed the rag and just tapped off the excess paint on a piece of cardstock paper.
And just kind of tapped/rubbed the paint onto the stencil/wall.
I did find I was getting a bit of bleed through rubbing the paint into the wall so I started doing a bit more tapping straight down onto the wall. I blame part of this on the fact that this wall is nothing close to straight, even and level. Hash tag old home problems. This is where I could have benefit from using a temporary, stencil spray adhesive to help hold the stencil to the wall securely. Live and learn. But I powered through and finished the bulk of the wall in a couple of hours.
The easy part was done. Next up…the trickier cutting in parts along the baseboards, other walls, slanted ceiling, and regular old ceiling. This is when I started cursing the day that I decided to stencil an accent wall in the tiniest, most angular area of our home.
We learned quickly that we needed to protect the other walls from the stencil so before cutting in the corners we slapped up some painters’ tape. We also learned that four hands were easier than two for the corner parts, so Colby helped hold the stencil and fold it into the corner while I stenciled away. This was another case of spray adhesive would have been helpful. We also opted to tape a border around the stencil area so we didn’t have to stencil right into the corner, which was a bit tricky. I’m not gonna lie, I kind of regret the border and there’s a good chance I’m going to fix it this weekend. Blurry pic #2 of the post:
Just hours before kickoff and the beginnings of one serious Super Bowl beat down, the stenciled nook was finished. We moved the dressers back into our room and the space was looking a bit like this:
Loved the wall, didn’t necessarily love the particle board, faux pine, Ikea dressers in front of the wall. I just wasn’t feeling the faux pine/copper combo.
That’s when I impulsively started painting the dressers with Annie Sloan’s Pure White Chalk Paint. White went so much better with the copper rose wall than faux pine.
In the effort of full disclosure, I just barely started painting the dressers. They kind of look like this right now:
Cropping can be a beautiful, beautiful thing.
Let’s zoom in shall we?! So you can see our uneven wall a bit. Thank goodness the dressers hide that wonky part of the wall.
As for the next steps in our room makeover, we’re totally in that “the middle makes no sense” phase of the room, as Sherry from Young House Love would say. There is some serious crazy going on in here that needs to be fixed. Like red nightstand, yellow lampshade, mismatched lamp shades and nightstands, missing flooring, unfinished closet, and so…much…more. Ack! And the mirror finish…I’m not quite sure it really goes with the new copper wall.
But I feel like we’re heading down the right direction and things are coming together quite nicely all thanks to a copper rose wall. I’m hoping to finish painting the dressers by the end of the weekend, which should help them tie into the nook a bit better. And I also have some nightstand plans, lighting plans, and bedding plans coming down the pipe. So many exciting things going on in our bedroom (mind out of the gutter people…I repeat…mind out of the gutter).
Pssst….HUGE thank you shout out to Royal Design Studio Stencils for sponsoring this little post and sending me free supplies to make some magic stenciling in our master bedroom. We really appreciate it and LOVED our experience using your products. Thank you, thank you!
A long, long time ago,
I can still remember, how that music used to make me smile we bought a tractor seat stool at Home Goods. It was an impromptu purchase while on a Vermont road trip because when you see a tractor seat stool, you buy it. Those are the rules. No exceptions. But alas, the tractor seat stool was red which isn’t necessarily my favorite color…not even close…I’m more of a blue girl. But I left it red until the Etsy work space evolved a little bit more. But now…that tractor seat stool is sporting a brand new turquoise coat.
After a bit of color debate, I opted to paint the stool the same turquoise color as the cage light fixture that we made last week, which happens to be leftover paint from our media cabinet in the living room. Nothing like a little color synergy in the space. But my favorite part of the stool’s new paint color, is how cute it looks with the coral curtains. I’m a sucker for coral/turquoise color combos. It gets my insides all tingly ever time.
But remember where we were just a few-ish weeks ago? Red stool with green/yellow curtains. Oh my. Not so great.
Painting the stool was one of those super quick and super easy projects that provides a big impact. As for the how we did it portion of this program, it was our regular old spray painting song and dance. The stool was metal with a super glossy finish. So I prepped the stool by wiping it down with a liquid deglosser, which magically scuffs up the finish without sanding AND cleans the surface all in one step. Then prepped our paint sprayer for painting.
We’ve hit the one year mark on our paint sprayer (a Graco 2900 purchased from Lowes…you can read our review on it back here) and I have to admit, we’ve been having words. Strong words. Like the kind you yell at the dog after he ate an entire plate of freshly grilled bbq chicken (been there). Fightin’ words. I’m kind of wishing we had upgraded the paint sprayer to the next model up, the one where you don’t have to water down your paint. And it’s been a clog monster lately. Live and learn. At least a clog saved Colby from being spray painted a lovely turquoise color.
Next step, spray time. After I worked by Goldilocks skills with the water to paint ratio until I got the perfect consistency of not too runny but not too thick to clog the sprayer, I layered on about four thin and even coats of paint. Three coats almost covered up the red, but not quite so a fourth was needed.
I’m a big fan of spray painting outside by putting down a scrap piece of plywood or some cardboard in the lawn and plopping my spray painting piece down on top of it. It’s so much easier to tackle these kind of projects outside. Then you can leave them out there to fully dry and harden before taking them in. Sadly, our spray painting days are numbered. See the leaves in the yard? Spray painting season is drawing to a close as the temps are dropping and winter is looming. My spray painting trigger finger is officially un-itchy…and gloved.
After a couple days of dry time, the stool returned to the Etsy office space and I happily plopped by butt into the turquoise seat. Such a happy tushy!
As for what’s next in the Etsy office? I’ve got a few decorating/organizing projects up my sleeve. My favorite kinds of projects, the little ones that add some depth, layer, and texture to the room. The kind that really make a space unique and give it some character. Stay tuned.
Pssst…While we were spray painting away this weekend, what were you guys up to? Any painting projects? Organizing? Halloween prep work? Man…Halloween is sooooo soon. I’m officially not ready!
My current obsession these days has been all about the industrial look. Who would have thunk it?! Especially since I work full time in industrial distribution. What I’ve REALLY been jonesing after have been all those gorgeous cage lights. I love an old school looking, exposed light bulb, and those colorful trouble-light-esque cages surrounding the bulb. But the prices?! Have I mentioned that I’m cheap? Like a Ramen noodles every night kind of cheap?! Okay, maybe not that cheap, maybe more like thrifty. So when it came time to light fixture up in the Etsy office, I jumped on the cage light band wagon and DIY-ed my own version which cost a whopping $11.
And before you can truly appreciate the after of our gorgeous cage light, here’s the before.
We call those lights “pig tail lights” and we tend to install them as a temporary light fixture while we’re working on ceilings (sheet rocking, mudding, or painting them) since they stay out of the way. But temporary in this space has turned into a seven-month long lighting solution that had to go.
So when I came across a wire basket for $1 at our local thrift store, I absolutely couldn’t resist. From the moment my eyes fell upon it, I couldn’t help but think, “CAGE LIGHT”!
I had precisely zero point zero idea of how I was going to do it, but was adamant that it was going to turn into one sick light fixture! So I dragged the hubs to Home Depot for an all out search and
destroy purchase mission for a lighting kit of some sort that we could attach the wire basket to. We almost came home with pendant kit until we came across this perfect little shade holder kit for a whopping $6.
So home we came to get to work. The first order of business was attacking the basket. We had to cut the bottom of the basket out to make room for the light bulb and light kit to stick through it. Nothing a pair of wire snips couldn’t handle. We just traced the light socket onto the basket and cut away, making sure the opening we cut out was centered on the basket.
And took the light fixture for a little test run before painting up.
Then out came some left over oil rubbed bronze spray paint leftover from painting a slew of doorknobs in our house. I wasn’t totally digging the white, flush mount part of the light fixture so it had to go. My original intention was to paint it a a silvery color, but alas, I didn’t have any. And since there was plenty of ORB (oil rubbed bronze) to go around we gave the light a little ORB-ing.
And while we were at it, three a little turquoise paint into our paint sprayer and sprayed the cage as well. After both light fixture pieces were spray painted and thoroughly dry, our next step was assembly. Since we were fully on board with the work-with-what-ya-got train and were plum out of plain old wire, we used some flux (typically used for soldering) to attach the light base to the cage shade.
There were three holes in the light fixture base that was meant for attaching the light shade to. So we just snipped off a piece of flux, looped it through the whole, and twisted it around the wire cage using a pair of needle nosed pliers.
And voila…a somewhat assembled, DIY cage light fixture.
That was the easy part. The hard part…installation. After a short battle that I coined “Battle Royale: Colby vs. Light Fixture” (super creative, I know), Colby installed the light fixture. For some reason, the screws that were provided with the fixture weren’t the right size. I guess that’s what you get with a cheap light fixture. But after a couple beers, a few swear words, some new to me, the light fixture was in.
Since the light bulb was totally exposed, I couldn’t just throw any ol’ light bulb in it. I really wanted one of those Edison bulbs but since Home Depot didn’t have any Edison bulbs I settled for the next best thing, a cabinet display bulb.
And done. One DIY cage light fixture for our Etsy office space.
I know it’s hard to tell in these pics since the sun was setting and I was trying to squeak out these pics before losing all light, not just the good light, but I’m loving how the turquoise in the light fixture goes so well with the turquoise in the recently installed shelves. I’m loving the turquoise/green/coral color combo so much that I’m seriously debating spray painting the tractor seat stool the same turquoise color. Thoughts? Good idea? Too much turquoise? Is there such thing as too much turquoise?
Pssst…So I know that’s I’ve been totally MIA these days, but I swear there are good reasons. BIG announcement coming soon along those lines. I can’t wait to share it with you!
If there was such thing as “Blogger Scouts” I would totally be getting my “Annie Sloan Chalk Painting” badge for my inaugural chalk painting experience, making over our living room end table. Not bad for a first timer, huh?!
The old end table was in rough shape but still a keeper. I’m pretty sure it’s the one piece of furniture that I let Colby keep from his “pre-Angie” years. Well, technically he bought it about six months into our then infant relationship. It was a yard sale find at the neighbor’s house at my old apartment in Bangor. It was well worth the $5 price tag. But I wasn’t feeling the color in comparison to the other furniture pieces in the living room. I envisioned it a vision in white…not rough looking dark stained.
Ever since Haven, I’ve been dying to try out chalk paint. So I figured the side table would be the perfect piece to try my hand at it. It wasn’t a precious piece or a large piece, and would be the perfect project for my first go at chalk paint. Just in case I screw it up. So I whipped out the Annie Sloan chalk paint color chart, picked out “Pure White”, and trekked down to the closest Annie Sloan Chalk Paint retailer to us down in Nobleboro to pick up the paint.
Not only did I pick up the chalk paint but also some white wax from Miss Mustard Seed’s paint line. The one rule to working with chalk paint is that you have to seal it in the end and you do that with the wax.
Here comes “Angie’s beginner guide to working with chalk paint”. You’re gonna want to write this down. Slap on some paint, slap on another coat of paint, distress away. That’s it.
This is the beauty of working with chalk paint. You don’t have to worry about smoothing it out real nice or if you’re getting visible brush stroke lines, or if you’re dripping just a little bit. You don’t even have to sand or prep the work surface other than a little cleaning. It’s soooo quick and easy to use. The type A personality in me had a hard time not painting carefully and evenly since that’s what I’ve pretty much been trained, as a type A personality, to do. But once I let my hair down…ooooh eeeeeh, watch out!
I literally slapped on two coats of paint using a regular old paint brush (no need to buy those fancy chalk painting brushes) and then after it dried, sanded the whole piece of furniture down since I was going for that distressed look. I started by hitting all the high areas…like the edges, ridges around the table legs, etc. The beauty of chalk paint…if you mess up a little and sand too much off, just layer on some more paint and try again! Layers of paint blend seamlessly together.
For our Etsy shop, we offer white painted distressed iPad stands. Distressing chalk paint is officially one thousand times easier than distressing latex paint. The chalk paint finish is nice and soft, easily manipulated with a piece of sand paper, and just flakes off in a cloud of dust. The latex however, requires extra sanding oomph and often clumps when coming off.
The final step of our Annie Sloan chalk painting adventure…the wax.
There are several wax or finishing possibilities out there including different wax shades (clear, white, dark) and oils (like hemp oil). But after trying a few samples at Haven, I was sold on Miss Mustard Seed’s furniture wax. I liked the color, it’s ease of use, and the durable furniture finish it gave to chalk painted pieces.
Using the wax was equally simple as using the chalk paint. It was a matter of using a clean rag to wipe the wax onto the piece of furniture.
I ended up going over the entire piece twice, waiting a few minutes in between coats for dry time, to make sure I waxed all the spaces I needed to. In total, sanding AND waxing took a whopping 30 minutes to finish.
After about an hour of dry time, I moved the
beer holder end table back into it’s rightful position next to Colby’s “spot” on the couch. #thegoodwife
And soaked in the beauty of how the refreshed white end table plays off the breezy, white curtains with wood toned blinds. The living room is really starting to go down the beach cottage road. Oh…who I am kidding, we’re so far down that road we’re just about ready to turn back. Modern bohemian look time anyone?
Here’s a closer view of the end table so you can really see the distressed edges on the legs and table surface.
You know how when you’re slowly working on morphing a room into something just a bit more cohesive and more you? And you have that ugly thing? Then you make the ugly thing not so ugly or replace it with something oh so perfect? And then something else turns into the ugly thing?
The end table used to be that ugly thing in our living room…until I painted it. Now it’s a toss up among the too-small-and-ridiculously-dirty rug, the yellow toned coffee table, or the pink-coduroy-like-hand-me-down chairs. Me thinks a new rug is in order, the coffee table is also getting a white painting makeover, and those chairs are getting slip covered (with drop cloths perhaps?!). But now that I have the chalk paint itch (not to be confused with other not-so-pleasant itches), that coffee table just might be next on my list. Or refinishing those 11 porch windows we started but have still yet to finish. Doh!
Pssst…Have you guys tried chalk paint? Did you love it? Hate it? Do tell! And does it make you want to paint everything in your house with it? Dog included? Oh Goose…..here Goose-ie, Goose-ie, Goose-ie!