Friday, July 31, 2015

White Washed

Recently, I found out that referring my paint recipe as "chalk paint" was actually an infringement on a trademark owned by Annie Sloan. I do not want to step on toes and meant no disrespect-I did edit blog posts where I wrongly used that term.

So, I made up some of my favorite plaster-of-paris paint that I am just going to call "pop" paint. I used it to paint the lamps and believe it or not 2 cups of paint goes a long way.

Painted lamps and picture frame.

I looked around at my piles of stuff to do to see what would benefit from a little freshening up.



I started with this cute little chest. It was my mom's. I used it for a while to keep tea packets in. The country cranberry color was not my style, though. When I decided to paint it I found a sticker on the bottom that said not to keep food items in it!  I ended up throwing out like a hundred tea bags. I have not yet grown a third eye or developed any strange rash but if I do I am pointing to my potentially tainted tea bags.



I gave it a coat of paint.  While that was drying I looked around for something else to paint because there was still paint left. I found a picture frame that needed a coat or two. In the catagory of "I have too many of these things" is empty picture frames. (The other things are pottery and fabric.......and unfinished projects.) Don't judge.

This is what is left of my cleaned out fabric stash, Oooo!

Okay, that's drying so I went back to the chest and gave it a second coat.

I still have paint! What else?

I bought this about a year ago at the Vintage Peacock. I did not know what I was going to do with it. I thought to maybe hang it over a doorway or in a wall grouping; perhaps over a window as a valance....I wasn't sure but I just liked it!



Looking at the pediment on top of Anita's bookcase at Cedar Hill Farmhouse and reading comments from people who were giving their opinions inspired me to paint it.

I dry-brushed it with my pop paint and let it dry. Dry brushing is not an accurate science, Simply dip your brush in paint then wipe most of it off onto a paper towel or craft paper. What is left on the brush is what you will paint with. Make your strokes light and sweeping. You don't want to see stop and start points. Let it dry, you can come back to it if you want more paint on the piece.

The frame got a second coat. The chest got it's drawer pulls put back on.

I searched my tool chest and the basement workbench for L-brackets and my handy-dandy screw gun. By the time I came back upstairs everything was dry. I attached the L-brackets to the back of the carved wood piece. I took it into the dining room and mounted it to the ceiling to top off my built in shelves. (Originally, I built them -all by myself- for our classroom and now they hold serving pieces.)



Painted chest-empty for now.


All this and I still had about 1/2 cup of pop paint! I couldn't find anything else to paint so I ended up tossing the rest out. Very sad, I know but I can make more....and you know I will!


Linking Up
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Party Time!

33 comments:

  1. Love all that you did here and that pediment is gorgeous. Visiting from Pieced Pastimes. Cathy

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. Glad you stopped by and thank you for letting me know who sent you over!

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  2. Your shelves and pediment look great, I have to give your pop paint a try. We'd love to have you share with us.
    Patti

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    1. Hi Patti, thanks for coming over. Here is the link where I shared my go-to recipe for plaster-of-paris paint. http://whileilinger.blogspot.com/2015/05/media-storage.html . I found it somewhere on pinterest long ago.

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  3. This looks wonderful! The architectural detail topping it off is an inspired addition. Linda

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    1. Linda, glad you came by. Thank you for the the kind words. Have a great day!

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  4. I love everything you painted and looks so nice. Thanks for joining and sharing this at our Cooking & Crafting with J & J this week.

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    1. Thank you for hosting and for poppin' over!

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  5. Nice! All of those painting projects really do make things "pop." Your house looks so inviting!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and kind words!

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  6. Jolena,
    I adore the transformation this paint made to your accessories, dear one!!!
    Love your display on the open shelving!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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    1. Thanks for visiting with me, Pat and for the gracious compliments.

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  7. I love all of these ideas! How neat! I've always loved White! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. White makes everything look clean! Thanks for hosting and stopping over.

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  8. I did not realize that about chalk paint either. I have used both Annie Sloan and made my own with plaster of Paris and I just referred to it as homemade chalk paint. Guess I'll have to be more careful. I love the architectural piece added to the top of the shelf. I always pick up pieces like this. The lamp and the little cubbies look sweet as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Jann, glad for your visit and kind words. I was in a store that has sold Annie Sloan's paint for many years and the retailer there was telling someone else about the "Chalk Paint" trademark. I marched right over to one of the cans of paint and sure enough there is a little trademark symbol after the name. I was shocked and feeling a major uh-oh as I thought about my blog. I will be sure to pop over to your party this week! Thank you for adding me to the party!

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  9. One word - beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your post with us at the Brag About It link party! Looking so forward to seeing more posts from you!

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    1. Thanks for hosting and for the visit, Laurie!

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  10. That spot looks fantastic! I love the shelves and that architectural fragment is perfect.

    Pop paint sounds great to me but you can say chalk paint to us. :)

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    1. Thanks, Stacy and thanks for the visit!

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  11. Love how all of your painting projects turned out. I'm in the same boat with you on having too many unfinished projects. So many ideas, so little time!! Oh, and I had no idea about the chalk paint issue--I know many bloggers who have referred to it as homemade chalk paint. Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

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    1. Hi Amanda! Thanks for stopping over and for hosting at Merry Monday! The paint thing was a shock to me! Who knew?!

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  12. A little paint sure goes a long way and makes a huge difference. Love all your painted projects! Thank you for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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    1. Thank you for paying me a visit, Betsy! Glad you liked the post. Thanks for the kind words and for hosting the party.

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  13. I love the pediment over your shelves--really neat!

    I, too, make my own paint with plaster of paris or calcium carbonate. I mix my paint in an old butter tub or such and just put the lid on any leftovers. I've used it months later with great results--if it gets a little thick, you can always thin it with a little water. I hate to waste it and it's handy to have to pull out for a quick makeover project!

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    1. Thanks for the information! I will have to try to remember that. I have kept paint for a week or two but always worried it about mold or something if it went beyond that. I will keep it longer next time-if I have leftovers. Thanks for dropping by!

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  14. Beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing such amazing creations to our party. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm because we LOVE to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thanks for the visit and the pin, Kimberly!

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  15. Hi Jolena! Sorry for being so late in letting you know that you are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty party at The Dedicated House. We are in the final push for getting Little Dedicated ready for school. Anyhoo, here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/08/the-sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty_16.html Have a great evening! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Hi Kathryn! I am honored that this made it to the Sunday Showcase. Thanks for hosting!

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  16. The carved wood piece is so unique and looks fabulous dry brushed. Love the little apothecary shelf too.

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    1. Thanks for stopping over, AnnMarie! Just got back from seeing your visit to my neck of the woods.

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  17. Hi Jolena! I wanted to let you know the Weekly Feature Series is live in which your post is being featured. Sorry for the delay in letting you know. It's the first week of school and I'm super behind. Anyhoo, thank you for joining in my parties! Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/08/weekly-feature-series_24.html Have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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