This year instead of braving the crowds and shopping, I decided to stay home. But being me I had a hard time just resting on the couch. So I started a few DIY projects.
One of the many things I love about the holidays is having the time to catch up on some To Dos on my list. When I was teaching it was so easy for me to say I’ll make that a summer project and put it off. But then sometimes those projects don’t get done. I like to be productive. Don’t get me wrong I love to relax but sometimes I have the energy to do more. This year I decided to update a few pieces in my house.
I love making my home reflect me! But this happens slowly over time. I’ve also noticed my style and decor changes as time goes by, making updates to my home desirable. I decided to take a few items, furniture, frames, etc, and do a little painting. Right now I’m leaning towards a white vintage look in my house. I have lots of pieces with color that needed updated to cream white.
After deciding what pieces to update I then went through all my supplies on hand.
I have at least a dozen paint samples in white, cream, and gray. So I researched a few homemade chalk recipes.
The one I used was super easy! And it dried fast and worked perfect for my projects.
Here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup Plaster of Paris
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup paint
It was so easy to mix it all together. So easy in fact it took me longer to find the Plaster of Paris in the store then mix it. And truthfully when it ran low I just added a little more paint and it wasn’t a problem.
After painting I took a little sand paper to rub of some of the paint to give it a little warn look. There is no rhyme or reason to how I do this, aside from focusing on areas that would normally get more ware. The corners and edges are the best to sand paper to get the look I like.
After this I simply added a dark wax then a clear wax to seal it all. I add the wax lightly with a brush, last I buffer the wax with an old cloth to blend it into the paint.
I love an easy Do It Yourself project!