For quite some time now I’ve been hearing all about the wonders of chalk paint. I have several older pieces around my home, that were in need of some attention…you know the kind…not cool enough to be antiques, just old and beat up. 😉 In a search for more information about this amazing paint, I stumbled across Peinture Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. I decided that since I was going to embark on painting furniture that might actually be seen by a few people, it might be worth while to take a class and get some tips before I just started painting like a crazy lady. 😉 I signed up for one of their beginning painting classes on a Saturday from 11am-4pm. We each brought a small piece of furniture that we wanted to transform and all other supplies were provided.
It was the cutest shop! Not only were there awesome painted pieces, but there were SO many cute antiques!
My favorite part of the shop was the amazing chair wall. There are 30 some color of Annie Sloan paint and the chair wall serves as a sample wall of sorts, so you can see what all the colors look like once painted and dried. Incredible!
It was hard to pick a color…they were all so fabulous. But I decided on a neutral French Linen since I knew I wanted to decorate it will all kinds of color. 🙂
How cute is that painted concrete floor? Love it!
I’m so glad that I decided to take a class! In my typical “I don’t have a whole lot of patience and just want to get it done” style, I would have never known what a difference little things like working with nice brushes makes. While I don’t feel like I learned anything earth shattering, I do feel like I picked up tips that helped me create smoother finishes and get an overall more professional look on my finished pieces. 🙂
It did take me the complete 5 hours to finish my table. (although we did take a 90 minute lunch break to let things dry.) I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth the finish is. We did two coats and finished with a clear wax. I added some dark wax to add some dimension and depth to the piece and I’m really happy with how it turned out. All of those techniques were covered in the class, and I have seen similar things on You Tube, so if you’re dying to try Chalk Paint but would love a couple of pointers before you begin, that would be a great place to start!
And the finished piece?
What do you think? I can’t wait to show you what it looks like styled in my house!
Have a great day!