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Sunday, August 4, 2013

"Blah" Bookcase gets a new life!

If you follow my blog, you know I take no prisoners when it comes to painting with Milk Paint.  I really do love the stuff.

My daughter in law has been bitten with the bug as well.  I haven't gotten pictures of the changes we have made in their home, but I promise I will soon.

Back at ChukaDi Acres I have been busy slinging paint.  In a past blog, I covered the back of our built in bookcase with fabric. (Small Change to a built in bookshelf)
 I was pretty happy with myself on that little change, but it still needed more.  I  set and watch TV in the evening, and look at the book case.

We have a very large black entertainment center that is pretty close to the bookcase.  I have looked at the way the molding comes into play with the bookcase.  Exactly how I was going to paint this had finally come to light.

After Chalk Paint 
Before Chalk Paint

I used the CeCe Caldwell Milk Paint on the built in desk, and was so happy with the color, I decided to do the same on the bookcase.

I am telling you, it is such an easy task.  The paint is really so easy and wonderful to use.  I let it dry overnight, and today I put a clear coat of wax on it.  It is now finished, and I think it really changed the look of an 'oh so "blah" bookcase.  I am very happy with the way the rock on the fireplace blends into the color I chose.

I will be interested in your thoughts, and I also want to know if you have been busy painting as well.  What is your next project!!??

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Painting with Chalk Paint again!

"Old and out dated"
Time to start a new project.  We have a built in desk in our 1980's house. You know the one...everyone that has a home built in this era has one.  Well, it is time for a change.  Me and my trusty "Chalk" paint have a date to make some changes to this bad boy.

I have been procrastinating getting started on this, and I don't even know why.  I don't mind painting with this paint, as it is so easy to clean up.  I am using one of my favorites.  CeCe Caldwells Myrtle Beach Beige.  I am wanting a not too white look so it blends well with the tile in the kitchen.

New and bright 

Two coats later, I am ready to do a light distress on it and then I finish with clear wax.  I have found that Johnson's paste wax works really well, and since I had some at the house, I chose to use it.

I went with different pulls..none match!  

I am so happy with the finished product.  I also spruced it up with a few new pulls from my local Hobby Lobby.  They were running their 1/2 off discount on the pulls, so that made the project even more fun.  I love a bargain!!!

Bottom pulls are matching

I thought the new pulls would be a breeze to put on, but when an existing pull is on the 3" screw holes and the new ones (made in China) are 3-1/4" it takes a little longer, as you have to wallow out the hole a bit.  After about an hour of carefully making the holes a little wider, I accomplished my new desk.

Lighting is on, but will be changing very soon.

I have another built in that is in the living room, that is about to get painted as well.  I will take pictures when I am finished with it!!!!  So, what have you painted lately??  Nothing, you say....well, get busy.  Try the wonderful world of chalk and milk paints, you will love them.

Can you see that outdated under counter light? 

PS....As I look at the pictures, I think I need to get rid of the very old under counter light that I can see in this picture.  Just another little detail to make this project just right!