Giving Credit Where Paint is Due

Listing the paints I have used in my projectsI thought I would take the time to go through my paint projects and a list the specific paints I used. I adore paint! I look for it everywhere I go, when in Walmart I can’t wait to scoot down that paint isle to see what down here at Lowes and Home Depot I head straight for the reject paint pile to see what goodies I can find. All these paints are my favorite and I can’t wait to get more. Scroll to the bottom to enter to win some of my Glass Goodies

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Krylon Looking Glass Paint. Oh Looking Glass paint How I love you let me count the ways. With this amazing spray paint I am able to glam up Dollar store store goodies and yard sale finds. I am lucky this paint is readily available at my local Walmart I have heard its hard to find but its worth it. Don’t forget to check your local Walmart. Check out my tutorial on making faux mercury glass  in general and in any color you like.

Colored Mercuy Glass

Colored Mercuy Glass

Colored mason jars

Colored mason jars

 That brings me to my other Super Star Peobeo Vitrea 160 such a boring name. it sounds like a science solution but what a powerhouse intense transparent color. I haven’t stopped using it since it got it. All pieces of Glass in my house are in danger. Beautiful and easy to use and available in so many colors. this is another hard to find goody. I had to order in from Amazon but i heard a rumor that they are available at Pearl paint. I am going to check that out and let you know. Read the painting glass tutorial here

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The Finished Table

The Finished Table

 My first major furniture project will always be a special love for me. It was on this project that I first used and fell in love with Martha Stewart paints available at Home Depot. it is part of the Glidden paint line. The brown is called Burl. It is a rich elegant paint with super coverage. The white I stenciled with is an off white called Tailor’s Chalk It comes with the option of primer included yes please! Read more about the making of this table here

The Blue Stenciled table, a little stenciling is not enough

The Blue Stenciled table, a little stenciling is not enough

 Clark and Kensington from Ace Hardware in “Ming Vase” This is an  excellent paint an what makes it even more awesome is that I got it for free. Now that wasn’t because of some special Blogger thing, although I am special  Ace had a special two weekends in a row where you were about to get a quart of paint for free. I was right on that. Now you  head over and sign up on their Facebook Page so you can get some free paint to the next time they are giving it away. Read about making the this Festooned table, find out what the heck is a festooned table.

 Round Blue Table

Clark and Kensington from Ace Hardware in “Sea of Midnight” I have these two very similar paints color because I was trying to match another color. Well you say you could have just taken a sample and had it color matched. yes I know but these were my free quarts color matching not included. This blue is a brighter blue than “Ming Vase” which is deep and more classic. I think the fun color gives this classic table a fun modern spin. All of those that want to yell at me for painting this table  just remember different strokes for different folks. Read about the making of this table.

Yellow Stenciled Mirror

Yellow Stenciled Mirror

Behr Ultra Premium Plus. This paint was absolutely the best find! It was a $2 quart from the reject pile at home depot. It was  the perfect color for this mirror I wanted to do. So I snapped it up and the rest is history. Read more about the making of this mirror.

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 Then there is my tireless work horse American Acrylic paint in White.   This paint is avail ble at Michaels, Joanns and other craft stores. After some trial and error I use this paint  for my stenciling projects. It has the right amount of flow and  enough coverage to make nice crisp lines when you are stenciling and I like nice crisp lines.

So  there you have it apartial list of my adventures in paining. But what about Chalk paint you say? Ah ha. I make my own and in my next post I will share with you how. Be sure to enter to win some of my glass goodies below. And stay tunned I have plenty more to share. Till next time -Melissa

 

The Round Blue Table



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Well I did it I finally refinished a piece of furniture without stenciling it. It was really hard, my stencils were right there. I really wanted to grab them but I didn’t. It wasn’t the project for that. I actually saw this table at a garage sale and left it there because I had no idea what to do with it, read more about that here.  I saw a very similar table on Pintrest with a fantastic paint job. With  that inspiration fresh in my mind I went back to grab that table.

I knew I wanted to do it blue. I just scored a fantastic blue for free from an  Ace hardware at a promotion for a free quart of paint. It’s by Clark and Kensington,

The $10 table. How awesome. This is how it started out

The $10 table. How awesome. This is how it started out

a great paint line, nice coverage and great colors just how I like it. I’ll have to add that to my paint recommendations. I made my

own chalk paint by adding tablespoon of unsanded grout to each 8oz of paint. Start with a little water and dissolve your grout  first that is so you don’t end up with lumps. I like lumpy mashed potatoes but not lumpy paint. I went with  chalk paint because of its reputation of sticking to everything and anything the table has a leather panel and I wanted to be sure the paint would stick to and cover it. The paint job came out beautifully  I’m  so impressed I might use chalk paint all the time.

I added some gold metallic paint to to highlight the details of the table. I used acrylic paint because I’m a painter and that’s what I had on hand. I can’t wait to try GedeO Gilding Wax or some Rub and Buff.  I’m pretty proud of myself, this table was completely out of my element. Look ma’ no stencils. Till next time.207222Melissa

The Yellow Mirror

Yellow Stenciled Mirror

Yellow Stenciled Mirror

Ok, I was bad, yet again I forgot to take before pictures of the piece I was working on. My friend gave me this beautiful mirror, it started off life being white. In this case I didn’t rescue some ugly thing , the mirror was beautiful to begin with I just made it amazing. I knew I wanted to the mirror in a bright yellow and I came across the perfect color in the unwanted paint section at home Depot for $2, Behr’s Preium Plus Ultra in a

Stenciling

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delicious yellow-orange. Home Depot makes great paint I have tried three different brands and they were all  Stellar. That’s why I drive  a mile out of my way to get my paint. A mile isn’t that far right? They also have $2 quarts and $.50 samples in the paint reject pile, the best deal in town.  I wrote a whole post about my favorite paints read it here.

I diligently sanded and primed and painted the mirror. I love the color. Now for the stenciling. I decided to just do a floral motif to go with the curving lines of the mirror. I discovered that even my thinnest stencil was too wide of the thin curved lines of the mirror. I stenciled anyway. I love the abstract nature of the partial stenciling. Almost done, just some touching up to do as usual. I think I’ll add some white to the base. I am going to use it in a photo shoot for an advertisement I have coming up. Love It! Till next time.

Detail of Yellow Mirror

I love the abstract patterns created when just some of the stencil is showing

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My picks for the Best Paint to Paint Furniture

Paints I love! nice and reasonable too

Paints that will save time and money

The Finished Table :Well Almost finished

The Table” painted with Martha Stewart‘s Burl and Tailor’s chalk paint

I’m not expert on paint but when I spend two extra hours painting to get even coverage and apply six coats of paint when  due to a bad paint choice I’m not happy.  I wanted to share with you the paints that I love to paint furniture and which ones I don’t. What I look for in a paint is color, coverage and drying time. As I struggle with this paint that looked great in the jar and goes on like kool-aid here is list of winners. Martha Stewart Paint for Home Depot. I discovered Marthamartha Stewart paint by getting a $2 quart from the reject pile at Home Depot. When I used it it went on like a dream and covered like heaven. All of these paints that I recommend are paint and primer together ,a godsend. I have used several colors from Martha’s line and been trilled every time. Her line is actually part of Glidden‘ s Duo line so whether you choose Martha or Glidden Duo you are getting a great paint that pretty much covers in 5cbde8eb-de27-441e-8624-b0d5755e7e70_145one coat. I use two coats anyway for an uber smooth finish. Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra. I discovered this paint when I was looking for a particular color blue Martha didn’t have. I wandered over to the next display and picked up Behr’s song bird a bright jewel blue that

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was just what I needed. This another example of a paint with super coverage and beautiful colors. These are all available at Home Depot.


I also love Benjamin Moore paint but it costs almost twice as much at the Home Depot options for a similar product.

I also have to recommend Clark and Kensington carried by Ace hardware. They have had a few promotions for a free quart of paint. I was first in line! Its a great paint. Not sure on the pricing as mine as free.

 

what not to do to your newly stenciled table

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After, sniff sniff. I have to redo the top

After, sniff sniff. I have to redo the top

This is what not to do to your newly painted and stenciled table. I finished my stenciling and put the table aside. Usually I lay some drapes or a towel on table to protect it from my cats that want to sit on everything. Well I was moving and in hurry so  I threw a plastic drop cloth over it. The cats diligently slept on the table, putting their butts every which way. When I went to move the table and took the drop cloth off the paint on the drop cloth had started to stick to the table. Leaving white splotches everywhere, noooooooo……..  when I found it the paint from the drop cloth could still be easily  scratched off. But I was moving and didn’t have time to scratch off paint. I put a towel on it at and went on to other things. coming back to it days later. That paint is really baked on, no scratching is going to help me. Sigh, time to do it over.

Stenciling Picture Frames

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How do you dress up Unfinished Framed? Stencils of course! So I came across these awesome picture frames in Michaels and I knew immediately I wanted to stencil them. I bought a big pile . I tore myself away from Stenciling my table I wanted a … Continue reading 

The Table the Table the Table

The Ultimate Stenciled Table

The Table The Table The Table. Well it all started with a picture that I saw in Oprah magazine of an accent table,  it was incredible beautiful. I thought I can do that.  So without knowing anything about it, typical for me. … Continue reading