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Chalk Paint…Yep Another Opinion

Chalk Paint…Yep Another Opinion

Just have fun

Hi Y’all – well, here we go – Chalk Paint…Yep Another Opinion!  Lately we are reading a bunch about chalk paints by those who choose not to use them.  I want to clear the air about Chalk Paint and why we use it.  For Hello I Live Here, the perfectly imperfect decorative paint helps give otherwise old, ugly furniture a beautiful velvety, matte finish.  It’s not meant to hide an older piece of furniture, but to accentuate its aged beauty.

 

Annie Sloan Graphite and professional top coat

Annie Sloan Graphite and professional top coat

I use this delicious paint because it is very easy to work with, rarely requires heavy prep like other paints, and can be used indoors or outside on almost any surface you can dream up with amazing results.  The best thing, you don’t have to be a professional to use this wonderful fun paint.  To me, painting should always be a pleasure, whether for a living or as a hobby, a beautiful piece of furniture can be born with the help of Chalk paint.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

 

My favorite chalk paint…Annie Sloan – I purchase mine at Wood Icing inside Chesterfield Mall from the very informative Rose and staff.  I drool thinking about the delicious color palette inspired by 18th and 20th century décor and design.  The colors are easily mixed together to dream up almost any color and your eyes will adore it, but the best thing, it’s eco-friendly has low volatile organic compounds (VOC), and has no odor.  Now, I hear you asking why this is important – for me – I paint professionally.  Living in St Louis MO it gets cold and or hot, and even though my shop is heated/cooled there are times the controlled temp just will not cut it, so with the savior of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and it’s low odor and VOC’s I can paint inside my home and feel perfectly comfortable doing so.

Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue and Glaze

Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue and Glaze

 

This remarkable paint at times gets a bad rap from others questioning it’s limitations, which trust me EVERY paint has limitations, and scientific or not, all paints will scratch, mark or discolor at some point in their life – it’s not science, it’s called LIFE.  Should waxed pieces be placed in front of windows?  Well, for me personally, I have a piece in front of a window that’s been there for 2 years – it has never melted, and has never been touched up – Hubby sits in that chair next to it every day and uses coffee mugs (with a coaster of course) and it still has minimal wear.  So my advice here, if you have a waxed piece of any kind by a window – make sure the window has a UV protective tint, for us, this is a must in our home as we hate discolored rugs or hardwood flooring, and it actually keeps the house cooler in summer and warmer in the winter.  Problem of sunlight for us using chalk paint with wax was SOLVED by adding window tint.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

 

Another thing people who do not use chalk paint say … “chalk paint is expensive.”  Well, anything good is worth paying for in my opinion!  One quart covers roughly around 140 square feet, and you will pay $44.00 with Tax, that’s about .31 cents a square foot.  When you can use 1 can on several projects and cost it out does that seem expensive to you?  I have bought other brands for less or around the same price that will not cover as much Square foot, but if I like the brand it does not stop me from using the product.  Trust me when I say you can put a price on beauty that’s affordable 😉 With the help of chalk paints, Hello I Live Here, is able to give our clients quality pieces at a price we can both afford, and my clients know quality and price is MY bottom line!

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I have read many debates on using this wonderful paint on kitchen cabinets.  Well, if the manufacture says it can be done, to me it can.  I personally would not use a wax, but that’s just me – I prefer a good lacquer or professional top coat on a cabinet, I am a clean freak, and for me this just works – but if it’s your cabinets and you want to give it a try – please watch the videos provided so you are making sure you are sealing the products properly.  Enough said!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

 

Let’s talk table tops – can you uses it on high traffic pieces?  According to the cans – yes you can.  I would recommend again watching the video for sealing it properly, or using 3-5 coats of a strong professional top coat – the table below looks pretty happy to me ;-).  Many chalk paints play well with professional top coats and I have personally used Modern Masters, General Finishes, Lacquer, Minwax and even AquaZar top coats on my favorite brand, Annie Sloan with great results.  All have held up to my family’s abuse.  The one thing I tell my clients, if you have small children wax may not fit your family’s needs for cleaning and it may need a wax touch up as time goes on, if this is a bother to you and lower matinee is preferred  – go with a top coat.  So far, my clients have been happy with this information and have not shied away from asking for chalk paints.  Personally, the more information you provide the easier it is to know what can and cannot happen, not with only chalk paint, but with other paints as well.

Table completed with Annie Sloan French Linen and Professional Top Coat

Table completed with Annie Sloan French Linen and Professional Top Coat

 

Others talk about paint bleed from older pieces with chalk paints.  Well, I have to say, this problem happens less with my chalk paints than any other brands I use.  The way to get around bleeds – PREP.  Yep…this is where the prep is necessary. If is a bleeding antique,  Clean the piece with a professional cleaner like TSP to package directions.  Once clean, seal and prime the piece.  If using a lighter chalk paint color prime twice, let dry completely and start your paint process according to the company’s instruction.  I do it just like this and bleed is not a problem – after the second coat and a good dry overnight, my problem is SOLVED. – Just look at that vanity shine – She was Mahogany the worst bleeding wood of all!

Antique vanity completed with Old Ochre by Annie Sloan

Antique vanity completed with Old Ochre by Annie Sloan

 

Really, any paint of any type will have limitations.  The thing about paint of any brand, you need to learn how to work within that brands limitations to make it the best painted project it can be.  Paint is truly a personal preference –in the end it’s totally up to you.  I say try more than one brand and use what you like, as you all know, I blog many brands of paint sent to me weekly.  Some are good others not so much, but the one thing I can say, I can manipulate them all to work for me because I look to see how I can work within the paints limitations.  We as painters are here to give our opinion, but at the end of the day, I want my clients to choose what’s best for them. (That’s General Finishes in Lamp Black below – again another happy piece).

Our NestSo, now that you hear the side of chalk paint from a painter who uses it daily you will feel great about trying new things, even chalk paints.   I hope the opinions and techniques I have shared that are my very own, and work for me help you see chalk paints are not as scary as portrayed by others if you use the products to the manufactures instructions.  After all, if we were all looking for the science in things we would never use any products on the market – am I right?

DIY Dresser with Country Chic Paints

 

Happy Painting everyone and remember have fun with YOUR project no matter the brand you choose – because at the end of the day your project should be as low stress as you want it to be. 🙂

 

Highest regards,

Linda

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HELLO I LIVE HERE

Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HELLO I LIVE HERE

It’s our first birthday!!!

Welcome HELLO Family to the party of the year – a big Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here!  Well, you guys have helped us reach 4,000 + readers for our birthday!  Thank you for all the hard work you put in sharing our page, reading our posts, and enjoying our daily photo’s on Facebook!

Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here

Today we will show some of the projects we have built over the past year, and painted for clients!  We hope you enjoy the 1 year flash back as much as we did bringing it all together for a full year.  You are a wonderful family extension I enjoy talking with and showing great decor to each and every day!

Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here

One year ago with the build of this table launched Hello I Live Here!

So it’s my turn to reward you guys now!  Today is give away day and 5 lucky winners will take home a prize today.  We will be giving away the following:

  1.  Grand Prize – (to St Louis winner only due to shipping) – Shabby Chic Ethan Allen side table – completed in Annie Sloan Old Orchre chalk paint with a clear wax and distressed.
    Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here

    Grand Prize Give away – St Louis Reader/client only
  2. 2-lucky winners will win a $25 gift card each to HomeGoods – Yep the store of home decor!  Love HomeGoods – I hope you will too!
    Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here

    2 lucky winners who follow our blog in the USA will get a card each to home goods 🙂
  3. 1-lucky winner will get a $25 Home Depot Gift card – nothing better than a store of do it yourselfers running around – this should start getting you hooked as my first $25 card did for me – which is why I exist today!!!
    Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here

    1 lucky reader who follows our blog in the USA will get a Home Depot Gift Card!
  4. 1-lucky winner will receive a starter set of Wood Icing.  With this great product you can build up surfaces and enjoy new patters!
    Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here

    1 lucky reader in the USA will receive a starter kit of Wood Icing!

Now, let’s get this birthday rolling!!!! Here’s what you need to do to enter – (Note:  all gifts are purchased by Hello I Live Here and have no connection to the chosen give away for our birthday celebration).

INSTRUCTIONS FOR GIVE AWAY:

  1.  Read our blog post titled “Our Nest” – Leave a comment to answer the question and click 3 links inside the story.
  2. Leave a comment wishing us a happy birthday and tell us what you want to see on Hello I Live Here Next year.
  3. Find our China Hutch post on Bob Vila Nation if it allows – check the vote box 🙂
  4. Share our page Facebook Page on your personal page so people can find us!

Are we ready???  Let’s start the birthday gift giving!  We will pick all the winners at the end of the night and announce them on tomorrow’s blog post.  We will contact you for email and address for mailing of your prize (accept the table it will need to be picked up here in Ballwin).

Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here

LET’S CELEBRATE HELLO FAMILY!!!

 

Happy Birthday!!!

Linda

 

Mirror Frame Makeover

Mirror Frame Makeover

Mirror Frame Makeover

Happy frozen Tuesday everyone.  Today’s post is about a mirror frame makeover.  On my travels to my favorite haunts, you know the ones, ;-), I found this awesome JCPenny Decorator Mirror.  The tag on the back read $120 new.  I paid $25 for the whole mirror.  It was a dark walnut brown and in pristine condition – I love it when no repair work is involved, it almost makes me giddy!

Mirror Frame Makeover

I have been looking for the perfect piece to go over the sofa to provide us some extra light.  In this Villa we only have the one bay of windows which provide all the light for these three connected rooms.  Wanting to accentuate the sun-light in the day, I felt a mirror would do the trick. So, I took this little find, used my Annie Sloan Old Orchre chalk paint, Duck Egg Blue, and a combo of clear and dark brown wax and brought some new life to this old piece (PS – I purchase my AS paints at Wood Icing in Chesterfield mall).

Mirror Frame Makeover

I started by cleaning the frame of dirt to start our mirror frame makeover. Then I simple painted two coats of the AS Old Ochre chalk paint, followed by a highlight of Duck Egg Blue on the raised flower pattern on each corner, and a trimming of Duck Egg Blue around the center of the frame.  After letting dry, I placed a coat of clear wax all over the mirror frame, let set a couple hours and followed with the dark wax over the duck egg blue, followed by heavy streaks of brown over the Old Ochre almost completing our mirror frame makeover.

Mirror Frame Makeover

I buffed the piece with another coat of clear wax giving me this awesome new mirror for a $25.00 investment.  I love the way it looks against the dark grey walls in the villa versus the old brown bomb it was.  Hope you enjoyed the mirror frame makeover.

Mirror Frame Makeover

For a cheap price and a little elbow grease look what you can have!  For now I sat it on the back of the couch to get a feel for the mirror.  I hope to get it onto the wall tomorrow and add a couple of sconce lights on each side.  Now to find those at a great price 😉

Mirror Frame Makeover

Tomorrow I hope to have more on the special kitchen storage we are in the middle of building with the help of our friends at D. Lawless Hardware.  We had a parts delay due to an awful ice storm so once Mother Nature let’s those parts through I will be back to the big finish and reveal for you!!!  You know what they say – you can’t rush Mother Nature 😉   Until next post – Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here for our mirror frame makeover post.

Linda 🙂

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Hello everyone!  Today’s blog – updating an old Thrift Store Side Table Up-cycle from Lammert’s furniture.  When I saw this piece, I simply fell in love – it was a total swoon!

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

If you live in St Louis you are familiar with Lammert’s Furniture.  The founder, Martin Lammert Sr. opened in St. Louis in 1861, he paved the way for a multimillion-dollar, retail-furniture Company that was a St Louis icon for 150 years and five generations.  Closing in 2007, many pieces that were bought generations ago, are now being tossed into thrift shops everywhere.  It makes me sad to think that new generations are discarding these great, sturdy pieces of real wood furniture instead of performing a thrift store side table upcycle.

But, you know how I feel, one man’s junk is Hello I Live Here’s treasure ;-).  So Thanks for tossing out these great Lammert’s pieces for me to update and love again.

This little piece was in bad shape.  So, I whipped out my sander and took the top down to the wood.  As I got further into the piece, it was apparent it need new veneer.  After watching the pain Kristi had went through removing veneer over at Addicted 2 Decorating, I decided to go a different route and use planking, and I am very happy with the choice Just look at her now!  Kristi – my hats off to you for the job you did on yours!

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

This Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle consisted of using the following:

Ryobi Nail Gun (and small tiny nails – Thank you Ryobi for such wonderful tools 😉 ).

Liquid Nails for paneling

-10” Ryobi Laser guided Ryobi Miter Saw (you can use a miter box and hand saw)

-Various grey and white planks left over from dresser project (which finish is up for tomorrow)

Ridge Hand Router (from Home Depot)

Ryobi Cat Sander (80 and 120 grit paper)

Rust-Oleum Rubbed Bronze Spray paint (used on handles)

Annie Sloan French Linen paint (from Wood Icing)

-Annie Sloan clear and brown wax

Here is the process used to create a new Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle.

First, I sanded the piece down (my intention was to save the piece and stain, however, the Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle required more than stain).

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Next, I cut all the left over plank I did not use on our DIY Dresser and Bench Storage post.  These were already washed with paint in the perfect colors so I went to my scrap wood pile, and used all that was left to complete this thrift store side table upcycle. (I love not wasting the scraps 😉 ).

DIY Storage and Bench

Then, I fit my pieces to get the design, making sure the seam of the cuts staggered just right.  I added liquid nails to the back of each plank and used my Ryobi Nail gun with a small nail to set each piece.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

After I finished adding the planking, you can see it hung past the round shaped opening on each side.  I whipped out the router and trimmed those tall pieces away leaving this perfect shape to the sides.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Once finished with the trimming of the planks, I added Annie Sloan French Linen chalk paint to the piece.  I thought it would stop there, but I truly wanted to shabby this little piece into that beach feel, so I added my coat of clear wax, let it sit, then came back with my dark wax and pulled it right through the piece until I gave the Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle just the look I wanted.  🙂 I am a very happy girl with this one.  Once the Dark wax set up, I came back with another coat of the clear wax to protect the paint.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Last, I sprayed the original hardware with Rust-Oleum Rubbed Oiled Bronze, dried and installed back on the Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle So, what do you think?  Total swoon or what!!!  Can you believe this is the same broken down old piece?  Me…totally in love with this little beauty.  I just cannot pass up a great piece of furniture, and this is the reason why.  When you have real wood furniture you can do things to update that you cannot do on newer no wood furniture.  So, I personally want to say thank you to the wonderful person who tossed this great little piece.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

That’s all I have for you today – I am getting back to work for tomorrows post – Until then – I hope you are encouraged to revive an old piece of furniture and try a Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle!

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – please ask us questions or leave a comment – I love talking with you!

Linda 🙂

Old China Hutch Becomes New Again – Part 1

Annie Sloan Paint applied

Never leave an old piece behind – especially if it’s a China Cabinet!

Good afternoon Hello I Live Here readers.  Let’s talk old china hutches today.  Would you pass up a chance to transform an old china hutch?  The other day I was in a thrift store (Red Racks Thrift Store –  DAV Thrift Store) and came across an old china hutch.

Top of China Hutch

Top of China Hutch

 

Bottom of China Hutch

Bottom of China Hutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As others were walking past her with a sour expression, Hello I Lived Here saw the potential and swooped in to purchase this little gem for $40 (that’s right both pieces).

Living in a smaller home, space is necessary, so for us at Hello I Live Here this older jewel was the right size and would allow us to display our unopened dishes still stored. Below is a picture of the 1970’s jewel Hello I Live Here found and started transforming.  Here’s how we updated the old china hutch.

We started by taking off the old trim.  Don’t worry, we will save this for our recycle pile for another project! :-).

Old Trim on floor

Old Trim on floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hubby was not so sure, but he humored me anyway and started the destruction.  The screws were hard to get to with our regular drill, so Curt removed the trim and piece needing to be cut with the Ryobi 18V Right Angle Drill which was terrific to fit in tight spaces.

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Trim Removed

Trim Removed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the old trim was removed, we scribed a line and cut off the rounded edge you see at the top in the photo with a craftsman circular saw, giving the china hutch a new square appearance.

Cut Made with Craftsman Circular Saw

Cut Made with Craftsman Circular Saw

 

Old Trim on floor - Craftsman Saw

Old Trim on floor – Craftsman Saw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the cut was complete, we screwed the cut piece back to the china hutch top.  Now the square, craftsman style we love over here at Hello I Live Here, helped to shape rest of the design for the china hutch.

Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch

Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using our Ryobi 18V ONE+ 18GA CORDLESS 2″ BRAD NAILER, we trimmed out the sides with 1×2 into a craftsman type feel purchased from our favorite store, The Home Depot.

Ryobi-Nailer

Ryobi-Nailer
Sides Trimmed with 1x2

Sides Trimmed with 1×2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once set, we added 1/4 round moldings American Wood Moulding WM108 1/2 in. x 1/2 in. x 96 in. Wood Pine Quarter Round Moulding to finish the look.

1/4 Round used at bottom

1/4 Round used at bottom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making sure the 1×2 did not stand over the bottom frame, I took the 1/4 round molding and turned it into the opening and nailed upside down. This provided a square edge for the 1×2 to sit without overhang.

Moving on to the top, we trimmed out the top using a 1 x 4 x 8 Select White Pine Board and Focal Point DWT3144-16 1-1/8 in. 3-1/2 in. x 192 in. Primed Polyurethane Window/Door trim.

Trimmed with Select Pine

Trimmed with Select Pine

 

Front 1x3 installed

Front 1×3 installed

 

 

 

 

 

 

To finish the look we added a small matching WM 984 3/8 in. x 1-3/8 in. Pine Mullion Moulding to the bottom of the 1×4 and then added the original trim piece back over top of the doors (I try to use the old pieces in a new way).  We love using the Ryobi brad nailer.  Its airstrike technology truly helps wood from splitting by to large of force.   Below is what it looks like trimmed out – Not bad for an old 1970’s piece!

Old trim piece above doors

Old trim piece above door
Trimmed piece

Trimmed piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Hello I Live Here changed up the 1970’s China Cabinet, we primed the piece with a grey Rust-Oleum ultra cover latex primer.

primer

primer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because the piece was older, a primer was necessary to provide a tight bond for the top coat, and provide a long lasting finish.  So what better choice than the trusted quality of Rust-Oleum 🙂

Primer on china cabinet

Primer on china cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once dry, we applied a thin coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre purchased from our friends at Wood Icing in the Chesterfield Mall.

Annie Sloan Paint applied

Annie Sloan Paint applied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This unique decorative paint provided the piece the quality look we at Hello I Live Here are used to seeing.  We will be following the Old Ochre color up with a light coat of Annie Sloan brown wax once we complete Part II of our post.  This will give the china hutch a consistent antique look for this old piece that is new again.

woodicing Chalk Paint Annie Sloan

woodicing Chalk Paint Annie Sloan
Annie Sloan paint

Annie Sloan paint

 

 

sloan wax kit

sloan wax kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is our suggestion that you use the Annie Sloan brush with the paint and wax (purchased at Wood Icing).

sloan small brush

sloan small brush

I know they are pricey, but my last piece I used a regular bush, but noticed I used more paint, lesson learned!  This wonderful brush allowed me to buff the piece just right the first time, conserving both the paint and the wax.  Well, that’s part I of the China Hutch make over.  Hope you enjoyed the first half of Hello I Live Here’s China Hutch make over. Join at our site in a couple days for Part II and the full reveal of the China Hutch!

Happy start to October Y’all!

-Linda C