Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Favorite Tools & Supplies Series / Chalk Paint

One of my favorite things to paint with is "Chalk Paint".
I have read lots of things about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on the Internet..and lots of other articles about chalk & milk paint in general.
I personally could not see spending $35 a quart for paint.

I decided to try my hand at a formula. After many attempts and lots of variables...finally it turned out great..and I have used it on many projects, I have never used the AS Paint, so have nothing to compare to...but the reviews that I have read lead me to think I have gotten VERY close....SMILE.

 Here is my take on it:
Latex Paint, Keracolor-U-unsanded grout, Gesso, Whiting powder and water. 

Start with your paint of any color...add the grout and the the gesso....mix will be very thick..(and the longer it sits....THE THICKER IT GETS) **you can thin with water** The whiting powder is to make it whitest of white of you are using a white paint base, and it seems to thicken back if you get too thin without added more grout. Sorry I don't have exact amounts...I just mix like I cook...until I like it...BIG SMILES.....
I use a glass bowl and a hand mixer to want to get as smooth a texture as you can...or you will have to sand the roughness out after applying...
I try to get it to the consistency of a good cake batter...
Not too THIN...Not too THICK....SMILE

I make sure to sand the item smooth before I apply the first coat, and let it dry completely before I sand and apply the next coat...How many coats depends on what coverage you want...I prefer at least 2 coats, if not will come back off rather easy if you are distressing..
So far this formula sticks to any surface...and covers any underlying issues I have encountered. 

One thing you must remember--finish it with wax to make it POP!!

You can use clear or dark wax...depends on what kind of effect you are trying to achieve with your project. Make sure to use the clear wax before the dark...or your paint will soak up the dark wax too much.

 I have not tried poly-acrylic or and other finishing agent...
that is a future project.

My next formula...get it to spray through a spray gun....the grout is an issue....but my dad is a old school painter..and if anyone can do it, he can....LOL...

Hope you all enjoyed and found this educational...any comments, please feel free to give me a shout out...



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Favorite Tools and Supplies Series / Briwax

I know that most of you out there have your favorite tools and supplies, one of mine is Briwax.
It is a story of how I lucked up on it.
I knew I wanted a dark wax to use on furniture, I searched the web and every store I went to....but no luck on what I thought I wanted.

One day I was in our local hardware store, and there was this tin of Dark Briwax...NO PRICE....I inquired about it and they did not even know they had it let alone what the price was not even in their order books...So I bargained...and finally settled on a price $5.00....which I knew was a bargain.

When I got home and opened it, I was very disappointed..clearly it was very old...and just plain soupy...I was crushed....but being the woman I am....there is a way to fix this....I put the can into the refrigerator (now I keep all my waxes in the frig)...and low and hardened...and now I have a perfect can of dark wax....I use it on lots of wood projects and have even used on many other does the most amazing things to all finishes....

One thing you should be aware careful of where you put it...if you want the whole surface to be affected...get a natural brush and a rag and have a blast, polish until your little hearts content, it will only make it better...but if you only want it to enhance the details...use it does not come off to easy...I use WD40 and a paper towel to remove...yes will remove lots of things....SMILE!!!
Also, while applying...if you go over a area you have already done...when you polish it will remove the doubled area...just apply again and rub softly! 

Finishing....I use a clear wax as my final step..and this is not hard to find.. most hardware stores have Minwax finishing does not haze and I have left on for 24 hrs or more before I polished to a can also use a good car wax...but the latter will haze over, so you want to remove as soon as it does...

 I mentioned, I use a natural bristle brush...I get these at Lowes, or Home Depot...they are not expensive....I try to get the fullest one I can find and then cut it shorter to make it a stencil brush... After I am through with all my waxing I place the brush in a jar of brush cleaner (notice my little contraption to hang brushes)...SMILE...leave it for 24 hrs or so...when I remove just use a paper towel and wiggle and waggle till you clean all the wax from the brush, you may have to soak again, depending how much wax is in your brush; but it will come clean....hang to dry and it is ready for the next project....

Before trimming

Trimmed short to made stiffer

My brush cleaner solution and a brush hanger. Seal with tight cap to save solution.

I used a measuring cup from my laundry detergent box, cut hole in bottom and slits on sides and then used a wood skewer stick to hang brush. You don't want your brush to rest on bottom of jar.  

Let me know if you give this a try....and what your results were...I would love to hear about it...

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