Chalk Painted Desk

August 18, 2015, in ,
Hi, Everyone! 
 I have another fun chalk paint project to share with you!

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I was so happy when the Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint arrived in the mail.
I couldn't wait to get started on my paint project!!

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The color I used is called  Refreshing
I didn't need to use the Multi-Purpose Sealer.  I am sure I will use it for another project!


Here are a few Before pictures of the desk

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My husband rescued this desk from his dad's attic.  It has been in the family for many years.
A lottery ticket dated 1987 fell out of one of the drawers.  I'm guessing it wasn't a winning ticket.


This project was quite a challenge.  We stored the desk in our garage for a few days until I was ready to paint it.  When I pulled it out of the garage the wood piece on the back fell off, the side rails were hanging and both of the drawers fell apart.  At this point, I wasn't sure if I should go ahead and paint it. The desk needed to be put back together and I needed a day or two to think this through.  
WELL.....
Because I fell in love with this piece, I decided to go ahead and paint it!  First I did a quick fix on the drawers (I will show you my quick fix in another post). I was able to hammer the side rails back together. However, I was unable to fix the back piece because the dowels broke off inside the holes. Most of the desk is constructed with dowels.

OK let's move on to the fun part of painting...
  
Here is the desk after one coat of paint!
Americana Chalky Finish Paint did an amazing job covering up the marks on top of the desk.

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was thinking of using the desk as a makeup table in my daughter's bedroom.  I love the bright fresh color but it is to light for the muted colors of her room.  I gave it an antique look using a simple paint method I used for my living room mirror.

This method will give you a similar look of dark wax.  (At least I think it does)  It is really easy to do!!  First I sanded the edges and dusted them off.  Then I used craft paint mixed with water.
I poured about a tablespoon of raw umber and burnt umber craft paint in a jar and mixed it with water.  Sorry, I do not have exact measurements I just mixed the paint with the water until I got the right consistency.  Which was very watery.  Then I dipped a rag into the mixture and rubbed it on the desk in a back and forth motion.  I kept dipping and rubbing until it looked like this.

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I love how this desk turned out!
 I am glad I went ahead and painted it using Chalk Paint.


DIY Bottle Toppers

August 11, 2015,


Hi Friends..... I'm so glad you stopped by!  
Today I will show you a simple project on how to use an old trophy to make bottle toppers.  All you need for this project is a trophy, spray paint and corks.  I found my trophies at a yard sale.


These eagles were left over from a race boat trophy.  
 I repurposed the race boats into summer decor. You can read about that post here.
                                                The eagles were dingy, dirty and rusty.
I used the same color spray paint that I used on the boats.

They have screws on the bottom so all I had to do was twist them into wine bottle corks.

 I happen to love wine so I had few corks on hand.


I planned on drilling a small hole into the corks, this way it makes it easier to twist the eagles into them.....  But silly me I forgot to charge my drill.  I used a phillips head screw driver instead. Surprisingly this worked just fine!  

I chose the barefoot wine corks because they have a summer vibe.

Twist the eagles into the corks.

So easy!

Now they are ready to be twisted into the bottles.


Not so easy!

I was disappointed when the barefoot corks didn't fit inside these bottles.
TIP...
{If you try this project make sure the corks you pick fit inside your bottles.}

Good thing I had a stash of corks!! 

 I ending up using these corks instead.  They were the perfect fit and easy to twist into the bottles.

Now my wine bottles are all dressed up for a party...
Although it looks like the party already began..
I'll need to buy more wine.
This DIY idea is great for party decor!!

If you are throwing a party these toppers would be fun to use for your wine bottles.
 How neat would it be if you found trophies that went with the theme of your party!!

These toppers can be used on top of any glass bottle not necessarily wine bottles.




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