Contrary to popular belief I don’t always use chalk paint.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the stuff. But years ago (almost 27 to be exact) my weapon of choice when it came to DIY was a can of spray paint. And I still use it on some projects.
Today we are talking about Latex.
Five or so years ago when I very first discovered Blogland I immediately latched on to a trend that I spotted and loved:
Painting interior doors black
Not so much.
OK not even a little bit, if I’m being completely honest. So one weekend back then I was home alone, completely unsupervised when I marched myself down to our local Benjamin Moore dealer and purchased myself a VERY expensive quart of black semigloss paint and proceeded to paint my front door with it.
Both inside and out.
And I was soooo proud:)
Big Daddy had a fit and made me promise to not paint the rest of them. So that left me with a lot of paint. My next project was out VERY tired oak vanity in the master bedroom.
Now that one he loved.
Maybe three years ago I refinished our kitchen table top and used a bit more of that paint on the table’s apron and legs.
Now all three of these projects have held up really well so I guess that pricey paint was well worth it. So a few weeks ago when I dug out that little jelly jar containing what’s left of that black paint I painted a pair of new (to us) chairs to match that table. I painted each chair in two coats of the black paint and could have easily left it at that.
Alas, I did not 🙂
I really just ment to hit the edges to bring out some of the details but then I went nuts and sanded the whole chair.
I used a fine sanding sponge and I applied a VERY light VERY even pressure in a circular motion.
The result is a really soft, time worn black that we both just love! It appears to be pretty tuff so I have yet to apply any finish like wax or oil as a top coat and I’m not inclined to do so. I’m just really pleased with the look of these chairs. So much so that we dragged the table on out in our driveway and I did the same sponge number on it.
You can see pretty well in this photo. All I did was gently sand off the shine. The left side is finished where as the right side has a bit of the sheen left. A couple of passes with that sponge later and it was perfect.
Perfect for me anyway.
I’m really enjoying this space more everyday. I’ve also been working on a little side piece for in here to replace my antique wardrobe and it’s coming along nicely!
I will be sharing that as soon as humanly possibly.
As a side note, these hydrangea at my Mama’s house change color ever week.
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