Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
DE (diatomaceous earth) Chalk Paint
1/4 cup DE
8 Tb Water
1 paint sample (7.2 ounces) Valspar Mercer Blue
Mix the water and DE, then add the paint and stir with a plastic fork until smooth. Paint. Wait an hour and lightly sand with 220 sandpaper until smooth. (Don't be scared-this took under 5 minutes)
Honestly it was fool proof and created a smooth buttery finish.
It ended up looking more gray than blue, so I mixed a little of my glaze with some turquoise craft paint, then it looked too blue, so I glazed it again with some Behr Espresso Bean. (Here's more detailed info about how I glaze).
I still haven't gotten around to applying a layer of finishing wax.
I have no experience with other chalk paint, but I can't imagine any other kind working better. DE can be found at any hardware or pool supply store. (or beg some off a friend that has a pool) The original recipe suggested "food-grade", but I don't think it would have made a difference.
I forgot to take a "before", but I found it in a corner of a picture from Christmas morning). I actually got these at a garage sale about 7 years ago and painted them black. (BTW black furniture is not the best idea for someone who dusts as often as I do)
These tables make me silly happy!
I also painted a dresser and mirror for my daughter so stay tuned.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
I Spent Way Too Much Time on This
We have left the military and have entered the civilian world. This means that my husband needs to market himself to drum up business so we can still eat on a regular basis.
I have the recipe for the world's best chocolate chip cookies and so he asked me to make a few batches that he can leave at offices around Houston. He also asked me to make them cute. I was inspired by this. (I got the gable box at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents.)
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