I had this little black chest sitting in my little white kitchen since the day we moved. I wasn't too crazy about it, nor liked how it looked there. Too dark, too ‘serious” looking?
So I painted it, applied clear wax, and now I'm loving it! Oh yes I’m into painting furniture these days. I am! I’ve been wanting to try the Annie Sloan chalk paints for the longest time, but cannot decide if I should pay that much for paint. I’m I too frugal? I want to try making my own chalk paint some day. The Internet is overflowing with great videos and posts on how to make your own chalk paint. I find this a little messy thought, plus I’m not too sure about the “mix-this-measure-that” part. Even when cooking I seldom follow directions... I just don't like the ‘measuring’ part… unless it is something new I’m trying I just add the amount of ingredients I think I should, and that’s it. But don’t follow my advice, OK? ;) My daughter can never understand how I can add salt to my food just by guessing the right amount ;)
Anyway, the other day at Home Depot I found out that they carry chalk paint… yes, did you know that? Their line is called the Americana Décor Chalky Finish paints. And it is my absolute new favorite paint on the planet. Cheap. Fast. No need for priming. And beautiful colors.
Now, is this what they call the “heavily distressed look”, or is it more like a bad painting job? Hehe!
Truth be told, heavily distressed furniture gives me the impression of furniture that has been rescued from a dump… no offence intended. When you think about it, isn’t it a little odd that we purposely age our furniture now? Growing up in an underprivileged family and remembering most of our furniture looking just like this one on this photographs below (and this was not OK back then, believe me) I don’t think I’d ever want to have pieces of furniture like this on purpose.
(Source - Pinterest)
Do you like the Shabby distressed look?
So I went for a second coat of paint on my little black dresser...
and this is what it looks now...
By the way, I love these silk roses. The ones with the tarnished tips were originally all white… I dipped them in coffee to make them look old. Pretty~
Then I added some pretty knobs to it… crystal sea foam green knobs I bought at Hobby Lobby long long time ago and hadn’t decided where to use them… until now. In our previous homes I had used these knobs as decorations… they’re so pretty!
The color I chose for this little chest is called "Primitive".
Beautiful. Fast. Immediate satisfaction.
I love mirrors in the kitchen... and everywhere as a matter of fact
Mirrors bring light and beauty into any room…
They’re like windows to me that you can move around and place as you like…
So I tried one or two mirrors before deciding on these small ornate ones…
A rectangle and oval mirrors for added contrast.
and an added French flair to the kitchen
Home Depot carries only certain colors of the chalk paint at the store, but you can order whatever color you want online. Check COLORS here.
By the way, in case you’d want to know, the color I chose for my dinning room table on my previous post, it is “Vintage”, also from Deco-Art-Ameriocana.