Chalk Painted Cabinet

Hey Crafters!!  Have I got a fun project to share today!  My daughter had a birthday and a new home in the Fall of 2015. (Eeek) I wanted to do something very special.


The completed cabinet in it’s new home.   I had a fun video montage of this journey but accidentally deleted in in the wee hours of the morning, but there are lots of details, including the recipe I used to mix my chalk paint, in this blog post.  =D


A beat up old Office cabinet, with keys to lock the file drawers and 4 adjustible shelve, with 4 sturdy L  shaped brass pieces to hold each shelf.  $75.00

I thought it was solid wood, but it’s press board (sawdust that has  been glued and formed back into boards) covered with real wood vener 1/8″ of an inch of real wood slices glued over the press board to make it look like real wood.  A good way to tell this would have been to look at the back of one of the shelves or the back of the cabinet.  But as you can see here, it was loaded down with stuff and too heavy to move away from the wall.  I looked inside the drawers and assured myself it was solid wood, as the drawer faces are real wood.   When we loaded it into the burb, I could clearly see the press board edges exposed on the back.

But that’s okay, it was still a good buy at $75.00, since it’s a substancial piece of furniture.  😉  And a very dear retired man helped us load it, while he and his wife stopped by to shop.  Which warmed my heart. instantly.  Shilvary is not dead…and I thanked and thanked him and shook his hand.

I’m not 100% certain, this was the right paint.  An employee helped me and I showed him my recipe, which said, Valspar Signature flat latex paint.  (Not paint with Primer or Scuff Shield?)  And look for a coupon or sale, I was in too big of a hurry.   If you choose to do this, you may want to do a bit more research, but I was flying by the seat of my pants and goggle’d all of this information with grand baby in tow on my iphone while standing in Lowe’s paint dept.   And I got some heavy duty quality paint.  LOL  Go Me!   hahaha  At this rate, at least it won’t scuff easily.  Choose your own battle and budget. ;). If you get plain latex, you WILL need a protectant or sealer like a matte polyurethane or varnish, which is an added cost and an added step.

1  Gallon Valspar Flat Interior Ultra White paint base with Primer and Scuff Shield technology – I chose Swiss Coffee tint from piant chip 7002-16.   *(The white paint chips all look alike, I took several and compared them next to some bold color to help me see their true tone).  Plaster of Paris $6.78.

Min Wax Natural Paste 1 lb.  $9.98.  Valspar Flat Black Paint 1 Quart $9.29 (for chalkboard base)Valspar Chalk Board Paint in Black 1. Quart  $9.98.

Total for Paint and Cheesecloth = $72.00 before,taxes, which sounds CRAZY!  But considering the Valspar Chalky Finish Paint @  Lowe’s is $29.99 for only 29 ounces of paint, I spent $4.00 more for a gallon of paint +  the plaster of paris cost @ $6.78.  So,  for $11.00 more I have a mile of product to mix chalk paint for future projects.  I can do my cabinet that I purchased on this journey and something for Amber (my DIL) too, even though my son Jon said, she doesn’t have room! Well, we’ll see about that, since Katie told me, Amber loved the cabinet too.  Hahaha…

*The flat black paint was a good base for the Chalk Board Paint (recommended by Katie’s husband who is a professional painter). I did 2 coats Flat Black and 3 coats Chalk Board paint on top of that.  Using the flat black should also make the chalk board more durable.  I did not tape off the chalk board to paint the white areas because I was afraid it would pull off the chalk board paint.  Instead I  painted as close as I could  with a regular 2  1/2″ or 3″ paint brush and touched up the  chalk boardpaint with a fine tip artists paint brush any where the white paint spilled over into the black area.  This did take a couple of coats of touchup with the Black Chalk Board paint. (I probably should have sanded between coats, but did not! This was a very long project anyway and this cabinet is still going strong 3 years later) 🙂

Lets  get started…

I used painters tape to mask off the inside of the cabinet, so painting the chalk board area would be easy because I’m a sloppy painter – see the next picture for proof!

This project took me about 2 weeks to finish since I’m day care for my grand babies.  No matter how long your paint has been drying, you can take an exacto knife and cut between the paint line and the tape line and get perfect removal of the tape every time!

A view of the Top and 4 shelves.  I laid the top down to scuff the paint with sand paper.  Can you see all of the 29 oz. veggie/fruit cans, on the left side of the table, borrowed from the pantry?  LOL  This is a great way to paint cabinet doors or shelves, by balancing one shelf on 2 cans.  I did this when we renovated our kitchen several years ago and I had a ton of cabinet doors to paint.  It allows you to paint multiple layers of paint continuously, without the paint sticking to your counter tops.  Plus, you can paint all of the edges easily!

I elevated the base on a couple of short 2 x 4 scraps to keep the paint off of these rugs.

My very techincal handy dandy scuffing tool.  The painter’s tape from the chalk board, wadded up into an oval shape with a piece of very rough grain sand paper wrapped around it!   I added 3 coats of chalk paint to my cabinet, it was 1 coat too many.  Two coats would have been plenty and I will be doing only 2 coats on future projects.

The Minwax said use with 2 layers of Cheese Cloth, I could have skipped it and used some old T-shirt material and will likely be doing that in the future, since cheese cloth isn’t what it used to be….it’s  so thin and it wore out way too fast  with the recommended layers  and I’d already left it semi folded up.

Here  is what the top looks like after the Minwax was applied and hand buffed with paper towel. (At some point in time, I’d sat a can on the side of the base. Can you see the distressed circles? I could have painted over them, but by this time I was tired of working on this project! Just keepin’ it real. LOL. And it adds character.

And the base waxed and buffed.

The information you’ve all been waiting for, the chalk paint recipe found at Lindee Katdore’s blog in the comments section of her post.  Be sure to click on her name to visit her blog for the original post that inspired my renovation of this cabinet.

When I went back to Lindee’s blog to give Wendy proper credit, clicking on Wendy’s name took me straight to the Lowe’s Video tutorial for this recipe and technique  with tips!  Wish I had known that sooner…link below this recipe.  😉

Click here for Lowe’s Video on mixing your own Chalk Paint

This recipe does not sound like much, but it goes a very long way. I mixed it twice for this project and gave the base of the cabinet 3 coats and the top of the cabinet and shelves 2 coats. Two coats are plenty!

I wanted to use the wet rag technique that Lindee uses for scuffing or removing paint in sparse areas, but I let my paint dry for about 3 days before I was able to do the sanding.

My daughter filling the cabinet with Fall stuff for a quick photo to share on my blog. Her daughter begging for some chalk!  LOL

I had a pic of her new dinning table, it’s one of those counter height tables with tall chairs.  I referred to this photo while I was shopping for the cabinet. And I think I did well in keeping with the same style of furniture. She tends to like very clean lined or contemporary styles.


Another view.  She is over the Moon with her new dispaly cabinet and she plans to store her table cloths, placemats and table runners in these drawers.  I’m so proud of myself for tackling this project and sticking to my guns to find the right piece for her style. It was delivered at the end of October, a month after her birthday.
Supplies:

Valspar Flat Interior paint

Plaster of Paris

Tap Water

Valspar Flat Black paint

Valspar Black Chalk Board paint

Cheese Cloth

On hand – Paint brushes, painter’s tape, paper towels, paint sticks, paint trays  (I like to stick my trays inside a  Wal-mart bag that is inside out with the handles of the bag wrapped around the legs of the paint tray then use some painter’s tape to seal it to the tray so paint does not get inbetween the bag and the tray – when done painting you can pull the bag off right side out and keep the paint mess inside the bag), mixing cups pre-measured and marked with a sharpie marker (I recycled some clear plastic cups), screw driver to remove hardware before painting. And vacuum cleaner to vacuum the inside of the cabinet thoroughly since it’s been sitting in a large warehouse, we don’t want any creepy crawlies popping out!

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Happy Easter 2018

Hey Crafters!! Happy Easter! Just quick little cards and gifts for my coworkers today on Good Friday.

These small cards are a piece of card stock cut at 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ scored at 2 3/4″.

The bunnies are a Martha Stewart punch punched twice, once in brown for a shadow and once in white doodled on with alcohol markers and fine point sharpie.

Chicks are a tiny punch from Michael’s a few seasons ago, also doubled punched for a shadow in orange and yellow doodled on to bring the flat piece to life.

A few sprigs of grass with a green Copic marker. I also made some shadows on each egg (these are really just small die cut ovals from solid and patterned card stock). And a strip of patterned paper glued on for some decoration.

Easter greeting from a $1.00 stamp set from a previous season.

I always keep any extra die cuts or colored images from a previous project and tuck them away in the bucket they fit best in (Easter bucket in this case) so they are easy to find in a pinch.

These magnets are left over from an Easter past and there were just enough to let each person have 2. When I made them before everyone got 4-6 because I made a ton of them!

I get my flat marbles at the Dollar Tree, Michael’s or where ever I can find them. I will stamp a bunch of images on a whole sheet of white card stock. Color them. Punch them out with a 1 inch circle punch. Glue them to the marbles with Glossy Accents and let them dry over night on the Tim Holtz craft sheet.

These magnets are from Wal-mart Super center in the craft dept. They come in a package of about 50 for $4-5.

I like to use E6000 to glue them on.

The hand sanitizers are from Dollar Tree for $1.00, a great steal for 3 in each little pouch and I will reuse the little pouches another time.

May you All have a Blessed and Happy Easter!!

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Road Trip St Louis 3-24-18

My gracious friend from work, Linda Brown, came with me for this fun day at The Novel Neighbor Book Store.

The first thing I colored were these fish that I pre-stamped the night before in my Canson Mixed Media pad with Memento Tux Black ink. I just picked up this wood mounted fish stamp at Hobby Lobby for $2.00 a couple of days ago. And used a picture of a Salmon for inspiration and colors to use. They were colored in Copic markers.

A fun selfie with Marcella Hawley from Power Poppy! She is a doll! I bought 3 of her stamp sets!!! They are my first, I’ve been coveting the geranium set and the set with the stacked tea cups with that parakeet on top! I don’t even know the names of the sets I bought. The menopausal struggle is real, people!! I will some back and share them later. Marcella brought fresh flowers for vases on al of the tables and also had succulents on little flower pots for each lady to take home.

The second thing I colored were these die cut Spellbinders Crabs. They were cut from Canson Water color paper. I love the pad that Wal-Mart Super Center sells. I used the Jane Davenport aqua crayons first. I just scribble them on, all of the colors I want, then blend them out with an aqua painter filled with water. Let them dry and go back with some Crayola washable kid’s markers and diluted that with the water pen. Then use some fine point sharpies in the same color families to enhance the dark areas for more definition.

Kathy spent time at each table showing us her “Coloring Magic” tips and tricks. She is Amazing and I can’t believe I got to sit right next to her!

A fun selfie with Kathy Racoosin!

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It was so much fun to be in a room of like minded souls. Everyone coloring away. I can’t. Believe how fast the day went.

Marcella painting some of her lovely stamps with quash and water color? So much fun to watch. Kathy and Marcella gave us all a goodie bag that included, a stamp set from Marcella, a Lawn Fawn stamp shammy, candy and the bag itself is a nice storage/travel bag for stamping goodies. I posted this around 5pm CST, but my iPad kept crashing on the goodie bag photo.

It was a great day. I will have to come back and do some more editing, it’s so late now! Thanks for stopping by.

Farm Card Mar. 2018

Hey Crafters!! My wee honey boy (grand baby) turned 3 this month. The birthday party theme was Farm and he loves the large round hay bales. LOL

The stamps on this card are from a cute photopolymer stamp set by SaltBox Studio called, Farm Friends.

My card base is light blue for the sky, it’s an 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch piece of heavy weight card stock from The Paper Studio, scored in half lengthwise to make a wide top folding card. This would fit in a size 10 envelope, but I didn’t use one. I cut layers of landscape to mount to the card base using border dies from Lawn Fawn and Pretty Pink Posh.

The yellow layer is “hay” for hay bails, green is “grass” for cows and brown is “dirt” for pigs. LOL. I love making scenic cards!!

I used some Spellbinder circle dies for hay bales and colored them with Yellow and brown Copics.

Stamped the barn twice and mounted them together with Scotch foam tape.

Two large hay bales were mounted together with foam tape and glued down with Scotch ATG gun. Everything was colored with Copic alcohol markers.

Hay layer was adhered flat with ATG. Grass layer was mounted with foam tape. Dirt layer was mounted with foam tape.

A top view of some of the dimension.

I messed up coloring the legs of this bird, so I cut him away from the cow and glued him to the top of this big hay bale, which worked out perfectly and gave more balance to the scene. Mistakes happen. I’ve invested a lot of time so I make things work. Every detail no matter how small adds character.

Here is another card made with this same stamp set. Ironically, it was for my honey girl (grand daughter) when she turned 3.

Another card made from FARM Friends

1-31-18 Kathy Rac’s 30 Day, It’s a 2’fer

Hey Crafters!! I needed 2 cards quick and I had not prepared well on the fly. Kathy used some holiday stamps for everyday, with these cute birds! I took that cool water colored Elephant and Zebra from this post and turned them into a card. Scroll down for that.

Today’s coloring was due to needing a base for another card. I had this cool owl from Stampendous, that I’d colored on (Who Know’s What Day!?) after the Volkswagens. LOL. Just keepin’ it real. When I saw this stamp in the online store @ JoAnn’s recently, it screamed, Harry Potter’s owl to me! I’d stamped several and colored 2. Hedwig is really a very white owl, but this stamp has quite a bit of detail on it, so I just did the best I could. This card was for David N. On his last day at work.

I had to tear a white sheet out of my sketchbook for a card base, trimmed off the perforations, and began coloring it with copics. I was hoping to mimic some base layers of card stock and as I hurried along, it morphed into a window and a sad one at that! But, I had to hurry and just get it done! I could have done more, much much more…It looked odd and I added the window sill. It really needed a wood frame too, just didn’t have enough time.

Since the paper in my Canson Sketch book is a bit thin, I doubled it up by glueing another piece behind the owl with glossy accents and fussy cut around the image with scissors, then popped it up a little with scraps of the same paper rolled up a time or two and glued behind the image. I will do this at home if I run out of foam tape or fun foam.

Owl and Books colored with alcohol markers (Copics and Fine point Sharpies). I tried to use 3 different colors on the book spines from the same color families (light-medum-dark), the black book actually used black, dark brown and gray.

This card was for Kyle G. On his last day at work. I would have rather done a deer or moose card for him, but I just didn’t have the time to stamp and color something new. This is one of the reason’s I love Kathy’s 30 Day! I just. Color images and grab them when I need them.

I really hated cutting part of my tree off, but it was necessary for this 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card! LOL. It’s all good.

Have a Great Day!

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day 1-24-18

Hey Crafters!! Today Kathy did some No Line Coloring with Colored Pencils, but I already had this cute VWBug stamped from Print Works in my Canson Sketch book. It was one of my Christmas presents from my son.

I colored the first bug in Green alcohol markers from Copics to Fine Point Sharpies and even some white gel pen. YG25 main body and shading, C4 for some edges around the doors and bumper, B32 for the glass, Black fine point Sharpie for the wheels, R29 for the tail light, B12 headlight. Spectrum Noir clear sparkle on each of the cars just for fun.

and the Blue bug in B32 diluted out with the 0 Blender pen, 100 Black for wheels, hub caps C4 and Ranger white gel pen, R29 tail light, B12 for head light. More B32 for the darker parts the give depth to the fenders/door/hood etc., white gel pen.

The Pink/Orange Bug was done in RV55 for the base. I tried really hard to leave some light areas. (Baby steps you know, working on not filling the entire space!). LOL. I used some R22 over the RV55 to darken some places like the fenders and leading edge of the door, etc. I couldn’t stop myself from adding RV52 to those white areas I was trying to leave uncolored. (Eeeek!). Polynesian Purple Bic Mark it on the wheel/hub, C4 tires, B0000 for the windows on this one, R29 tail light, B21 headlight. Fine point orange sharpie to deepen where I think all of the shadows would be fenders/hood, etc. Dark purple sharpie for the nuts on the wheel. I will fussy cut these for scenes later, when I need a quick card and don’t have time to color.

The Canson Sketch Book is from Wal-mart Super Center. It’s 98 lb paper and I’ve been water coloring and Copic coloring in it. I like it, but might have liked a heavier paper. I’m not sure if it comes in a heavier one. This one is almost full and I will scope that out for the next one. Have a Great Day!

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Color Challenge 1-22-18 Water Color

Hey Crafters!! Today Kathy Altering a Holiday Stamped image , but I had this Red Rubber elephant and Stampin’UP! Zebra already stamped in my Canson 5.5 x 8 inch sketch book from Wal-Mart and I wanted to see if I could water color them.

I really wanted to go outside of my “Traditional Zone” and use some funky colors, like purple on the elephant and blue on the zebra, BUT in the end, I had to go back and dull everything down with some gray! It’s very hard for me to do non traditional, but I enjoy it so much when visiting other blogs.

They were a hot mess until I came back in with a Precision V5 fine point black pen (from Wal-mart) and drew on them. LOL. I love doing that! The results are so cool. And it just makes the image pop. You can do a similar thing if you leave your stamps in a stamping tool and just stamp over the images again. I faked this tree which is a bit sad, it was sketched in with a #2 pencil first, then added some water colors and let that dry, then doodled with Precision V5 pen.

These images were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink mid September, so they have had time to cure well and the water didn’t seem to affect them very much. Normally I would stamp these in a permanent ink like Ranger Archival Jet Black or StazOn. I had not planned the tree, but after the animals were colored they looked odd and I said to myself, an elephant and a zebra would Pro a ally not be this close to each other. I used the aqua painter to dab light green leaves and let them dry. Then dabbed dark green leaves and let them dry. Then used a fan brush to tap, tap, tap those wispy looking bits all over the dried leaves and extending away from the edges of the branches and leaves. I used a big scrub brush to blob in the bushes around the animals and the fan brush over the top of that. The bushes never quite got where I was trying to go with them! LOL. So, I called it good and doodled on the animals, the tree and added extra grasses.

My “water colors” are from Crayola Washable Kid’s markers and Marvy Markers scribbled onto a paint pallet and picked up there with a wet aqua painter. I use Pentel Aquash in large and small. I love these water brushes, they don’t leak and they supply water to the brush tip without dripping. They travel well too!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a Great Week!

Hey Crafters! I’m still playing in #thedailymarker30day with some really cool stamps by #ArtImpressions called EZ Project: B number UM4272, stamps were coated with the marker and stamped, then came in with the water brush to dilute everything, add trees and bushes here and there let that dry. Stamped the fence. Scribbled in some grass and outlined the cabin and hill side with Precise V5 fine point pen in black. Don’t forget to sign your work of art! Enjoy! http://www.thedailymarker.com/2018

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Color Challenge 1-15-2017

Hey Crafters!! It’s time for some fun coloring over at Kathy Racooson’s 30 Day Color Challenge Day 1 Whoop Whoop!!

Today she is using Bic Mark It alcohol markers. You know, I colored with them for years before getting into Copics. The cool thing about alcohol markers is that they will all work with each other and a blender solution.

I am playing with my new Jane Davenport aqua pastels for these well images from Stampendous called, P195 Wishing Well.

Are you playing in Kathy’s Challenge?

http://www.thedailymarker.com/2018/01/day-1-sharpie-markers/

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Birthday Card for Mom Dec 2017

Hey Crafters!! I’m popping in with a quick card for my Mom’s birthday.

I’ve pulled a previously colored image and threw it together to make a quick card to go with some fun Purple kitchen utensils, a table cloth and shopping bag. *Scroll to the bottom of this post for the Video.

This is a gorgeous wood mounted stamp from Inkadinkado 60-00513.

I bought these fun Purple kitchen utensils at my local Wal-Mart Super Center for 99 cents to $2.47. They also came in a medium teal blue, bright green and hot pink. It would have been fun to have some of each color, but Mom’s favorite color is Purple.

While searching for a container to put them in, I found this gorgeous Tablecloth by, The Pioneer Woman. They were $14-$15. Mom has an oval table, but has recently moved to a house with a smaller kitchen and took the leaf out of her table. Now the table is round! I’m so glad I called to confer with her instead of getting the wrong table cloth.

I also tossed in a tiny Crisco that I picked up at the Dollar General Store last time I needed to make pie crusts. The small Crisco was all they had and I’d bought 2 and only used 1. This added some humor to the gift bag. By now I’ve spent about $25, but still want something to display the kitchen utensils in.

The large clear glass Mug came from the Dollar store, where everything is $1.00. It’s got to be around 24 ounces and it’s perfect to hold all of these Purple utensils. I used some ribbon from Michael’s that matches the color theme I’ve got going on here. Plus, a plastic reusable shopping bag to put my gifts in, also $1.00 from the Dollar store. The can colander was from Wal-Mart @ .99 cents. I love to Mix and Match things! While this in not my best coloring for a card, it saved me in a pinch of time to have a card to go with my gifts and I DID NOT HAVE TIME TO WORRY ABOUT IT…scrambling late at night…ROLLING ON TO GET OUT THE DOOR with car loaded for a family reunion, get to work, don’t forget my lunch and hope I’ve packed everything I need for the weekend!

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