This dictionary stand has been in my house for at least the last six years. I don't know how it got here, but my son seems to have a certain attachment to it. Which is not a bad thing. The bad thing is that this cherry red piece sticks out like a sore thumb in my otherwise black, beige, and blue apartment.
Yes, most of the furniture is either black or a dark brown. No cherry in sight here. It was time to upcycle the dictionary Stand with chalk paint.
What is a DIYer to do? I could go to Michael's and make them richer than they already are, but I have a plan here. You see, my dear old dad is my inspiration for my creative side. He worked as a house painter for many years and although many of you would not think of that as being creative, I remember that our home was full of hand painted pieces by him.
Of course he used enamel paint on his furniture. You know the old fashioned kind that is thick and gooey and drips all over the place. But I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce him to the joys of chalk paint.
I made it using an acrylic paint he had around the house. (Our house is full of paint cans). I used 1/3 cup warm water, 1/3 cup plaster of Paris and a cup of the acrylic paint. At first my dad was very skeptical. And when I started painting he complained to me that I was ruining a perfectly good piece of furniture. I'm sure that many of you who have ever painted furniture have heard that one.
I added 3 coats of paint and let it dry overnight. The next day I sanded it a bit... not too much, and used cream wax from DecoArt to seal the paint.
I've done all this before with my bed frame makeover and the blue beach table.
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Of course my dad was still skeptical till he saw this...
I had him run his hand across the top...
That's when I got the desired effect "Oh it is really smooth" .
And... "it does look much better now!"
That's what I wanted to hear!!!
He was also very impressed with the price tag! ;)
And he liked the distressing!
In case you are interested, that wooden tray was in the first post I published along with some frames. It was made in my home town in Greece. We have a woodworking tradition where I was born.
A quick look at the before. Now that I'm looking at it again it seems as if the spindles are a different color from the shelves. Hummm... Maybe it was a different type of wood. But I fixed that!
This piece is finally finished. And I have shown my dad the beauty of chalk paint. You can always learn something new no matter what your age.
You may be wondering why I felt the need to show all this to dear old dad. I mean why can't I leave him alone and give him some peace and quiet? Well, I am going to paint some larger pieces of furniture in the house the same way and I needed to ease him in slowly with this smaller piece. See there is a reason for my painting madness.
I hope you all enjoyed my quick how to upcycle a dictionary stand with chalk paint. Dad is satisfied! And I am painting up a storm in my son's apartment! But more on that later...
Have you ever tried to make your own chalk paint?
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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