With only 12 days to go before we hit the road and tour some of the US of A, painting the bottom half of the kitchen cabinets seemed like a great idea to me. Too bad my husband didn’t agree with me and most of my friends. So I listened to reason for once and didn’t start painting the cabinets. Instead I decided to paint my kitchen chairs. A few years ago they were honey oak but after a few coats of black spray paint and some poly they were looking 10o times better. You can imagine the abuse these chairs suffer on a daily basis with 4 kids and 2 dogs that try to scratch at leftover crumbs left on the seats. I also may have occasionally used these chairs for painting. Ruby may also have mistaken the legs for bones a few times. The abuse was taking it’s toll.
My first attempt was to make a DIY AS Chalk Paint with Plaster of Paris. I found a recipe, thought their furniture looked great so gave it a whirl. I browsed my paint
store cans in the basement and thought maybe the coral from our nightstands would be cool. The paint did not go on well, did not dry well at all and did not cover the black well. Paint fail! (Thank you instagram for capturing my paint failure when I’m in the middle of a mess and don’t want to head inside for the nice, expensive camera.)
Back to the drawing board! I grabbed the Galapegos Turquoise from the cloffice and mixed some plaster of paris and water again, added in the paint and went to town on my chairs. The reason I wanted to try this chalk paint is that there is no sanding, priming or prep really at all except for making sure the furniture you are painting is clean.
They turned out much better this time around! I did not distress the chairs at all but just rubbed some minwax wood polish over them. I posted this pic on fb the other night for feedback and why does my mudroom look like the color of bile?
I’m not in love with the look of the chairs, the paint color seems almost green in some light. I added some lemons to the table with a placemat to see if it helped any. Once the bottoms of the cabinets are painted I think I might like the table and chairs.
The table color is staying for now, I’m waiting until after the cabinets are painted before I decide if I like the chairs/table with the cabinets. Then, after painting the bottom cabinets gray, it is either find new stools for the counter or repainting those ones and finding some oilcloth fabric for the seat cushions.
Have you tried painting with AS Chalk paint or have you made your own? I’d love to hear what you think about it!