…rust-oleum chalked?

I haven’t left you! Just have a few projects in the hopper that take me away from writing, but know you always have my heart 🙂

Okay, you know how I feel about my Annie Sloan paint, right? Love it to the moon and back. So, when a friend and fellow vendor asked me to help out with her client’s pieces and told me she was using a product found in Home Depot, I was a bit curious. I am totally open to trying new products and comparing. I was really interested in seeing howRust-Oleum Chalked held up.

Here is Sue, from the Treasured Hunt, and I the day we were neighbors at Luckett’s Spring Market a few years ago. I love meeting sweet people doing the same thing I am. It’s a lovely, little community.

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And here is the paint that she was using for the pieces.

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Sue was working with Linen White and since I was to match her pieces, I used it as well. You can find this paint at Home Depot online as well. The paint is for refinishing furniture just as ASCP. This Linen White is comparable to Pure White. Here’s what it looked like when I cracked the paint open. The texture is similar, but not as thick.

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This is what a first coat looks like.

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You may notice that it is a bit more thin than other paints. This was the biggest difference. I know some painters like to water down or spray their paint to smooth it out so this may be a good choice for you. Here is another look at a first coat on a bit of a relief area.

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I ended up doing two coats and touch ups. I also used the Rust-Oleum Topcoat, which I will discuss tomorrow. Here are the results.

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You will see that it looks very similar. I did find that the paint does not settle like ASCP so you will see more paint lines. You will always have paint lines when you paint pieces, but I found that theRust-Oleum paint did not diminish at all. Not a deal breaker, but just something to be aware of.

My thoughts?

Rust-Oleum Chalked runs about $13 a can, which is way cheaper in comparison to Annie Sloan, which is $38 a can. It looks similar to other furniture paints, but it handles a bit different. It is more thin and does not settle after applied. These are not necessarily negatives unless you prefer the feel of a thicker paint, which I do. You can sand down some of these lines and that will help. You may also need a few more coats.

Tomorrow I will show you how the top coat works.

 

 

 

…peonies, a dress and audrey hepburn

I am a day late in wishing all you mother’s a happy day, but I was basking in the blessing of Dear Husband taking care of all the parental duties around here, which also included my very, very favorite breakfast – eggs benedict. I would eat egg benedict for every meal if I had a choice.

You know I love design in all forms and I can’t help but get excited about fashion and products and food and travel that reflect who I am on the inside. A good design is a good design. No matter if is a rug, a pillow, a door, a dresser, a hangbag or a certain dress that could have been inspired from a vintage handcerchief. I do love pretty clothes, especially ones that mirror who I feel like inside. It’s just another opportunity to express to the world who this recovering shy girl is.

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So, after my delicious breakfast (Oh my, my mouth is watering just tying about it) and a sit on the couch with my coffee, DH and my three darlings offered me a their gifts of hand colored treasures, beaded necklaces, paper flowers and all the things that I will never tire of. The Peony and Suede Blush was in a little box. Sweet and light.

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The handkerchief dress in a big black box. I think it’s so sweet when a man buys a girl a dress. Yes, I may have hinted about this particular one, but he went out and bought it.

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After an amazing and life-changing Thai massage we went to a local pub for lunch. Oh, how this former vegetarian loves a good burger now days. Yes, Ma’am.

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I have to say, though, that my very favorite part was getting my kids to watch my favorite movie in our basement theater. They sat through the entire showing of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and God-bless Reid for crying when Holly Golightly kicked Cat out of the taxi.

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I hope you all were blessed with the love you deserve and were able to really take it in. There are times when I cannot take in love and just shrug it off and think I have to do more and try harder. Yesterday I didn’t do that. I let the love come to me and really let it in. In return I felt showered by those that I share life with and honored to be the mom that I am.

…lessons from an anti-hero

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You guys, sometimes I am so sucked in by beautiful people doing beautiful things wearing beautiful clothes and smiling beautiful smiles. I see them in magazines, on Facebook, Access Hollywood, the news and every where we turn. I can’t seem to get away from beautiful, successful people and frankly, I don’t want to see it all the time because I then start using them as a measuring stick to where and what I am supposed to be and it sucks up so much air in my space that I can’t just like what I want to like and smile the way I already do smile. It all makes me feel like I am supposed to fix something broken about me – like I better buy more and do more and say more because what I am right here in this moment is clearly not enough because it does not look the same as what they are doing over there.

Please tell me you feel me. How could you not?

I don’t blame us because we are saturated with all these messages telling us that we are not fine just as we are. Before I start sounding too cliche, let me introduce to you my hero if you have not met. My anti hero. Lena Dunham. Let me caveat this by saying that her show Girls is not for everyone. Its raw and raunchy at times and can even be too much for me, but I’m not talking about the show as much as I’m talking about Hannah, the protagonist.

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When I say I’m taking lessons from her, I’m totally serious. She is unapologetic for who she is. She is often misguided, totally irreverent, quasi childish and often inappropriate. But, she is also beautifully sensitive and in tune to what works for her despite the pressures around her. She does not even seem to let these influences affect her unless it comes in the form of her relationships, which she is often entangled emotionally. She cares deeply, talks bravely and moves through the world at her own speed, albeit often at a zig zag.

I find myself thinking about Hannah in the moments that I question myself or find myself trying too hard or shaming myself for not being something that looks more pleasing than what I present to the world. At the end of the day, no one is really is paying that much attention, are they? At the end of the day, it’s truly how I feel and what I take away from the experience. I think if we let others see our disheveled, human side more often I think we could make deeper, more meaningful connections, but also rid ourselves of the constant shame that we are the way we are. What if the way we are in all of our imperfectness is what will really set us apart from all that is perfectly beautiful and therefore lead us to live a more authentic life? Maybe the tide would turn? Or maybe it wouldn’t. But, maybe we could at least feel a bit more comfortable in our less than perfect skin and hair and enjoy the feeling of wearing something that we like vs. what someone else may think is beautiful.

I get it, Hannah. I get the too short shirts, the wide jeans, the cutout red swimwear, the exasperation, the analyzing, the parents, the tattoos and the cake. I want that cake and I will eat it all too.

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