…more rust-oleum and deepak chopra

Yes. To all those that commented after yesterday’s post on Rust-Oleum. I agree that you get what you pay for and I agree that this paint is not the same quality as Annie Sloan. It is sadly and unfortunately just not as good (I have other thoughts about the Rust-Oleum Topcoat so stay tuned). BUT, I also get so many emails about how expensive Chalk Paint is and I do think it is often out of people’s budget at almost $40 a pint. I don’t want money holding anyone back from painting over that drab furniture and not transforming your space and ultimately your mood. This is most important to me.

Painting furniture is all well in good, but I want to deepen it with you. I really do believe that you deserve a beautiful environment. We work so very hard out there in the world and are constantly battling other personalities and events that push and pull us and every once in a while knock us down. I want you to rest in a place that is pleasing and calm. I think a space can really change our mood. I have been know to leave a restaurant if I do not feel comfortable in the environment…or I just hate the color of the linens. Let me explain. As a mom of three active kids, I do not get out to dinner much with Dear Husband so when I do I want it to be worth putting on make-up and paying for a babysitter. What is around me is how I FEEEEEEL inside.Yes, it’s slightly embarrassing to DH, but I want to sit in Lovely. I realize that I am a sensory person, but I got to believe that if we are surround with beauty then we will feel special and, maybe, beautiful ourselves.

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This is the feeling I want for all my sweet readers. I want you to know that you deserve beauty in your life and I think your space can lift you up and prepare you for what the world holds outside it’s walls. So, if money is going to hold you back from changing your space, don’t let it. Get it where you can. If it’s a spray can or a half open can of wall paint that’s been sitting on your garage, let’s move forward creating beauty and creating new lives.

Okay, that sounds a bit lofty, I know. But as someone that is trying to live wholeheartedly (as defined by the beloved Brene Brown) I think finding rest in our space is a good first step to self care. And guess what, self care and compassion is the most important thing that you can do for yourself and for your family. If you put off finding peace in your body and your mind, you may lose the opportunity for contentment in your daily life.

DS (Dear Sister) sent me this amazing reminder via Deepak Chopra this very morning.

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How good is that?! To me, this means that thinking I can just plow through my life doing and doing more and it’s not going to take a toll on my body is so misguided. It all works together. My stressed out thoughts will have an effect on how my body works and runs. I am naive to not remember this always. But, before I shame myself, I will have compassion and remind myself that this is a practice. Every day is another opportunity to practice rest and creating beauty because we all deserve it.

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…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.

 

 

 

…kitchen time series: spray paint

You may think I’m crazy to suggest spray paint for your interiors, but it has come a really long way. Rust-Oleum is just one of the brands that make spray paint in all colors for wood, metal and plastic. They don’t have every color of the rainbow, but they do make the basics and that’s all you will need.

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When Dear Husband and I were first married we wanted a little, white kitchen. We were given a fridge by my boss at the time (Miss you, Cherrie!) and an oven from my sister-in-law. Both pieces were a cream color. Once the cabinets were finished, counter tops in and floor installed, we took the appliances outdoors to spray paint. We used a white color that was heat resistant for the oven and the same white for the exterior of the fridge. We live in that house for 5 years with not a single issue – no peeling or scratching.

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This is kinda where my addiction to paint & refreshing old things started. I started to spray paint everything that needed it. I used to go to yard sales all over the place to find little chairs & tables for our home. We really didn’t have much furniture starting out and certainly no budget. I spray painted light fixtures, fire place screens, stools, door handles, etc.

Before I send you out into the great abbys of spray paint, let me give you a few pointers.

#1 – Size of piece. If you are tackeling a large piece like a buffet/hutch that is tall and wide and just HUGE. Then I’d think about doing ASCP or a Benjamin Moore. It will be easier to be consistent. If it is a small piece or object with turns & crevices, you will be super excited at how this type of paint covers.

#2 – You will most likely need 3 coats so buy enough spray paint.

#3 – Practice spraying on the grass to make sure you know how the nosel works

#4 – ALWAYS spray in a ventilated area preferably outside. NEVER spray inside.

#5 – Do not spray when it’s windy out. Sounds silly, but the paint will literally catch wind and you will get paint on whatever is next to you or several feet down – like you house!

#6 – Spray your first coat LIGHTLY. Do not try to get full coverage at this step.

#7 – Let dry per instructions on the paint can. LET DRY FULLY, meaning if you touch it and it’s tacky then wait.

#8 – Go over with another layer trying to fill in some of the blank spots. The biggest trick when spray painting is that you do not want to use too much at a time. It will clump and run and look BAD. GO SLOWLY.

#9 – Still not covered? Let dry and repeat.

#10 – Messed up and you are so mad you want to throw the piece? Lightly sand down clumpy parts and start over.

#11 – Like I always say, start small.