Playing with paint



I’ve been playing with paint for the last few weeks. Chalk paint that is. And chalk/clay paint.

I have to say that I really like this stuff. It is so different from latex paint. It is really easy to work with.

I think that I have had some pretty good results so I thought I’d share some of them with you and see what you think.

I only have a couple of before pictures, I think I was just too excited so I jumped right in and started painting then I remembered that I had planned to take a before picture.

Don’t judge my work by the poor photography… my #1  photographer flew the coop on me. I guess that learning better photography will have to be on my must do list.

And learning more about blogging and websites.

I can tell I’m really going to be  challenged mentally.  Kinda like trying to teach an old dog a new trick.

O. K. so here it goes:

I bought these 2 vintage needlework pictures and thought that the frames really didn’t do much for them so I painted them this lovely blue. I think it really brings out the blue in the needlework.


blue frames both


Here is almost a before, when only one frame was painted you can see what the frames looked like when I bought them.


blue frames


I like the blue frames much better, what do you think?

This is a cute little vintage spice rack, I don’t have a before of it.


spice rack


But I do have a detail to show the distressing.


spice rack detail


This was wet distressing – no sandpaper needed.

I really like vintage spice racks. I think I own 3 of them at the moment.

Next up chalkboards:

I made a fall chalkboard.


fall chalkboard


It was so much fun that I made this cute little teapot chalkboard.


small teapot chalkboard


I have plans for a few more. This is fun stuff.

They say chalk/clay based paint will stick to any surface so I bought this to experiment with.

mag rack before

And this is how it turned out.

magazine rack after


I got really brave and decided to move on to a couple of bigger projects.


white corner shelf


This was stained with a dark stain, I think it looks much better this way.

And last but not least …


blue shelf after

Here is a close up of the finish

blue shelf detail


This one is a 3 layer finish with distressing. This paint is really easy to distress. Did I mention that already ? No sandpaper, just wiping back the paint.

Here is how it started out.


blue shelf before


Overall everything turned out the way I planned and I had a lot of  fun painting.



And now I want to leave you with some real paint beauty.

paint horses in rain

These were painted by the master painter himself. The maker of the universe in all of it’s glory.

You can’t tell in the photo but it was raining this day after weeks and weeks of really hot and dry weather. I think they were enjoying the rain. Of course they decided to start walking off as soon as I was ready to take the pictures of them. I caught this one quickly before they left.

Happy painting,




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