Thank you to DecoArt for sponsoring this post.
As the days grow longer and the air turns warmer, I’ve found myself nesting: flitting around the house fluffing pillows,
tucking apples into a vase,
setting the birdcage in the foyer,
giving the ceramic bird a new home on the mantel,
placing a faux budding tulip on the t.v. console,
tucking a candle under a cloche,
and, painting the ottoman.
I liked the paint color I used when I originally turned this coffee table into an ottoman, but I wasn’t loving it. So, I decided to give it a fresh coat of paint, using Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Timeless.
Teacher’s Tip: Paint is a simple, inexpensive way to refresh your home for Spring. And The New American Decor Chalky paint is now available in Home Depot and Michael’s stores. It’s also available for purchase online at homedepot.com
Being the lazy painter that I am, I just threw down an old sheet right in the living room and turned the ottoman upside down so that I could paint the legs and apron.
Teacher’s Tip: Apply the paint in long, even strokes for a smooth finish.
I found that one coat was enough, especially since I wanted a little bit of the old color to show through. I let that dry for about 15 or 20 minutes ( I’m also an impatient painter) before applying a coat of clear wax.
It’s best to apply thin coats of wax. Since I was also adding a coat of dark wax, I applied that while the clear wax was still fresh, making the dark wax easier to work with.
Teacher’s Tip: You can visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more information and tips on applying waxes.
The dark wax really gave the ottoman that old world, french look that I was going for. And I think the aged, creamy color looks fantastic in the living room. For more chalky finish project ideas, visit DecoArt.
Rearranging and refreshing my accessories gave them new life. From fluffing the pillows to painting the ottoman, every little tuck and tweak was another feather in my nest, refreshing my home for Spring.
See you in class,
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