When I can’t find words, I paint; and when my painting is terrible, I write. Each serves as respite therapy for the other. It’s weird. We officially remodeled our kitchen 5ish years ago, but that doesn’t mean I can’t repaint stuff. Recently, I have been painting a lot. The walls needed some improving. They were a plaster finish I had applied, but had never really been crazy about. They were a little “yellowish”, and everything else was “grayish”, so I repainted. I do not get all bent out of shape about repainting things, it’s all part of the creative process. If I had always settled for first attempts in life, I would be bored and stagnant, and I refuse to accept either of those two things. Lest you think I am about to start preaching, let’s get back to paint. I repainted my walls with this delicious metallic plaster which looks like dessert to me. Technically, I didn’t paint it, I troweled it on. The color is “Crushed Pearl” and you can find it here. I mixed Crushed Pearl 50/50 with a product from the same line called O’Villa Plaster. The online customer support at Faux Effects told me not to mix those two products together, but I ignored them, and I’m so glad I did. The finish is subtle and neutral whitish/grayish. It’s sublime.
Next, these chairs. Many years ago, I purchased them for pennies. Their carvings were interesting, and they were a random warehouse find for a good deal. The wood finish was pretty, and the seats were neutral, so they worked. Through the years, these chairs have been abused in every way humanly possible, and I have loved that. My babies have spilled more bowls of baby food and spaghetti than I ever thought possible. With each spill I would take the chair to the backyard, hose it down, and bring it back in when it dried.
But then Annie Sloan created a chalk paint color called French Linen, and I knew it was time to repaint the chairs. And if you’re gonna repaint chairs with a color called French Linen, you might as well recover them with a fabric called French Linen. Y’all, I have a problem.
I antiqued the edges a little, allowing the warmth of the underneath wood to show through, giving it just a touch of age. And here’s a little secret…if you hit wet chalk paint with a hairdryer to speed up the drying time, guess what happens? It cracks. Can you even stand it?!?!? I used Annie’s lacquer to seal the chairs rather than her wax. The lacquer will be more durable in the kitchen. The next kitchen change I made was painting my windows and doors black.
This single decision might have been the best. The result is sharp and clean, and if I hate it in 5 years, I can repaint it. I know, I know, the audacity. And for those who may ask about the light fixture above the table, it’s my favorite in the house, but honestly it almost took down an otherwise strong, healthy marriage. Okay not really, but I will say this one thing. Our ceiling is slanted, and the down rod on the fixture is fixed and straight. Oh for the love, it wasn’t pretty y’all. There may have been some gnashing of teeth. The fixture is Circa, and you can find it by clicking here.
They won’t give her to me, so now my conversations with Kevin disturbingly sound like this….
Poor guy. “Snip snap snip snap.”
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