I really do have the best friends in all of blogland! For the past few weeks they have been helping me out by guest posting on my blog while I'm recovering from surgery. Now THOSE are great friends. Today I'm excited to have my friend Krista from The Happy Housie sharing a project with you! I love Krista's coastal style and her knack for mixing colors and patterns. Most of all, though, I love how sweet she is and how fun she is to be around! Krista was another one of the girls I had the pleasure of meeting at Haven last month, and I loved every minute of it. One of Krista's many talents is painting, and she will be sharing a painted creation with us today!
Hello readers of Just a Girl and Her Blog! I'm Krista from The Happy Housie and I am so excited to be here today to share this chalky painted chair makeover that I did with some homemade mint chalky paint.
As I mentioned before, I spend most of my bloggy time over at The Happy Housie. I called my blog this because I must admit to you that I am a bit of a "housie"... (think foodie but for houses). I love all things related to houses: decorating, DIY, organizing, crafting, gardening, and more. I love sharing projects and ideas, and especially love finding old pieces and fixing them up to make them vibrant and beautiful again...like this chair project that I am sharing with you today.
This chair was free!! I was literally driving down the road and saw it out on the curb with this sign:
Score! What fabulous lines!! I was super excited...
First I gave it a good cleaning and sanded it down to get off some of the chippy paint and grime. Even though it already had that 'distressed' look it was a little too rough and distressed for me. So I mixed up some DIY homemade chalky paint. Yes, I really did use my Magic Bullet. I wanted my paint really smooth-with no undissolved plaster of paris bits floating around... You don't necessarily need to use a blender, but my plaster was a little old so it wasn't dissolving as smoothly as I would have liked:)
Chalky paint is perfect for projects where you want to distress your piece because it sands off really nicely and it doesn't require priming before - so you can reveal some of the original wood or color rather than revealing a coat of white primer.
I gave it three coats of mint green chalky paint (colour: Fresh Mint by Benjamin Moore) letting it dry thoroughly between each coat. Once it was dry it was... ready to be sanded smooth and distressed (or re-distressed)...
I am really thrilled with the results... I love the freshness of the mint green...
I love the way it works with the whites and blues in this space... I think there are even some hints of that minty green in the little maps framed on the entry hall gallery wall.
I'd love you to come by and visit me at The Happy Housie to see some more of my favourite DIY projects... or come on by for our summer house tour!!
Thank you again to Abby for having me here today! I am so thrilled and honoured to get to share with all you readers!
Thanks for reading. And remember my housie friends, HOME isn't built in a day. Enjoy the journey!
Oooh yes, Krista is right! You should definitely pop over and take her summer home tour! It is gorgeous! Don't forget to follow her on social media, too! Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!