Using Chalk Paint

I woke up this morning with snow on the ground! I saw an alert on my phone last night that it was snowing but I honestly didn’t take it seriously because I didn’t think it would stay. Well, it looks like it’s staying now! Now I’m definitely in the mood for Christmas music, hot chocolate, being cozy, and maybe (just maybe) setting up my Christmas tree. We’ll see on that one. Days like these are perfect for doing projects inside too. You don’t have to go anywhere, you can endless amounts of coffee, play your Christmas music to your hearts content. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

If you follow me on instagram, you might remember me posting something about a tool box my husband made for me and I was working on painting it. Well, I finally finished it AND I also added another project as well. First of all, let’s talk about this here “tool box.” My husband just recently picked up carpentry. He started out with making two saw horses. Then he made himself a tool box. It was very simple. Not much to it. I took a look at it and suddenly had inspiration. I asked him to make me one. I told him I wanted a smaller version and he made it in one night. My vision for this tool box was to make it as a planter. But I can really use it for anything.

I had never used chalk paint before so when I saw this, I thought I’d give it a try. I found it is so easy to use. All I did was sand the box down, did a couple coats of the chalk paint, sanded that down and distressed it to my liking. Then I added polyethylene. The instructions say to follow the grain of the wood, let it dry for about 2 hours, sand it with a light sandpaper, and apply another coat. As I was painting the box, I was debating whether or not I should also paint the handle. After covering the whole box with chalk paint, I realized, the handle needed to stick out. So I just finished it with this. I’m so happy how it turned out and I think it adds a special character to it, plus it’s sentimental too because my hubby made it for me!

Now let’s talk about this recipe box. I found this at The Salvation Army for $5. I had been wanting a recipe box like this for quite some time. My mother had one and it’s so convenient. I wasn’t really planning on painting it and then one day I took a look at it and realized it had to change. I took the big man electric sander and that wood sealer came off like butter! It was fun to watch this box transform into my own. I used the same exact materials. Once it was all painted, I sanded that sucker down again to give it that distressed look I was aiming for. I am so happy how it turned out. I think I enhanced the wording, don’t you think?

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