I'm in a "let's freshen up the house with paint" mode. The next victim:
my Ikea Markor sideboard.
This photo doesn't do it justice, it is a really beautiful piece and I've struggled again with the concept of painting over real wood; however, the knotty pine thing is over for me! I think this piece will look gorgeous if I find the right paint treatment. So time for homemade chalky finish paint experiment #2! (To see experiment #1 click HERE.)
This time I used a ratio of 1 cup paint to 1/4 cup Plaster of Paris. I only mixed in enough water to take the lumps out of the PoP before mixing it into the paint - exactly like adding flour to gravy! I'm using a custom colour to achieve an antique ivory look. My inspiration piece - from Pinterest of course!
I love the faint distressing, it looks old but not beat up, just what I want.
Things went much better this time, the paint still scratched but not nearly as much as my first project. I'm so happy with it - and I haven't even waxed it yet!
For my paint colour, I started by mixing a very pale yellow together with some BM Lenox Tan and then added some Raw Umber from my acrylic paints until I got a warm ivory. After two coats of paint were dry, I mixed Lenox Tan with 7 drops of Raw Umber. I used a slightly wet rag dipped in the paint to wipe all over the piece, always wiping in the direction of the wood grain. I had to keep wetting the rag to get the look I wanted and it turned out AWESOME!!
My kitchen doesn't get much natural light, so it's really difficult to get a great photo. Hopefully you can see the variation in colour on this shot:
No contest here! Hands down the piece looks a million times better painted!! Very happy with this homemade chalk finish paint experience. And the rough, chalk-like finish smooths right out with a light sanding so it feels nice to the touch as well.
If you want to see my finished kitchen, click HERE
Have a happy & creative week!