I had a very tired wall that I decided to tackle mid-renovation, cause you know, I did not have enough projects happening. The before picture below was taken in July.
“Happy Easter”…..in July. Clearly this chalk board had lost it’s purpose.
There was a block of wood shoved under the shelving unit, acting as an additional leg, to help keep it from collapsing under the weight of all the toys shoved into those tired old bins. This area needed an intervention.
I wanted to do something interesting on this wall. My first thought was to wallpaper, but I was too impatient to wait for samples to arrive. Then I found Royal Stencil’s site. I think it might have been on Pinterest.
Let me tell you, stencils have a come a long way from the days of chickens and ivy. So after much deliberation, I place my order for the Bombay Paisley.
I had loads of left over paint in my garage. So I used a white back ground and the grey is Benjamin Moore Collingwood Grey. (note, my BM paint was kind of thick, I should have thinned it, but I’m lazy. It made keeping my stencil clean difficult.)
Now, I am not going to say this was easy. I kept lining it up wrong and having to repaint the wall white. I did this in the same spot three times. To fix, I would have to re-paint over the grey with the white, wait for it to dry and start over.
I ran out of the white paint before I could cover my last mistake, then discovered that brand I has using was discontinued. Ever try to colour match white?
I think my Facebook status at the end of the night read something like this.
“I want to punch stencils in the face.”
But it is amazing what a glass of wine and good nights sleep can do for your optimism, and the next day I finished the project. High fives.
It’s not perfect, but honestly, that is what I really love about it.
To complete the space, I resurrected a dodgy side board that was in my basement and refinished it using Annie Sloan Chalk paint. You can read about that here.
Regarding wall art, there was a lot of deliberation with my twin sister. I discuss all my home decorating ideas with her because she is a genius.
She completes me.
She thought I should get a black and white print of a shark. I liked that idea; rooms are much more charming with a little quirkiness.
But, I really needed somewhere to store some of my serving dishes.
So, after six months of staring at my wall, I finally decided on high gloss white shelves from Ikea.
I love them. And they compliment the cabinetry on our fireplace reno.
I reused a lot of things in my house. The chalk paint and wall paint were left over in my garage, I had the sideboard in my basement. So my biggest investment was the shelving, which cost about $80. The cost of the stencil was $36.95.
A pretty big impact for such a small budget.
Alright…..have I made you a believer?
Don’t judge by my errors during this project, I can be a bit of a knob.
I have discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I know, this is old news for many. I was at the end of my reno and out of money. My table finish was not working with my new floors.
I went to my local Annie Sloan stockist The Passionate Home. After standing and staring at the paint for as long as it took Oliver to finish his sucker, I decided on Paris Grey and clear wax. I find it interesting that when I look/shop for home decor, I seem to forget what my house actually looks, and begin seeing it how I want it too look. Once a new coffee mug had me changing my whole family room colour scheme and I painted my fireplace Prairie Fire orange. That was the worse mistake ever. EVER.
The paint went on great; so easy to work with, no sanding, no priming. Perfect, I am lazy.
This was one of the times, that while standing in the store, I visualized a completely different home and now the colour was off for my house. I needed a warmer grey and thought it meant repainting the entire thing. At the store, the girl introduced me to dark wax, telling me it would transform my colour. I did not believe her….at…all. She looked so convinced, I decided not to hurt her feelings and conceded. I sceptically headed home with a can that looked and smelled like shoe polish. As soon as I started to apply it I wanted to sing from the mountain top.
Can you believe how it changed that paint colour??!!?!
So I waxed, sanded and buffed, this was very therapuetic . I also used every tea-towel that I owned. Note: The suggested rags they sell may not be money grab after all…
Then, I was very happy.
So happy I tackled an old sideboard I had kicking around too (doesn’t everyone have an old sideboard kicking around? Don’t you hate it when people say they had an old side board kicking around?). I had spray painted it black and it turned out hideous. It was promptly moved to the basement a few years ago to wear the Hat of Shame. It has now been redeemed.
I created a whole new dining suite for around a $100 and now I am thinking about my chairs. Why are chairs to expensive? I’d like to revamp my current ones, but they ceased be comfortable about a year ago. I also have this thing called little boys to consider so fabric is out. Unless it is plastic.
Are you an Annie Sloan fan? Would love to here about your experiences! Comment below and maybe link to your masterpieces. Since writing this post, I have altered a few more pieces, which I will be sharing. I can not believe how simple it is revamp an old dodgy piece of wood!