Yesterday Linda from My Crafty Home Life emailed to ask where I've been and it occurred to me that I've been so busy painting that I haven't made time for blogging. The flip side of that is that I have a lot to share! Just not today - have to save some for the upcoming weeks!
Here's what I've painted in the past few weeks:
1) the living room
2) the dining room (including a wall stencil)
3) a small china cabinet in the dining room
4) the downstairs hall
5) the wall going up the stairs
6) the upstairs hall
7) the stair rail and balusters
8) a buffet I bought on kijiji for $75 LAST YEAR that I never did anything with
9) some picture frames
10) a chair in my living room.
Whew! I'm tired just reading that. I think I'll go get my jammies on again because I need a rest.
Before I do, I'll share a few photos.
Ever since I attended the Annie Sloan paint workshop at Kathie Jordan Design in New Hamburg, I've been a painting machine. I haven't put any chalk paint on the walls yet, but that doesn't mean I never will ;)
Today I painted these picture frames (before photo):
Now they look like this:
The art is made from postage stamps. I think one of my relatives made them but I can't be certain. They were at our old family cottage forever and I always liked them so when it sold, I scooped 'em up. Here's a closeup:
Probably not for everyone, but they remind me of growing up at our cottage on the beach so they come with great memories :)
I also finished my stair railing project that I started last year. I started by priming the balusters but it was taking forever and I couldn't imagine having to do up to two more coats of paint AFTER just finishing the priming step. So instead, I got my trusty Annie Sloan paint out and finished the balusters in no time. That paint covers SO well. I was finished in about an hour.
Next to go is that awful light fixture ;)
The railing is Annie Sloan as well - Graphite with a dark wax applied directly on top of the paint (no clear wax first) because the Graphite colour is quite blue at first, and I wanted to deepen it. I think the dark wax worked perfectly because now we have a really nice charcoal colour with a satiny finish. Overall, it's a huge improvement from where we started.
Have you painted anything fun lately??