Sunday, October 23, 2011
Chalk It UP...
Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! It's been a while since I've been here, but sometimes I just can't make it! Fall is definitely in the air! The weather is getting chillier, frost is on the ground, and the colors are changing everywhere. Even in my kitchen!
I love color, especially fall colors, which is why my home is filled with them. Now, so is my refrigerator. While home sick one day, I happened to catch an episode of The Nate Berkus Show, which I've never seen before, and life as I know it changed. One of his guests was Ashley, of The Handmade Home, who had painted her refrigerator with chalkboard paint. Hmmmmmmm...interestingly cool idea! I'll admit it intrigued me, but I didn't want black or green. Sooooo, you know me, I've got to research it all up now. I found out I could make my own chalkboard paint with the colors I wanted and, of course, there I went. Let me say at this point that my husband just gave me "that" stare.
Of course I waffled a few times. Do I really want to paint it? Will it turn out? Which colors will I choose? Will it really turn out? REALLY, WILL IT TURN OUT? That would be the paranoia talking there. I did eventually talk myself into it, and proceeded to do a survey. On my facebook page I asked the important people...should I paint it black to match the fronts of the dishwasher and stove or should I use the color on my living room wall that I absolutely love for a zap of color? Yes, I used that word, zap. Sort of like KACHOW, only shorter. ZAP! Well, I did get a few responses, but the one that really made my mind get going was Abby's. She said I should paint it in stripes. :) So of course I said I could do stripes on the top and polka dots on the bottom. hee hee hee And then I actually thought about how fun that would be. For two weeks I thought about how fun that would be. And then I came up with an idea that SORT OF would go along those lines, but not really. Make sense? Yeah, I didn't think so.
Off to Home Depot I went, hubby in tow. I picked out the non-sanded tile grout and the magnetic primer that Ashley had recommended. I already had oodles of paint left over so there was no need to buy any of that. All in all, a relatively inexpensive project. Now, if I could only find the time to do it. You know, time, that thing that eludes us all and we can't really define anymore? Yeah, that. And yesterday, I began "the project." I had a really cool plan, that involved three colors of paint, but hubby said he only wanted one. I compromised by saying I'll only use two. After all, it was my project and I was overseeing it all by myself.
I got up Saturday morning, all ready to begin this painting endeavor! Yes, I was majorly excited! And a little hesitant because usually when my brain says, "this will look great!" my hands say, "you lie, lie, lie!" But I conquered the voice from my hands and began my project. First, I sharked my fridge. Yes, that little handheld Shark steam machine is my best friend! And it didn't take long either! After I steamed my fridge clean, I began the primer process. Wow, now THAT was interesting! I remember reading in Ashley's post that the primer should be stirred for a while. Uh, yep. Thank you, thank you, thank you Ashley for that prerequisitional tip! That stuff is uber thick and is well separated, and it takes a while to get it mixed and smooth. Good thing our friend Marshall was down here hunting and was nice enough to help me stir before he headed out (he kept me stocked in Pepsi, too). That one tip alone makes Ashley my hero of all time! Once smooth, the primer goes on very nicely though, and it is not a difficult process. The instructions on the can say to do three light coats as opposed to two heavy coats, and I see why.
After waiting half an hour between coats of primer, and then applying the last coat and letting it dry nicely, I started applying the paint. Oh wait...I had to MIX it first! Which was so not difficult at all! I actually got my instructions off of the internet and it can't possibly be any easier! You just take 2 tablespoons of non-sanded tile grout to 1 cup of any latex based paint and mix together. Mix for a bit as the grout does tend to clump a little. I chose the maple colored paint for my main color and began painting away. As my paint was darker, I used three coats for more even coverage. After the second coat, I was pretty sure my arms were going to fall off. After I finished with my final coat, I let the paint dry overnight. Because I had a PLAN. :D
This morning, there I was again, raring to finish. I began the process of taping and mixed my next color of paint. My original plan wasn't quite coming together, as I couldn't figure out how to make a half circle AND tape it to actually look like one, so I just taped off part of the bottom of the fridge in a straight line. Close, definitely no cigar, but I can still live with it cuz it's DIFFERENT. I painted my two coats of paint on, giving time to dry in between, and removed the tape. Now, while my fridge isn't exactly conventional looking anymore, and may be a little odd to most, it's at least colorful, fun and, most of all, not boring. We'll be able to draw and write on it, and so will any little visitors that may come our way.
Next time you get the urge to do something different, look around you, start a project and chalk up your space to your imagination's content!
Paint (Autumn Maple and Pumpkin Butter) by Behr; Magnetic Primer by Rustoleum.