DIY Christmas Sign and Chalky Finish Paint Giveaway

DIY Christmas Wood Sign Chalky Finish Today I am sharing how to make this easy Christmas sign on birch wood with Chalky Finish Paint. Have you ever used this paint? It is amazing. I am hooked! It comes in so many gorgeous colors and is easy to use without having to sand and prime the surface.  That's my kind of paint. You have a chance to win 8 colors of your choice and more, but we will get to that later! DIY Christmas Wood Sign

I scored this birch wood plaque from Michaels.

DIY Chalkboard

The paint color I used is Relic. It is beautiful!

Chalky Finish Birch Wood Christmas Sign

I used a foam brush to apply the paint.

DIY Chalkboard wood sign

Initially I planned to paint the letters on, but I decided to use chalk instead. Now I can change it with the seasons!

DIY Christmas Decor

I used my Cricut make a stencil out of clear contact paper. I love to use contact paper for stencils because it is way cheaper than adhesive vinyl. You can download the image file here: Joy and Holly Berries. If you don't have a cutting machine, you can print and transfer the image using transfer paper like I showed you here: DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign.

Chalky Finish Birch Wood SignTo finish, I added twine to hang the sign.  I love it!

Remember when we painted our kitchen cabinets? We used Everlasting Chalky Finish paint. It was a huge time saver to not have to sand/prime the cabinets and we are thrilled with them.

Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Michaels in the wood and finishes aisle. Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

Chalky Finish Giveaway

UPDATE: CONTEST OVER; THE WINNER IS ERIN B.!!

Now for the giveaway! Enter for a chance to win 8 colors of your choice, clear and dark creme waxes, Soft Touch varnish, waxing brush and 2 stencils of your choice *. a Rafflecopter giveaway

* The items pictured are representations only. The stencils and paint will be selected by the winner.  Disclosure: I received product and compensation from DecoArt in exchange for my campaign.  All opinions are honest and mine, as always!  

DIY Image Transfer Recycled Glass Bottles

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Image Transfer Recycled Glass Bottle Tutorial @savedbyloves

[pinit] Bring a touch of vintage chic into your décor with this chalk finish image transfer technique. This project works particularly well on bottles with texture, as you can sand after painting to remove the paint from raised areas for a chippy, old world feel.  Head to The Graphics Fairy for  thousands of free images to transfer to your bottles with this simple tissue paper transfer  technique I am sharing today!

How to Upcycle Wine Bottles

MATERIALS:

-Textured glass liquor bottles -Chalk paint in several colors -Printer (inkjet or laserjet is fine) -White Tissue Paper -Decopauge medium -Medium Grit Sandpaper -Flat paint brush -Wax brush or lint free cloth -Rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner and towel -Clear wax or other sealer -Images for transfer (I got all the images used in this post from www.graphicsfairy.com) -masking tape -cardstock or photo paper

DIRECTIONS:


Image Transfer Bottles 1
1. Remove any labels from the bottles and clean the glass with hot soapy water or use Krylon Spray Adhesive Remover.  This stuff works great!

Paint on chalky finish 2. Paint on chalk paint layer. This can be cross hatched and messy since we are going for a distressed look. Do several layers in different colors if you want different the sanding in a later step to reveal base colors. It is also fine to just do one layer. Image Transfer Bottles 5 3. Prepare image transfer by using masking tape to adhere tissue paper to a piece of cardstock or photo paper sized for your printer and image. Image Transfer Bottles 6 4. Print images, making sure you have sized them to fit your bottles. How to transfer image to glass 5. Cut out image and apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the back of it with your flat brush or sponge brush. Be careful not to rip the tissue. If the medium is too thick, you may need to thin it with a small amount of water. Image Transfer Bottles 7 6. Apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the painted bottle and carefully place your image, ink side up. Smooth out any wrinkles with your fingers and apply a thin layer of the medium over the top of the image. Sand to distress 7. Once the decoupage medium is dry, lightly sand distress the texture areas of the bottle until you are happy with the degree of distressing. Apply wax with wax brush 8. Wipe away the sanding debris with a lint free cloth and seal entire bottle with clear wax using your wax brush. Another option is to seal the piece with the decoupage medium. I prefer clear wax with chalk paint. I love the unique shine it brings, and the fact that you can buff it to a shine when it dulls.

EXTRA TIPS

○ Use antiquing wax after clear wax to create more of an aged look. This project would be great with photos of family made to look aged in photo editing software, like I showed you in the “Photo in a Bottle” project.

For more inspiration, visit our 50+ Wine Bottle Upcycle Projects and 50+ Image Transfer Techniques!

Chalk Paint Map Decoupaged Table Revamp

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Today I am sharing another furniture flip! We will be taking a retro 50's side table to a chalk painted, old map bearing, stylish addition to the master bedroom.  A little decoupaging and glitter blast add a special touch.  Let's do it!

SUPPLIES:

Table Before Furniture Revamp

Old table

Mod Podge Satin Finish

Decoupage Map Paper from Martha Stewart or actual old maps

Foam Paint Brush

Pen or pencil

 Scissors

Chalky Finish Paint in desired color

Americana Clear Creme Wax

Krylon Gold Glitter Blast

Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer

TUTORIAL:

Americana Chalky Finish Paint Projects

I lightly painted 2 coats of Americana Chalky Finish in Timeless, allowing 20 minutes to dry between each coat.

How to Decoupage Furniture

I removed the doors/hardware and outlined them onto my decoupage paper, then cut out the paper to size.

Decoupage a Table With Mod Podge and Map Paper

How to Decoupage a Table

Next I added a layer of Mod Podge to the door surface with a foam brush.

Decoupage Table Tutorial

I smoothed wrinkles out from the center with the palm of my hands.  A brayer would work too.  Then I added a uniform layer of Mod Podge to the top of the map paper to seal everything.

Krylon Glitter Blast

I sprayed the pulls on the door, and the shoes on the table legs with Krylon Gold Glitter Blast.

DIY Old Map Table

I applied a coat of Americana Decor Creme Wax in clear to the whole piece and replaced the glittery hardware once everything dried.

DIY Map Craft

I love our new side table.  Just the perfect colors and style for our decor.

I hope you are inspired to get chalky and decoupagey!

Side Table Flip Distressed With Chalk Paint

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My mom gave me an outdated oak table that she was ready to let go.  I saw curves that would look fantastic with some chalk paint distressing, so that is what I did.  See how some paint, crackle medium, antiquing medium and a change in hardware went into this fun furniture flip.  As an aside, mom wants her table back now.  Should I charge her?!

How to paint furniture

I removed the hardware and painted a layer of Chalky Finish in "Vintage" as the base layer.

DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint

Once that dried, I painted a thick layer of crackle medium from the Chalky Finish line.  When that dried I painted a layer of Chalky Finish "Treasure"..

How to Distress Furniture

I rubbed away the top layer of paint on the edges in random places to show the base layer in a chippy paint kinda way.  For the drawer, I followed the same steps, using the Treasure as my base paint and Vintage as the top paint layer.

How to create an antique effect

I sealed the entire piece by brushing on Clear Creme Wax, followed by Aging wax.

Table Flip @DecoArt_Inc Distressing with Chalk Paint @savedbyloves #chalkyfinish

I am loving the transformation!  What do you think?  Have you used this paint?

How to Chalk Paint on Fabric

Hello! It is me again, Vidya from Whats Ur Home Story. Has Spring been good to you? Surprisingly for the first time in many years my allergies are minimal, which is a huge relief. As a result I got to cross off many projects from my To Do List! Yay! †Have you noticed that sometimes it is the small projects that surprise you with how big of an impact they make? Today, I have one such makeover for you.

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In its past life this bin used to be "under the bed toy storage" in my daughter's room.

fabric bin makeover

Yes, complete with pink and white stripes that my daughter used to love when she was 5. Not any more! As she has grown so has her tastes in decor. She is also at a stage where she doesn't play with her old toys much; so we ended up donating most of it. This freed up the bins for using in the laundry room. But pink?

With the help from some left over chalk paint from a chair makeover and a stencil that I used for a throw pillow project I gave it a new lease of life!

laundry room redo

†When using chalk paint on fabric,

  • First mist the fabric thoroughly with water using a sprayer. The fabric should be damp but not completely wet.
  • Paint using a well loaded roller. Th fabric does soak up paint so you'd end up doing at least 3 coats.
  • Once the paint is dry position the stencil with a stencil adhesive on the flat side of the bin. With a sponge gently stencil with fabric paint.

fabric tote makeover

The project is very forgiving as you can easily go back and paint over any mistakes. For example, see the orange paint smudges next to the bird?

fix stencil mistakes

I just went over those with chalk paint and poof they were gone!

how to chalk paint fabric

Have you used chalk paint on fabric before? How did it go?

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