My love of chalk painted started when I stumbled upon a home decor boutique in Monument, CO. The store displayed their decor items on furniture that had been treated to look “worn” and had that “chipped paint” look I liked. The shop owner showed me the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan that was used to create these timeless pieces. Then, he showed me the classroom where he offered Chalk Paint classes. Of course, I took the classes and I was hooked. This was the answer I had been looking for for many years. I had many pieces of furniture I had collected from garage sales and thrift stores that just needed to be refinished and brought back to life. My first project, my dining room Louis chairs that I have for over 10 years. I used layers upon layers of paint to emulate old world French furniture. I utilized the techniques I had learned from class and discovered a few techniques of my own. The Interior Door Project A Wish Come True I searched through many resources to find the right interior doors. But it took longer than I expected. Of course, if the budget had been unlimited, it would have been a “bit” easier and faster to accomplish. But I wasn’t part of unlimited budget decor club so I needed to search for ideas that were within my realm of spending. However, when it came right down to it, I kept saving the exact same dark distressed door, over… read more
Let the Demo Begin! I decided to save a “little” money and demo the floors myself. I pulled out every staple from the linoleum! They say you can hammer them into the sub floor, but I wanted a solid smooth base. Linoleum Floors – no so easy to remove! I didn’t think that the old linoleum floors were going to give me such trouble. I definitely need a breaker bar in some areas. Boy were my hands sore! Wow! What a difference a 10 days makes. We love the new look of the “wood” tiles. The heating system is simply a wonderful thing. It makes the tiles and the room warm. Perfect for cold Colorado winter days!