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chalk paint refurbishment…

Chalk paint has been all over Pinterest for a while now, and everyone raves about how easy it is to use, and the gorgeous results it gives. I’ve wanted to do-over my bed side tables for a while now, and I thought this was the perfect project for a first-time-chalk-painter!

This is was I started with. Two, very generic, bed side tables. First, all of the hard-wear was removed, including the doors, handles, and those little disks.

Even though I’ve read over and over that you don’t have to sand your item before you paint it, I did give mine a light sand, and a good scrubbing with a brush and some warm sugar-soapy water.

The next step, I have to credit to my wonderful dad! Behind the door was just one big open cavity, which I found completely useless for storing stuff. I thought adding a shelf would give me more storage options. I bought a sheet of MDF, and gave dad puppy-dog eyes until he agreed to build me some shelves (thanks dad!).

He used the above tools.. I’m taking a stab in the dark here, and am going to call them “air-compressing nail gun” and “drop saw”.

Here are the two shelves which dad put grooves in to match the sides of my tables.. and the shelf positioned in it’s new home.

Now, onto the fun part! Although I searched, I couldn’t find a retailer that could sell me chalk paint, let alone the colour I wanted. Then I stumbled across Marilyn’s Chalk Paint, which is an Australian company that sells chalk paint powder! This stuff is amazing! Basically, you add it to any low sheen or matte acrylic paint, give it a good shake, and BAM! It will turn it into thick chalk paint! It comes with instructions and measurements, so you’ll never get it wrong!

I added the chalk paint mix to my low sheen acrylic paint (in Aqua Chiffon [T10 50B-1] from Taubmans) I started with the shelves, the drawers, and then moved onto the tables. Reags helped me to do a second coat, once the first was completely dry.

I felt like the inside of the draws needed a bit of love. My mum has this book full of gorgeous Paisley wrapping paper, which I knew would be perfect! Using regular-old wood glue, I stuck strips of paper over the joins inside the draw, then measured rectangles of paper to cover the sides and bottom.

I let everything sit overnight, to make sure it was 100% dry. Then I took to all the edges with some fine sand paper, to give a nice distressed look. This is where the chalk paint starts to shine! There is a small amount of texture to the dried paint, so the sand paper took off small bits at a time. It was really easy to control how much distressing there was.

After a quick dusting, we sealed the tables with clear wax, which you can also get from Marilyn’s. You just apply a thin, even layer of wax to any surface you want to seal. Let it “set” for at least 10 minutes, then get to buffing! I found small, circular motions worked best. The wax is buffed when the surface is silky smooth and shiny.

Then it was just a matter of adding the new hard-wear, and inserting the draws.

Just like everyone before me has said, chalk paint is super easy, there is little (to no) sanding required, and the results are wonderful! Sealing the paint with the clear wax gives a finish that looks and feels very professional. And how cute are those crystal handles? If you’ve every wanted to try chalk paint, I really encourage you to give it a go, you’ll love it!


knitted sock & colour pondering…

I’ve tried knitting socks on a few occasions, and I normally end up with a great tangle of wool and needles. Getting those needles aligned, and the cast on stitches not being twisted was always my downfall. So, no socks for me.

Until now! I was seduced into buying this gorgeous sock wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills, and I promised myself I’d give knitting socks a red-hot go.

I’ve frogged four times.

However! I will continue, and promise to show you a picture, once I’m more than 2cm into the sock (because, really, how exciting is that?).. In the meantime, I’ve been dreaming of dyeing my own sock wool (using my food colour method), and I’ve been on the hunt for some colour combinations. After a quick search on Pinterest, I found some really lovely colour pallets from Design Seeds, and one day (after finishing what I have on the needles already) I’d love to try a few of these out!

Teal shades are gorgeous, with a punch of coral to break it up

Teal shades are gorgeous, with a punch of coral to break it up

I love how these colours look aged and weathered

I love how these colours look aged and weathered

Beautiful grey colours, remind me of a stormy day

Beautiful grey colours, remind me of a stormy day

I'm imagining a mostly blue sock, accented with the other colours

I’m imagining a mostly maroon sock, accented with the other colours

Soft, delicate colours that blend into each other

Soft, delicate colours that blend into each other

I wonder how well I’ll go matching food colouring to the ones above.. Might be a little difficult, but I’m all up for experimenting!

something little for the kitchen…

I am still addicted to aqua/teal/turquoise and I just can’t help but splash it around. I saw something similar to this on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a go…

I bought these wooden utensils from Victoria’s Basement, they were about $2 – $3 each. I like how they are all slightly different heights.

I measured 4 inches from the base of each utensil and wrapped some sticky tape around the handle so I’d get a nice neat paint line.

Next, I reached for my colour of choice! It’s just a cheap, water based acrylic paint, in what colour, other than aqua!

Start painting! I didn’t use a primer, just three coats of paint, with plenty of drying time in between.

Once the paint was dry, I removed the sticky tape, and I must say, I was very pleased with the results.

I think this is a really cute way to add a bit of colour to your kitchen. I think I’ll go and find a few more wooden utensils, and paint them in a soft minty/blue colour.





introducing the first silk scarf…

I was close to having kittens when my silk painting supplies arrived the other day! I was so excited to start, I went home and washed, dried, and stretched my silk, ready to paint! For my first one, I followed this tutorial, which I found very helpful. However, if you read the tutorial, at the bottom, it says something along the lines of ‘wash the gutta lines out, and heat press’… You don’t want to do this! Heat set your inks before you wash the gutta out!

Stretched, with gutta lines applied

Stretched, with gutta lines applied


On goes the first colour!

On goes the first colour!


About mid way through painting...

About mid way through painting…


All done!!!

All done!!!

Once all the squares were painted, I let the scarf dry in the sun. Then I took it off the frame, and used the iron on ‘silk’ setting, and ironed it for about 20 minutes. The ink bottles indicated that after 5 minutes of heat setting, it would be fine to wash. I just wanted to be certain that no colour was going to run… After that, I washed the scarf in a bucket with cold water and a little shampoo, rinsed it off, and hung it to dry.

Wearing my new scarf!

Wearing my new scarf!

I am in love with it! I can see lots and lots of silk scarves in my future, for me, and for presents!!