Lovely Vintage Side Table Redo with Poets Paint Vintage Silk Green

Side Table in Poets Paint Vintage Silk Green
Side Table in Poets Paint Vintage Silk Green

Lovely Vintage Side Table Redo with Poets Paint Vintage Silk Green

After seeing my neighbor’s collection of furniture finished with Poet’s Paint, she had some beautiful pieces, all finished with this product, I was excited to give it a try. I had an old end table that desperately needed cosmetic improvement. I found it at a yard sale for $10.00 and couldn’t resist the sturdy and useful piece! I loved the maple table it was a great accent piece, it was a bit scratched and had a small burn on the top of it. I hesitated to paint it, but I did not want to sand it, strip it and stain it again…. I wanted a different look.

Poets Paint Waterglass Paint Vintage Silk Green

I decided to experiment with the top first, and then do the body. I’m new at this so I wanted to use a product that was easy to use and provided a quality finish. I chose the Poet’s Paint Vintage Silk Green for the top. I started by cleaning the piece with detergent and water. I was worried that the worn finish would interfere with the application but the directions stated it adhered well to this kind of older finish with only a few exceptions where one might run into something known as “bleed through”.  (See Tips for Painting with Chalk Paint). Little did I know my piece would be one of those exceptions but I would end up liking it.

I removed the drawers and the little brass drawer pulls and I opened a window for ventilation since I decided to work inside. I was surprised to find that the paint had practically no odor at all.

I applied the paint a bit thin as I knew I wanted two coats. The product applied amazingly smooth and easy. Once the first coat was applied I waited 2 hours and applied the second coat. As it dried I noticed the right edge had a crackled look to it. I wasn’t sure what to do so I emailed Poet’s Paint.  Apparently, when a piece crackles it is commonly due to either the drying conditions or from “bleed through” caused from chemicals used in previously cleaning, waxing and/or refinishing older furniture.

Crackling PaintIt was recommended that I apply a coat of lacquer and then another coat of paint, as the lacquer would seal it. But they also mentioned that some people liked the crackled look and paid “big bucks” to actually replicate the crackled look. I did like the crackled look but at that time it was only on the right edge of the table top. The next day as the paint cured, the crackled look appeared over the whole top. What a beautiful result!

On the body of the table, I decided to use Jasco Easy Liquid Sander, Deglosser instead of varnish before applying the paint to see if it made a difference in the paint result. I wanted to keep the crackle only on the top of the piece. I applied the deglosser with a terry cloth and I could see it was removing a lot of the wax build up. I let it dry for 30 minutes then I applied the Poet’s Paint Vintage Silk Green. It worked great, two coats covered and dried with a wonderful finish.  But I later realized that the reason lacquer is recommended over other products such as deglosser is that you can use it OVER an area you have already painted and then paint it again, whereas you can’t do that with a deglosser.

I decided to use the Poet’s Paint Vintage White on the drawer. The contrast looked so nice. The drawer pulls were tarnished brass knobs, I liked them, but I didn’t want to paint them. I had painted metal knobs in the past, I didn’t like the results. I used Brasso to clean the knobs and they shined up nicely. There are so many ideas for drawer pulls that I decided if I came across an idea I really liked, I could always replace them. The whole table looks great! I love the crackled look just on the top and the green and white contrast is wonderful.

Poets Paint Vintage Silk Green

I am looking forward to other projects to use Poet’s Paint on! I can definitely see using this product in the near future to do my kitchen cabinets, something that would have previously intimidated me! Now the ideas are flowing and I am looking at old furniture in a whole new light!!

Poets Paint Vintage Silk Green

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Making Chalk Paint Candleholders

Creating  Chalk Paint Candle Holders

Poets Paint on glassHere’s a creative way to create chalk paint candleholders using odd bits and pieces everyone has around the house.  I’ve mostly used glassware but here is just a sample of some of the things that you can use: glassware, jars, caps, screw tops, bottlecaps, candle covers, cat food cans, food cans, bowls, dishes – plastic, glass, tin, metal, stoneware, ceramic, wood, etc.  The possibilities are really endless.  Just find shapes that you like and start stacking them to form a design you like.  I often invert them.

Finding unusual pieces or glassware with great shapes at a local thrift store for under a dollar is pretty easy. You can make them tall and thin or short and fat but making three at a time is always good for a collection.

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Below, I’ve decided what pieces I wanted to use and their placement and then lined the pieces up in order to glue them together in the correct order.  I spent a few hours arranging and rearranging and going through the house finding odd pieces I could use until I finally just sat down put the chalk paint candleholders  together.

Poets Paint on glass

Now I’ve got all three pieces glued in the style I want.  I usually try to put a small screw cap or something of a similar size on the top that will be a good for holding a candle in place.

Poets Paint on glass

Poets Paint on glass

The next step is simply to pick your chalk paint colors and paint.  Poet’s Paint Waterglass Paint will adhere to glass, metal, plastic, wood, stone and most other surfaces you decide to use so it will become one unified piece with a great form.  Below I used Poet’s Paint Waterglass Paint in Vintage Silk Blue, Driftwood Grey and Cape Cod Blue for my three pieces.

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Regal Buffet With Poet’s Paint Blackbird

Spring has sprung! I live on the East Coast so I’ve been chomping at the bit all winter to be able to paint outdoors again with Poet’s Paint. I’m thrilled that the temperatures have FINALLY warmed up enough to do it. I troll Craigslist daily for furniture and over the winter I’ve managed to fill every square inch of my storage unit. I keep telling myself that I won’t buy more until I sell a piece but who am kidding? As soon as a deal appears my fingers peck out an “I’m very interested” response before I my good sense has a chance to catch up. It’s a sickness, really.

I scored this mahogany server for $50.

Blackbird Buffet project

The seller indicated that it was very heavy, on the third floor and no one would be there to help me load it into my SUV. Sure, that might have deterred others but I threw common sense to the wind and responded that I would be there at 7:30 pm the next day. I bribed my teenage daughter to come along as my hired hand. We hauled it down three flights of steps and into my SUV while the seller’s wife marveled about our strength. Have you ever seen videos of people performing incredible feats of strength in emergencies like lifting a car off the ground to free a trapped person? I can easily summon THAT type of strength whenever a free or cheap piece of furniture is involved. Nothing will stand between me and a sweet piece of furniture. In fact, had it been free and I had no help, I would have strapped that baby to a skateboard and pushed it all the way home. I have no shame.

No sooner than I got it out of my truck I realized that the server had many flaws. The veneer was coming off on the doors in multiple places plus, there were water stains and deep gouges in the top.

Blackbird Buffet project

Gah! How did I not notice this at the seller’s house? Why does this always happen to me? Do “beer goggles” also apply to furniture painters shopping on Craigslist? I say yes. This was going to be more work than I anticipated but I was up for the challenge.

Now to pick a color! After painting no less than ten custom pieces “white and lightly distressed” in succession, I was anxious to work with color. Poet’s Paint has six beautiful, chalk based, matte finish colors to choose from. I selected Poet’s Paint in Blackbird which is has a velvety matte black finish. I knew that my piece would sell quickly in this color.

I love the regal look of a stained top and painted base so decided to give it a shot on my new server. I sanded the top only and applied a pre-stain conditioner then waited 30 minutes before applying a honey colored stain. Wood conditioning is a quick but necessary step to avoid streaks and uneven staining. Six hours later I lightly sanded the top again with 320 grit and applied a second coat of stain.  Easy peasy!

Blackbird Buffet project

Blackbird Buffet project

Poet’s Paint is a “no prep paint” so there’s no priming or sanding necessary for adhesion. Yay! I just needed to wipe down the base with a cleaner/degreaser solution and fix the veneer. The veneer was in really bad shape in a few places and completely broken off in others. I’m not a pro at this by any means but I went at it with heat gun blazing. Using a heat gun, wood glue, wood filler and some clamps,

Blackbird Buffet project

I was able to make the repairs to the veneer with no problem. Wait….that’s a big, fat lie. I almost mentally blocked out the part where I used auto body filler to build up a large area where the veneer completely came off of a door. I made a giant lumpy mess shed some ugly Kim Kardashian-style tears and screamed some choice words that would make a sailor blush.

Blackbird Buffet project

Short on patience, I was seriously ready to “curb alert” the server. After surfing Craigslist to calm my nerves, I regrouped and was able to easily sand it smooth with my electric sander. Phew!

Now for my favorite part–PAINT! Using a round brush, I applied Poet’s Paint to the base and drawer fronts. The paint goes on super smooth and is seriously fun to use.The coverage is amazing as it is neither watery nor too thick. Like Goldilocks said, “It’s just right”. I gave it three coats for complete coverage and a rock hard finish. I sealed the entire piece with a wipe-on polyurethane which deepened the rich black color even more and gave it a soft, beautiful glow.

Buffet with Blackbird Paint

The server sold within 5 minutes of being advertised! Poet’s Paint Waterglass Paint is available on Amazon in these six amazing colors with more colors to com: Aegean Turquoise, Vintage White, Driftwood Grey, Vintage Silk Blue, Blackbird, Stonehenge and Cashmere. You can follow me on Facebook at The Canary and The Elephant where I’ll be breathing new life into other pieces using Poet’s Paint Waterglass Paint.

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Poets Paint for a Princess

I don’t know about y’all but I’m ready for SPRING! Sunshine, spring flowers, and GARAGE SALES! Going to garage sales is one of my absolute favorite things to do on a sunny Saturday morning. As a child, I remember my mother waking me up early each Saturday morning just to see what kind of cheap treasures we would come across. I see so many AMAZING deals and I just want to buy them all. BUY THEM ALL!

My mother and I were just at the end of our rummaging one Saturday morning last summer when we saw a tiny yard sale sign nailed to a tree on our way home. This beauty was visible from the road as we were driving up to the house. “Please let it be for sale. Please let it be for sale.” I was literally chanting. Five minutes later…this gorgeous antique chifferette WAS MINE ALL MINE! The nice lady I bought it from said the piece had been in her family for quite a while and she used it store extra towels and bedding.

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I’ve wanted to work on a piece like this for some time now. I’ve seen so many beautiful pieces pinned on Pinterest and I just had to get my hands on one. And this one was in almost perfect condition. I almost couldn’t bring myself to paint it. I let it sit in the corner of my garage for a good 5 months before I was brave enough to give this piece the happiness it deserves. Nobody puts baby in a corner, right?

Fast forward to January. I needed to paint this piece. I wanted to paint this piece. But what color? I paint for resale so I have to choose my colors wisely and mostly stick to neutrals like blues, whites, and grays. This piece deserved a color that would accentuate all of the charming little details. And when I received Driftwood Grey from Poets Paint Waterglass Paint, I knew it was THE ONE. Driftwood Grey is a beautiful light gray with blue undertones that resembles the shades of aged driftwood. I previously used Poets Paint Waterglass Paint in Vintage White on a beautiful buffet I painted and knew this paint had the rock-hard finish I was looking for so this piece would last a lifetime.

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Even in Charleston, the winter temperatures wouldn’t cooperate so I had to bring this piece into my kitchen to paint it. My first step was to give the piece a thorough cleaning with a solution of TSP and water. I use this solution or vinegar/water to clean all my pieces before painting to ensure it is completely clean and free of any dirt, dust, oils, and fingerprints.

Once I was certain the piece was completely clean and degreased, I filled in 2 small spots where the veneer had broken off. I used simple wood filler that’s available at most stores. Just fill the gap, let it dry, and then sand it smooth. Then it was ready for paint! No priming or sanding required! I used 3 coats of paint on this piece for 100% coverage. The drawers were painted with a mix of the Driftwood Gray and a beautiful leftover blue chalk paint I had on hand.

Dresser by Robyn Galindo using Poet's Paint

After very lightly distressing, I clear waxed the entire piece but also applied a beautiful white wax to give the piece a white wash effect. There are many brands of white wax available and Poet’s Paint has a sister company, DIYDriftwood.com that makes an all natural Liming Wax. I also used a little white wax in all the details along the sides and the appliques on the top and doors. Next, I applied VERY LITTLE dark wax to all of those little details. Just enough to highlight and make those details really POP! And here’s the final result as displayed in a booth at Mt. Pleasant Mall in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

Dresser by Robyn Galindo using Poet's Paint

This piece sold quickly and is now in the bedroom of a lucky little girl. A quote from it’s new owner:

“Its new home is in my two year old daughter’s room . . . a piece she can grow with and then leave at home when she moves out. I love it too much to let her eventually take it with her!”

Dresser by Robyn Galindo using Poet's Paint

DresserPoets Paint Waterglass Paint is available on Amazon in six gorgeous colors. You can see more of my work and follow me at www.facebook.com/plantationchic. I have several more projects that I’ll be working on soon using Poets Paint Waterglass Paint!

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