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Poets Paint Chalk Painted Tile Floors

Chalk Painted Tile Floors

Chalk based paint is so versatile that yes – it can be used to paint over ugly floor tiles and give them a whole new fresh look.  We were working with 10″x10″ outdated and very ugly, flesh-toned ceramic tile.  We decided not to paint areas of the floor that would ultimately be covered with accent rugs and here you can see we went around the outer edges of the dining area and left the center unpainted.  Didn’t see any need to spend more on paint when 1) the tiles would be covered by rugs and 2) the hope is to have all the tile taken up and replaced by hardwood flooring within two years.  So, chalk painted tile floors is to an intermediary plan until we can ultimately replace all the flooring with hardwood.

Poets Paint Chalk Painted Tile Floors

Here is the hardwood flooring that will eventually cover the whole house.  Right now, it’s only in the master bedroom.  Unfortunately, our newly purchased house also needs a new roof and we just finished replacing all the windows and sliding doors with hurricane impact glass.  Very expensive.  One project at a time.

Poets Paint Waterglass Paint Chalk Painted Tile Floors

Below is one coat using Poet’s Paint Waterglass Paint chalk-based paint in Vintage White which is a color match to Annie Sloan’s Old White.

Poets Paint Waterglass Paint Chalk Painted Tile Floors

You can see the difference between one coat of chalk paint on the floor tile and two coats.  And you can see how hideous the original tile is.

Poets Paint Chalk Painted Tile Floors

So what do you use to maintain the floor and help protect it from scratching?  We used Miniwax water-based Polycrilic in a clear matte finish and we’re pretty happy with it.  We applied it using a sponge mop but I think it would have been easier with a paint roller and long handle.  We topcoated with two coats of the Polycrilic over the chalk paint.  We did try another product and it created terrible amber color streaks everywhere and we had to recoat with more chalk paint.  I don’t remember what product it was but it was suppose to be a clear topcoat.  It wasn’t.

Poets Paint Waterglass Paint Chalk Painted Tile Floors

We also looked for different stencil designs to see if we might want to stencil some artwork on top of the white but finally decided to just leave it white.  I could see someone doing a checkerboard pattern using the paint – maybe Vintage White and Blackbird to get a black and white checkerboard pattern in the right room.  Or maybe a Moroccan stencil pattern but our design theme is what I call “Vintage Beach” and the creamy white chalk paint was perfect.

Poets Paint Waterglass Paint Chalk Painted Tile Floors

We’re very happy with how the chalk painted tile floors came out and has made such a difference in the room.  The tiles are a beautiful creamy vintage tone and go very well with our decor.  I don’t feel quite so anxious about getting the wood flooring down as quickly as possible.

Poets Paint Chalk Painted Tile Floors

Poets Paint Chalk Painted Tile Floors

Poets Paint Chalk Painted Tile Floors

You can do it and it’s very easy.  Clean your floors first before painting and wait until the first coat dries before applying the second coat.  We used a paint roller to apply the paint and then a sponge mop to apply the Polycrilic top coat but a paint roller would probably work better or just as good.

 

Poets Paint Vintage White Chest

Poets Paint Vintage White Chest of Drawers

Poets Paint Vintage Chest

I managed to pick up this 5-drawer chest at a thrift store for $25.00 and it was the perfect candidate for a chalk-based paint overhaul in Poets Paint Vintage White and Blackbird.  And I knew I wanted to use a graphic on the front – something where I could use our name and logo and maybe even put it in French.  The best place to go for graphics, especially for furniture is The Graphics Fairy.  Wonderful vintage graphics.  But I didn’t want mine to look like so many that i had seen on the internet so I ended up tweaking it by using the one outline and bits and pieces from others.  And finally I translated Poets Paint Waterglass Paint into French then found a font that I liked and used Photoshop to manipulate the curvature and size and just printed it out.

Once I had painted most of the piece with Poets Paint Vintage White (an exact match to Annie S. Old White), I then painted the rest, which included the top and the legs with Poets Paint Blackbird.

I then fussed around quite a bit with placement of my graphics before I got it exactly the way I wanted it then taped down the bits and pieces of paper in place.  I then used carbon paper underneath and traced over it with a pen.  Once I had the outline, I removed the carbon paper and my pattern pieces and went over the lines with my black paint pen.  Black paint pens are great and they come in all widths so it’s easy to get fine details.

If I made any errors with the black paint pens I just painted over them and started again.

I used a fine grade (300) sandpaper over the edges and even over the design to give it an aged and worn look in areas.

And finally, I used Driftwood Final Finish Liquid Wax which I applied with a soft cloth.  One coat – let it dry for about 8 minutes, buff it and then applied a second coat, let it dry and buff again.  This gave it not only a nice protective finish but a soft satin look to the finish and I found it was easier to apply than other waxes.

 

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet Project

This “lovely” cabinet was found at an antique mall and was left outside on the porch where it was subject to the Florida weather and lots of neglect.  But it had such beautiful carvings and was a nice petite size and I just found myself drawn to it.  I kept going back to it and even after sleeping on it a day, which is usually good enough to dissuade me from a bad decision, I went back and purchased it.  Now, this poor cabinet was severely neglected and had I known just how much work it was going to be, I probably would not have purchased it.  The top piece was pretty badly bowed and had to be replaced – it could not be repaired.  The varnish was peeling off everywhere in big pieces as was the veneer.  I found evidence of termite damage although I believe the termites have since departed.  And it seemed as if every time I merely touched any of the decorative wood pieces, they would chip off and I had to replace so much of the decorative pieces.  And yet, I could still envision the long lost beauty of this cabinet. I made a last minute decision to use Poets Paint Blackbird for a nice black finish.

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet

 

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet

Here’s a sample of how bad the varnish job was done – bubbling and globs everywhere.  Below is how big slices would just peel off.

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet

After many hours and days of tossing and turning about what color to paint the cabinet – I couldn’t decide whether to go bold and do it in a washed Aegean Turquoise, soft and subtle with Vintage Silk Blue, gold ol’ standard Vintage White, beautiful Seaside Blue, or even try a distressed Ancient Red.  Time was running out as the cabinet was going to be used as a display for the Poet’s Paint at an Antique Mall and I had 4 days left before I had to deliver it.  Poets Paint Blackbird it was!  Good coverage and I figured I would highlight the woodwork with just a touch of our sister company’s Driftwood all Natural Liming Wax and then top coat it with the Driftwood Final Finish Liquid Wax for an easy and hard wax finish.

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet

I love how the Liming Wax gave it a subtle ghostly appearance – just enough to make the decorative woodwork stand out.  I then replaced the handles with some beautiful black and white handles I discovered at a TJMaxx.  While I don’t have a picture of the cabinet door, I did end up stenciling “Poet’s Paint Waterglass Paint” and our logo in black on the glass and I wish I had taken a picture as it really did come out good.  But this was a bear of a project.

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet