Here's what my office looked like before and after.
5 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris
2 Tablespoons of water
Mix this together in a separate cup until you get a very smooth consistency. Trust me....you don't want lumps. The lumps end up being white specks in your paint. I just mixed mine in a dixie cup with a plastic fork so I could throw it away when I was done.
Add the above mixture to about 1 1/2 cups of latex paint and mix well. Again - no lumps. This will come out to a consistency of pudding.
I used this for all of the blue paint. The DIY paint needs time to cure and scratches easily. Some web sites said a week, some said a month. The good news is that it is very forgiving when you patch over a scratch. Don't know if this works well on all colors, but on this shade of blue you can't see where I have fixed a scratch.
I also needed 2 coats of the blue DIY Chalk paint.
We all learn from our mistakes, so of course I had to have one one on this project. I had read that you can mix the Plaster of Paris with any paint to make chalk paint. I did not find this to be true. While I thought to buy the yellow latex paint, I did not buy the black paint. I just used a very inexpensive craft acrylic paint from Walmart. It went on beautifully, but when I added the wax over it....it smeared! Yuck! I had quite a little mess that I spent a lot of time trying to make it look better. I ended up having to go over some of my lettering with the new black latex sample paint that I had to go and get. My advise....only use latex paint.
After you get it painted, you will need to apply clear wax. The clear wax is what protects the furniture. I used 1-2 coats on the sides and 5-6 coats on the writing surfaces. Again, this takes time to cure - any where between 7 days to a month.
Hints on applying wax:
Always use clear wax first. It will not change the color of your paint, just make it look a little richer. It does not have much of a sheen. The dark wax is very dark and a little scary to apply, but the good news is that you can erase it by applying more clear wax to it. That helps so much. What I did was while my clear wax was still wet, I applied the dark wax on top of it and immediately began to wipe it off. You can apply both of the waxes with either a wax brush or a soft cloth. I used both methods. When applying the clear wax, I put it on with a brush, rubbing in circles and then finishing with a stroke the same grain as the wood. Then I wiped it off with a soft cloth.
You might notice that I no longer have my free standing desk. I went to the hardware store and bought a 4x8 piece of cabinet grade plywood and had them cut it to the size that fit inside of my bookshelf. Then, I used one of the lower pieces to anchor it on the other end. I painted that one in the garage and added the stencils I cut out with my Pazzles to break up this long space. I love having this giant work desk!
I cut out the "Come Sail Away" using Vinyl on my Pazzles. It was fun choosing the font and having it look exactly the way I wanted. I love this flexibility you get with the machine! Did I say I love my Pazzles? LOL
Next, I had to change out the curtain. I wanted something that looked like flags or pennants. What do you think?
To complete the look, I added a little more travel decor. I had this chest in another room and just moved it in here and added other suitcases around it.
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