I am so excited to be a part of the Getting Creative at Home party, which began out of despair. A number of bloggers were having an email pity party about not being at The Haven Bloggers’ Conference. We knew they were all having a fabulous weekend, while we sat at home. Julie at Lilacs and Longhorns (who apparently has a “cup half full” personality) jumped in and suggested that we have a blog party to share our favorite projects.
After all of us dried our tears, we abandoned the pity party and jumped on Julie’s party idea. Of course, Julie made it easy for us. She took charge, and within hours she had created a blog party. Julie, you should become a Blog Party Planner. Thank you for all of your work, and thanks to all 23 blogs who allowed me to take part in this blog tour, especially since I normally do a lot of tablescaping, vignetting, holiday decorating, & furniture rearranging on this blog, and I’m not sure those are “projects”.
My favorite projects (possibly my only projects) are chalk-painting my furniture.
Loooong ago, when my sweetheart and I married, I painted furniture all of the time. I was apparently using stripping agents that were harmful to my health. (Maybe that’s why I can’t remember anything anymore.) When all of those products were taken off the market, furniture painting became too much trouble for me. (I’m impatient and want everything finished yesterday.)
So, two years ago, after reading about this new paint that required no stripping or priming, I knew that was my kind of paint. I ordered my first can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from France. It wasn’t available in the U.S. then. I painted four of the chairs that we use at the table in our sunroom. (When I took this photo, one of the chairs was behind the table, and I didn’t pull it out for the picture – I told you, when I’m doing something, I want it finished yesterday!)
I am sharing something that I’ve never shared before. (Oh, I know you are so excited!) When I did the transfers on the chair seats, I didn’t think they were blog-worthy, so I never posted pictures of them. When I took a photo for this post, I knew somebody would be asking me what those big smudges were on the chair seats, so I bit the bullet and showed the seats.
I didn’t buy another can of chalk paint for two years. It wasn’t available near me until recently. In June, I painted these outdoor chair cushions with Annie Sloan Antique Violet chalk paint. I assumed this was a temporary fix for my out-dated cushions (I was waiting for cushions to go on sale.) However, I’m still using them.
Last month, I painted a china cabinet in our kitchen the same A.S. Antique Violet.
I’m sure my adventures in chalk-paint are not over.
Now, let’s go see the other blogs that are being featured today on the Getting Creative at Home Blog Tour:
Wednesday, Aug. 7:
I know you don’t want to miss any of these links, so yesterday’s and Monday’s links are shown below.
Tuesday, Aug. 6:
Monday, Aug. 5:
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