Usually, I don't divulge the process of a makeover until it is done. But, today, I really have to!
You have seen the Cottage entry before. This project was started about 23 years ago, soon after we moved in.
It has seen some slight transformations between then and now and you will have to wait a little longer to see the final one. But, today, I am disclosing a piece of information that you might find helpful.
This is totally my opinion. I am not a spokesperson, paid or otherwise, for this company.
I am just in awe of the product and wanted to share it with all who might be interested.
Remember this chest that has been in the entry since we moved in. It is the perfect place to set the keys or the mail and the drawers hold an assortment of gloves, scarves and anything else that can be crammed in.
I believe it is called East Lake style and it was painted white when we found it. The Captain worked his magic and stripped and stained the pine wood and we have loved it for many years.
Now it is time for a change so a face lift of this chest, and the entry, has begun.
While the Captain is repainting the ceiling and the trim, I am painting the chest and so this fact brings me to the purpose of this post...
I have discovered a new line of paint. At least to me it is new but, according to their FB page, it has been around for awhile. Of all the painters that I read in Blogland, I haven't heard anything about it.
The line is called Shabby Paints and they have about 35 different colors. It is a chalk paint, made in the USA, non-toxic, zero VOCs and eco friendly. There is NO odor at all and it is very fast drying. All of these properties apply to the full line.
It is very thick (think, almost the consistency of Campbell's soup, pouring out of the can).
When you pour a bit out of the bottle, what would normally drip and fill up the rim of a regular paint can, just rolls right back into the paint container.
The brushes, and other tools used, wash up with soap and water VERY quickly. What little bit of paint you see on the bottles is exactly what mess I made and normally I'm a pretty messy painter. The paint does not drip or run. It goes on smoothly without having to water it down.
I did one coat on this chest. Drying time is about 2 hours and you can do a second coat at that time. Applying more than two coats in a 24-hour period is not recommended.
This is Vax.
This is used in place of clear wax.
Vax is not a wax. It is a combination of high quality varnish and acrylic resin. It will not harm painted pieces, metal, glass, plastic or furniture.
There is no buffing or ELBOW GREASE required. You just dip the sponge applicator in water, squeeze it out thoroughly, add the Vax and apply over piece. It dries fairly quickly and at this point you have a beautiful waxed sheen that will last forever, and you can be done if this is the look you want.
This is Re-Vax.
It comes in four different colors and you will use this to accentuate the distressing or to 'antique' a piece if you so desire.
It also has a fast drying time but should be left for 3-5 days to cure before setting anything on it.
The Re-Vax has a Vax built in coating so that you don't have to apply anything over the piece.
What you are left with is a rich, smooth finish over all and the best part...
No aching arms or tired muscles from applying wax or from buffing!
Check out Shabby Paints website for facts and how-to videos.
Paint: Marine Blue - 16 oz. bottle $17
Vax: Sheer Vax - 4 oz. bottle $10
Re-Vax: Hazlenut - 4 oz. bottle $13
Total to do this chest: $43
I probably have enough product left to do about 2 1/2 more projects this same size, so the price point is very reasonable.
As I have said, this is only my opinion and, truthfully, I have never used milk paint, so I can't compare.
There are many lines of paint available and each person has their own preference. I haven't written this post to try to change anyone's mind but just to show that there are options.
If anyone has used this line of paint before, I would love to hear their thoughts on it.
For me, this is the easiest and cleanest type of paint I have ever used, and it will be my paint of choice from now on.
This is not a good likeness of the finished piece as I can't put it in place yet and it is stuck in a dark corner and the photo is a little blurry.
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