For some of you, those who are brave with paint and brushes and haphazardly throwing them together, this post may seem tedious… but for those who are rule followers, paint-by-number sorts of folks, I hope the following emboldens you to try your hand at some creative “antique” finishes.
Normally, I would recommend scouring thrift stores or the trash until you discover a fabulous wooden frame that is cheap (or free!) and is awaiting your rescue and refurbishment. Or, you can get impatient like me (and motivated by a guest coming to stay… since this will eventually go in my guest room) and go to Hobby Lobby to catch a 50% off sale. Either way, start with your frame:
And yes, include your toddler in the experience. Why not? The beauty of “antique” finishes is that they are far from perfect. You want layers. chips. dirt. smudges… all things a toddler excels at. For this, I used homemade chalk paint. My recipe? Glad you asked:
- Sherwin Williams paint sample in Dovetail (yes, a true sample, much cheaper than a real quart)
- a few shakes of plaster of Paris (in the red and white milk-carton looking container at Lowe’s)
- dixie cup and disposable spoon… stir well