Sunday, September 29, 2013

Using Clear Coat with Chalk Paint

In our last house, all the interior was trimmed with a light brown color instead of white.  The shutters were painted to match.  It gave a rich look to the living and dining areas.

Exhibit A:

However, my teenage daughter was very unhappy about it.  She wished for white trim and shutters in her room so that the walls could be light blue or another fun teen pastel color. Her bedroom window was one of the front windows, so I couldn't just paint her shutters white when all the others were light brown.  I probably could have had the shutters painted a different color on each side, but as a mom it was my job to take all the fun out of everything...

So when we moved...I promised that she could choose any color for her room.  The room was gray, red, and black (YES- EVEN THE CEILING WAS BLACK) when we purchased the house.  The former resident of her room was a football enthusiast and the room was completely decorated in a sports theme.

The great news was that the trim and shutters were white.

When I asked my daughter what color she would like the room painted, she chose Lowe's Olympic brand A68-5 Yellow Lettuce. Yes, it's pretty loud, but I have to say it has grown on me.  She already had the blue and white comforter. The reverse side of the comforter is almost the exact same shade of green.  I had painted her dresser black and white many years ago (before I ever heard the term "chalk paint.")

This colors in this wall hanging also influenced her choice:

I have been storing a pine headboard for years because I was sure it would come in handy some day.  It wasn't taking up much room after all...

I knew it would look great in her new bedroom if I painted it white.  The only thing holding me back was the prospect of sanding before painting.  Ever since I discovered chalk paint, I don't want to start by sanding.....

However, the finished product needed to match the dresser I had painted with a semi-gloss white years ago. Then, while looking around , I noticed that they carry a Semi-gloss Clear Coat to use with chalk paint (instead of wax).  Here was my answer!!

I used some ASCP Pure White chalk paint that I already had on hand.  Then I used two coats of the Vintage Market and Design Clear Coat.  The water base clear coat is very easy to work with.  I simply cleaned my brush with water!  (This photo is of the "satin" clear coat.) This is not a sponsored post.  I just like to share products that I am happy with :).  Also, this brand of chalk paint comes in jars with twist off lids.  Why doesn't all paint come in jars with twist off lids?!

I still have one little problem though...
Apparently, the mattresses on this bed are thicker than this headboard was intended for.  It is barely peeking out above my daughter's pillows...

So, I guess my next project will be lifting this headboard a few inches higher....



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  1. This is beautiful.
    Love the color.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  2. Great headboard, love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  3. Love your idea for the headboard..always looking for new ideas and this is one.

    I would love to have you to link up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


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