Chalk Paint – If it’s to be, It’s Up to Me!

A new farm table requires a new armoire to go with it. At least that’s my way of thinking. Most crafters, artist, and interior decorators today love the outcome of chalk paint. I happen to be among the group. I too, have used it on furniture and feel 100% confident in the results. If I want something then I go after it. My Chalk Paint project is so easy.

 If it’s to be it’s up to me! I learned that lesson years ago.


Armoire

Armoire Before Chalk Paint

Maison Blank

Maison Blanche Chalk Paint

I’ve painted some small pieces of furniture so I figured it would take some time to complete this one.

I know this job will take time and persistence. But the old saying is prevalent and I know I can do it!

The chalk paint doesn’t require sanding or an undercoat of paint. That’s a real plus.

My favorite shop, University Pickers, is my favorite shop in town. They carry a large quantity of Maison Blanche CHALK PAINT, WAX and soft brushes. Just what I need to get the job done.

  1. I place newspapers around the bottom for drips and spills.
  2. I stir the Maison Blanche CHALK PAINT during the process several times to keep the mixture flowing smooth.
  3. I begin by brushing the paint on the crevices of the armoire and other small areas with my brush.
  4. I paint the armoire with one coat and let it dry overnight. (The first coat will be thin and you can see the wood showing through.
  5. I paint coat #2 and see if the wood tone is covered, there are times a second coat is sufficient. (It is according to the finish you desire. I want mine covered to match my dining room chairs so I paint a third coat.)
  6. When the paint is dry, use 1,000 grit sand paper to give the piece a smooth finish, eliminating any rough paint areas.
  7. I select CLEAR and DARK WAX and alternate the two. I leave more DARK WAX on for a more antique look. (Remember to use a soft cloth and smooth out the WAX after you complete the process)
  8. Clean up is a breeze! The CHALK PAINT washes off with water and the brushes are easy to clean!

Optional – Place a coat of sealer, Polyurethane if you prefer. Here are some hints.

Chalk Paint Project

Chalk Paint Project

The media shows the effects with only 2 coats of paint. Adding the third coat makes a big difference. I painted 3 coats and it took me a few days to dry throughly. The WAX goes on fast and you are able to complete the task within 30-45 minutes. I have to say, this is a typically easy application process. My saying,  If it’s to be it’s up to me! I think you too can make it happen for you. Just tell yourself you can do it!

Please share your thoughts and projects here with me. I love hearing from you. Like my page, rate my project, follow me, or leave a comment. It’s all good!

Until next time, Queen Rose

60-30-10% Rule to Add Color to Your Home!

What is color for you? Do you have white or beige décor? Are your walls plain and dull? Are you mainly wearing the color black or just plain Jane when it comes to your home and attire? I am here to help you get out of the box and try a mood change that will lift your spirits! You can add color to your home using the 60-30-10%!

I’ve always loved color and it gives me the happy spirit I need when feeling down or just not myself. I know many of you are afraid to step out and try something new. If you can’t visualize what a difference it can make, let me help you. Some people have problems with drawing from their creative side of the brain. Well, all that can change and I am the person to help make you take the first step!

I have a certificate from the New York Institute Art & Design and love to share my knowledge with all!

  • What will the room be used for? Example office, bedroom, or family room
  • Will you need certain pieces of furniture and lighting (this will determine placement & selection)
  • What is your favorite color? It helps to add colors you can relate to as you will be using it throughout your home.
  • Use the 60-30-10%rule. 60% dominate color, 30% coordinating color (opposite the color wheel), and 10% pops of color. Stay in the same shade family for your choices.
  • Select the 60% paint color for your walls.
  • Select the 30% color for your furniture, unless you want to play it safe and use beige.
  • Select your accessories with 10% color choice.

60-30-10% RULE PLAN

Look in magazines to see what colors and designs you relate to. Collect pictures of furniture and accessories that you like. Look at them and decide your color scheme. Remember the 60-30-10% rule and make decisions based on those numbers!

#1 – The 60% rule is shop for paint colors at Home Depot, I think the Behr paint is the best choice with great coverage. (I have painted my living room 5 times in the past 20 years and swear by it) Home Depot has a wide variety of paint colors to choose from and will even match colors from a swatch of clothing!

  • Prepare walls and floors for painting and put your favorite color on your walls. Yes, it’s hard work but come on ladies, you can do it!

#2 – The 30% rule can be one you like a lot or one that is opposite the color wheel. ex: red and blue is the opposite color.Use current furniture or maybe even slip-cover your sofa in a neutral beige.

  • Add a chair, picture for the wall, or even a new sofa with a second color choice.

#3 – The 10% rule for accessories.

  • Select beautiful accent pieces that coordinate with your current furniture. A throw for the couch or chair, a vase, statue, a rug, or flower arrangement will fall into this rule.

Some of my favorite stores to shop at have quality merchandize and loads of knickknacks to add charm and whimsy to your home. I like to shop at Ross, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and local thrift stores. I buy at estate sales, yard sales and many antique stores to come up with the one-of-a-kind décor. I use my painting skills to make signs, (see the word sign, GRACE, in the photo below)


I choose happy colors that bring a sort of whimsy to my home. I select turquoise and white with pops of red. I naturally like red, it’s my favorite color, and you need to think what makes you smile. It’s all about how color makes you feel. If you want a soft relaxing color like blue then select a color opposite of the color wheel. If you are daring, like me, select red and turquoise. They are opposite colors that work together perfectly.

My experience with interior design helped me to re-decorate all my rooms and use the 60-30-10% rule!

  • I removed wall paper and painted with Behr paint. 60 rule
  • I used chalk paint and painted the armoire in the picture to match the chairs. 30 rule (see below)
  • I found several great chairs for my dining room from Overstock I love them and they were sent shipping free! (My builder friend, Kathy, built this fabulous farm table for me)
  • I use red bar stools and pops of red on the shelves (out of sight) 10 rule
dining room

Queen’s dining room 60-30-10% rule

I hope you get the concept of the 60-30-10% rule of decorating. It gives you direction and helps you to start with your task at hand. You should always have a plan to keep you on track. I look forward to you posting some photos of your decorating using this rule!

Come back soon! Doris aka Queen Rose

Pallet Projects

I am all about the new-found crafts and decor for my home and wanted to get some help using old pallets found at various department stores. I thought I would be able to cut them apart and make just about anything I wanted to. Oh yeah, that was before I tried but soon realized the project was harder than I had time for. I am head strong thinking I can do anything. I had to give in on this diy project. I enlisted the help of my nephew and he built me a love seat, chair, and coffee table for our deck. I got some cushions and made it a little more comfortable. I have enjoyed the pallet furniture for some time. I need to buy some Thompson’s Water Sealer to protect the wood and will do that in the next couple of weeks.

Pallet furniture

Pallet Furniture

Painted Pallets

Painted Pallets

After a few weeks and lots of sunshine, I decided to use Behr Deck over paint to give my pallet outdoor settee and chair a coat of turquoise paint. I really like how it turned out and went out and bought a light color, yellow, to give the pallet furniture a chic look.


WALLS OUT OF PALLETS

My next project with the pallet crates I did was to use them on the walls of The Queen Studio. I used my son’s air compressor and his nail gun to shoot them up on the walls. Some of the boards had to be cut with a saw to make them fit but mostly all the boards worked like a puzzle. I took my time and wanted it to be special. I spent about 2 weeks working the layout and even standing on a garden table to complete the walls. My husband hung a pallet shelf that I really like. It holds all kinds of garden items. I added a peg board painted turquoise to match my decor. I laid tile squares of black and white in a checkered design like Mackenzie-Child. I love giving the studio a touch of whimsy look. I hung wind chimes, shelves, and art work to complete the look. I loved how it turned out and it was a fairly simple project. The results are amazing and I would do it again.

pallet walls

Pallet Walls in The Queen Studio

Pallet Walls

Pallet walls in The Queen Studio


BAR OUT OF PALLETS

My third project was using an old door I had left over from the studio project to make a bar. My friend, Kathy, 2nd Chance Furniture on Facebook, found a similar one we both liked. We decided to use old pallets for the sides with a drawer and rollers. Kathy is a genius and I love working with her. She designed the bar to have a working area that could be lifted off for a tray. She cut out a hole for a stainless bowl for ice, fruits, etc. I purchased a small refrigerator for the open area. My husband and I will enjoy having cool drinks when we are gardening or just kicking back on the deck.  I love the bright colors that match my studio so I had painted it have red and turquoise. Love, love, love my pallet projects. I think the touch of whimsy brightens my world.

pallet bar

Making the bar from pallets.

pallet bar

Pallet Bar for
The Queen Studio


Queens Thoughts

I even made some shelves out of the pallets. I used my skill saw and cut the pallet apart and it gives you two shelves for storage. It’s amazing the things you can make in a short time. Pallet projects is the way to go. Check out Painted Furniture for ideas working with pallets, it’s awesome.  Pallets are wonderful project supplies. I learned to use a skill saw, nail gun, compressor. I think we all can learn valuable lessons when we forge ahead and try new things. Life is about learning and using what we learn to share with others.

“If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” – Robert Schular


Enjoy life!  Doris aka Queen Rose