5 Ways To Use Chalk Paint

Many of you have seen some of my chalk projects and asked questions about how to use, when to use it and more. I wanted to share some different ways you can use the paint as well as some of the ways I have used it in my own home. I hope this gives you all some inspiration to knock out any of the paint projects you've been dreading or holding out on.

I use Annie Sloan Chalk paint and Annie Sloan wax for my projects. You can usually find them at a local stockist, such as Thrill of the Hunt in Ashland, Virginia or Knot Too Shabby in Beacon, NY. Find your nearest stockist by searching the Annie Sloan site here, or if you don't have stockist near you, you can shop her products through my affiliate links below:

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STAIR RAILINGS

Most of you probably saw that we had our floors redone, but usually, contractors leave out the railings because you're better off just replacing them since they are nearly impossible and too intricate to sand - so I opted to chalk paint ours! It was in perfectly fine shape but just needed to match the rest of the house. I got the idea from my mother-in-law, who has her stair railing painted black and it looks gorgeous! I went with Annie Sloan Graphite chalk paint and used black wax to get it nearly black.

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KITCHEN CABINETS

If you've been following my blog for a while, then you know I recently redid our kitchen cabinets using chalk paint. Before knocking out this big project, I did tons of research on latex paint vs. chalk paint and ultimately ended up going with the chalk paint because it takes WAY less prep, it's easy to work with, and it fills in the grooves of the oak without having to sand everything down. You can read more on how I redid the cabinets here and here.

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TRIM/FIREPLACE MANTEL

When we first moved into our house, the mantle and trim of the fireplace was a blonde colored wood - very 90's/early 2000's and we knew we had to change it since we were having the floors redone. First, I tried painting it white and several months later after having the floors refinished, I switched it up and went with black. That's how easy chalk paint is to use AND the brush makes getting in all of the grooves of the wood so easy.

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FURNITURE

Furniture is SO easy to refresh with chalk paint. You can see my tutorial on this upcycled hutch here where I completely transformed this piece with chalk paint and some new hardware. 

LAMPS

I actually first heard about chalk paint from my mom, who refinished furniture and designs light fixtures over at Suzanne Parr Home. She's the chalk paint pro and even came to New York to help me finish painting and clear wax the kitchen cabinets. She primarily uses chalk paint on metal for light fixtures! Another reason why chalk paint is so amazing - it's very versatile!

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DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planters

DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planters

Back when I lived in Virginia during college, I used to work on a lot of DIY projects in my apartment to make it feel more like my own home. I've been going through a lot of my archives since we've been in the hotel and I have had more free time and I came across a really fun project that I did for my succulents a few years ago - DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planters! This is a super simple, easy-to-make project that you can finish in a few hours as long as you have the right materials. Read below and make your own!

DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planters
DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planters
DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planters
DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planters
DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planters
DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planters
DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planters
DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planters

MATERIALS NEEDED
• Foam dinosaurs (we found ours at the local flea market in Fort Green)
• White spray paint for plastic
• Succulents
• Exacto Knife
• Soil for planters
• Drill

DIRECTIONS
1. Spray paint your foam dinosaurs - they may need more than one coat of paint. Let them sit outside to dry.

2. Cut out a small, circular portion of the top with the exacto knife, this is where the plant will sit. Make sure it's deep enough to allow room for the plant to grow.

3. Drill 2-3 small holes in the bottom (on the belly) of the dinosaur - this will allow the planter to drain so that the soil doesn't get moldy after you water it.

4. Fill up your dinosaur with soil and add the plant! Now you're done and ready to enjoy these awesome planters!

We hope you'll try out this project and share your own versions of these planters with us! Let us know what you think in the comments below and don't forget to follow us on InstagramPinterestTwitter and Facebook!

 

 

 

 

How To Propagate Succulents

How To Propagate Succulents

Although, I am not exactly sure where spring is, I thought I would show you how to propagate succulents from cuttings and leaves. Sometimes succulents can get leggy (growing up instead of out), which happens when a plant isn’t getting enough light and it starts to stretch out causing the stem to grow long and the leaves to become widely spaced - this is the perfect time to propagate! It's super easy and fun to do as a weekend project.

How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents

Start by clipping off a piece of your succulent that has the fewest leaves and then gently remove each leaf from the stem. At this point, you should have a small pile of leaves. Place them on a paper towel and gently pat them dry to remove any moisture. Grab a cookie sheet and line it with foil or parchment paper then add a layer of soil and place the succulent leaves on top. Make sure you place the cookie sheet in a place where they will get a lot of indirect sunlight.

After a few weeks, you'll notice little roots sprouting from the ends of the leaves and then teeny tiny baby plants will begin to sprout. You don't need to water the leaves, but you can use a spray bottle to mist them once a week or bi-weekly once the plants at the end of each leaf start to grow. Let them grow like this until the original leaf starts to wither, then remove the plant from the original stem and place in it's own pot of soil. You may notice that not every leaf starts a new plant, some will just end up withering away, but most will do just fine. I'll try to post an update once ours are ready to be planted!