MONDAY FUNDAY: CHALK PAINT PROJECTS AND YUMMY RECIPES

I’ve been painting furniture for years using latex paint and sometimes spray paint for certain projects. My furniture painting friends kept telling me I needed to try chalk paint and I finally took the plunge. Want to see some pics of a few of my recent projects? If so, keep reading. I’m also sharing two delicious, low-carb recipes that I tried today.

chalk paint, annie sloan, before and after, pumpkin spice

Chalk Paint Projects

My first chalk paint purchases were Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray, Annie Sloan Clear Wax, and Annie Sloan Dark Wax.

I started with a small, simple project of two sconces I purchased at the thrift store. I really like the way they turned out. I added a bit of dark wax, too.

chalk paint, annie sloan, before and after

The second project I want to share is an old window. I forgot to take a “before” photo but you can get the idea of the starting point from the back of the window.

I used blue painter’s tape and carefully taped the panes before painting. I really like the way it turned out with a little distressing and dark wax.

chalk paint, annie sloan, before and after

Lastly, I painted a coffee table. A friend gave it to me when she moved and it’s been sitting in my garage for months just waiting for a facelift.

chalk paint, annie sloan, before and after

I started with the Annie Sloan Paris Grey Chalk Paint and it turned out beautifully.

chalk paint, annie sloan, before and after

However, I decided I wanted a more ivory color. (I love Ivory painted furniture!) Since I didn’t have Annie Sloan Chalk paint in my preferred color, I made a quick trip to Walmart hoping they would have something.

I painted over the rather expensive (for my budget) Annie Sloan Paris Grey chalk paint with a $5 bottle of Waverly chalk paint in Ivory. And I LOVE it! I also did a quick coat of Minwax Polycrylic.

chalk paint, annie sloan, before and after

I painted a thrifted brass chandelier also but don’t have any “after” pics yet since the project’s not quite finished.

Here’s what I LOVE about chalk paint that has me wishing I’d tried it sooner:

  • NO priming necessary. I’ve used chalk paint on three different projects with three different types of materials/finishes (wood, brass, and plastic resin) and the paint adhered perfectly without sanding or priming! I always dreaded the priming process, and procrastinated starting a project. I love painting more than ever now, if that’s possible.
  • Quick dry. I’m not very patient when it comes to waiting on paint to dry. Chalk paint = problem solved! The coffee table, AKA Netflix TV tray, was done and dry before supper!

Speaking of supper . . .

Recipes

We’re forever on a quest to eat healthier but I don’t want to sacrifice delicious, satisfying food  in the process. Recently, I pinned two low-carb recipes and added them to this week’s menu. (Click here to follow my Healthy Eating Pinterest board.)

  1. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole–This dish is quick and easy with just 7 simple ingredients; it’s also gluten free. My guys loved it! I served a salad as a side dish.
  2. Low-Carb Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins–This was my first time baking with coconut flour but it won’t be my last! These muffins were delicious and definitely satisfied my sweet tooth without the guilt.

low carb, pumpkin spice muffins

What made your Monday a funday?

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