Those of you who follow me know that I have a lot of projects going most of the time. I have taught myself to design, repair, paint & distress furniture. After many embarrassing attempts, I can do some light upholstery that doesn’t hold up well under close scrutiny…..but hey, I did it myself! I can rewire a chandelier and whitewash anything! I have become my own Interior Designer because I’ve been known to completely rearrange an entire room because I bought a new birdcage and I have a lot of birdcages. I have become my own HGTV show, but without the big bucks, fame and commercial breaks. You never know what you’re capable of until you TRY!
Where There’s A Will……..
For me, there’s nothing more enjoyable than my weekend projects. Turning something I found into something beautiful….to me at least. Like these roosters. I really wanted a pair of French Cast Iron Roosters, but they were $215…… each! I can say with all confidence, I’m not getting that one past my husband. I truly love owning things with history, but it’s not always possible. Well it could be, but I don’t foresee being able to keep a straight face when asking for a loan to buy some iron roosters. But that’s what’s so fun about junkin, you never know what you’ll find. If I just happen to run across a pair for $1 at a garage sale I will giggle uncontrollably all the way to the checkout, otherwise I figure I’m meant to be out in the garage with some spray paint and the will to get what I want.
Aren’t these perfect?!!? This was divine intervention! I was meant to have what I wanted, and in just a way that will make me even happier. I have a project, I did it myself and that means a lot! I picked them up at a Junk Swap so they were free, and the rest was a little effort on my part. I wanted them to resemble the Cast Iron French Roosters that I coveted, and if they didn’t turn out the way that I envisioned I only wasted a little time and some spray paint.
Chalk It Up
Whenever I am painting something like this black, I prefer to use Chalkboard Spray Paint. It goes a long way and gives my pieces that flat, well chalky look I’m going for that closely resembles cast iron. Then using a really good stencil brush I applied some white wax that I mixed up using Johnsons Furniture Wax and a white acrylic craft paint. Dab and wipe, dab and wipe….continue until you get the look you’re going for, or until you want to scream from boredom!
And speaking of Chalkboard Spray Paint, I go through gallons of this stuff. I have painted chandeliers and light fixtures with this paint, furniture, some decor and on occasion……I make a chalkboard. I know, that’s a pretty obvious use for this paint, but I was desperate for a chalkboard for my fridge. Chalkboard are so handy to have, there’s just something about them that I love. Making a silver tray into a chalkboard could be easier. You need a try that DOES NOT have a design etched into the middle. Give it three coats allowing each coat to dry per directions, then “season” the chalkboard. You season it by taking a piece of chalk and laying it on the board lengthwise and rubbing it all over, then erasing the chalk.
Try a spray paint project! The worst that can happen is you find out that you shouldn’t handle spray paint unsupervised. That will become apparent if you become high or end up wearing more of the paint than your project. Take a deep breath, believe you will survive the experience and jump in!