I still haven't gotten round to painting S's room. Or the bookcase. Neither have I finished beautifying my binders. Want to know why (apart from going on vacation)? Because I found this - the Ung Drill frame - at Ikea, and all my other projects went out the window.
I marveled at it's beauty for a second and then I realized I simply had to buy it and turn it into a chalk board. Obviously.
The black plastic wasn't doing it for me, so I pulled out my Zinsser Bullseye 123 Primer. It claims it can be used on any surface without sanding, and I've had a tub sitting in the cupboard for months waiting to be used on the bookcase.
After I'd coated it, I wasn't convinced. It looked streaky and freaky.
I do wonder whether it did that because I was painting in 95°f/35°C) heat (it's recommended not to paint above 90°), but when I googled for images of other things primed with Zinsser and found one that looked similarly streaky, I let it dry and then started on the paint.
(I also gave that varnished wooden frame a coat but I have yet to do anything else with that.)
It took two coats of Benjamin Moore's Tranquil Blue to cover all those fiddly bits, but the paint stayed put - Zinsser works!
I have to add here that I used a cheap-o $2 brush for the primer, thinking that with all the dabbing necessary to get in all the crevices, it might wreck my lovely Purdy brush. It so wasn't worth it. I used my Purdy for the paint (which took twice as much dabbing), and look at the difference after all that:
Cheap-o brush was destroyed and went straight in the bin. Purdy has been with me for two years and is still going strong - best $16 I ever spent (on a brush).
Oh, by the way, this whole process would have been infinitely quicker with spray paint. But I live in an apartment and there isn't really anywhere to spray paint here, so I did what I had to do. The whole painting part probably took about two and a half hours total (for three coats).
Then came the fun part. I have been itching to give the metallic wax finishes by Rub & Buff a go for yonks. I couldn't decide which colour I wanted, so I threw caution to the wind and bought all of them. (I feel like I should insert evil laughter here or something. Maybe that's my guilty conscience? Ah whatever, they were only $33.)
Where it felt a bit washed out with just the Pewter, the Grecian Gold gave it more depth and looked better from a distance. I love it.Rustoleum Chalk Board Paint using a weeny roller (waiting four hours in between). You can buy chalk board paint in lots of colours but I went with basic black.
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