This post was sponsored by Ace Hardware.
Short story about my first spray-painting experience. When I got this 40-by-30-inch frame, it was a dark black color. It’s totally not my style at all. I loved the curves though. I just needed a splash of color.
Initially, I wanted to paint it a glittery silver color for Ansley’s room. So I purchased some spray paint (first fail), decided against sanding (second fail), went outside underneath a tree (third fail), and left it outside to dry (fourth fail). It ended up being a total disaster. When I came back to put on the second coat, there were leaves that dried on top of the paint and little speckles of dirt. I was so upset, I just took the frame down to the basement, where it has been sitting for the past two years.
This year, Mother Nature has given us some pretty warm days in February, so we’ve been able to work in the garage without having to be bundled up! I decided to try my hand at this frame again – but indoors and controlled.
As you all know, I am a huge fan of white. Huge. But I wanted some color. For a little inspiration, I went to Ace Hardware’s online Paint Studio where I found the color Puppy Love. It was absolutely gorgeous and just perfect for the artwork that I was going to place in the frame. I also wanted a matte finish to the paint, so I made some DIY chalk paint out of it!
Refinishing a Frame
Clark+Kensington® paint (Puppy Love in a satin sheen from Ace Hardware)
sponge brushes (available at Ace Hardware)
empty paint bucket (available at Ace Hardware)
frame (any frame available at a hobby or craft store)
calcium carbonate (can be purchased online)
1. Sand until smooth. This is important. I know people say that you don’t have to sand if you are mixing your own chalk paint. But those are experienced folks who know what surface is “good enough” to paint on. Sand it. Trust me.
2. Use an air blower AND a moist towel to wipe off the sanding dust.
3. Move it into a garage space or basement space – anywhere but outside. The goal is avoiding any bugs or flying air pollutants that could land on your wet paint.
4. To mix your own chalk paint, use the following proportions: 1 cup of Clark+Kensington® in Puppy Love from Ace Hardware, 2 tablespoons of calcium carbonate, 1 tablespoon of water. Mix the calcium carbonate with the water until it dissolves. Next, mix that mixture into the Clark+Kensington® paint (check out the online Paint Studio for inspiration).
5. Using the sponge brush, paint a light layer onto the surface. After each coat, wait about 45 to 60 minutes. Keep the bucket of paint covered while waiting between coats. It should only take two or three coats.
6. After the last coat, let the paint dry for 24 hours so that it cures.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I was listening to a financial radio personality who talked about how he instills the values that he thinks his girls should believe in by asking them, “What’s a [insert last name] girl?” And he talked about the core values that he thought his girls should have.
This spoke to me so much.
So much so, my girls now know how to answer, “What’s a Nickerson girl?”
Pretty. Smart. Classy.
I designed this in some graphic art with some fonts that I loved. I printed it at a local shipping store that printed this in a 40-by-30-inch foam board.
I used some scrapbooking glue dots to stick the print onto the foam board.
I added the glue dots to each side and slowly peeled forward the poster after aligning it.
Now it sits beautifully in their hallway as a friendly reminder to my girls what we think they should be.
Don’t you love it?!
Here’s a peak of the poster into Aubrey’s room:
Here’s another peak into Ansley’s room:
I love it and I love how the color of the frame pops the graphic. I love that this Puppy Love color by Clark+Kensington® let me step out of my comfort zone with color!
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