What kind of camera do you have?
Are you a photographer?
He he. No way. I do have a great photographer friend, though. And I have always loved photography, so I do try to push myself out of the green “auto zone.” Going to put together some tips for you guys…but one that can change your photos: if it can move, move it to the light!
What color do you paint with the most?
I do shop the mistints at Lowe’s, Sherwin Williams, and the local buidling supply, so not always the same one. I do love Benjamin Moore’s White Diamond…it’s cool, but soft, and not way too bright. When I have to buy a new gallon, that’s my go-to. (tip–if you love a creamier white, try BM Moonlight White.)
Where did the whitewashed flooring upstairs come from? Is it wood or laminate?
The floors are a glorious laminate and I love them…perfect for the playroom and the kids! It came from a Lumber Liqudators…it was clearanced and being discontinued. If I ever run across it again, I’ll let you know!
What are your paint colors?
living room/kitchen/hallways-??? I’m sorry! We picked the paint when we built 8 years ago, and I have no idea. It’s about to be Benjamin Moore’s White Diamond.
dining room-Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice & Ben Moore’s White Diamond
playroom-Valspar’s Sea Breath
Guest room-Olympic’s Misty Surf (+ 2 extra pumps white)
writing room/bath-Ben Moore’s White Diamond & Benjamin Moore’s Iceberg
master bedroom-Benjamin Moore’s Feather Gray
Tell me what you know about chalk paint. Is it your favorite for furniture re-do’s?
So far, it’s my favorite. I’m trying some Milk Paint, and I’ll let you know what I think of that…but I love Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint!! Check out my entire post and two videos here: Chalk Paint FAQ’S
Oh my. That is not the simplest answer, as many times, things do not go according to plan. But here is the general plan for me….
Clean (if needed)
Most of the time I can lightly sand, but if needed I use a small hand sander with 60 grit paper to rough it up a bit. I have worked with laminate and veneer a couple of times, so instead of sanding it, I use Gloss Off…this cleans the surface and helps grab the primer/paint.
I apply a coat of primer to everything. If the piece is really an antique, you may be dealing with all sorts of obstacles, like water spots and stains that will bleed through, so primer is required. I use Kilz water based primer…for a while I was using the spray cans (and they are super convenient and dry quickly) but I realized I was paying double what I would have using a gallon. BUT, then I realized it was taking me 2 times as long to cover pieces, so now I’m back to using Kilz Original in the aerosol can.
Two coats in the color of choice. I better break up the rest.