I did it! I went to Becoming and spoke!!!! This may not be a big deal to most normal people, but to me its like climbing Mt. Everest, completing an Ironman, or becoming president. I got up on that stage three different times for an hour each and talked about my passion. Public speaking is not my thing. I have been freaking out about this most of the summer! I wanted to be part of such a great conference and I wanted to share my passion with the amazing women that would be attending, but honestly I just didn’t know how I was going to get up on that stage and do it! Every time I thought about my sessions I broke out in a sweat and had a hard time breathing. But when I got up on that stage Saturday morning, a peace came over me like I can’t explain. God was with me. I am soooooooooooooo happy and proud of myself for taking a risk and trying something sooooooooo outside my comfort zone. I met so many amazing women and had the absolute best time. Thank you Jen and Jenny for the opportunity to be a part of Becoming, and thank you Nester for putting up with my freaked out self all weekend! Now I am going to sleep for two weeks straight!
I promised to post the How to Paint a Piece of Furniture handout, and here it is. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with pictures of your trash to treasure project!!!
How to Paint a Piece of Furniture
Craigslist, thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, auction and estate sales,
friends and family.
· Fill in holes with wood puddy. Let dry, then sand using fine grit sand paper. Repeat.
· Electric Sander or Sand paper: Knock off shiny finish, and rough up so paint will stick. Sand down scratches, dents, chipped veneer, and knock off old flaky peeling paint.
· Kilz Spray primer: Use on a smooth finish if you don’t want to sand. Also use if you are going to paint a piece white, it will cut down on the number of coats. Good to use if piece is not solid wood. Spray piece and let dry. Lightly sand with fine sandpaper
· Purdy Cub XL is a great brush that lasts a long time.
· Paint: Behr paint, interior satin, premium plus ultra (Home Depot) or chalk paint.
· Dip brush halfway in and then wipe on backside of edge to get rid of excess paint.
· Long strokes, 2-3 THINNNNN coats of paint, drying for 3-4 hours in between.
· Lightly sand in between each coat of paint.
· Store paint brush in a plastic baggie in refrigerator in between coats of paint.
· Clean brush with warm water and BBQ brush.
· Always distress before you glaze.
· Tear off piece of sand paper or use electric sander for really distressed pieces.
· Sand areas that you want to look distressed.
Readymade glaze, mixed glaze, or stains
· Mutes the brightness, adds dimension, and gives paint an aged look.
· Behr Premium plus Faux Glaze: Three parts to one part color of your choice.
· Apply with damp brush or damp clean cotton rag. Leave on for a few minutes, then wipe off. The longer you leave on the darker the glaze will be.
· Minwax Polyurethane Wipe-On Satin (darker pieces, and pieces with lots of wear): Clean rag, rub on poly like furniture polish. 2-3 thin even coats depending on the surface. Wait 2-3 hours for each coat to dry.
· Minwax Paste Finishing Wax: With a lint free cloth, rub on furniture, 10 minutes later buff.
If you are going to use chalk paint, forget everything I just told you!!!!!
1. You do not have to sand. The paint sticks to any surface regardless of the finish.
2. You do not have to prime.
3. Chalk paint takes less coats and dries faster.
4. Chalk paint is more expensive but saves you a ton of time and money on other supplies.
5. Chalk paint distresses easily and beautifully. Sands off in a powder instead of peeling off.
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Fine and medium sand paper
Kilz spray primer
Purdy XL paint brush
Behr Paint: Interior Satin, premium plus ultra line
Glaze: Behr Premium plus Faux Glaze
Minwax Polyurethane wipe-on satin
Minwax Paste finishing Wax