Hometalk Event in Tennessee

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On Saturday, December 10, I hosted a Hometalk Chalk Painting Event at my home in the mountains of NE Tennessee. We had 6 people signed up to attend, but due to inclement weather (very cold and a snow storm in the mountains), most had to cancel attending. It was an outdoor event, the plan was to chalk paint a chair and a nightstand that I had purchased at Goodwill.
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The chair I found at Goodwill for $9. The fabric is in good shape (no rips or tears) and the wood sturdy. A perfect candidate to paint the fabric and the wood!
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Found this night stand at another Goodwill for $4. It is actually in pretty good shape and I loved the ornate draw pulls that had some great patina from aging.
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It was so hard to paint in the frigid cold weather! But, it made us work faster!
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We painted the chair legs and arms first with white chalk paint.
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Then, used water to spray down the fabric - getting it nice and wet before painting it with watered down chalk paint.
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We used a grey chalk paint - 50/50 water and chalk paint.Aft
t hometalk event in tennessee
After one coat - it is looking good and as expected. It need to dry thoroughly before applying a second coat - so the chair is done for the day with the workshop!
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The next day - I was able to add one more coat of paint. Looking better, but still needs one or maybe two more coats of chalk paint.
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We have had some wet and very cold weather, so I have only been able to get one more coat of chalk paint on the fabric and have not touched up the wood yet - but it is almost finished!
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One of the things I love about using chalk paint is very little prepping before painting. We lightly sanded the top and wiped it all down and then painted this night stand.
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Will be working to make sure the ornate drawers are highlighted properly.
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Darlene and I loved the patina on the drawer pulls, so she cleaned them with a wire brush and that is all we plan to do to them. Still going to finish both projects as soon as we get dry, warmer day. I will post final photos of both projects when I get them done. Even though we had a small group - we had a great time and hope to do it again - when the weather is warmer! Lol
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  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Dec 17, 2016
    You're such a rock star -- and a pioneer, doing one of the first Hometalk meetups ever -- one day, I'll learn how to control the weather on your behalf  These pictures are awesome, and I know that the HT team still considers this a success. We will be HAPPY to do it again when the weather is warmer. Thank you again, Cindy!
  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Dec 18, 2016
    Lucky Darlene - she got your full attention! :) The chair looks awesome!
  • Haysha S. Haysha S. on Dec 18, 2016
    Wow! What a transformation on that chair!
    • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Dec 18, 2016
      Thanks Haysha - it will look better once it is completely finished, but I love painting fabric with chalk paint and bringing it back to life!
  • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on Dec 18, 2016
    Looks great, DIY warrior working through that cold.
  • Wendy Wendy on Dec 18, 2016
    Out of curiosity, do you need to treat the fabric with something to prevent the chalk paint from rubbing off when someone sits on the chair?
  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Dec 19, 2016
    Looks like it was awesome! That chair looks amazing!!!
  • Ber2746561 Ber2746561 on Dec 20, 2016
    Do you have a finished photo of the chair? How did you apply the wax to the fabric? Looks amazing. I am going to attempt to chalk paint two wing back chairs that go at each end of my dining room table. So great to see you accomplished this!!
    • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Dec 21, 2016
      I have not finished it yet - the weather has been too cold to get outside. But I usually buy the Waverly clear wax in a bottle (sold at Walmart in the craft section). I like it because it can be brushed on. I do a light coat, let it dry overnight, sometimes a light hand sanding is necessary to smooth it out. If I sand, I brush another wax coat on - let it dry and buff it out with an electric buffer. It comes out smooth with the electric buffer with a bit of sheen. Hope that helps!
  • Ber2746561 Ber2746561 on Dec 21, 2016
    Thank you for the information. So you don't use the annie Sloan paste wax? i found that hard to work with. I'm probably of applying it right!
    • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Dec 21, 2016
      I personally do not like the Annie Sloan product line - too expensive for me, there are lots of other brands out there and sometimes I make my own.
  • Ber2746561 Ber2746561 on Dec 21, 2016
    I agree!