How to Choose Paint for Projects

Inexpensive Laundry Room Makeover

One of the things that draws people to travel is the change of scenery. There are so many equally beautiful yet completely different places in this world that stir that sense of amazement and newness in all of us. While there are a select few who travel the world and are constantly experiencing new surroundings, there are also those of us who travel less frequently and are grounded for longer stretches in between our trips. As such, it is always inspiring to try to bring newness and change into everyday living as well.

The fastest (and often most economical) way to accomplish this is through … paint! Most of the “projects” at our house usually involve paint. The fun of now working on two early 1900’s structures (and let’s face it, this is a never-ending sort of deal when handling almost 100 year old homes) is that we have become familiar with different types of paint. Just like discovering the perfect place to fit your style of travel, we have been working to find the perfect paint to fit the different needs of our almost-century year old buildings.

If you read this article, you already know that I am a huge fan of chalk paint. Such a fan, that I even added it to my Floor, Porch, and Patio paint.

Stencil Floor Paint

Floor, Porch, and Patio Paint is perfect for… you guessed it… flooring projects. The kind that I used for our Basement Makeover had polyurethane in it, making it a bit more durable.

Inexpensive Laundry Room Makeover
Laundry/Mudroom

For whatever reason, adding some Chalktique to the black paint, helped it to spread more evenly and possibly prevented quite a bit of paint bleeding too. During this project, I messed up and had the room sprayed before getting rid of the fluorescent light and replacing it with this flush mount fixture. So, naturally when I had to hand paint a part of the ceiling, I just added some Chalktique to my Decorator’s White. While I had the paint out, I noticed that some of the recently painted pipes (I have no idea what they are for— maybe water?) were getting rust-looking spots on them already. So, I just decided to paint them with my chalk paint. Magic… no more spots, then or 4 months later. Oh, and the workman’s bench (that must have been built in the room because we couldn’t get it out short of taking an axe to it) was painted with white chalk paint, too.

Thanksgiving at Home and Abroad
Dining Room

I also painted this table in our dining room with chalk paint. It is holding up well and, given our smaller 1920’s kitchen, often houses the drinks when we are entertaining and frees up some (a lot) of space in the kitchen.

Shared Kids' Room
Kids’ Shared Bedroom

While we are talking about painting furniture, let’s talk about the kids’ room. We were given my husband’s childhood twin bed and I found another bed (that didn’t match it at all) on our town’s garage sale site. To tie them together, I decided to paint them the same color. I sanded, primed, and painted. And didn’t like how it looked. It was supposed to look cottage-y (inspired by our favorite cottage that we used to rent every summer), and it didn’t. So, I got out my Chalktique (how many times can I name drop without it getting annoying?) and painted them. It was so much faster and easier. And I’m beginning to think Chalktique is a bit like a painting security blanket for me πŸ˜‰ The only caveat is that if you are going for a high gloss, polished look, you are probably going to have to refer to one of the millions of Pinterest tutorials, because in my experience, chalk paint doesn’t give you that look.

How to Choose Paint for Projects
Beach Cabin “progress shot”

You can imagine the anxiety that came from chalk paint not being an option in the Beach Cabin kitchen. Our woodworker built custom cabinets for the kitchen since it is such a quirky space. Because of the going-on 8-month fridge obsession and trying to stay on a budget, I decided to paint them myself (that deserves a blog post all to itself). The woodworker suggested using ceramic paint, which I did. It took a little bit of getting used to, but I can tell that it is going to be a good, durable paint for this high traffic area. (Oh, and a small foam roller like this one worked wonders).

How to Choose Paint for Projects
Beach Cabin wicker chair

When it comes to painting furniture, spray painting seems to be the go-to option for many diy-ers. I recently started to paint our wicker furniture at the cabin with a high gloss spray paint. (I’m in the market for durable ticking stripe cushions, so if you have any recommendations, send them my way.) I recently read a tip for spray painting to help minimize drips, and I think it worked. Basically, do not hold the sprayer down continuously. Rather, spray down a strip, stop, move the can to the top of the project, spray down another strip, stop, etc, etc.

How to Choose Paint for Projects
“in”/ ninja fort chairs

There is also a chance that I may be spraying these chairs red (until then, though, they are being used for some super ninja forts in our basement at home). I can’t believe we inherited such “in” chairs!

There you have it! What did I miss?

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How to Choose Paint for Projects
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6 thoughts on “How to Choose Paint for Projects”

  1. You did such a wonderful job, Marta! The cabin kitchen is coming along beautifully. I love how everything turned out and I too am a fan of chalk paint! My only problem is that it scratches very easily. Do you apply a finishing coat of poly or some other sealer? xo, Eva

    1. Thanks, Eva! I haven’t used a sealer on the chalk paint. I kind of wanted it to scuff a bit to get the old cottage look πŸ™‚ If you find a sealer you like, please share! πŸ’•

      1. Hi, Marta! I tried wax and water-based poly (separately πŸ™‚ ) but didn’t like either. The wax needs to be reapplied every 2-3 weeks and still easy to scratch.The poly dried up with bubbles so I had to sand and repaint everything. Haha, I was hoping you had the answer πŸ™‚ I’m still looking for something that will work easier, I’ll let you know if I’ll have a breakthrough πŸ™‚

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