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RE: Chalk Painted China Cabinet (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: Miz_M on 05.26.2013 at 06:28 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Thank you so much! :)

The recipe I use is:

2 cups latex paint, satin
5 tbsp Plaster of Paris
2 tbsp warm water

I mix the PoP and warm water, until dissolved, then mix into paint. This makes more than enough for 2 coats on a large piece, such as a China cabinet. This recipe is very smooth, and doesn't have that extreme chalky feel I've had happen with other types.

I lightly sand and clean the piece well, paint (each coat dries in 30-1 hr), and either wax, or we poly, depending on several factors.

If you want to distress the furniture, do so before wax/poly.

For waxing, I use Johnson's Paste Wax, usually 3 coats. I love how it feels after buffing (I leave it on about 20 minutes).

I've done many paint jobs with primer/latex/poly, and like that method, too. I wouldn't use the chalk paint on chairs, for instance.


clipped on: 05.28.2013 at 03:58 pm    last updated on: 05.28.2013 at 03:58 pm

RE: how do you post a photo from the web (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: awm03 on 08.03.2012 at 11:28 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

In Mozilla Firefox, right click the photo, choose "copy image location"
1. type <
2. type img src
3. type =
4. paste the link
5. then close with a >
Probably something similar in other browsers.


clipped on: 08.03.2012 at 03:38 pm    last updated on: 08.03.2012 at 03:41 pm

RE: Do you have a plate wall display? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: msrose on 07.02.2009 at 07:49 am in Home Decorating Forum

Here's two inspiration pictures I saved. I can't remember who they belong to.





clipped on: 07.02.2009 at 08:28 pm    last updated on: 07.02.2009 at 08:28 pm

Books for my summer reading list?

posted by: sueb20 on 05.14.2009 at 09:04 am in Home Decorating Forum

Every summer I read a TON of books. The TV is off more, we spend a month at our summer cottage, and I have my nose in a book a lot! So this is the time when I start to make my list of books I want to read. Here are some authors I like (it will be obvious that I'm not looking for anything educational or too taxing for my summer reads!) -- Jodi Picoult, Elizabeth Berg, Sue Miller, Elinor Lipman, Mary McGarry Morris, Wally Lamb, Sue Grafton, Harlan Coben, Joy Fielding. I love suspenseful mysteries like Coben's. I also like "chick lit," obviously. Any recommendations for authors or specific books I should check out? Oh, a couple of books I have loved recently are "Molokai" and "The Help" if anyone is looking for additions to their summer reading lists!

p.s. I also plan to FINALLY read Harry Potter this summer -- at least the first one. DH read them all to my kids but I haven't read any of them!


clipped on: 05.18.2009 at 07:00 pm    last updated on: 05.18.2009 at 07:00 pm

Late winter, early spring mantle using what I had on hand

posted by: my3dogs on 03.01.2009 at 02:15 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Since we're due to get up to 16" of snow today through tomorrow, I'm not feeling all that spring-like. :-)
This mantle arrangement has just 4 colors, ivory, black, green and gold. This look isn't for everyone, as it's 'lighter' than my winter mantle, but quite subdued.

I wanted to use my eBay silk shades (4 for $11 including shipping!), so I made the lamps from old English barley twist candlesticks. On either side of the old clock are brass English candlesticks, and on top of the clock are old miniature English beehive candlesticks. All candlesticks are from eBay. The mirror is from Craigslist, and my guess is it's 30s - 40s. I wish the irregularities in the glass that I love would show up in pics.

I left my winter mantle cache pots in the mix. More spring-like flowers may come later, but colors will be limited.

Green silk hydrangea heads lightly sprayed with Glossy Wood Tone spray make them look dried. I had some sheer ribbon in green and in gold, so tied some at the base of the hydrangeas at the top of the mirror.

The antique plates are from a local antique shop and were marked down to $3.75 each! They are Mason's Ironstone, with a mark that puts them around 1891. Having a 100+ year oak tree next to my house, I love the oak and acorn border on the plates. I DON'T like to rake the millions of each that my trees produce each fall, though!

I found that the plates without a transferware design on them are called their 'Oak' pattern in 'cream'. The print on the 2nd plate pic below is their 'Vista' pattern, but I haven't been able to find the pattern on the other. And, even on Replacements LTD, I can't find these plates with the black transfer. Darn!





clipped on: 03.01.2009 at 07:04 pm    last updated on: 03.01.2009 at 07:04 pm