My kids are sick but my Christmas shopping is D.O.N.E. so whilst my littles are sleeping off all of their germs I am dreaming of all of the 2017 projects I want to complete in my house.
This is why too much time on my hands is not a good idea. I start conjuring up demolitions in my mind and suddenly I have changed my life with the wail of a single hammer.
In 2014 I documented my Home Goals for the year and lemme tell you – it got my booty in GEAR putting those goals out there for all to see.
It didn’t hurt that I got pregnant that same year and turned into a nesting maniac zombie. Wanna whip your house into shape? Get knocked up! It’s a sure fire way to get all of those little things (and big things) done around your house.
The very first project I am tackling in 2017 is my fireplace and builtins. I am envisioning a crisp and simple white paint with a stack stone tile to replace the existing builder grade tile I have been living with.
Heirloom Traditions Paint sent me their new paint line, Heritage Collection, an All In One Chalk Style Paint. This means all of the regular things we expect from chalk-type paints – no sanding, no priming, BUT there is no top coat needed. No furniture wax or a poly-type sealer is after it is applied – it’s built right into the product. Heirloom Traditions Paint has a master chemist that develops all of their paint and he created this paint with a built in primer and a built in wax for the time conscious consumer. That means all of the adhering benefits of a chalk style paint, but without the tedious 2nd step of applying wax which can make traditional chalk painting feel difficult for a new painter.
Naturally I was skeptical.
Confession: I hate trying new products. I use the same nail polish brand, the same gel manicure, with the same manicurist every single time. I buy the same toilet paper brand. I don’t like to try new perfumes. I LIKE MY STUFF when it works. That’s just my M.O. when it comes to new products.
BTW: Here is my existing fireplace. My entire house has pickled oak cabinets – that look light pink – and builtins which are about as 1990’s as frosted tips on NSYNC. You can see where I DIY’d a faux wallpaper backing on the builtin shelves here. Even though that was 4 years ago I really still like them!
Here is my inspo picture: clean, light, bright and crisp.
And mainly not pink.
Before I bite off this huge project I wanted to give this new paint a test drive to see if it will be able to withstand the wear and tear of my crazy kiddos. Watch this FB Live Video and see how my first coat of the paint goes!
I also talk about 3 Furniture Painting Tips you need to know before starting your next project.
I was pleasantly surprised at the coverage. I allowed each coat to dry overnight, but the instructions say you only need to wait 45 minutes between coats.
The key to getting this paint to adhere properly is to give it a good stir. I think that is important with any paint, but for a bright white, it is even more important for maximum coverage. I didn’t have a stir stick handy so I used a plastic straw.
I had to keep the door shut for fear of my kids taking a bit fat drink out of this quart of paint.
I was expecting the paint to be matte and chalky after the last coat. Once it had dried overnight it had more of an eggshell sheen than flat.
I have done a lot of unofficial scratch test, little boy car driving, fork stabbing, and the like, to test the durability of this new paint.
The verdict is in, and I am officially painting my fireplace and builtins in Heritage Collection’s color Cashmere! Plus, Heirloom Traditions Paint is having 20% off of the Heritage Collection on their website! No coupon code needed.
If you are wanting a more weathered or antique look Heirloom has a companion Antiquing Gel that will give you a more distressed look.
Before biting off a big project like cabinets or builtins try the technique on a smaller project so you are feeling confident and comfortable while you are working on a beast of a DIY.
Are you dreaming of your 2017 projects yet?
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