I have been doing some DIY projects around my house and its true once you start it doesn't stop! So far I have re-grouted my kitchen floor, and bathroom shower tiles, painted the power room and master bathroom, and the master bedroom. Now I am thinking that my main living lounge colour should change too! ahhhhhh! Its like a designer high :0
The biggest has been the change in colour palettes, I have embraced the stunning west coast greys into my own realm and it feel fantastic. My space seems to be breathing a new life, feeling more open and my case goods have never looked more sharpe. So sometimes embracing a new colour palette, not just as a designer talking- really can change the whole mood, harmony and function of a space.
One of my biggest challenges was the floor in my master bathroom. I had asked my husband during his filming hiatus to 'please tile the floor'! Of course with a stunning mosaic octagon tile and to use black grout. The poor guy, I love him just for trying to do this and for all the efforts he made putting the floor in! However black grout is a nightmare if you not an experienced trade person, and especially since the tile should have been sealed prior to the grouting.....yhea poor guy! So at the end of the day the floor was complete and never looked amazing, however the work that went into the process was!
That being said I decided to save the floor and wondered just how this could be done. So I started researching products and products and more products. But the whole time I kept thinking chalk paint. Now I am not talking about chalk paint for black boards, but a different type of chalk paint that is ecco friendly and can be used without a primer. Its an amazing product that can be applied to anything. But mainly used in revamping furniture.
So I ventured to a boutique designer shop in Langley, Passionate Home to purchase Annie Sloan chalk paint. I informed Carrie the designer at Passionate Home about my delima and she said it will work.....but you need to use a sealer. I had thought wax.....but this is more for furniture and would most defiantly NOT seal a bathroom floor (Hello.....water!) So she suggested a varathane that had a matte finish. How to apply this paint? Using a good bristle brush and a foam roller.
So over the next two days I spent prepping my bathroom floor and applying think coats of chalk paint. It dries very fast about 20minutes in between coats and I applied about four coats to my floor. The outcome was stunning, the floor went from a dirty cream to a radiant white. I then followed with the application of the varathane and again applied three coats, allowing for good drying time in between. I can't say enough about this designer found paint.....its amazing! I will not only use it again in my home, shout out recommendations to family and friends, but with out hesitation use in on client projects. The paint is pricey but you use very little, and I have tons left for a future project. ;)
So next time you are looking at a piece of furniture that needs a new life, a chair or even a floor think about Annie Sloan Chalk Paints.
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