It’s already the 2nd week friends! I am pretty much going crazy since I had to evacuate from Hurricane Matthew this past weekend. We arrived back to our home on Monday, and there were two large trees that had fallen on the garage. Alas, no hurricane is going to keep me away from the One Room Challenge.
I am feeling pretty good that I have a plan in place for the Laundry Room.(see post) I did start stripping and painting the vintage shutters before I evacuated. Next up is starting to create the lighting piece.
Steps To Prepare the Shutters for Lighting Piece
Step 1: I used a paint stripper to remove some of the 100-year-old paint. There was another green paint under the black, so it appears that the green paint was much older because I could not remove all of it.
Step 2: I removed most of the paint with a sturdy painting spatula. Then I rinsed off the gooey remnants off the shutters with a hose. The wood is quite old so I dried the wood ASAP!
Step 3: I grabbed my trusty Ryobi sander and sanded most of the residue paint that was left. Again rinsed and dried the shutter quickly. Left to dry for a few hours in the sun.
Painting The Shutter: Chalk Paint.
When I was contacted by Amitha Verma painting company to use their product, this was the perfect opportunity to try her paints for my One Room Challenge. Normally. You don’t have to strip off any paint from your furniture when using her paints. The reason why I had to strip the top coat was due to the fact there were chunks of ancient debris that needed to be taken off, and I wanted the finished product to have aged, but a flawless look to it.
The Paint Kit Comes with Everything You Need!
Step 1: I began painting in one corner with long and continuous strokes across the shutter. The boar’s hair paint brush that comes with the kit is specifically designed to provide maximum coverage and a pro finish. Once the first coat dried I took a look and decided it needed a second coat.
Applying the Furniture Wax.
Step 2: To start, I took the large diameter round clear wax brush specially designed to apply the wax quickly. Dipped it into the Amitha Verma Clear Wax. I appled the clear wax all over piece. Let it dry for 20 minutes before moving on to Step 3.
Step 3: This is the step that brings the gorgeous colors to life! To apply the dark wax, I dipped the dark wax brush into the wax and got a thin coat of wax onto the brush. Then, I applied the wax all over the shutter using a “feathering” motion. Dry approximately for 20 minutes.
I truly loved working with Amitha Verma paints. It covered the remnants of the old paint so beautifully. The best part I have lots of paint left for many other furniture pieces.
Next step on the lighting piece is installing the sconce onto the shutter. Because the hurricane has delayed things for me, I am off track with some plans, so I will be focusing on items that were delayed because of shipping.