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.


Sconce/Concrete Vase/Chalk Paint


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  1. Those shutters are looking awesome! Glad your home was okay – other than the garage! Boo! 🙁

    1. Thanks, tree guy comes tomorrow to cut then down, boy anyone in the tree business is making a fortune around here. Can’t wait to have everything back to normal.

  2. Glad to hear y’all made it back okay, even with the garage mishap, and I admire your dedication to the challenge! I’d have probably called it quits after all of that! Love the progress on those shutters!!

    1. I was tempted a few times to stop, but everytime I did, something good would happen and I could keep going. I was with out electricity for a few days, but used my hub’s office and that helped. Its amazing how the small luxuries of home we take for granted like hot water and electricity. Can’t wait to have my routine back.

  3. I love the new color on the shutters! You are one dedicated lady to keep going with the ORC after the horrible Matthew! Glad you are safe!

    1. It was so stressful, but my husbands office had electricity and that did help me. My electric finally came back to my home today. I can’t wait to take a hot bath. Thanks Maria

  4. I just love how your shutter turned out. I can’t wait to try Amitha paints!

    1. Wow, thanks, her paints are extremely easy to use and I have used some local brands and this one is much more superior. Take Care

  5. I have never heard of those paints…you always do a great job!

    1. Thanks Janet, I never heard of the paint either, but True Value Hardware carry her paint. Its really quality paint and i’ve tried some popular brands and this one is so much better.

  6. Wow, I’m glad the paint kit worked out for you. That old paint color looked difficult to cover. Can’t wait to see those shutters installed!

  7. Wow girl! I can’t believe you’re still moving forward! I admire your dedication! The shutters are looking amazing 🙂

  8. Ok, so yes, the shutters look lovely, but can we talk about what a trooper you are? I mean, seriously. ORC gold medal goes to you!

    1. Thalita, I was really bummed that this Hurricane had put a halt on so many things! But the most important is we are all safe and I got a chance to finish what I needed to do. Maria

  9. I have a love/hate relationship with paint stripper. So much work, but well worth the end result.

    Your shutters are lovely.

    1. Yes, I know what you mean about paint stripper, I actually use one that biodegradable.But still have to wear a mask and gloves.
      See you next week.

  10. I love those shutters. It is going to look so amazing.

    1. Thanks Bon Bon. This week is going to be a fun week, some DIY’s that I love to do. See you next week,

  11. Glad to hear you’re ok after Matthew! The shutters look amazing! I can’t believe how well that paint covered the old green paint.

  12. So much work but totally worth it! Can’t wait to see your shutters in place and what is next on your checklist!

    1. Yes, my hands are paying a price for all this work, I need a day at the spa for hand treatment and back massage.

    2. Tim, Excited you stop by,Have so much to do this week.Look forward in your transformation of those cabinets.
      Ciao Maria

    1. Erin, so glad you stopped by, you are such a sweetie! Have a good week in every way.

  13. Glad your safe. I am sure those shutters are going to wonderful. The style of that paintbrush is perfect for the narrow shutters. I will be following through all your posts waiting to see how the room comes together.

    1. Leanna, how is the snow, I can’t believe you have it already! Thanks for stopping by and this week the electrician comes and I get to learn how to change the back of the sconce into a cord that can be plugged into the wall.

  14. So glad you guys are home safe and I am sorry that you lost two trees. Those shutters look fantastic!!!

    1. Tara, its nice to sleep in my own bed, but the most I missed was a hot bath.

  15. I really like the shutters transformation. The sconces are really pretty. I’m wondering where exactly you’ll be putting this lighting in your office. Maybe I’ll find out next week! So sorry your trees fell on your garage. I always hate to lose trees. Our neighbors had to cut down two big maples that bordered our property a couple years ago because they were dying. We have our own maple trees, though.

    1. Lucille, Thanks for visiting me again, the shutters will go in the office area. I have so many things to do.

  16. Yikes! I’m sorry you had to evacuate in the middle of the ORC! I’m impressed you even got the shutters painted!

    1. Thank you, I am happy its over, so many people in worse shape than me, but happy its over.

  17. So sorry to hear about your garage, I’m glad your okay though. Your shutters are looking good. I’m excited to see how you transform them into a light.

  18. Maria I am amazed that you were able to get such a nice finish to the shutters. They looked like that color would never come off and if it did the chalk paint would not cover well. But you pulled it trough. Now I want to see what you’ll do with them.

  19. Shutters look great! Thank you for linking up with us at #HomeMattersParty .See you again next week.

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