Webster Chalk Paint Powder winners announced and Friday Roundup

ellin dobs painting.moxiblog.com

I thought it would be fun to just announce winners and do a Friday round up of STUFF this week.

Thanks for your comments this week, it is so fun to hear feedback and discover when someone is actually reading these post! So here is the winners:

  1. Monday: Jana
  2. Tuesday: Madna
  3. Wednesday: Jeannie
  4. Thursday: Brenda

I will contact ya’ll over the weekend for your mailing address!

And now here’s the round-up of impressionable stuff for the week:

  • Wow this is supper unsettling, a little terrifying and selfishly I am disappointed to have to give up our traditional Crab-leg Christmas Feast.
  •  Feeling the weather cool just a little instantly puts me in the mood for Glamping! What Glamping? Here’s everything you need to know.
  •  I found this on Pinterest- it just might change my life, or at least I will save $ on waisted avocados.
  • Cooler weather makes me want to shop for a new wardrobe. I am dying of this jacket- wish I could buy for Coco. Oilily always has to-die-for fashions in happy colors.
  • Discovered the brand Blutgswester at a little boutique in the city- German Genius, love the color, love the coordinating separates.
  • Getting ready for soup weather
  • I made this for the first time last September~ it is delicious!
  • What about the image above? I wish I could buy it for our bedroom, I miss the ocean. I think I will just have to paint one for myself.

Enjoy your weekend and come back monday. xo

Websters Chalk Paint Powder GIVEAWAY day 4

shoe cabinet finished2.moxiblog.com

I hate that I got the first coat of paint on the cabinet before taking a photo. I quickly snapped a shot so you could at least see what it looks like with one coat. I mentioned in previous post, that I thought one of the downsides to the product was the coverage. I also think that it might be the Swiss paint I am using. This photo clearly shows you the coverage of one coat, so if your first coat looks about this transparent, let me know.

Then this morning I strolled through the thrift shop and there was an exact match for sale at 30 chf! Score- I snapped a shot.

one coat

I think the Websters product is perfect for heavily distressed pieces because, if the paint scratches then it is less noticeable. It also works good on dressers or cupbords, things that might get less use than say, chairs or kitchen cabinets. I think all the carving details also make this piece a great candidate for dark wax and heavy distressing because it really makes all that carving and detail stand out. Today you have another chance to win a sample of Websters Chalk Paint powder. Today’s shoe cabinet I heavily distressed and even used dark wax on it to give it an old antique patina. Tutorials on wax technique can be found here at Blue Egg Brown Nest.  Because of one of your great questions and comments this week, I learned that technique glazes, like Ralph Laurens “tea stained”, work really well to seal the piece and give it some “age”.

shoe cabinet open.moxiblog.com

  • I loved this piece because of the cool swinging door storage.
  • I loved this piece because it was FREE!
  • I love this piece because it is only 13.5 inches deep, so it doesn’t take up much space in a little flat and I put it in the hall outside of our bedroom.

I did all 3 of this weeks paint project with 2 cups of Latex paint mixed with Websters Chalk Paint powder- yes that’s it! I am always amazed what a little paint will do to transform a piece of furniture into a whole new look. So what do you think, do you love the simpler painted furniture or the heavily distressed and waxed pieces better? Make sure to visit the Websters Chalk Paint Powder site and leave a comment in this post. I am selecting a new winner from each post and today is the LAST DAY! Tell me what you want to paint, give me a refinishing tip, or tell me you subscribed to the RSS feed! Friday winners will be randomly selected and I will contact you for your mailing address.
Good luck.

 

Websters Chalk Paint Powder GIVEAWAY day 3

For the 3rd day in a row I have sample packet of Websters Chalk Paint Powder up for grabs!

Make sure to visit the Websters Chalk Paint Powder site and leave a comment in this post. Tell me you subscribed to the RSS feed! Friday all weeks winners will be randomly selected and announced~ I will contact you for your mailing address.
Good luck.

bath cabinet befor.after.moxiblog.com

This project is another great example of how just a little paint and some inexpensive hardware can totally transform a piece of furniture. I think I lightened up this photo a little because it was very dark but the piece is a little brighter and more saturated in “real life”. I purchased this cast off from an expat family who were leaving Switzerland this summer. I paid less than 30chf for it. I loved the storage potential but didn’t know immediately where I would put it. Once we got it home I scooted it around a few different spots and then was delighted to find that if fit in the big empty bathroom.

bathroom~double vanity

I’m not a high-maintenance, loads-of-cosmetics, type-of-girl, so I didn’t consider the need for more bathroom storage, however the space presented itself and I use the cabinet to store paint supplies, craft supplies and office supplies. This bathroom is home to the tub so lots of moisture from showers and condensation aren’t an issue.

bathroom~tub room2

The bathroom is completely white and grey, modern, clean but sterile. I love the pop of color (my favorite)
that the aquamarine cabinet provides.

final in bath.moxiblog.com

I still had some of the mixed Websters Chalk Paint Powder left from the 2 previous projects – yes people it really doesn’t take that much paint to make something look new, different, and incredible. I went to our local “hardware” store and bought a tiny bottle of colorant that is used with the latex product and I carefully tinted the paint until I reached the perfect shade of aquamarine. EASY-PEEZY. You can do it too! And you can get custom color mixed at almost any place in the states that sells paint.

After a few coats (chalk paint dries really fast) I was ready for new hardware. Off to Ikea to get some inexpensive knobs. I was dreaming of something like shabby chic crystal knobs, but I found these, brought them home and feel that I accidentally made the exact right choice. The modernity ties it together with the rest of the bathroom, as does the clean paint job. I took an old distressed rustic style cabinet and made it fresh, bright, and modern.

Websters Chalk Paint Powder giveaway!

Coco before and after dress.moxiblog.comer  Lets talk chalk paint. I have mentioned in the previous furniture refinishing post that I loved working with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, but there are some disadvantages, especially here in Switzerland. Namely price and availability. This is not so much the case back home in the US. The availability is growing as people find how great it is to avoid sanding and the lovely distressed looks  you get from chalk paint, and milk paint products. The cost in Switzerland (like everything else) is a little higher, but the shipping is really pricey, because I have no local stockist.

In a search for a solution I scoured the internet and some of my favorite blogs for options. I ran across WEBSTERS CHALK PAINT! I wrote them a nice note and they are excited to be sponsoring Moxiblog’s very first give-away! I have a small sample package for just checking out their website and leaving a comment below. I will randomly select a winner on Friday and send you the packets in the mail. Facebook comments do not count, the comments have to be posted to the blog. Easy right?! Good luck!

Websters is a powder that you simply mix into any color, any brand latex paint. I used it on all the projects I am featuring this week. It worked pretty good. I am using locally sourced Swiss made latex paint. It is a thicker product than I am used to in the states- which I liked, but oddly enough it is not more opaque. I think all of the local paints do not cover as well as I am used to, so keep that in mind when reading my review- it may be an unfair comparison?

I am not getting compensated for my review and I am totally honest, so here are the pros and cons:

Pro’s-

  • I love the flexibility in colors. I love going and getting a custom color mixed and being able to match it to anything I want. This is an awesome feature!
  • I love the price! It is very affordable in comparison to ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). And even if you have to ship it, it is inexpensive to ship because its just some powder in a package and not a heavy liquid can of paint.

Con’s-

  • I do not think the adhesion is nearly as good as ASCP.
  • I don’t believe coverage is as good, it took more coats to do the same job as ASCP.

**** This could have to do with my “Swiss paint” and may be different in the states, but after all the fact that it was universal was supposed to be a selling point for me.

Later in the week I will be sharing a custom color piece that I am really happy about~ also used Websters powder for it, and a heavily distressed cabinet that I think worked really well with the Websters powder.

sophias original dresser

sophias dresser

Coco’s dresser is only 28 inches high. I think it’s a perfect vanity for a little girl. I paid 40chf at a thrift store, It is not a bargain bottom price, but pretty fair I thought. Here is a photo of the dresser when the final coat of paint and wax was applied. In order to make it match up with other furniture in her room I did not want to distress it, however it looked so plain!

finished dresser_1

Since she originally requested I paint it pink, I decided to compromise and added her monogram on the drawer. I think it’s the perfect touch of pink and brings a little of the American South to our home in Switzerland. Tomorrow I will show you how I did the monogram. What do you think? Like it better wood finished, white finished, or white with the monogram?!