Projects like this are so fun to do! Don’t you think?
Do you enjoy searching resale shops as much as I do? (I know you are shaking your head yes right now!) That’s perfect then because we are going to get along just fine! You are going to love this fresh farmhouse style project!
Isn’t it satisfying to find something for just a few dollars knowing you can bring it home and give it new life?
I have a routine of stopping at several different resale shops at least once a week! I am always amazed at some of the unique things I can find at such great prices. Below are the easy to follow directions for this fresh farmhouse updated using chalk paint!
This sweet shelf, with its 2 dowels for displaying linens, is one of those GREAT finds! Yes, it was a little dated with the cutout heart. I just looked beyond what I saw at first glance and knew this had potential to be something amazing!
I’m always excited about the creative ideas that pop into my head when I’m resale shopping! Since these items aren’t usually expensive, you don’t have much to lose if you end up not redoing it. You can always donate it yourself and maybe someone else can work with it!
Even though I live in the suburbs right now, my heart still belongs in the country. That’s why I enjoy giving boring pieces like this a fresh farmhouse style update! I love what a little elbow grease and some chalk paint can do!
First thing is to clean the shelf well with a mild detergent and a soft cloth. If needed, wipe with a clean cloth with plain water to remove any detergent residue. Once dried, I attached a piece of wood I had in my craft supplies with a little hot glue to cover the cutout heart. This was so easy and it updated the shelf immediately!
At some point, I may use chalkboard paint to updated the rectangular piece of wood I added! Then I could add fun quotes, etc. to it!
I strive for simplicity when working on a project so I try to have all my supplies at the ready before I even start. You too? GOOD! If not, that’s okay! 😉
To achieve that fresh farmhouse style, I added white chalk paint to the bowl. I did this first since it would be the base for creating the light blue. I then added a small amount of the blue chalk paint and mixed them thoroughly to see what it looked like. This is the stage where you can tweak the color if needed, not after you start applying the paint. REMEMBER, the wet paint will be a bit lighter than the end product as it dries a tiny bit darker.
Once mixed, I compared the color I created to the blue sky in the cotton boll picture. It was exactly what I wanted! Now it’s time to paint. I found that a 2-inch soft craft brush works perfectly for smaller chalk paint projects like this one. Apply so your brushstrokes follow the wood grain. I prefer to start by painting the areas that are hardest to get to and then moving to the easy open areas.
I painted both shelves and the towel hook at the same time. Then once the base coat of blue paint dried, I created a slight whitewash effect to complete the farmhouse look!
Again, gather those supplies! 🙂
Start by adding a very small amount of the white chalk paint to your bowl. Add water until the paint is very thin (it will look a bit like skim milk). Starting in the hard to reach areas, apply the whitewash in long brush strokes. Then quickly take a clean soft cloth and remove the excess paint to leave a slight covering of the whitewash.
Continue until all areas have been whitewashed. Make sure it looks like you want it to. You can go back and add more if needed. Or if the whitewash was applied too heavily you can brush plain water on top and then use your soft cloth again to remove more of the whitewash. (Note: the whitewash needs to still be damp to be able to remove the excess).
Since these items are used for decorative purposes only, I opted not to apply any wax or varnish to these. We will cover how to seal and protect chalk paint in another post. The great thing about this is, it only took part of an afternoon to complete! I absolutely love how these look in my updated farmhouse style bathroom.
If you look in the upper left-hand corner of the photo above, you can see how well the blues match! I totally swooned over this updated fresh farmhouse look for my bathroom redo!
This could be used in your kitchen as well. I just happened to have empty wall space in my bathroom that needed a bit of a farmhouse fresh style update! 🙂
I’m here to help!
Let me know if you have any questions about the process I used to complete this project. I am always happy to help you. Thanks for following along!
*Important Disclaimer: If you choose to redo an old painted piece, please be very careful as it may have been painted with lead-based paint at some point. Here are the EPA brochure and the HUD brochure on how to protect yourself and your family! Personally, I avoid anything that I think could have lead-based paint on it. It’s just not worth it to me. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!