Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chalk Paint Is For The Birds

Did I get your attention with the title?
No, I am not going to tell you that chalk paint is bad!
In fact, there is not much I don't like about it (except maybe the price). I have used chalk paint on so many things other than furniture. Here is another example...

I bought these less than lovely 1970's bird plaques at a yard sale for 50 cents each...


They are made from a heavy plastic. And, yes, you can paint plastic with chalk paint.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.
It took 2 coats...
 Using a wet paper towel, I rubbed the high spots to antique the plaques.

Here are some examples before and after antiqueing...


The finished product...



See...chalk paint really is for the birds!
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47 comments:

  1. Well, I didn't know that you could use chalk paint on plastic! Wow! Your birds turned out great.

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  2. OMG! I bought those same birds at a thrift store a few weeks back. I was going to spray paint them, but now I'm going to try chalk paint! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Love it! There's a few things I could use that on in my house to give them a new life. Thanks!

    Visiting from Whimsically Homemade!

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  4. wow...love this idea...it could bring back a lot of old stuff to life

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  5. Very cute- I picked up a few of these in the past few months, too. Love what you did with them- xo Diana

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  6. Can you use chalk paint and then have them outdoors, like on the brick wall in your pic? Hadnt heard of chalk paint before, am assuming its a white version of blackboard paint?
    Must investigate it.....can see possibilities for its use, so thanks for the heads up about it! How have I not heard of it!!

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  7. This chalk paint is pretty awesome - and I love the extra step of making them distressed. Good investment at fifty cents a pop! Beautiful results.

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  8. Nice! I would love to give some chalk paint a try.

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  9. Came over from Thrifty Thursday to see the birds. I have a giant gold plastic frame that I have been wanting to paint, but was not sure which to go. Thanks!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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  10. Oh, that is just beautiful! The effect you create with the chalk paint is really great! I think I am in need of some chalk paint for myself (even with all "bad" properties). :)

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  11. Everything old is new again! Love it!

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  13. Fun use for the chalk paint--I have just started playing with it--love it!

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  14. Great idea! I love your use of something that someone didn't see the potential in, they turned out lovely. Would love for you to visit and follow me too, now following you :)

    Tanya

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  15. What a great idea thanks for sharing!
    http://iheartpears.blogspot.com. I'll be back soon!

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  16. WOW! I would never have believed that is the same bird from the before picture. It looks so pretty! I bought a gold plastic ornate mirror at a yard sale and this would be great for it! Thanks!

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  17. Love them! I have been mixing my own chalk paint and using on plastic wall candle holders. It's great to cover with isn't it?!

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  18. Cute! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

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  19. What a transformation!!!
    I have painted a golden plastic mirror frame, too!
    Cheers,

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  20. How gorgeous! I just love the colour, it really brings out the bird plaque!!

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  21. So lovely! I recently purchased Graphite and to paint a piece of furniture. Can't wait to start!

    leslie

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  22. yay! I have those exact same bird plaques, just waiting for an inspired redo, and I now I found it -- thank you!!
    I've been puttering around with how to decorate a bland brick wall on my patio...these birds with my newly-painted turquoise iron furniture will be the start of something beautiful.

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  23. I found a set of these at a thrift store years ago, before chalk paint came along. Had to spray paint mine. I love the finish of your's. Looks great! :)

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  24. Wow! Thanks for sharing that the chalk paint will stick to plastic...I didn't know that. Your artistic touches with the distressing really are what make them look old and expensive. Great job! I saw your post over at "Funky Junk Interiors".

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  25. Aren't you clever to think of using chalk paint to transform those little birds into beauties!

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  26. I'm your newest follower from Blissful & Domestic Sunday Blog Hop! Love your blog. It would be great if you would follow me back at http://lifeofblocks.blogspot.com/ Thanks!!

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  27. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

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  28. I totally agree with you :) These are so pretty -- what did we ever do before chalk paint???

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  29. Love your birds...super cute! Good to know that chalk paint works on plastic, too. Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

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  30. These are soooo pretty!! I could easily see these selling in a chic boutique. Are you selling them? :D

    ♥Linsey

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  31. beautiful ;)) Very very lovely..

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  32. Holy cow, it is amazing how great the transformation is. I no longer look past that plastic "Home Interiors" stuff at a garage sale.

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  33. So beautiful!! Chalk paint is so fun! We are so glad you joined our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

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  34. Came out great!

    Thank you for joining our party. Tomorrow, Wednesday, we'll pick a few features and open a new party. We look forward to you coming to join in again at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

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  35. That's really cool! I had no idea you could chalk paint on plastic. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Where would we be without our beloved chalk paint...?? lol! Love the vintage look to your sweet birds!!! Great job! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  37. Hey there! Love your cute blog! I just added myself to your followers for support and wanted to invite you to come enter a fabulous Steve Madden giveaway I'm having right now!!
    Hope to see you there! And thanks so much lady!
    Emily
    http://emilymmeyers.blogspot.com/2012/06/steve-madden-giveaway.html

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  38. really a neat way to update something we all walk past at garage sales. Now I'm going to stop at ones I would normally drive by just to see if I can find some cheap things to paint. Great job.

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  39. Gosh, those plastic birds turned out great! The birds are something I wouldn't have given a second look, but you turned them into something beautiful! Way to go!

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  40. Wow how impressive that plastic birds can look that good! Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  41. these turned out so pretty, Virginia! I definitely am featuring these today. thanks for sharing. have a fab weekend!

    Hugs,
    Lelanie @ to-sew-with-love.com

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