Hello Reclaimers! I am Karen Adams and a new blogger
for My [Re]claimed Home! I thought I would share a little about myself and then
go onto giving you some tips and tricks that you can use on your own projects.
First things first, who am I. Well I started my
reclaiming, dumpster diving, garage sale picking, Restore shopping fetish about
10 years ago. I have always been blessed with a great artistic ability -being
able to paint, draw, sculpt and much more, however after high school and a
semester of college I wanted to do even more than the average artist. I wanted
to use my talent in a unique way but I wasn’t sure how. Unbeknownst to me the
answer was about to present itself in a very innocent way.
My mother-in-law was having a garage sale and had a
tired old baker’s rack that she thought would sell if it just had a little coat
of paint. So I took on the challenge! I painted the rack and added some design
flair to it and before I knew it a light bulb went off. I wanted to do this! I
wanted to redo furniture, make it one of a kind and wow people. And of course
it didn’t stop there. I not only redo furniture but I also create new furniture
and items out of … for a lack of a better word… “Junk”
I LOVE what I do with a passion! I take great pride
in my work and love to share my talents with the world. I teach people how to
get past their project dilemmas and how to look at items in a new light (I also
started Pink Punk Design on Facebook with my Mother in-law, Laurie Hamilton, for
anyone who is interested in getting tips and tricks on a whole wide range of
enough about me! Let’s talkPAINT!
Not just any paint but the up and rising popular
diverse eco-friendly paint is so easy to use! Add a little water to it to make
it smooth, thicken it up by leaving the lid off, and make it into a wash by
adding even more water. Use flat brushes for a smooth look or bristle brushes
for a more textured aged look. It is so simple and diverse! It covers most
surfaces with little to no priming at all. I encourage everyone who paints to
have this in their arsenal!
you may be asking yourself, this is great but where do I get it? Well the more
popular brands such as Annie Sloan, CeCe Caldwell, American Paint co, FAT
paint, Maison Blanche, Van Gough, and Shabby Paint (just to name a few) are
great but they can cost anywhere from $29.99 -
is just out ragout in my opinion especially since you can make your own for
This is what
you will need:
normally go to Lowes or Home Depot)
Color sample pots in your color choice – Must be Latex based (Valspar is
my go to brand $2.98 each)
White Plaster of Paris (this will last you a LONG
time so it’s a great investment) $6.48 @ Lowes
Furniture wax $9.97 @Lowes** (optional, but
cup of Plaster of Paris with a 1/2 cup of warm water until it dissolves. Once
its dissolved, add 1 1/2 cups of latex paint (the whole container if your
sample color is Valspar)
like you normally would! If you want it thicker, let it sit out a while. If you
want it as a wash, add more water, or just use it as it is after you mix it.
Also you may or may not need two coats. See how the first coat goes and use
your best judgment depending on what look you are going for.
·You will want to wax your project to protect the
surface from chips and wear and tear. This step is not required but is highly
·For a more textured look switch out the plaster of
Paris with white non-sanded grout.