Thursday, May 19, 2011

HOLY SMOKES! CHALK PAINT DOES WORK ON MELAMINE!

Whew!!  We just finished a HUGE project with Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and boy did we change the look of a room!!  We are very fortunate to have some of the best customers and clients in the WORLD, here's the quick scoop.

We have a couple who's home we have done from top to bottom - custom drapes, bedding, flooring, furniture, lighting...the list goes on (take a look at the latest HOUSETRENDS pg 75 magazine for an editorial done featuring this home and our work) however, there was one room that was our latest challenge.  An office off the master bedroom.  This room has a built-in wall unit that is constructed of orange melamine.  Now you're asking yourself if I just said "orange melamine", yes I did and here's a picture to prove it.




These wonderful home-owners allowed us to learn, hands-on, if Annie Sloan Chalk Paint could live up to the statement of "no prep work".  We brought a host of supplies and an incredible enthusiasm and got busy!.  To put it into perspective this unit is 18 feet long, 10 foot high with a depth of 24 inches in most cubbies and had 17 flat-front doors.  When we saw the doors we had an "a-ha" moment and ran to Home Depot with a measuring tape in hand.  We thought the doors needed to be enhanced with a little trim.  Soooo, for $10.39 per 8 foot piece, we bought 10 pieces, asked a carpenter/friend of ours to make the miter cuts and add trim to the flats of the door using Liquid Nails.  We used a total of 6 quarts of Chalk Paint.  Three Annie Sloan Chateau Grey and three Versaille, two clear waxes and one dark wax to achieve the final result.  We even painted the laminate countertop!!  For that we used a mixture of Old White, Country Grey and a hint of Graphite.  And just like that it looks like a marbled finish on the countertop!!  A TOTAL transformation.


We were thrilled with the results.  But best of all, our amazing clients loved it even more than we did!!  So you could say it was a TOTAL success.  Here are a few pictures of the process.


(This was before we added accessories to shelves)


Pretty Fantastic, wouldn't you agree?!  More later.....Robyn

2 comments:

  1. What a transformation! I've been researching painting melamine with chalk paint, but I haven't found anything that tells me how durable it is. I want to paint my kitchen cabinets, since they're in the kitchen and they'll get a lot of use I want to make sure after a few months I won't have chipping or peeling paint. Do you think it would be a good idea to paint the kitchen cabinets with chalk paint?

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  2. I found your article very useful thanks for sharing it online, even I recently gone through this Melamine cover, you may like it.

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