Chalk paint techniques

This week on Show Me How, we take a look at what we can do with chalk based paints. Nadine Vosloo of Paint Master shows us how to re-purpose old bits of furniture to make a studio organizer and a practical storage shelf with a bit of a twist.

By Nadine Vosloo
Paint Master
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Storage under a Shelf

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  • Wooden Pallet off-cuts
  • Original Blue Seal Vaseline
  • Jigsaw
  • 2 Paint Brushes & Paint Scraper
  • Off-cut piece of material for wash effect when using Antique Brown Glaze
  • Door knobs & embellishments
  • Stencil
  • 2x1L Consol Jars
  • 2x500ml Consol Jars
  • Super Glue
  • Tjhoko Paint in the following colours: Mat Black, Comfort’s Blue, Coral Stone, Nade, Don’s Wash, Silver Moon, Antique Brown Glaze, Vinia Stone & Stencil of Paris paste.
  • Step 1: Using pallet off-cuts, screw them together to form an L-shaped shelf.  Next, paint it in Tjhoko’s Vinia Stone and wait for it to dry.
  • Step 2: While you wait for the paint to dry on the shelf, paint the first 500ml glass jar on the outside in Tjhoko’s Nade.
  • Step 3: Next, take one of the 1L glass jars and apply a stamp design using a stencil and the Stencil of Paris paste.
  • Step 4: Return to the wooden shelf you painted in Step 1.  To create a distressed technique on the shelf, apply Vaseline generously on the outer edges and randomly here and there on the shelf.  NB! Always use a different brush for the Vaseline applications and never paint with this brush.  The Vaseline will act as a resist and the next layer of paint won’t stick to it.  This is similar to the candle wax technique, but Tjhoko paint sticks to most things including the candle wax.  Now paint the whole shelf in Tjhoko’s Coral Stone and allow paint to dry.  In the meantime, go back to your glass jars.
  • Step 5: Take the other 1L glass jar and dry brush it using the colours Nade, Comfort’s Blue and Don’s Wash.
  • Step 6: Go back to the shelf and scrape off the paint in the areas where you painted over the Vaseline.  Once again, apply Vaseline randomly to cover certain areas only.  Remember we are busy with a distressed technique so don’t be too precise.  Lastly we apply Tjhoko’s Silver Moon on the entire L-shape shelf and allow it to dry.  Once it’s dry, scrape some of the paint off using a paint scraper.
  • Step 7: Take the other 500ml glass jar and use a different stamp stencil to apply Tjhoko Mat Black.
  • Step 8: Use Super Glue to stick the Rose embellishment on the Consol jar painted in Nade.  In the same way, stick the Fleur-de-Lis embellishment onto the dry-brushed jar. The jars are now completed.
  • Step 9: Dry-brush the main embellishment for the top of the shelf and then wash (wipe) it with a damp cloth that’s been dipped in the Antique Brown Glaze.  Once it’s dry, use Super Glue to stick it in place.
  • Step 10: To attach the jars to the shelf, drill holes in the centre of the lids.  Then, space the lids evenly on the underside of the shelf and drill holes into the shelf.
  • Step 11: Use different doorknobs on the top part of the shelf and screw these to secure the lids which are placed under the shelf.  Once the lids are securely attached, screw in the glass jars and you have created your own storage, under a shelf.
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Studio Organiser

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  • Wooden Pallet & Masonite off-cuts
  • Jigsaw & Glue Gun
  • Embellishments & Decorative ribbons
  • Paint Brush, Paint Scraper
  • Off-cut piece of material for wash effect when using Antique Brown Glaze.
  • Lever Arch File
  • 2 x Small galvanized buckets
  • 2 x wooden clothes pegs
  • 2 x bulldog clips
  • Door knob (optional)
  • Stencil
  • Super Glue & Stencil of Paris
  • Tjhoko Paint in the following colours: Mat Black, Comfort’s Blue, Coral Stone, Fine Lining, Don’s Wash, Silver Moon, Antique Brown Glaze & Vinia Stone
  • Step 1: Start by paint your pallet in the different colours to create an ombré look, starting with Mat Black on the bottom wooden plank.  Then paint each plank using the Tjhoko colours in the following order: Comfort’s Blue, Coral Stone, Fine Lining, Don’s Wash, Silver Moon.
  • Step 2: BUNTING
  • Now make your own bunting using the Masonite wood offcuts, and cut into small rectangles.  Paint half of them in Tjhoko Mat Black and the rest in Comfort’s Blue.   Once dry, take the rectangles painted in the Comfort’s Blue and dry brush them with Vinia Stone.  Next,  drill 2 holes into the top half of each rectangle and thread them onto a string.   Apply a stencil to the middle rectangle using Tjhoko’s Stencil of Paris paste and a pretty stencil of your choice.  Apply the Stencil of Paris by using a paint scraper and spreading the Stencil of Paris evenly on top of the secured stencil.  Remove the stencil while the Stencil of Paris is still wet.  Wash stencil and paint scraper immediately in lukewarm water. Allow Stencil of Paris to dry completely on painted rectangle.  Once your bunting is completed, hang it at the top of the pallet using a glue gun.
  • Step 3: At the top of the Pallet on the painted Silver Moon beam we are going to attach an embellishment but first, take a damp cloth and dip it in the Antique Brown Glaze and wipe / wash it over the embellishment.  Once you’re happy with the look, stick the embellishment down using super glue.
  • Step 4: Paint two boards in Mat Black to create black boards.  Glue a bulldog clip onto each board using a glue gun.  Add stencil detail by once again using Stencil of Paris.  Thread some decorative ribbon through them and then glue the black boards, one below the other on the left hand side of the pallet, underneath the bunting.
  • Step 5: Next we use a lever arch file and turn it inside-out.  We paint it in Vinia Stone and stick it, using a glue gun, onto the right hand side of our pallet, under the bunting.
  • Step 6: Next, hang small galvanized buckets for stationary & keys, using trendy ribbons and wooden clothes pegs.
  • Step 7: Lastly, write something fun on the bottom Mat Black painted plank of your pallet and, to add another element, attach an interesting door knob or other embellishment.
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