I tend to do projects around my house this time of year and I have been wanting to redo my closet for some time. My husband thinks our closet is just fine of course, but I think we could do so much more with it, new closet system, lovely bins for storage…… I think I have a vision of a Cinderella closet, that is once she moved into the castle version.
My New Thing this Tuesday is painting the shelves in my closet. I found this Chalk paint, by Maison Blanche, I have been wanting to try and found out that it requires little to no prep and has no smell. For an inexperienced painter, I don’t think I have ever painted anything, and sensitive to smells, I thought this would be the perfect paint for me to experiment with. I have the basic white pressboard shelving in my closet and I would really like to create a shabby chic look.
There are several techniques you can use to create different textures and looks which I am learning and experimenting with. I am practicing on a sample board to see how the paint goes on and then trying it with an antique wax over the top, then either leaving a lot of wax on it for an older look or buffing some of the wax off for a more gentle used look. I watched a video of Annie Sloan on You tube and I love her attitude about painting. She said to use a large enough brush every which way so you are painting evenly uneven and jab here and there and “just get on with it”, in other words get it done and don’t fuss. My kind of painting! The paint is suppose to have texture and character to it, as if a piece of artwork.
There are several brands out there but the one I am trying, Maison Blanche, you only need one wax according to the nice gal at the store Quite the Find in Country Village where they stock this paint. The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is carried at Bella Bungalow in Arlington or Haley’s Cottage. My friend Wendy, who has a decorating business and recreates vintage pieces of furniture, uses this paint and suggested I try it. Wendy offered some tips on some techniques so I will be sharing her talents with you on a later blog post.
Are you introducing new things into your world? Leave us a comment below or on our facebook page and tell us what you are doing new. -Karen
Annie Sloan chalk paint tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjxKGQrO1UE
As you know, every Tuesday I do One New Thing and post about it. I’m adding a new section to the blog so that you can see all of the New Thing Tuesday posts in one place. Just click on the button in the sidebar and it will take you there.
One New Thing!
I am off to do One New Thing each week for the new year! I joined Golds Gym last September and have not taken a single class. I was talking with the gal who greets everyone and asked her advice on which classes would be good ones to start with. I told her about my hesitation, or should I say fear, to take a class. It turns out she had the same thoughts and fears about taking classes too.
How many of you don’t take classes at your gym because you don’t want to look like the uncoordinated person who is the only one who doesn’t know any of the steps or routines? It always seems like everyone else in the class has been taking it forever and they never seem to miss a beat or step and know all the names to all the moves. My fear of looking absolutely ridiculous has kept me from trying any classes at any of the gyms I have belonged too. Do not even get me started on the what to wear to class, so we look as thin as possible standing in front of wall to wall mirrors question.
So, this little gal at the front desk said she has been working at Golds for two years and she said it took her a full year before she took a class. Well, it has only taken me five months so I was feeling pretty good until I walked into the class and the only spot free in the yoga class was front and center. It was totally quiet in the room and not a single person including the teacher was talking or saying hello or recognizing any other person. I instantly thought, I am in trouble. I pretended like I knew that you were suppose to be quiet and go about stretching and doing breathing exercises but in reality I was wondering why it was so deadpan in the classroom.
Yoga is totally out of my realm but I thought it would be a good thing to try and incorporate into my weekly routine. I was doubting my decision at this point. Luckily, there was a lady next to me that knew the poses so I kept a close eye on her. I had no idea what a cobra pose was and I am sure I looked totally foolish trying to stand on one leg holding an arm out trying to be an airplane. Then the squats came, I forget the official name, but the teacher kept telling me to bend my knees more. I thought she was crazy and why does she not recognize the fact that my legs and body just do not work like that. I made it through the class, not gracefully, but finished none the less. I felt like I had climbed a mountain and could put the pole at the top. One New Thing accomplished!
Join me this year trying One New Thing! Every Tuesday I will be reporting in on my One New Thing. I will be out there trying new things, meeting new people and having new experiences. I hope you will comment so we can encourage each other to be more adventurous, creative and enjoy the simple pleasure of doing something new for the first time. I would love to hear what you are doing new to challenge yourself and how you are stepping out of your comfort zone.
Karen Rae Baughn