Have you always wanted to learn how to paint furniture like you see in those adorable stores like The Lazy Daisy?  Well now is your chance.  We’ve lowered the price on our beginner furniture painting workshop!

Our 2-hour workshop is only $45 and includes paint, Websters chalk paint powder, a brush (for you to keep), finishing waxes, and the item we’ll paint in class. You’ll learn how to prepare, paint, distress, wax, and “antique” your furniture for a look you will love.

Our workshops are held in our private paint studio in Short Pump, Virginia, just minutes off Rt. 288, and only five minutes from the Short Pump Towne Center.

Have questions? Call the instructor, Teresa at 804-855-9371.

To reserve your spot in one of our workshops, call or visit The Lazy Daisy Gift Store in either Short Pump (804-364-2320) or Midlothian (804-357-2690). For more information and an updated schedule of classes, click here. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/worthwhilerestyle

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I scored this chair about a month ago at a local auction for a measly $3.  Vintage dining room chairs are some of my favorite pieces to redo. Since they are small, I can usually complete the whole project in about a day and they seem to sell pretty quickly at a little upscale consignment store in town.  Also, I just love fabric (what DIYer doesn’t?!) and part of the fun is picking out just the right fabric to go with the style of the chair.

I was also eager to start this project because I wanted an excuse to try out a new brand of paint. Ever since I became a Retailer for Websters Chalk Paint Powder, I’ve been running my own little experiments over here to see exactly which brand of paint I like best.  Websters is a powder that turns any brand of paint into “chalk-style paint,” making it the perfect medium to use on furniture and home decor.  I’ve been very happy with Valspar (from Lowes) and Behr (from Home Depot). But I’m not afraid to branch out.  And you know how thrifty I am, so one day I found myself at WalMart and I couldn’t help but pick up a cute little sample bottle of Glidden for about $3 in..you guessed it…a peacock blue!

It even comes with its own little applicator brush.

It even comes with its own little applicator brush.

This little sample is only 2 ounces, but I knew it would be enough for the chair.  It was, but just barely.  What I failed to realized was that this sample of Glidden was not a “paint & primer in one” product.  Although you can mix Websters into any paint, I have found that having that primer in it really does make a difference.  More on that later…

So after doing a little, ok, a LOT, of math to figure out the ratio of Websters powder to water  that I would need, I mixed it up and started to apply the first coat. (A note on the math: Mixing the Websters powder is not rocket-science, I promise!  I am just supremely, embarrassingly bad at math.)

Here's my pretty peacock blue chair after one coat.

Here’s my pretty peacock blue chair after the first coat.  Can you see her friend in the background waiting for her makeover?!

While the first coat was drying, I measured and cut the fabric I needed for the seat.  I reused the fabric that used to cover my sister-in-law’s living room cornice boards. Gotta love recycling!

Unless it is torn or in otherwise bad shape, I almost always use the original seat cushion.  I just use a piece of quilt batting between the seat and the new fabric to soften it up.

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 Websters covers so well that many times I only need to apply one coat of paint to a project.  Well, it turns out that 2 ounces of NON-paint & primer in one product was NOT enough to fully cover the wood.  What’s a girl to do?  Distress!   In this case, I just hit the areas that were a little light on paint a little harder with sandpaper.  And voila!  The wood showing through looks deliberate.

This gorgeous peacock blue chair would be perfect at a vanity or desk.  The simple lines of the turquoise side table would make it a great addition to any room. Both available at Odd Balls Antiques.

I’m really happy with the way she turned out.  Chairs like this are great not only for dining rooms and kitchen, but also desks and vanities.  Not bad for only $6!

Well, it’s official.  I’m in love.

I wondered if it would ever happen to me – if I would ever meet the perfect….paint…that I’d want to spend the rest of my life with.   I’ve dated so many paints over the past years: Annie Sloan, CeCe Caldwell, Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint.  All turned my head and kept my attention for a while.  They were well-bred, good looking, but also high maintenance and sometimes unpredictable.  Oh, and expensive.  These were short term love affairs.  Don’t get wrong, I still like to have a one-night stand with them every once in a while, but it just wasn’t the true love I was looking for.

I’ve been going steady with my current DIY “chalk paint” for a long time now.   Although there are a ton of recipes out there, 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout plus a tablespoon of water added to about a cup of paint has served me well through hundreds of pieces.  It’s been good, but not great.  It can be temperamental and dare I say, lumpy.  Let’s face it.  Lumpy is almost never a good thing.  Oh, and it smelled.

You know how when you’re in a long-term relationship and it’s fine; it’s working. But then you meet a new guy and you’re like, “Wow, I didn’t know how bad it was!”  That’s what my relationship with homemade chalk paint has been like.  So I went searching for something better.  A chalk paint that would give me the flexibility of color but inexpensive and easy to use.

Well, I finally found it.  The perfect paint.  Allow me to introduce you to the new love of my life: Websters Chalk Paint Powder.

So what is it?  It is an all-natural powder that you mix into any latex paint of your choice, and voila: chalk paint!  Any brand!  Any color!  Can you say options, option, options?!  One of the things I couldn’t tolerate about my past paint-loves is that they wanted me to be monogamous with their paint pallet.  That just won’t do for a fickle, color-loving girl like me.

Websters allows you to skip the sanding and priming steps and go straight to the painting. The finish dries smooth and hard (I’m blushing!), not lumpy or chalky, and it distresses so easily.  Now here’s the biggest turn-on: its 100% nat-u-ral!  I never felt good about the grout in my DIY-boyfriend-paint, not knowing what sort of toxic things he exposed me to!  With Websters, I don’t have to worry.  And since I can mix it in no-VOC paint, it’s better for me and my environment.

Through the Garden Gate Display Booth

I love Websters so much and want to share it with my friends, that I recently become an Authorized Retailer of the Chalk Paint Powder.  (Does that make me a polygamist or a pimp?!?)

Odd Balls Booth Display

I’m thrilled to announce that Websters Chalk Paint Powder and the accompanying wax and brushes are now available in my booths at Odd Balls Antiques in Richmond and Through the Garden Gate Antiques in Mechanicsville.  If you’re not in the area and want to try it out, contact me here and I will be happy to ship some out to you.  There’s plenty of love to go around and I don’t mind sharing!