Yesterday I shared my kitchen make-over that was completed on a budget.
I appreciate all your lovely comments.
My home is quite compact and definitely not magazine worthy, but even so, I hope I inspired some of you to have a go at these simple and cheap techniques that can update your look on a budget.
Today I wanted to share with you 2 more techniques I used in the make-over.
Painting the bench tops black was way out of my comfort zone… but if you remember the story behind the black table in my breakfast nook, you’ll understand why we ventured into ‘black’ territory in my shabby existence.
I used a product called Countertop Transformations by Rust-oleum. It came as a complete kit with everything you need for approx AU$160.
It was actually quite easy to apply and being black, it camouflaged all the scratches and marks already in the bench top. I’m not usually a fan of black, but I’m lovin’ the result.
In the months since we first painted it, there have been a couple of minor chips in my bench top, which puzzled me for awhile…. until I realised they were being caused by the tips of sharp knives being put down in the sink area.
To fix those little knicks, I dabbed on dots of black acrylic paint, followed by a tiny dot of varnish. Now you can’t even see where those little chips were. That reassures me, that if we do get any damage later on, I’ll be able to do some spot repairs.
When you have to adapt to a much smaller kitchen space… and by smaller I mean about one third the size of my previous kitchen, one has to be very mindful of using every available space to its full potential.
It struck me that this wall space beside the fridge cavity could be better used.
To carry the black theme throughout the kitchen, I decided to paint this wall with a chalkboard finish, so it could double as a message centre/board, plus there was space to add a shelf and hanging bar.
The second technique I wanted to share with you is how I achieved the chalkboard wall… without chalkboard paint.
There are many chalkboard finishes on the market, but I used what is perhaps one of the original chalk paints that’s been around for around 500 years…
yep… I used good old Gesso!
Artists have been using Gesso for centuries to prime canvases, make moulds and repair works of art.
I’ve always used Jo Sonja’s black Gesso for my chalkboard finishes. It’s half the price of commercial chalkboard paints and gives me a fabulous finish every time.
For this project, I cleaned the laminate with the White Knight Tile and Laminate spray, washed it down with water and then gave it a light sanding. I brushed on 2 coats of black Gesso, allowing several hours drying time between coats.
To condition the chalkboard ready for use, it is necessary to rub white chalk over the entire board, then rub it off with a blackboard duster.
As you can see, the white/black backdrop allows me to change out the kitchen for completely different looks and moods.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne
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