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Beauti-Tone Chalk Paint

Chalk it up to beautiful: Beauti-Tone helps you master the art of perfect imperfection with make-it-yourself chalk paint 
 
Burford, ON (September 3, 2014) – Chalk paint is a fantastic décor trend that beautifully transforms toss away treasures into timeless classics. However, while the look is priceless, the cost can be expensive, with a litre of chalk paint costing upwards of $80. Now, you can turn plain into pretty with chalk paint created for a fraction of the cost using a mixture of Home Hardware’s Beauti-Tone Designer Series paint and Home drywall compound.  
 
“Sometimes it’s inherited, sometimes it’s a score at a garage sale, and sometimes it’s found at the end of a driveway, no longer loved,” says Bev Bell, Creative Director, Beauti-Tone Paint and Home Products Division, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Then throw in some of this and a bit of that, give it a rub and abracadabra, it’s transformed from trash to treasure!” 
 
The chalk paint technique features a bottom colour of straight paint, a top coat of chalk paint in a different colour and then a good rub of dark paste wax to finish it off. To create “chalk paint” you’ll need a 1-litre can of Beauti-Tone Designer Series paint, 1/4 -1/2 cup (depending on the project) of Home Drywall Compound (this recipe was created using Home-brand drywall compound as it creates a smooth spreadable mixture) and an empty 4-litre paint can. In the empty paint can, start by mixing the drywall compound with a small amount of the paint to create a slurry (no lumps). Then add the remainder of the litre of paint to the compound mixture. 
 

Benchmark Magic

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This old settee last saw the light of day in the 70s, when both hair and TV dinners were big. Beautiful paint and luscious fabric bring great big style without losing the heritage. 
 
Here’s How:
  • Paint the entire piece with the base colour (we used Beauti-Tone Designer Series Matte in Charcoal Sketch). Apply a second coat, if needed. Let dry 24 hours.
  • Paint the entire piece with the top colour mixed with drywall compound (we used Beauti-Tone Designer Series Matte in White Lite). Let dry 24 hours. Note: To preserve the carving on the settee, the paint shouldn’t be too thick. 1/4 cup drywall compound should do it.
  • Sand back on relief to reveal the dark grey.
  • Carved details are enhanced by brushing a small amount of the base colour into the recess and wiping it off immediately with a wet cloth wrapped around a sanding sponge. Let dry.
  • When you are satisfied with the soft, worn look, apply a natural paste wax over entire finish. Let dry and buff. Repeat if you want a slightly higher sheen.
Design Tip: Use outdoor fabrics to upholster seats. They are more resistant to the stress of everyday living.
 

Medallion Makeover

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There’s no ceiling on what you can transform. Let your creative juices flow by turning a medallion into a fantastic framed mirror. 
 
Here’s How: 
  • Paint a ceiling medallion with the base colour (we used Beauti-Tone Designer Series Matte in Worth Your Salt). Apply a second coat, if needed. Let dry 24 hours.
  • Paint the medallion with the top colour mixed with drywall compound (we used Beauti-Tone Designer Series Matte in What Would Wedgewood Do). Let dry 24 hours. Note: To preserve the design on the mirror, the chalk paint shouldn’t be too thick. 1/4 cup drywall compound should do it.
  • Colour wash the base colour over the raised relief to highlight design.
  • Sand edges back to reveal the white underneath.
  • When you are satisfied with the soft, worn look, apply a natural paste wax over entire finish. Let dry and buff. Repeat if you want a slightly higher sheen.
  • Have a mirror cut to size, and glue in place with silicone.
Designer Tip: Group three small medallions for a strong design statement.
 

Tea for Two

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Turn a trash find and a favourite wee chair into instant heirlooms. Just add teddy and you’ve got tea for two.
 
Here’s How:
  • Paint the entire table, including underneath, with the base colour (we used Beauti-Tone Designer Series Matte in Worth Your Salt). Apply a second coat, if needed. Let dry 24 hours.
  • Paint the entire table, excluding underneath, with the top colour mixed with drywall compound (we used Beauti-Tone Designer Series Matte in Slightly Jaded). Let dry 24 hours. Note: We added the maximum amount of drywall compound, ½ cup, as the table was in bad shape with gouges.
  • With sanding sponge, sand back on edges and details to expose the under layer of cream.
  • When you are satisfied with the soft, worn look, apply a dark paste wax over entire finish. Let dry and buff. Repeat if you want a slightly higher sheen.
Designer Tip: Details that delight: Hide polka dots on the underside of a table. Use felt or cork furniture protectors. Dip in paint and blot on a paper towel. Press on surface in desired pattern.
 

Sweet Seat

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Here’s How:
  • Paint the entire chair with your chosen colour mixed with drywall compound. (we used Beauti-Tone Designer Series Matte in Worth Your Salt) Let dry 24 hours. Sand back to reveal wood.
  • Stencil monogram. Use an alphabet stencil to add your personal touch 
Each of these refuse rescues was created using Beauti-Tone’s new Colour Comes Home colour collection. For more great project ideas visit here. 
 
Manufactured in Canada by Home Hardware, Beauti-Tone is the top Canadian-owned and Canadian-made retail paint brand and is available exclusively at Canada’s own Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre stores. Over two years in development, Beauti-Tone’s new Colour Comes Home colour-inspiration program was developed to give both new painters and design-savvy consumers the right combination of tools to help them realize the look they want for their home. Colour Comes Home contains four key components:  a new 1,228-shade full-spectrum Colour System, including all the colours used in these projects; a collection of 42 Essential Whites; eight design-inspired whole home collections; and loads of DIY décor project ideas. “The rest of the world knows how unique and special Canadians are, so in designing this colour system, we honoured this uniqueness by focusing on colours and colour palettes that allow us each to draw from our own personal style,” says Bell.

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