swooning over VMD furniture chalk paint

Thanks to a dear California friend, I am now officially enamored with Vintage Market and Design’s furniture chalk paint.  The gesso, chalk and water based paint is tinted with natural earth pigments and thus has low VOCs, no toxins, and no odor.  Whats not to love?  And, the fact that I have little or no prep work for refurbishing wood, metal, glass, rigid plastics, and even fabric certainly makes it swoon-worthy in my book.  And, to top it all off, VMD is much cheaper than its competitors and has 75 colors to choose from.

After seeing some amazing photos of my friend’s refurbished thrift store furniture, I decided back in the Fall that a low risk project was due.  Our kitchen still has its original 1980s pantry doors which, to say the least, were looking quite sad.  Beyond sad, really.  I figured that if using the VMD paint on them was a flop that it wouldn’t be a tremendous loss.  We could eventually get new doors.  The prep work, if you even want to call it that, was a cinch.  All I had to do was to mix 2 parts Dawn Dishwashing Liquid, 1 part vinegar and 2 parts warm water and then wipe down the doors.  In order to add a pop of color to our mostly neutral kitchen and to coordinate with my inexpensive handmade art work above the pantry, I chose VMD’s Barn Door (which also nostalgically reminded me of all of the barn door red paint I’d used back in Montana to paint our, um, barn doors!)  After two coats of paint followed by the Clear Coat sealer, the doors were done and certainly improved.   Viola!  Now I’m slowly working on hacking an old cabinet I found at Goodwill so that the Sprouts will have storage for all of their sheet music.  Stay tuned for updates!

 

"before": showing your pantry can be as embarrassing as revealing a messy closet!
“before”: showing your pantry can be as embarrassing as revealing a messy closet!
base coat
base coat
as with any home project, painting the doors snowballed into a complete pantry makeover...I finally labelled my whole food bulk items, and bought cheap racks and baskets at a local discount store to further organize the space.
as with any home project, painting the doors snowballed into a complete pantry makeover…I finally labelled my whole food bulk items, and bought cheap racks and baskets at a local discount store to further organize the space.
I love how the paint coordinated with my fabric art from our quilting store back in Montana (don't you just love those funky chickens?)
I love how the paint coordinated with my fabric art from our quilting store back in Montana (don’t you just love those funky chickens?)
in case you're wondering about the hanging object to the left of the pantry, those are my "prosperity hens" made by a women's cooperative in India....
in case you’re wondering about the hanging object to the left of the pantry, those are my “prosperity hens” made by a women’s cooperative in India….
the jury is out...VMD is absolutely swoon worthy!
the jury is out…VMD is absolutely swoon worthy!
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