Entryway Revamp

 

One of the things I love about home decor and design, is that you can always change it up.

I don’t mean collect frivolous clutter, but repurpose and reuse things in different ways or places in your home for your needs as they change.

Our entry way was one of my favorite things to change.

For my family, it serves as a hub for shoes as we enter and exit the home. We don’t wear shoes in the house, so it’s a good way to store them and grab them as we leave.

With that being said, I had gotten this bench from Kirkland’s on sale to replace the console table that was calling me. Truly, is serves a better purpose then the console table which was in a totally different place in our old house before we remodeled and moved to the farm. This table was moved into our master bedroom, I of course chalk painted it to match the dressers and end table. So I didn’t waste it! I’ll link the post that’s coming with how that looks there and how I painted it when I write it.

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It ended up leaving me with the dilemma that my faux boxwoods had less room in the space. The plastic pots I had gotten from Amazon didn’t fit anymore.

So I removed the pots and was left with an exposed black base, it was clearly not decorative. That may not bother some people, it wasn’t exactly hideous but I didn’t like seeing the exposed black pot that was really meant to be covered.

I was at Hobby Lobby, and got some burlap fabric that was on sale, it literally cost me under $5. We cut it in half, gathered it up around the base and tied it with twine we had here and voila- fancy and easy!

White Washing Brick With Chalk Paint

I love using chalk paint, it is no secret. Its really versatile, easy to use, and one can will last for so many projects!

Did you know that you can use chalk paint to WHITE WASH brick? Yep! Regular chalk paint you already use can be watered down and applied to brick to create a modern farmhouse look!

Here is what you do:

Clean your brick, and take off any existing soot, dirt, or dust. Just use a damp rag and wipe it down.

Grab your chalk paint, paint brush, and bowl to dilute it.

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Water it down in a 3:1 ratio. 3 parts chalk paint, 1 part water.  Stir that all together.

When its all mixed, take your brush and dip it into the mixture just like you would regular paint. Just be prepared for it to be more drippy (thats totally a word, right?) so have a drop cloth or some sheets spread out to catch the drips.

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Apply it and brush it on like you would any regular paint. This will be more opaque than paint obviously because it is watered down.

This is where it gets fun, depending on the look you are going for, you can apply it more lightly all over, or in some of the areas for a varied look. You can apply it and wipe it off on some of the bricks for variation, or you could totally keep it a consistent level of coverage and not wipe it down at all.

It all depends on what you’re looking for. For my scenario, the brick started as an ugly brown grey brick and I didn’t really want to see any of it. So I did NOT wipe any parts of the brick to reveal any exposed color.

I applied two coats of chalk paint white wash, and the beauty of using the Annie Sloan brush because of its design, it really got into the grooves of the grout and covered the area of brick nicely.

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I didn’t want it to appear to be PAINTED brick, I wanted it to look vintage or shabby chic, and to brighten up. By doing two coats of pure white it was just a subtle enough change to be noticeable and really clean up the old dingy brick.

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You can really achieve all kinds of different looks and finishes depending on what brick you are starting with, and how you apply it. This is my favorite part of doing projects like this, you totally see an area take new life and its not complicated to do!

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Hopefully this gives you some inspiration for projects in your home!

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