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The Latest Trend In DIY Is Now Available In Sidney


Katie Larson turned an ordinary white mail stand into a one-of-a-kind home furnishing using chalk paint.

The latest trend in do-it-yourself design and refurbishing is now available through Brenda Larson at Creative Solutions in Sidney. Chalk paint, from the American Paint Company, is an all-natural, mineral based, solvent free paint that contains no VOCs and is eco-friendly. It is acrylic free and doesn't have any fungicides or co-polymers and it is inspiring people across Pinterest to breathe new life into old furniture.

Chalk paint has no odor and cleans up easily with water; there is no priming or stripping required and it is available in an array of vibrant colors from both the regular and heritage lines. Unlike latex paint, chalk paint is easy to sand, bringing out layers of colors and can have a wax coat put on rather than polyurethane. It's versatile and can be used for countless projects because it adheres to any surface without priming including wood, metal, and glass. It can be thinned with water and used as a wash-coat without sacrificing the durability of the paint.

Katie Larson shared a project that she had used chalk paint on; a bright white mail stand she purchased at a garage sale for five dollars was soon turned into a customized, colorful piece that would make anyone stop and ask 'Where did you get that?'

She used a brush to apply the base coat and then applied a turquoise wash coat with nothing more than an old sock before applying the top coat, being sure to wait until each coat completely dried before applying the next.

Brenda Larson will be showcasing the item during the Parade of Homes, sponsored by Creative Solutions, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. She will have several refurbished pieces of furniture on display at the Pheasant Run Apartments so be sure to take part in the Parade of Homes this year. For colors, pricing, and all other questions, please contact Brenda Larson at Creative Solutions, 406-488-1461.


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