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Happy New Year!








I'm excited for the possibilities of 2015! New Year's resolutions are normally not my thing. But, I did take some time out for me in December to reflect on a few areas that I'd like to do differently, better. Starting fresh always feels good. 

With a new goal of being open minded and trying new things, I happened upon a new paint line that was being discussed on Home Talk. Normally, I would have scrolled on by. For years, I've had a lot of success with Annie Sloan paint products. But the phrase, "You don't have to use a wax or sealer with this paint" caught my eye.

You don't have to seal this paint? Really!? That would be lovely! Those of you that are avid users of chalk paint know that the fun part is painting. The grunt work happens when you're sealing it. I'm all for easy and missing a step if it that's true!

Prairie Colors kindly sent me a bottle of their Eco-Friendly Creative Decor Paint in Telegram.

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Prairie Colors in Telegram

I had purchased a French Provincial bench at an estate sale. It was 6 full feet of loveliness and came with two large pull out drawers ideal for storage. This would look amazing at the end of a King size bed or in an large entry way or mudroom.  Telegram  is a really nice dark grey hue. I decided to leave the original vintage hardware as is to give this piece some fabulous contrast. 


before and after


The painting process was easy! It went on smooth, gave minimal streak marks and had excellent coverage. It was a great paint to work with! How about the part where you don't have to protect it? The bench has held up fantastic so far. I have short term results to share and plan to update this section when it's been sat in for a little bit longer. ;) If the long term is anything like the short term, I'll be one happy gal!

Thank you, Prairie Colors for allowing me to try out your product! You know what else I loved? Their sturdy plastic bottle and twist top lid. It was nice to not have to hammer in a tin lid, wrestle with dried paint around the rim and have chunky pieces fall into the paint. 

Here's the after of Ms. Lila...

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refinished bench using prairie colors, telegram, painted bench, bench makeover,

refinished bench in telegram by prairie colors

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Here's to trying new things this year!

Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

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