You don’t have to use specialty waxes to seal chalk paint.

krylonUsing the specialty waxes can be expensive, time consuming, and some serious elbow grease.  Krylon makes a product called Matte Satin Finish, which gives you the same dead flat finish that the waxes have.  I do recommend sealing your piece with Minwax Poly Acrylic before applying the Matte Finish.  The Poly Acrylic will have a slight sheen to it, even in the satin finish.  You can achieve that dead flat finish by spraying your piece with the Krylon Matte Finish.  I have provided an Amazon link for you to make a purchase.  Happy Painting!  https://amzn.to/2pFz5N2 PF4rndblue

The Best Paint Brush.

paintbrushHere is an Amazon link to the best paint brush.  It has been my go to paint brush for many years now.  It has a nice angled edge for cutting in; but the thing I love most is that the handle is rubber.  Your hand does not get fatigued because the handle bends.  The other thing I like about the Shortcut handle is that it is, well, short.  The handle does not get in the way when you are painting inside of a cabinet.  Also, you can reuse this brush 3 or 4 times, as long as you clean it thoroughly between uses. It sales for about $5 or $6 at Home Depot or Lowe’s, or, you can order them from Amazon with the link I have provided.  Happy Painting! https://amzn.to/2pFNIQO

Canvas Floor Cloth

The first step is to iron and hem your canvas

The first step is to iron and hem your canvas

Lay plastic on floor and prime your canvas using latex paint

Lay plastic on floor and prime your canvas using latex paint

Use Painter's Tape to create borders

Use Painter’s Tape to create borders

Select colors for your rug.

Select colors for your rug.

Once you have your background painted, you can add patterns.

Once you have your background painted, you can add patterns.

This is an 8' x 10' rug that is still a work in progress...will share the finished rug in a few days.

This is an 8′ x 10′ rug that is still a work in progress…will share the finished rug in a few days.

Ice Candle

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Ice Candles are fun to make when it is frigid outside. Fill a plastic container with water and place a smaller plastic container inside. Use duct Tape and weights to partially submerge the smaller container. Leave outside overnight to freeze solidly. Have fun!