Slowly but surely, our living room makeover is coming together. Over the weekend, while Greg was busy
groaning putting the media console together, I tackled the metal wall decor makeover.
I bought these metal tiles from Grandin Road in January 2014. They were on sale for $49 each – down from $90…pretty good deal! Knowing that I would never catch a steal like that again, I bought three of them. Even today, I am not sure why I bought three, but when Greg also wondered about it, my quick response was:
H: Guess why my babes?
G: I don’t know… so we can cover the big empty area on our living room upper wall?
H: Huh?!? Oh yeah…exactly! They are going to look awesome there 😀
Hahahaha… I know, I know… a bit sneaky… but why admit that it was a total impulse buy, or that I never actually had a plan for them, when he comes up with the best idea, right? And guess what? He still thinks it was my great idea. LOL. 😉 [pfffft….not anymore! -Greg]
When we received our metal wall decor, I wasn’t so happy with their glossy finish. But a makeover wasn’t a priority back then, so we hung them and forgot about them until we started our living room makeover back in November. When we changed the color palette to neutral, those metal tiles stuck out like a sore thumb. So last weekend, I grabbed my beloved paint brush and some homemade chalk paint and got to work.
After dusting them off with a damp cheesecloth, I started painting the first two tiles to Warm Onyx color – yes this is that interesting brown color which turns into smokey gray with white wax!… and yes, it is the same color Greg used to call “turd brown”, hahahaha 😀
I have to agree when the paint is wet, it is not a very agreeable color.
But it’s not too bad when dry…it is sort of grayish-brown…definitely more on the brown side though.
Working section-by-section, I brushed the white wax on…
…and wiped it off with a cheesecloth.
This is how it looked when I finished white waxing the first tile. So far so good!
Once I completed painting and waxing the first two metal tiles, I moved on to the third one. To create a nice contrast, I decided to paint the last tile with white, so I prepared some homemade chalk paint in old white color.
After giving 3 thin coats of paint…
…I waxed the tile with Annie Sloan’s black wax. Again, I worked in small sections, because I didn’t want to mess it up.
You see, the way all these waxes (antiquing wax, white wax or black wax) act on paint is pretty much the same with how Greg acts on a sofa – you leave them sitting too long, you’ll have a hard time getting them off. To avoid that issue, I either work in small sections or keep some clear wax handy. If I happen to apply too much dark wax or happen to wipe it off a bit late, then I apply clear wax on top of it and that helps to clear the mess. Say what? Oh, how do I get Greg off of the sofa?!? I don’t…I can’t…no one can…so at those times the best thing to do is lighting a cozy fire or raising the temperature in the house. When he feels hot and thirsty, he’ll definitely get up to fix himself a martini. That is the time to catch him before he sits back again…hahahaha 😀 [Did someone say “martini?” -Greg]
Once I finished waxing, we hung them back in their places using our tallest ladder, and that was that!
I love how everything is slowly coming together! They look really nice, don’t they?
As usual, here are the close up pictures for you.
I really love how Miss Mustard Seed white wax transforms Warm Onyx to this beautiful color!
You just gotta love Google Image Search! Verennes and Pamela seem to be exactly the same tile (same picture, same size and same material)…and both are on Joss & Main! I guess “Pamela” is about a $10 sexier wall decor name than “Verennes”! hahahaha 😉