There’s coffee in my paint

25 Sep

Okay, not really. But the name of the paint I used on this project is called Black Coffee. After using it, I realized how it seemed appropriate that My Personal Coffee Break has a post in which Black Coffee makes a debut. And it’s not in my coffee cup. I am a wimp when it comes to black coffee. Please. Just hand me me my latte. I digress…

A few weeks ago, I stopped by Goodwill to see if I could find a small wooden rack to mount on the wall, kind of like this one, but I really hoped to find one with a shelf. After quickly scanning the aisle with the wall racks, I found the one. Even better, it was less than $3.

photo 5 (1)Since I didn’t have one of these wall racks lying around the house, this was the next best thing and the size was just what I was hoping to find. I brought it home, sanded the piece and removed the pegs.

photo 2Although this rack would have probably looked fine with the original pegs, the shaker look is not really our thing. So, after removing them, I went to Target to see if I could find some hooks to cover the holes from the pegs and turn this Goodwill find into a more attractive, decorative and functional piece. I found two single hooks in brushed silver and almost didn’t get them. I needed three. As I was putting them back and thinking I would need to go to another store to find a set of three that matched, I happened to see a double hook that was also brushed silver. Once again…meant. to. be.

I brought them home and fit them over the peg holes to make sure they’d work and then I marked the holes for the screws with an “X”.

photo 1After that, it was just a matter of drilling the holes and making sure the hooks were even.

photo 4And then it was time to paint!  Actually, time to glaze is probably more accurate, but I used a glaze as paint. I’m sure there are a lot of people shaking their heads already, wondering why I didn’t paint the piece and then use the glaze over it. But, I really liked the way the Black Coffee glaze was a cross between black and dark brown with a bit of gold in it and figured I’d give it a shot. So, once again, good ole Martha came to the rescue. I don’t know why I tend to pick up her paints, but she makes so many good colors, it’s hard to resist. This line is also water based, so it makes for easy clean up.

I started by painting one coat with a brush, but I quickly realized it had lines in it. So, I switched to a foam brush and added the second coat. This picture is after the first coat.

photo 3 (2)I let it dry for a few days, which is longer than I expected it to take. But again, it’s glaze and not really meant for painting. It took about 2.5 days to fully dry and then I added two coats of Rustoleum’s 2x Ultra Cover clear matte spray. Even though it says it’s matte, I think the dry result gives the glaze a bit more shine.

Finally, it was time to put on the hardware. I attached the hooks and then added two sawtooth hangers to the back to hang it. It now hangs in our bedroom over a small chest.


IMG_1206It’s a great place to hang my bags and scarves, my husband’s keys or anything else we’re using frequently. I am glad I found a rack with a shelf, too. It’s more fun to switch out the decor on top whenever I’m in the mood for a change.

Have you ever used glaze as paint? Do you have any fun Goodwill finds turned home decor in your house?

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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in DIY, Interior Design


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