Hello from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where my mom and I are vacationing for two weeks. No way could I shop around at local stores (including thrift stores) and not think of fun DIY ideas. That’s when I found these unique napkin rings, which I’ll get into greater detail later. Using product from Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, these became an easy upgrade from plain unique rings to bright, fun and inviting napkin rings!
You’ve probably noticed a few things if you’re either a) an avid blog reader or b) a loyal blog social media follower – one of those things being that I have a love for this fantastic paint called Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. It’s really a cool dealio, and I was blown away at it’s versatility and usage.
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Now, on to the post!
I’ve never seen napkin rings that have a flat stand on the bottom that “lift” the napkins up a hair. Confused by this statement? Check out the picture below to see what I mean:
See what I meant?! They’re truly a unique find and who doesn’t love safari animals? They’ve become quite the trend in home decor, whether that is a framed print or a piece of iron crafted wall art, I’m sure you’ve spotted them in a friend’s home.
Since there wasn’t any “finish” on these rings, I didn’t have to sand them down or do any prep work before painting. Oh wait – that doesn’t matter most of the time with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan anyway! Say what? Yep, you read it right – most items don’t need to be sanded or prepped to paint with this magical paint, just cleaned. Don’t believe it from my mouth? Read all about this cool characteristic and more straight from Annie’s website for yourself!
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty
- Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in one color or various colors *
- Paint brush
- Clear Chalk Paint® Wax – also a product of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan **
*For this particular project, sample pot sizes will do
**Optional, though I prefer to use it due to the finish it gives
Chalk Paint® colors I used: Versailles, Paloma, Duck Egg Blue, & Old White
(As well as a mixture of 1 Versailles to 1 Paloma)
- Clean your pieces with just regular cleaning product, I just used wipes we had in the kitchen
- Paint your first coat of Chalk Paint®, allowing it to dry then another if need be
- Once completely dry and your happy with the color, apply clear wax with another brush or a rag
- After applying the wax all over, take another clean rag and with a little force rub all over to remove the excess wax (don’t worry – the piece will soak in enough wax that you won’t be removing!)
- Let cure for 24 hours, and a full 1-3 weeks for it to be food or baby safe
- Style with your napkins and ta-da! You’re all done
It’s such a easy fix up and it can be done to any napkin ring you find! Check out your local thrift stores, find some hidden treasures, and get to painting. Most items in thrift stores are diamonds in the rough, waiting for you to mine them to perfection.
Here’s a little tidbit I made to give you what my colors looked like at the end:
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