I was recently invited to a local company to meet with Paula Blankenship the Creative Director of Heirloom Traditions Paint. Neither of us are sure how we didn’t know about each other, while we each are based in Louisville KY.
These are a few of the pictures I snapped on my visit to the studio. I got a tour, and enjoyed the behind the scenes, everyday operations of Heirloom Traditions.
I felt an instant connection with Paula, a very warm, and sweet woman. She truly loves everything paint!
These are the items that came home with me. You can see there are 3 sizes of paint/wax brushes. The small containers on the right and left are not paint—they are colored waxes! I was so enamored with the thought of colored wax. All the colors just make me smile.
Paula has some great video tutorials on the site, and click this link if you would like information about becoming a retailer for Heirloom Traditions, or find a retailer near you.
I went looking for a “quickie” coat rack shelf project to test out some of my new paint products. I chose that tall cabinet door hiding in the back of this stash.
I brought in the tall cabinet door and painted it with Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type paint. The paint went on quickly and smoothly with a chip brush. This is Daredevil.
I knew I was going to be making this cabinet door into a coat rack, but as I was painting it, I noticed it was flat (not routed) on this side. That made me think it would be perfect as a small shelf.
I ripped a 1×6 down to about 4” and attached it with my Airstrike Staple Gun. It needed a couple of coats of Daredevil to catch up to the cabinet door.
To see which wax I wanted to use, I painted a stir stick with the Daredevil, then put some of each of the waxes over it. In the end, I decided to do a dry brush technique with some Black Bean paint.
I love a dark glazed red, and my favorite way to tone down a red is with black.
It looked good, but after I started applying the Heirloom Traditions Clear Wax, it magically transformed into the prettiest dark red.
I added d-rings on 16” centers, and attached felt pads over the screw heads to protect the wall.
Coat Rack Shelf
I love, love, love this color on my new coat rack shelf! I added the coat hooks from D. Lawless Hardware. Would you believe I finally figured out how to secure these hooks?
TIP Insert screws at a slight angle so the head of the screws sit properly and the screws protrude less in the back.
I am so happy that I added the little shelf.
Another very functional shelf. I love quick and easy projects like this. It would be great for the bathroom, mudroom, or guest room. Where would you use it?
I would like to thank Heirloom Traditions for sharing their products with me. All opinions and projects are my own.
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