As soon as I started reading about Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint online, I was excited. I’ve painted many things in my life, and, a lot of the time, it is hard! A lot of stripping, and sanding, and priming. By the time you were finished with that, you didn’t feel like painting anymore.
So I love that with this paint you can just, well, paint!
The only issue was the price, but I came up with a solution for that. I asked my husband and son to get me some chalk paint and wax for Mother’s Day. I thought that if I could refinish a number of pieces of furniture with it, then it was money well spent- and I’m kind of a house nerd and just love doing little projects- a win-win situation, really. And we had a lot of projects for the new house… I chose Old White, Country Grey, and Primer Red along with the dark and clear wax and the brush.
I was so pumped when it arrived!
I was not, however, so pumped when this arrived.
My husband had made a trip to his parent’s house. I believe it was to take them some of their stuff back as we had just moved and were, sort of, supposed to be, getting rid of stuff!
He came back with this.
I’m not sure that the pictures can do justice to how ugly this thing was. ”Why, oh why, did you bring it here?” I kept asking him. Our new house? And this dresser? No.
He kept talking about keeping it in the garage for storage and I kept picturing it on fire until I remembered my paint! My wonderful paint. To the rescue. And we did need a dresser for our closet…
So, contrary to all of my painting instincts, I just started putting on paint. No sanding. No priming. Scary.
After one coat, you could still see some of the crazy “pattern” that was on the original.
The second coat took care of it completely, though. The paint requires that you work with it quickly. There is not a lot of time to move it around. The nice thing about that, though, is that you can start your second coat right away after the first!
I wanted a layered look, so then I went over the red with Old White. You can see how the second coat of red really covered the old paint or stain or whatever that awful stuff was. In retrospect I would not have put so much white on. Took a lot of sanding to get to see the red through it.
Finally, I waxed. In the picture above, you can see the difference that the dark wax makes to the colour. Again, you have to work in small areas fairly quickly to get it moved around enough.
A little of the dark and then a little of the clear. Buffed to a shine. Here it is finished!
I love the primitive, rustic look that it gives the dresser. No garage for you! And now my husband can feel a little freer to bring home other crazy bad furniture. With this paint you can pretty much fix anything.
I love how it lets you achieve the layered look.
List of supplies:
-something to paint!
-Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Primer Red, Old White
-Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Dark
-paint brushes and wax brush
I am linking to Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday, to Funky Junk Interior‘s Saturday Night Special, The Shabby Creek Cottage‘s Transformation Thursdays, Boost My Blog Friday, and Tatertots and Jello’s Weekend Wrap-Up Party.
Have a good weekend, everyone!