Friday, February 17, 2012

True Love=Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Paint. I love it. Nothing makes me happier than to be working on a piece of furniture. Well, except red wine. Family too. But seriously, this girl loves to paint. However, available painting days are hard to come by right now. It's like North Carolina knows I want to paint, so the daily highs hover in the upper 50's just to tease me. Well, I was fed up and set up shop in a vented bedroom to paint an old sewing table that I stole kindly took off the street so the trash man wouldn't have to. If you remember from my previous post, I purchased Annie Sloan Chalk paint last week from a stockist in Mebane, NC and this table was going to be my guinea pig! 

Whats unique about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is you don't have to primer or even sand the piece before painting. In this case, I had already done so. Since then, I've started working on a bathroom hutch and the paint went right on with no prepping. Can I get an Amen! What a time saver... 


I have to say, I was a little nervous after the first coat went on. The paint was thick, brush strokes were everywhere and the color seemed inconsistent. Have no worries! The brush strokes disappeared and the color evened out as it dried. I put on a second coat and waxed the piece a few days later with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. My advice= a little wax goes a long way! This stuff is like butter and spreads like it too. Unfortunately, my stockist was sold out of the Annie Sloan Brushes so I resorted to using a clean cloth rag to apply the wax. This seemed to work fine but I would still like to give one of the uber-expensive brushes a whirl. 


After waxing, I distressed the table. Sounds backwards but given how dusty chalk paint is, you distress after the first coat of wax. I then applied a second coat and a touch of Annie Sloan Dark Wax in the distressed areas. I will admit, the dark wax was and still is intimidating to me. Once it's on, it's on. I read somewhere that you can actually use the clear wax to buff out excess dark wax. 


All in all, I LOVE this paint. The result is an imperfect but perfect smooth matte finish. It may be awhile before I use latex paint again! 
Annie Sloan Paris Grey




12 comments:

Deidre said...

Oh this is just LOVELY! You really did a beautiful job.Dont you just love the chalk painted look? Love the color too:) Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

Elyse said...

Deidre,
Thank you! I am pleased with how it turned out. I swear I look at everything now and imagine how it would look painted with Annie Sloan! I will hop on over and check out your blog. Thanks for visiting. Check back soon

MuseBootsi said...

Aaack! That table is so cute! I wish I could find the chalk paint here! I think I'll have to get it online...and pay shipping...sad face. That Paris grey is so chic!

Elyse said...

Thank you! I was very pleased with how it turned out. If it makes you feel any better, I had to drive 45mins away to visit a stockist. I have also ordered from www.periwinklepass.com Maybe give them a try 'cause you need some ASAP!!

VintageMauve.com said...

Looks beautiful!

Hope you'll link up to my Monday Link party! :-)

Mauvin' Monday Link Party

Cheers,
Jessica

Elyse said...

I just linked up! Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon!

Natalie said...

Beautiful. I have that same sewing table and I would LOVE to paint it. Grey is my favorite color. You have definitely inspired me!

Elyse said...

Go for it!!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I haven't used the AS paint, but I have some waiting on me to use. I've just been waiting on warmer days so that I could paint outside. Your sewing table turned out great. Thanks for your tips.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

fabulous job! i love the dark wax over the gray!

Latoya @ The Scott's Crib said...

I've been wanting to try the chalk paint, It's definitely worth a try now that I know I don't have to sand and prime:)

Cyn Westover said...

I just discovered your blog as I was looking for help to try my hand (for the first time) with Annie Sloan. I'm a novice and your tips are quite helpful!