22 August 2011

The Whole New World Of ASCP

I told many of you that I was going to get some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint last weekend.  I was about ready to hit the floor break dancing I was so excited.  When I got home I wasted no time.  I went to town.

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If you don’t know this about me already I’ll say it again.  I’m color phobic.  I like neutrals like fish like water.  When someone shows me a red couch or purple paint I swear my throat starts to swell shut and my corn hole puckers. 

So you’ll be happy to see that I bought a quart of the old white.  AND… I bought two 4oz samples of the Louis Blue and Paris Grey!  Okay so grey is a neutral, whatever I say!  And I’m still scared of the blue so I’m going to mix it with the grey.  Baby steps.  I hope they cover what I have planned for them.  I’m not even sure I could paint my nails with 4oz.

Here was my test subject.  A Lane cedar chest given to us by the neighbors who said it’s been the garage for years.  Luckily cedar repels most insects and rodents so there were no shrunken heads breeding inside.  But it was gross and it did need lots of love.  Or gasoline.

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(Eeeew, scary, gross, old, fake, torn, stinky leather cushion)

On the back of the can it says that generally one coat will be enough.  Imagine my left eye twitching when I saw this out of my $37 can of paint!

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I know they said brush strokes but uh… this isn’t what I was bargaining for.  I continued on paining the rest and by the time the whole chest was covered I started slipping into a pretty dark place.

While it was drying I started looking through blogs to make sure I wasn’t missing anything and then went back for round two.  I have decided I was being a bit stingy with the paint.  Worried I would run right out of this liquid gold I had really not put enough on the first time around.

I think I really did think this paint was going to be magical in the sense that I would open the can and it would go all Fantasia like and presto chango a beautiful piece is born.  Buy you do have to actually work at it a little.  Much less than with other paints. 

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When I was ready to distress I had to give it a little rub and it almost just wiped right off.  Just like chalk.  The sanding went smoothly with some 150 grit.  It just sloughed right off.  Then I got to the wax which I’m still playing with.  I have not used wax in the past so this is a new concept for me.  I tried it with a rag and my Purdy brush.  Neither of which I really liked.  It left some dark spots on the paint where I didn’t rub it in right away and it sat for a moment.  I’m getting the wax brush Friday since my supplier was out of stock on them.  I hope it goes more smoothly with it.

All said and done I really like the paint.  I wouldn’t say I’m at the love stage yet.  Still getting used to it.  But definitely a strong like!

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The last thing is some vinyl lettering across the front that I will get to soon.  It will say “Make Believe” since it’s in the girls play room.

~Sommer

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20 comments:

scrapfancy said...

I love it and the fabric is so pretty. Nice job.

Tammy @ Type A said...

love it!!! see what we get on so well? you're a color phobe and i'm a neutral phobe. xx

Chris Wooten said...

Great Job. Thank you for the inspiration. I love to reuse pieces too...in the end if you love it that is what is important, but really you did great.

http://turnedgypsy.blogspot.com

Chris

Wunkie's Mommy said...

LOL...corn hole!? REALLY?! L O L! I'm still fighting myself on ordering the Chalk paint...idk if I can justify that amount of money for a quart of paint! I reeeaaalllllllllly want to try it though! Loved this post lady!

Grandma Bonnie said...

Great job, I love the end results,
New follower from the Crafty Bloggers hop. Hope you stop by for a visit.

Nutbird said...

Beautiful. You can wax it Before you sand and it keeps the dust down. Ann

Twice Nice said...

gorgeous! I love the fabric on the cushion. Deb

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Ahhhh...she looks GREAT...bring her right over to my PARTY...hope to see her there:)

Blessings,
Linda

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You did good.

Starr @ The Kiefer Cottage said...

Beautiful work! Love the fabric.

Connie @ Sensible-Redesign said...

I felt the same way about my first attempts with Chalk Paint. I too went with the safe old white. I have found out a few things along the way. The other colors are way more fun to work with, they cover better and its fun to wash them over with old white. ALSO I just tried this week mixing my regular latex with the AS Chalk Paint, at up to a 50/50% mixture and you get pretty much the best of both paints. Old White covers much better with a little latex in it and it sands off almost as good as just basic chalk paint. This means you can get way more mileage out of that 37.00 can of paint! Its a win win as I see it. All the best to you in your venture into Chalk Paint Land!

Maria said...

This is so pretty! I love it!

Delaney said...

This turned out great!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that fabric is awesome!!!! love it!

awal.ny said...

Great job, I think it makes a perfect dress up box. I must admit I felt the same when I painted my first piece with the paint. Not total love, but I like it.

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

You crack me up!!
I like Connie's idea!
It did turn out very cute!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Really appreciate you linking up this fantastic post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Hope you'll continually share your creativity with us at the weekly party :)

Delaney said...

Congrats! You've been featured on Fabulousity Friday at Sweet Tea Serendipity! Stop by & pick up your award: http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com/2011/08/fabulousity-friday-10.html

michele said...

Visiting from miss mustard seed’s party, and love this! Come visit me anytime!
michele

Renee said...

Wow! Is that really the same chest? You did an amazing job. I would love you to share this project on my brand new Shabby Shares Saturday link party at http://rustic-crafts.com

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