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.
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.
(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!
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.
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!
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.
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