I racked my brain about what color I wanted to paint Simone (that’s her name now, Simone) and honestly couldn’t narrow it down to less than 20 different colors I though might look good on her. And I was so nervous about painting her.
At first, I really wanted to go with a more modern, bright colored paint for her. Something that would just make her stand out and make people aware of her awesomeness. But after looking at her more and more I didn’t think she could pull it off. This girl has some dings, some scratches, and some noticeable chips missing from her, and she need a paint color and a paint that would make those blemishes look more appealing (like they were put there on purpose). I really think too much of a bold, bright, and sleek color would have made them look like blemishes and ugly wounds.
I was still debating on what color to paint Simone when I took a trip to Home Depot and bought myself a new 3 inch angled Purdy paint brush and some other goodies. When I came back home I sat in front of her for 20 or 30 minutes, just holding up paint samples. My husband told me I should just go ahead and prime her since I was going to have to do that anyway before I actually painted her whatever color I finally chose.
The idea of priming Simone’s huge monstrous self with a brush made me want to pull my hair out.( I really hate having to prime, then sand, then paint. I am in way too much of a hurry to get the painting done to want to prime stuff all the time.) In order to save time and force myself to pick a color I decided to bust out the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I had.
A while back I had won a quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I chose Provence, and when I went to pick it up I went ahead and bought an Old White too.
I had never painted with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, but I had heard such amazing things about it, that I knew it would be a good choice to paint with. Once my paint was decided I taped off Simone’s drawers and some of the inside ledges too.
I used my 3 inch angled Purdy brush to paint the top of Simone and her sides, and I used my 1 inch angled Purdy brush to paint her drawers and her detailed areas. (Note to self, teach Justin how to use camera! ;P )
I pretty much just painted in the same direction as Simone’s current paint job was going in. I am not the best painter with a brush. I can spray paint pretty well, but brushing paint on stresses me out. The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint seems a little thicker than latex paints, but not too thick. In the beginning I was nervous so I painted slower, but I noticed that as I got more comfortable using the Chalk Paint I went faster and painting seemed easier.
The Chalk Paint also seems to dry pretty quickly. Something I love, since I could then add the second coat sooner. I did two coats of Provence and still had some left over in my quart size pot.
I just finished her up not too long ago, so I can’t wait to see what she looks like in the morning.
Once she’s dry I am going to put a wax on her to seal and protect her new paint job. Then she’ll get her awesome hardware put back on (7 inch pulls friends! How cool is that?), and be moved inside to her new home.
Hopefully I’ll have her finished before Wednesday so I can post her finished look. Will you guys be back to see her? Hope so!
And you can read the first post, about Cleaning, Prepping, and Sanding Simone if you want…
Or you can read about my first experience using Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax
Or you can skip to the finished product Annie Sloan Buffet Makeover
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