Monday, May 23, 2011

Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Ugh, such a long day. It’s 2 AM and I am still not in bed. I promised I would be back with a post though. 
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. 
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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.
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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 )
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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. 
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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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Fritter said...

We have a dresser project that has been in the garage for probably 6 months now or longer. I love how this looks and need to investigate it. My son is 2 and I'm still using his changing table dresser combo which isn't cutting it! Thanks for the tips!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Hi Jennifer...will definitely be popping by to see the finished product! Bet it looks fantastic!

mjh said...

can't wait to see her finished!

Kimberly said...

So when you're done with Simone, I have some things that could be revamped around here! ;)

Looks great!!

EmTea Designs said...

She is looking Beauuuuutiful! Can't wait to see the final result!

Tina said...

From the looks of it, she is going to be a beaut! Can't wait to see a final picture!!

Sam @ The Junk House said...

I can't wait to see how Simone turns out! Now I feel like the only blogger who wasn't tried chalk paint. I might have to give in and buy some.

Amber and Brad said...

Can't wait to see the finished piece!

{ SHE } said...

LOVE the color blue you chose! :)

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Looks beautiful! I have yet to try chalk paint but I'm excited to test it out soon.

For the Love of a Cottage said...

Thank you so much for your painting and waxing tutorials. I am almost finished with a desk that would have been lovely using your techniques. I have already redone the poor desk 4 times, so I had better not go for #5.

I do plan on many other furniture re-do's in the future, however.

I posted your tutorial on my blog:

Thank you and Hugs,

Like Me Some said...

I need to skip ahead and see how it came out!!! I'm having Annie Sloan trouble, my graphit doesn't look the soft black it's suppose to! This is looking great!!!