Thursday, May 26, 2011

Annie Sloan Buffet Makeover

SIMONE IS FINALLY FINISHED! Whew. It feels like it’s taken me forever, right?  Okay not really. I finished Simone in just 3 days, and it only took that long because I’m a mom of two littles, a wife to a hungry husband, and I had to have help moving her inside.   But she’s finally finished, and inside her new home, and I LOVE HER SOOOO MUCH.

Seriously, every time I walk into the dining area and I see her, I kind of get giddy, because I can’t believe how beautiful she is, and that she’s mine.  I feel like she’s this extra special piece of furniture that is way too cool to be in our house.  Really I do.

Okay so here is Simone, before she was made over to be “Simone.”
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She was dirty and dinged up.  She felt unloved for sure.

And this is Simone after all of my hard work.
Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Provence and Old White (4)
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I know she needs pretty things to set on top of her, that’s my next step, but just look at all of her smiles! (That’s what my husband says she looks like she’s doing, hehe.)

I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in the color of Provence on her, and for the hardware I did a quick coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White.  The two outside top drawers don’t match the original hardware since it was missing, so I pulled the knobs off of another antique dresser I own to take their place. 

I used a 1 inch Purdy brush to paint over the hardware really fast, and it dried super quick.  Only took 1 coat too.
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I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, can’t say enough good things about it. I can’t wait to paint other pieces with it too. And to try other colors!  I envision myself going around and painting everything with chalk paint.  :)  I think I’m going to start requesting Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and supplies for my birthday too!

Thanks again you guys, for reading a long, and encouraging me while working on Simone.  Hope you like her final outcome, I sure do.
Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Provence and Old White (2)

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Or you can read about my first experience Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Or you can read about my first experience using Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax


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Using Annie Sloan's Clear Soft Wax

Okay, being a spray paint fanatic, I will admit that before Simone I have never waxed a piece of furniture in my whole life. Heck, I’ve never waxed ANYTHING before Simone. ;)  I decided to go with the Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax in stead of the Dark Wax.  I love the antique look the dark gives, but I really wanted Simone’s new paint color to stand out. 
Plus, if you’re going to wax a piece of furniture with the dark wax, you first have to do a coat of the the clear anyway.  So I thought if anything, I could do the clear coat and then see whether or not I liked her the way she was, or whether I wanted to give her a coat of the dark afterward and do some distressing.
And sorry in advance for the picture quality, it was dark, and it’s hard taking pictures while doing the actual work.
Here’s Simone before the wax:
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And this is what the wax looks like:
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I ended up buying a brush from Home Depot.  I asked my local Annie Sloan stockist what things I should look for and she told me to get something stiff, but still soft at the ends.  I also sent a few tweets out to Miss Mustard Seed, and Annie Sloan Paint to see if I could get any tips too. I had bought the brush before I heard back from them, but  they gave me some good tips to pass on to you guys.

MissMustardSeed said: @alwaysnwonder I have used an old Purdy brush that had "fluffy" bristles and it was a decent substitute.

Annie Sloan Paint said: @alwaysnwonder  Nothing like the brush , use a cloth or a painters duster brush

I read to apply the wax in small areas with the brush, and then to wipe off the excess, or buff it away with a clean cloth. So that’s exactly what I did. 
First I applied the wax with the brush.
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Then I wiped it away with a clean cloth (I purchased the cloths at Home Depot too. They ran about $4.00 for 10 or so in a package.
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I did all of Simone, and her drawers with 1 coat of the clear wax, then I went back and did the top of her with a second coat.  I used about 4 of the cloths on her and the drawers when I was wiping the wax off. I don’t know if you’re supposed to switch to a clean one every so often, but that’s what I did.

Sometimes doing something new can feel a little overwhelming to me, so I always try to find out as much information as I can. Hoping that I can soothe my doubts.  I asked @AnnieSloanPaint on Twitter how many coats I would need to do and she said:
AnnieSloanPaint @alwaysnwonder depends how robust you want it to be - one or two -2 for table tops, 3 for kitchens and dining table tops

That tip definitely helps, because I plan on doing a lot more pieces with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Things I really liked about the wax:
  1. It seems very easy to use. Very forgiving. There’s really no specific way you have to apply it or wipe it off. I liked that. 
  2. I liked the smell. It reminded me of Burt’s Bees. :)
  3. I love the fact that you can buy the clear soft wax and tint it using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. So you don’t just have the two options of doing clear or dark. You can mix the clear wax with Old White, or Provence, or French Gray, or any other color you want.  This really gives me a lot of ideas for different projects. I’d love to do a dresser in Old White and mix the clear wax with a gray.
  4. A little goes a long way, or so it seemed that way to me.
One thing I didn’t like, or maybe I am just unsure of, is cleaning the brush afterward. I washed it using hot soapy water and thought I got it pretty clean, but when I checked it the next day the brush still had a lot of wax residue. I’m not sure if I could have cleaned it using other things or how you’re supposed to clean them either, so that may be my problem. **Update- a few nice readers mentioned some tips on cleaning the wax brush in the comment section.  You can use Mineral Spirits or soak the brush in oil and then wash with warm water and soap.  I soaked mine in some vegetable oil for a little bit, then washed it using warm water and soap and it totally worked!

Hope you guys are anxious to see Simone! That post is next!  And thanks for all the great feedback and sticking with me so far.  I appreciate your sweet comments.

You can also read about how I started out Cleaning, Prepping, and Sanding 
Or you can read about my first experience Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Or you can go straight to the finished product Annie Sloan Buffet Makeover

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…
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cleaning, Prepping, and Sanding

That is basically how I spent my whole day.  Cleaning, prepping, and sanding a dresser/buffet. 
Remember how a long, long time ago (January to be specific) I had scored two antique dressers off of Craigslist for $50 each? (If you want to see what they looked like when I bought them go HERE and scroll to the end.)  I had planned on redoing them and keeping one and possibly selling the other.  But, winter and painting don’t seem to mix well, so I procrastinated working on the long dresser until today. 
With my new found motivation to go to the gym, and just get more exercise in, I felt like today I should go outside and accomplish something.  I removed all the drawers from the dresser and then I pulled the dresser out from our garage, into our driveway and started working on it. 
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The first thing I had to do was clean it.  It was nasty, and had yucky, weird, dried but greasy crap on it. (Not actual crap, at least I hope not, but some kind of brownish residue.) 
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I cleaned it using TSP (The box says to mix 2 gallons of warm water with a 1/2 cup of TSP and let it dissolve. I only had a big plastic bowl I could work with so I did about a gallon of water with a 1/4 of a cup of TSP instead.) 
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I wore gloves, and used a regular kitchen sponge to clean the dresser with. 
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I worked in sections, so that after I was done cleaning it with the TSP solution and sponge I could dry it off with paper towels. I didn’t want the water to soak into the wood so I thought that was a logical solution.
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After cleaning the dresser off, I then prepped it by filling any holes or deep enough scratches and gouges with wood filler. 
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Apparently the person who owned it before me, had the initials K.A. and really liked asterisks?
Once the wood filler dried I sanded the filled in spots and the whole dresser with 220 sand paper.  I sanded it mostly to get any final dirt off of it, and to smooth out any rough edges or chipped paint.
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After the whole thing was sanded I then vacuumed it all over.
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I like vacuuming the excess dust off that comes from sanding, it takes most of it off.  And the stuff that it doesn’t get will come off when I wipe it down with wet ones.  (I use Kirkland baby wipes to do that since we have an abundance of them.I have a dream that one day there will be no more diapers!)
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Now she’s ready to be primed!  Which I will be posting about tomorrow, so come back okay?

You can read about my first experience Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Or you can read about my first experience Using Annie Sloan's Clear Soft Wax
Or you can skip to the finished product Annie Sloan Buffet Makeover

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Merry Maids Giveaway Winner

Well I know it's been long enough, and you guys are all waiting for the winner, right? 

I am so thankful to Merry Maids for being apart of an awesome giveaway that allowed me to win the $350 gift card to give away to one of you.  I really do think they are an excellent company (even though I've never tried them, I have heard amazing reviews from people who have!) and I hope the winner will be happy with the gift card. 

So I'm headed over to random.org right now to pick the winner, okay?.......................

Okay, according to Mr. Random the winner is
Number 55 was
So congratulations Gabby!  Hope you're excited!  You have 48 hours to claim your prize before I choose another winner. I can't contact you through your profile, so hopefully you'll see this post and claim your prize!

I wish I could pull an Oprah and give all you ladies out there Merry Maids services for a whole year!
"You get a maid! You get a maid! AND You get a maid!!" 

Unfortunately I can't. :( But I can guarantee you that there will be lots more giveaways to enter this year.  And next month is my birthday month!! (Not that I celebrate it the whole month...I wish) But, it just so happens that this year my birthday and Father's Day fall on the same day...so I am thinking of doing a fun giveaway that could be for moms and include the dads.

Thanks again you guys for making this giveaway so amazing. And be sure to follow Merry Maids on Facebook, they're having a special giveaway coming up for a chance to win a trip to the beach and cleaning services for a whole year! 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Finds- My Hoot Designs

Hey everyone, sorry I haven't done a Friday Finds in a while.  Have I told you guys that I am bad at schedules and organizing things? Ok, just checking. 

This Friday I am going to share with you the stylish blogger behind Hoot Designs and Hoot Photography.  Chrissy is a creative, stay at home mom, Jill of all trades type of gal! She has a love for creating new things, and photography.

I love the cute and fun things she's got stocked in her etsy shop right now. 
Kiss Lock Purse
Flower Posie Pins set of two Fabric and felt
DSLR Camera Strap Slip Cover
Hello gorgeous RUFFLES!! I need you in my life, like now.
And if you are looking for some easy photography tips/tutorials/inspiration check out Chrissy's photography blog, Hoot Photography.  Right now she's got a great post for beginners to learn about correct exposure when taking photos using their camera's manual settings (she gives you the 411 on ISO, aperture, and shutter speed).
Hope you guys stop by and say "HI" to Chrissy and let her know how awesome I am SHE is!
And if you want you can catch her on twitter or Facebook too!

SNAP CONFERENCE 2012

Have you guys noticed the blue SNAP button that's been on my sidebar for the past couple of weeks?
                                                        

That awesome blue button is for the SNAP Conference.

If you are a creative/crafty/diy type of blogger then you need to know about the SNAP CONFERENCE happening in April 2012. 

This conference is geared towards bloggers who are rockin' handmade goods and crafts, and who are passionate about using their creative gifts.  You don't have to just be into crafts though. If you like DIY/Home improvement project, event planning, have a Handmade shop, or just want to broaden your knowledge about how social media can help you and your blog, this conference is where you need to be!

This three day conference for creative bloggers is going down in Salt Lake City, Utah April 19-21, 2012. 

There are so many awesome speakers and bloggers lined up to attend:

Tauni from It's A Tradition
Char from Crap I've Made
Becca from Blue Cricket Design
Jennifer from Tatertots and Jello
Mique from 30 Handmade Days
Shelley from The House of Smiths

And that is just HALF OF THE LIST!!

I feel like I go into a giddy panic attack when I even think of being in the same room with these amazing ladies.  This conference would be the highlight of my year for sure.  I have always wanted to go to a blog conference but this one is at the top of my list.  And the best part about this post is the fact that I could possibly, maybe have a chance to win a free ticket to go if you guys decide to vote for me. 

Yes, I am again going to beg you all to help me win by voting for me.
Starting Saturday, May 21 voting will be open to the public. Voting will close on Wednesday, May 25. 
That means I only have 4 days to gather up enough votes to win a ticket to the SNAP Conference. And even though the odds are stacked against me, I know that you guys are the best readers around and will vote for me.

I don't like to say I deserve to go more than someone else, BUT I do know for sure that I would be the MOST EXCITED PERSON EVER to win a ticket!  And I am pretty sure that the only way I could fit a family trip to Utah into my budget would be if I scored a FREE ticket to the SNAP Conference.  So you see, I really need to win this golden ticket. 

And yes, I am again, going to beg you all to help me win by voting for me.
Starting Saturday, May 21 voting will be open to the public. Voting will close on Wednesday, May 25. 
That means I have 4 days to gather up enough votes to win. And even though the odds are stacked against me, I know that you guys are the best readers around and will vote for me to win.