If you’ve followed my blog for a while or my Instagram feed, you know by now that I love to paint. I will paint walls, furniture, signs, you name it. Painting is kind of like therapy. While I’m doing it I’m in a zone. A calm, peaceful, nothing can bring me down zone. Really. That’s just how it is. All of the rooms in my house have been painted at least 2 times, and pretty much every Craigslist find goes through an epic makeover or two. But this dresser, it’s gone through 3 paint makeovers. And this is by far my favorite one.
Can you believe I used to be afraid of color? It’s true, (When we first moved into our home everything from the walls to the floors was a neutral color, and some shade of brown.) but you wouldn’t know it when you walk into our home now. This piece is in our living room and makes quite an impact. The color blue is bright when the light from the morning or afternoon hits it, and a deep dark blue when evening comes. Choosing to paint the dresser this color was my way of going big and bold. The new color really makes a statement, and even my kids love it. They ooh’d and awe’d over it once it was done, making sure to tell me they were really happy I painted it this color.
One of my favorite things about doing furniture makeovers like this is being able to paint right inside our house. You might think it’s crazy, painting inside, but there is just no way I would be able to haul this dresser and some of the other pieces I’ve done outside by myself. (Not to mention that Summers here are just too hot for me to want to paint outside or in our garage.) Using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan I’m able to paint inside our house, and I don’t have to worry about paint fumes. I also don’t have to worry about excessive drying times (Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint dries really fast.)
“Chalk Paint® is a non-toxic, water-based paint that is lead-free, EG-free, odour-free and has very low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).” Chalk Paint® decorative paint
The Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is also amazing because there is no need to sand or prime before using it to paint. I just vacuumed off the dresser and then wiped it down to get rid of any dust or dirt from the kids hands, and then started painting. Once I was done painting I used the Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax for as a protective finish.
“Chalk Paint® sticks to just about any surface (wood, concrete, metal, matte plastic, varnished or painted surfaces, etc.) with no priming or sanding required. Use it’s companion product Annie Sloan Soft Wax for a durable and approachable finish for your interior furniture and the dark Soft Wax for decorative age and patina.” Chalk Paint® decorative paint
As you can see, I chose to paint the dresser Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue. But I wanted to give you an idea of what the color looks like without a protective coat over it so I painted a scrap piece of wood with the Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint and then did used a dead flat varnish on one side and the Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax on the other.
“Annie Sloan Soft Wax is the perfect partner for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan because they have been developed to work together. It can be used for protection and to give a beautiful mellow matte finish on painted furniture, cabinets, and walls. Our Soft Wax can be mixed with Chalk Paint® make a colored wax - how amazing.” Annie Sloan Soft Wax
I really liked the subtle sheen the Clear Soft Wax gave the paint color and how smooth and soft it felt after drying and being buffed out. And the pure bristle Wax Brush made it really easy to work the wax into all the detailed areas of the dresser due to it’s bristles coming to a pointed end shape.
Using Chalk Paint® really gives me the freedom to change things I might like but not love into pieces that make my home feel special and unique. If you’re in the U.S. and you’re wanting to know more about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® or how you can make your own purchase, visit Annie Sloan Unfolded. There you can find a Retailer or Stockist, or you can connect with them through their social media accounts and stay up to date on product information and see new transformations.
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