Monday, February 13, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Project

I've been wanting to try my hand at some chalk painting :)
I just didn't want to cough up the money to buy one quart of paint at around $40!! 
But reading about it so much I just had to give it a try and post a review of this oh-so-popular paint.
First of all let me just say that you either have to go online to order it or find a "stockist" to buy it locally. 
Luckily, I found a stockist at the Frisco Mercantile and using my AT&T gift card (thanks Uverse!!) I went over and got me a quart of the Provence color.

It is a very pretty soft blue paint. I like the fact that you can paint most anything with it and you don't have to sand it or prime it. You can paint plastic, cement, wood, fake wood, etc.
I was happy to read that it cleans up easily with just some water.
It's not stinky like latex and it won't become plastic-y if you leave the can open for extended periods of time. 
So far so good right?
I knew I had just the victim for a transformation.
Remember the game room I blogged about last year?
The one in SERIOUS need of revamping?
Well, this TV cabinet, all $40 worth of  faux-wood, 
would be the first one to get the Annie Sloan treatment :)
Here it is before:

This cabinet is used to store my kids' videos, video games and board games (bottom shelf).
I wanted to transform it from a boring and predictable piece made out of pressboard to a pretty and chic cabinet. 

First I wiped it down because it needed a good dusting!
Next, I poured about 1 cup of the paint into a foam bowl and used a synthetic brush to paint it. 
I covered all the areas outside and just painted the inside of the doors. I will probably go back and buy another quart of their graphite color so I can paint the rest of the inside and give it some nice contrast. I don't know yet.
It really was very simple!
It does show the brush strokes but that's the beauty of it!
The paint really does give it that shabby chic look of weathered wood!
I love it! 
I only gave it one coat all over and touched up here and there on the doors.
Later, when it was dry (and this paint dries pretty darned fast! that can either be a pro or con)
I applied some stencils on each corner using Martha Stewart's Thunderstroke metallic paint.
I got it at Home Depot in the paint department.
The stencil was there too :)
I even painted the hardware with the same metallic paint.
In all, this project took me about a day give or take.
I am very pleased with it and the chalk paint. 
{Almost forgot to add: I did use some Minwax wax paste to buff all over it and give it a nice soft sheen. I didn't buy the Annie Sloan brand  and I think this did just a fine a job. The only shade they had was "Natural" and it didn't darken the color or really affect it at all.}

I am now hooked! 
I know there are blog tutorials on how to make your own chalk paint thereby saving you some serious Moolah, but I thought I'd try the real thing so that I have something to compare it with you know what I mean?
What about you? Have you tried this paint?
Do you want to?
I'd love to see your projects!
Leave me a link to your projects in my comments section so I can feature you in an upcoming blog post all about chalk paint! 
Have a great week!

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  1. Love it! That color is my favorite!

    1. It is pretty isn't it? I can't wait to get my hands on more colors :)

  2. What a beautiful color! It looks great!

  3. Looks great Patty - looks like an antique armoir. Love ASCP - also have tried CeCe Caldwells. Very similar. I do a lot of painting for Mrs. Smith, and chalk and clay paint is the way to go to save major time - especially finishing the piece.

    1. CeCe Caldwells hmmm...I'll have to check that out.

    2. I hae also used lots of Annie Sloan paint. Am going to try CeCe Caldwell's chalk paint. Wanted to know if you liked it as good as Annie Sloan? I paint so many pieces until it gets pretty expensive with Annie Sloans paint. I love her paint, but sometimes one qt. just covers a big piece and that can get expensive. I have also used Milk Paint and it is similar and does a great job as well.
      Betty Whatley
      Down Memory Lane

  4. Looks fabulous! I have a big ole pine armoire that needs some TLC. I think chalk paint may be just the solution ...



  5. There's nothing like ASCP, Patty! LUV it! I've used it for numerous furniture projects. Here's a link for you!

    Beautiful job on your armoire! That color is fabulous and the addition of the stenciling really adds alot of personality to it! :)

    xoxo laurie

  6. I think it is just beautiful...been looking at the paint for awhile and I might just have to jump to it.

  7. I made my own chalk paint with black paint today.. I have to say that you can not make it as well as the real thing. Mine had a lot of lumps and bumps in it and which took me a long time to sand off... I've tried ASCP and I have to say it was a lot easier, more expensive yes but worth it!

  8. Fabulous transformtion! I will be featuring it tomorrow:)

  9. Glad you are enjoying Annie's product, it is just so much fun to work with!
    Beautiful job, love the stencils you added too!

    Thanks for linking up to my weekly Chalk Paint Party

  10. Great job! I haven't tried that color yet. I love ASCP!! Here is a link to a buffet that I just finished in Old White!! -Sarah

    1. Thank you Sarah! I will use your project in an upcoming post.Looks gorgeous :)

  11. I have heard a lot here in the Land of Blog about Annie Sloan Paints as well and I'm impressed with the results and the feedback everyone has about it... so it is well worth the Investment and as soon as I can find a Local distributor of it I'm going to use it on some Furniture that is being transformed. Your transformation turned out fabulous... forty bucks is way cheaper than purchasing a new piece and the finished result looks expensive.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  13. This is one of my favorite colors-you did a great job on this piece-following from TDC-stop by for a visit!

  14. There is no way anyone would guess that cabinet is faux wood. It looks fantastic.

  15. Patty this piece turned out wonderful! Love!! So glad you enjoy the paint and feel free to contact me if there is ever anything I can help you with. Karla

    1. Thanks! Can't wait for the remodel to be done so I can go in and SHOP!

  16. Hi Patty, I'm a new blogger and just discovered your blog. Love this! Trying out the Annie Sloan paints soon. Yours turned out great!

  17. This is great what you did with the chalk paint. I have not painted with it yet, but I like how it looks. Stopping by from Saturday's Sharefest. Happy New Year!

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