I LOOOOOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!
But wow! It is ex-spen-sive! I paid $38 for a quart….A QUART! And $25 more for the wax. They tried to sell me an overpriced “special brush”, but that was not happening…
I have to say, though, the paint is worth the money…
This is an armoire I bought on Craigslist for $40…from the nicest people ever! (Pardon Mr. Jingles’ litter box there on the left…) It is very spacious and is perfect for hiding all of my mess in my office. It is meant for a computer, but I have the computer on another desk…so this holds my printer and some baskets for other little things. It also has great drawers for storage! Love it!
I wish I had taken before or even during pics! DUH! I can’t believe I didn’t!
So…..I will just tell you all about it.
The armoire was a honey color, and I definitely wanted white for my pretty gray office. So, I decided to try this chalk paint that is all the craze. I was in sticker shock when the guy told me the price, but I was standing in a fancy antique store with snooty people and felt too stupid to blurt out that they price was ridiculous! So, I politely said OK and paid the man….wow.
However, like I said, this stuff is great. I took the doors off and just spray painted the inside….the piece is large and I was not about to spend 38 more dollars on a second quart….I already had way more in the paint than I did in the piece!
By the way…..don’t spray paint the inside. It tool forever and about 6 cans of spray paint and it did not look all that great. Next time, I will just buy some flat white paint and go over it with a sponge roller.
On to the OUTSIDE…the good part. Annie Sloan says you do not have to sand, but I did. When I started painting, it was REALLY thick! Thank goodness I had read enough blogs to know I could thin it with a little water, as long as I did it in a separate container….apparently the water will cause leftover paint to mold. gross
Once I thinned it, it went on beautifully. Oh! They also say there is no need to prime, but, again, I did – a little. I just went over everything lightly with another can of spray paint….and I am glad I did. The paint took several coats to cover the wood well, but it dried SO FAST! It was warm out, which may have helped, but it was wonderfully efficient to go over everything one time, and have it dry and ready for the second coat as soon as you were done!
After about 4 coats, it was lovely, but stark WHITE! I even when over the hardware…the paint stuck well! So, I definitely decided to distress it. This is really the whole point of the chalk paint…it dries flat, flat, flat, and it is easy to sand for distressing.
I let it dry overnight, then went to sanding. You will want to do this in an area other than your garage (which I did) so you won’t get the chalky dust all over every single thing you have in your garage (which it now is). Be prepared to use a little elbow grease…or your power sander. I used both…the power sander to begin and just hand sanding for final touches.
So…..what do you think? For my first attempt, I am thrilled! There are paint lines, which I left, because it makes it look more like actual wood for some reason.