Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I'm a convert to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The saga of the breakfront started almost a year ago. It was huge (what was I thinking).  Needed neighbor's truck to load and move the top. It was stored in our garage from last April until mid-January of this year, carefully wrapped in cardboard by husband John, glass shelves, glass doors, and all.

I fully intended to paint it during the summer, but it was too darn hot!..would have had to do it in garage, but frankly, couldn't even get to it, and the heat took away any ambition I may have had to have John move it.

John moved the bottom over in December, and I actually grew to really like it as it was, with its scuffed finish.  However, when it was crowned with its top last week, again with help of same kind neighbors and their truck, it lost its appeal - just too dark and heavy and BIG! 

 Started looking for inspiration, and saw this. Loved the pale grey/blue and the golden touches.  Didn't love the too distressed look of the sides and bottom, but did like the color combination.

Had been hearing about, and reading blogs about Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. Checked it out and saw that it was $32.00 a quart!!!  Could it be that good?  There were many positives and a few negatives.  There were imitators and Do-It-Yourself Recipes.  Those recipes had their plus points - cost, and minus points - not as smooth, needing sanding, etc.  

Bit the bullet and decided to take the plunge and buy some. I found it at Twigs and Twine in Capron, IL.  They didn't have a huge selection, but I looked at the boards they had painted, and loved the Duck Egg (blue).  It covers wonderfully without priming or sanding and comes out in such a soft dull finish.  It dries quickly and goes really far.  For what I have painted thus far - the whole outside of the breakfront, it took between an eighth and quarter of the quart.

As you can see, it is turning out beautifully.  Today John will come over after I unload the contents, to remove the glass shelves (he doesn't trust me:).  I will be painting the inside back dark turquoise and finish painting the inside of the doors and glass side panels the same duck egg color of the outside.  This is all old news to those of you who follow me on facebook, but didn't want to leave the blog followers in the dark.  The whole point of this is to voice my opinion that for the time and effort saved, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is worth the price!


  1. Your paint project is looking beautiful...can't wait to see it finished! Hugs, Penny

  2. Thanks, Penny
    Inside now painted...distressing and waxing. Will post soon
    Your NM weather sounds wonderful. We are hovering around 0 degrees.

  3. Yup, chalk paint is amazing. It can turn an odd piece that is heavy and dark, into a thing of beauty!
    Wonderful job!

  4. I can't believe how easy it was. And, I've been checking out your blog. I have avoided the drape thing for our living room, but absolutely love your drop cloth drapes. They would have so much heft to them...and so simple, even I could do it.


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