Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I have been mixing my own chalk paint. There are several "recipes" for chalk paint on different blogs and the Internet. It mostly consist of plaster Paris, paint, and water. I signed up for a Annie Sloan paint class to compare the two. A. S. paint is quite expensive but you are supposed to be able to get several pieces of furniture painted out of one can of paint. There is no sanding and no prep when you use A.S. paint and you can virtually paint on any medium with the paint - metal, wood, plastic, etc.
So I took my class on Monday and I loved it! It only takes two coats of paint to cover your project most of the time. Several reasons that I liked the paint - it was very smooth and when applied it dries VERY quickly. I also used the dark wax and the clear wax to finish the wood samples and it was GREAT! I love the way the dark wax goes into the grooves and crevices of the wood to give it texture. I bought several cans and I will be working on several projects this week that I will post my results.
I moved my sewing room upstairs yesterday and it nearly killed my husband and I. My sewing machines and tables and equipment could not be any heavier! I still have several things to move up there but I am going to do it a little at a time today.
Have a wonderful day - I have several orders to get out today so I am off to get busy!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Before and after Chest

I finished painting this chest and I love the way it turned out. I mixed my own chalkpaint using plaster paris and Behr paint. More before and after pictures coming soon.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Painted Furniture

I got in the mood to paint furniture again. I have been researching the new technique with "Chalk Paint". After researching several resources and blogs I took the plunge and I really like it. I mixed my own painted a night stand and a Jenny Lynn twin bed. I will post some of my pictures of these when I get them finished. I also want to try the Annie Sloan chalk paint and I am going to make a trip to the city this week to buy a few cans of it. I talked with the rep that sells it and she convinced me that it's worth the $40.00 a can. I will let you know if I think that it is worth or not.
My own mixture did not cost near that much! I haven't painted furniture for quite a while. When I painted my first time I set everything up in the oven  garage! It is like a hot oven in my garage during the Summer months so I decided to just bring the paint and furniture inside and use drop cloths. So far since there is no prep when using chalk paint it's working out good.
I will be posting pictures soon! So stay tuned and have a blessed week!