I love painted furniture, but I hate the prep work! Sanding is the worst! Its messy and time consuming and really can’t be done in the house. That’s one reason I’m so happy to have discovered the magic of chalk paint!
Did you ever have a furniture piece that you had mixed feelings about–love the size and shape, but the color of the wood just wasn’t right in the room? That’s been my dilemma with a few pieces of furniture I have acquired over the past few years. I love the style but the color of the wood is just to dark for the look that I am trying to achieve.
This is my kitchen. My husband Joe built it for me–it was his first attempt at cabinetry. He has built beds, entertainment centers, tables, Adirondacks and lots of cradles and toys. He did an amazing job, don’t you think? The colors are a soft cream cabinet with a taupe/brown glaze with Benjamin Moore Wedgewood gray paint on the walls. The kitchen comes round to a drawer base cabinet that looks into the dining area and the big brown cabinet/hutch is directly across from the drawer base. Every time I looked at it is screamed “paint me” so, after much consideration and a couple attempts at selling it, I am finally painting it!
I’ve decided to paint it a soft creamy-white that matches my kitchen cabinets. The only thing that was stopping me was the thought of moving it into the garage and sanding the finish. I think you can see why–lots of grooves and carvings–ugh, hours and hours of sanding and tons of mess, plus its huge and takes an army to move.
I dreaded the work and the mess and just when I decided I would live with it, I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – magic in a paint can–you know why? You don’t have to strip or sand your piece of furniture or prepare the wood (in most cases)! Really! I’m not kidding! I almost didn’t believe it myself, but I used it on some frames and a small table and they turned out beautiful. The best part is the “finish coat” is soft wax–paint or rub on, rub off and done! You can even use tinted wax to give an antique finish! You can distress your piece as well! So, I’m grabbing some drop cloths and painting her right where she sits!
No Prep! How cool is that!
The first coat ( I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White) showed a lot of brush marks and some bleed through of the dark wood color. I was pretty worried that the finish wasn’t going to be what I wanted, but I remembered the finished pieces I had seen at the Annie Sloan paint stocker’s store, Magnolia Lane, in Point Pleasant and figured a call or visit to Stephanie (the shop owner) was in order. In speaking to Stephanie, I learned that on some very dark woods there is a problem with bleeding (especially when using the white’s), but the problem is solved by one coat of Zinsser Clear Varnish or primer! Apply as directed, let dry and then apply the chalk paint right over it and your ready to start waxing.
I had already done one full coat and then finished 3/4 of the 2nd coat before I spoke to Stephanie, so I was hesitant to start over again by varnishing and then re-coating, so I decided to continue and finish the 2nd coat and then IF there was still bleed through I would give her a third coat! (So much for saving time–but I still didn’t have to sand and that makes it all worth it!) I did have to do a third coat but that came out great! Three doors and six shelves and I will be ready to wax . . . . .
to be continued
Make sure to come back and see the finished product!