Here’s the thing…I’ve always wished that I was the kind of gal that could jump out of bed, dress myself in descent cloths, make 4 gourmet lunches for the kids, build the Taj Mahal out of toothpicks for my son’s Social Studies project and pop a meal in the crock pot for dinner…ALL BEFORE NOON! I know women like this…Bless Their Hearts (grumble). Sadly, I am not in that club and I own it. Instead, I drive my kids to school in my PJ’s and hope that inspiration will hit me as I search the pantry at 5:30. “…how about canned green beans and fried wieners for dinner?…yum!”
I’d love, on a daily basis, to be able to MacGuyver a piece of attic trash furniture into a showpiece with a little paint and new hardware. Sounds simple right? Well, I have done it and the truth is, it’s never “simple.” For me, I have to be in an uber creative get-it-done-at-any-cost kinda mood with lots of momentum and enthusiasm. Those moods don’t strike me that often so when I get the feeling, I gotta go with it…fast…no time to think…kinda like catching myself by surprise!
The problem with “simply” painting a piece of furniture and why I loose my momentum…
- Ya gotta find the perfect color. Meaning 2 hours at Home Depot with a trillion paint colors dripping from the displays…overwhelming!
- What kind of glaze or wax shall I use to protect it from my kids?
- How do I distress? With sandpaper? Steel wool? My teeth? (Seriously, I use my teeth for far too many things I shouldn’t – I’m a mom of four – teeth are a mom’s God-given built-in, all-purpose tool – very handy!)
- And don’t even get me started on the brushes, rollers, mitts and fancy dancy contraptions that only Martha Stuart knows how to use.
And finally, after a day of gathering materials, I’m exhausted! So, I end up leaving my thoughtful, time consuming and expensive supplies in the car for a week. Eventually I’ll move them onto a shelf in the garage and promise myself I’ll get back to my project tomorrow…or next year.
So, to my fellow DIYers who can relate, I have the solution…Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!
Perusing through a cute boutique in downtown Apex, NC called Two Old Birds (love that name!) and drooling over their repurposed furniture, beautifully painted and distressed with the yummiest of colors, I discovered the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint display. The owner told me of the ease of painting with this magic paint…no stripping, no sanding…just paint one coat and wax. He assured me that I could paint and wax furniture in hours and have it ready to use/dispaly by the time the kids got home from shcool- my kind of project! So, I bought my favorite colors: Duck Egg Blue, Scandanavian Pink and some glaze, and off I went to test it out.
I thought I’d try it out on an old yard sale cabinet I bought for $10 and started the clock…10:30am
I cleaned it with a damp cloth and painted it with Duck Egg Blue. The paint went on like butta! Then, I slapped on some Scandanavian Pink on the areas that I was going to expose by distressing…11:20am.
Then, I painted over those pink splotches with more Duck Egg Blue.
After it dried (only took 20 minutes), I scooped out the glaze, rubbed it in with my hand and rubbed it off with a clean cloth…12:20pm.
After waxing and rubbing, I used sandpaper to distress, exposing areas of pink underneath the blue…12:30pm.
After re-waxing the sanded areas…It was done. Really! Done! 12:45pm! About 2 hours start to finish!
I screwed on a decorative knob that I bought 2 years ago for another project I never finished…
…hung it on the wall and Wa-La…prettiness! Accomplishment!
Can’t tell ya how much I love this paint! My advice? Get you some Annie Sloan magic chalk paint, pull out that shelved project, and to quote Nike from a highly unathletic girl…”Just Do It!”
And, the best part, you can even paint in your PJ’s!