Monday, October 3, 2011

~my other two cents on chalk paint and little provence nightstand~


i love furniture with shapely legs and that french provencale look



so i couldn't wait to get my paintbrush to this cutie-patootie



almost forgot the before photo
~almost, but not quite!~



gave it a dust and wipe down, then set to work
i did lightly sand a couple of spots on top where the paint was starting to peel off, for a smoother finish
and yes, you guessed correctly, Annie Sloan's "provence" chalk paint

so if you read my earlier post on chalk paint here, now you'll get my {long overdue} opinion after using it on multiple pieces
i debated lightening the paint up a little with some old white, but decided to use it as is

 i simply ~adore~ this color

the first coat went on kinda streaky, and i was thinking, okay, we're looking at 3-4 coats here
but once that first coat dried, and i applied the second coat, the coverage was perfect
~yes, i was impressed~

buffed it up with a coat of clear wax



and an old t-shirt



here i ran into a bit of trouble, i left it overnight before buffing and the finish was kinda streaky...

after LOTS of buffing it came right and i love how it turned out
here it is at market shortly before it went to it's new home
~sigh~
sometimes it's hard to let go



as many other bloggers have commented, perhaps the most appealing quality of this paint is the time it saves prior to painting
{you still have to do the sanding/waxing steps afterwards}

in my world i don't have hours and days to devote to projects and painting
sometimes i wish it did, but i just don't
so when i can grab an hour here and there and get right to the painting -without having to sand and prime first-
that's HUGE!!!


{apple green vintage storage box, gave it a wash of old white, heavily sanded and stencilled}

so here's my verdict on Annie Sloan's chalk paint:

PROS:
~ no sanding
~no priming
~saves lots of time and mess
~dries relatively quickly
~sands easily {messy!}
~looks fab waxed up
~easy clean up

CONS:
~pricey, especially if you don't have a local supplier and have to pay shipping
~most of the pieces i've worked on {chairs, benches) have needed a third coat for good coverage

pine bench before



and after
 painted with paris gray, washed with old white, sanded and stencilled



so will I continue to use it?
YES!!!

especially now it was recently released in pure white, and I haven't even played around with mixing colors yet...

before I go, take a peek at a couple more projects I recently painted with ASCP

"goldilock's chair"

before


and after in old white


yes, i get a little carried away when i fire up the mouse

stencilled "paris" and sanded it down to show wear and tear



rustic garden bench in paris gray, love how numbers transform just about anything!


kiddies chairs in provence
{did i mention i'm in love with this color?}
hope you enjoyed seeing some of my projects

Carrie at The Passionate Home is now carrying ASCP, yay!!

linking to Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Take-a-Look Tuesday

Tracey






























7 comments:

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

This was very informative! I'm one of the hold outs on ASCP just b/c I'm scared to paint furniture. Some of my projects have turned disastrous but I think I'm ready to try it again with the chalk paint. Thanks for your two cents!

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

what a pretty nightstand.

The Vintage Attic said...

All your painted and stenciled pieces are great. I think I have the same pros and cons about the ASCP, but most the time I can't get past the price. I do however find it to be the easiest paint I have every worked with.

Hugs,
Melissa

Blondie's Journal said...

Very pretty!! I love the curved legs, too. Thanks for your honesty about the paint...I haven't tried it yet, still looking for someone in the area that sells it. Great job!

XO,
Jane

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Love the little table and the curvy legs! You did a great job with all your painting! Love, love the stenciling!!

sissie said...

Hi Tracey,
I'm still trying to decide if chalk paint is really worth the cost. I like it okay. I'm thinking about trying some of the recipes I've seen here on the blog for making your own.

Love all your pieces you transformed.

hugs
Sissie

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Thanks for the info! I haven't tried the paint yet. I prefer to buy it from people like you that make the furniture come to life! Love the blue and the stencils.

~Shanon

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