Thursday, September 22, 2011

Another Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Story!!

A while back I posted a dining table for sale on Craigslist and I had a nice lady come to take a look.  Mind you, she traveled 40 minutes to get to me.  Anyways, she decided the table wasn't for her but she was amazed at all of the "treasures" I had stored in my garage. She asked if I minded her looking around and I told her I did not.  It was interesting to see how others viewed my "projects".  She eye-balled a cute vintage vanity that I had recently was painted in Annie Sloan's Old White.  I had sanded it all out but had not put a top coat on yet...I was trying to decide on whether to seal it with wax or poly-acrylic. She was in love and thought it would look great in her daughter's room...and she would be hauling it off to Philly if she bought it!  So she asked if she could leave a deposit and pick it up once it was complete.  So, I got the money I wanted for the table and double that when she picked it up! I wanted to share the befores and after now that it has been taken away to it's new home.

This was originally a Craigslist find. I purchased it with a matching chest of drawers.  The chest was in much better shape and it sold right away in the shop. This little baby sat in my family room for some time and my husband finally said it was long enough...and I had been itching to use my ASCP, so on with the project.  There is also a pretty mirror and harp but you don't see that yet....
Now, I didn't quite get that you're supposed to wax before you sand, according to Annie Sloan, so I promise that my next project will go in that order.  The little vanity spit out enough dust in the sanding project to choke a horse, but it was soooo pretty. And, in the end, I did end up using the poly-acrylic to seal it since it was going in a little girl's room.  What's my reasoning? waxy feel? How do you feel about a wax finish?  Maybe I'm using too much?  I try to buff to get a nice smooth feel, but it still feels like a waxed finish. One day with all the extra time I have, Ha!, I am going to sign up for one of the paint classes and watch these professionals in action!
For the mean time, this is the results I get.

I had to find a cute pink fabric to cover the vanity seat.  I found two little tassels at the same store that I thought I could add to make it special.  I hung them on the left and ride sides of the mirror. I then lined the drawers with some Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic drawer paper that I had here.  I forgot to get a picture, but they were very cute.  I sure hope her daughter loves it!

Onto my next project.  I have lots to choose from!  Until then... 
I will be visiting Sue from Sue Bees and Butterflies and her booth partner, Kathy, at their Ladies Night Open House at Art Angels in Orlando. They have a booth entitled Chic and Shabby. Kathy is Chic and Sue is Shabby!  They have a wonderful selection of vintage items.  And, they have some new dealers at the shop so I can't wait to meet them and view all of their treasures. I'll take photos! Bye for now.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 could this happen to me twice????

Does this picture speak for itself????
Besides the fact that I can't figure out how to make my pictures go in the right direction...sorry about that!

How could this happen twice???  The first time I spilled the "magical liquid" I was painting a table top and somehow I hit the can and knocked it over and it came spilling out onto the table.  I said a few choice words and then as fast as I could started scooping it up with my paint brush back into the can.  I have to say, I got most of it up and painted the table with the remainder.
So, here I was on Thursday, getting ready to paint this cute little chair...I don't know if it's a child's chair or a salesman sample, but as I lifted it up to put it in front of me, the leg of the chair hit the can of "magical liquid" and it came a-pouring out once again.  This is the second can of Old White I have purchased so how could this happen to me twice?  So, since it poured out on the plastic tablecloth that I was using as a drop cloth, I thought, well, what the heck, I might as well get a-painting! 
So, I finished painting the little chair and then went onto these...there was a lot of paint on that drop cloth! I have them all painted, but need to wax and sand. I have a very dark oak library table I want to put these with.  I have always liked that look...I love the contrast between the painted shabby white and the dark wood. It will be for sale since I already have a dining room table and chairs.I then started on this little French cutie.  I have a wonderful French writing desk/vanity that this chair will pair nicely with. This chair had been at the antique mall for some time so I asked the owner if she could give me a deal...and what a deal it was.  I can't wait to show you the results, but you'll have to wait till I finish the writing desk.

I'm off to work on another painting project!  I also have lots of tagging to do since I found some really nice things while out doing the yard sales on Friday and Saturday.  Maybe I'll make another post before I watch the Emmy Awards this evening.
By the have figured out that my "magical liquid" is my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint??? which I guess is now being referred to as ASCP.
Have an enjoyable evening.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Hey...I'm back. The summer months had been busier than expected and I hope to start making regular posts as I have lots of photos and projects to share.
I recently bought this cute antique 3-drawer oak chest of drawers off of craigslist...should I keep it a secret that I only paid $15.00 ?
My husband always hates that I tell my secrets!  But, sometimes I have to brag when I find such a great deal.  I couldn't have bought the 6 glass drawer pulls for $15 so it was a great find, but a mess when considering the paint off with the glass handles and into the soak bucket they go and on with the ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT!  I had to clean it up a bit, but not too much.  Painted over the already white paint with my new DUCK EGG blue chalk paint that I recently purchased from High Falootin Mercantile . Denna is a mini stockist for Robyn Story Designs. The girls, Denna, Lou and the orchid lady, are moving to Mt. Dora and the (soft) grand opening of their new shop is this Thursday, September 15th.  I need to go see their new place of business.  Check them out if you're in Mt. Dora!
 okay....Paint on the body....handles are sparkly clean!

The glass knobs cleaned up well.  I took the chest outdoors and sanded the surface lightly to hit touches of the white paint below...catching the edges where there would be natural wear and voila!!!  an awesome little  chest for holding your clothes in your bedroom, a wonderful chest for the entry way in your home, or even perfect for holding that flat screen t.v. in your living room.  I just love the color...but just no place for it in my home!  It's in my space at Tres Chic Boutique in downtown Clermont.  Come take a look!  I've included a few other pictures of the other treasures in my space.
 ....and AFTER!....

 I just brought in this cute Lexington furniture brand wicker chest?  I love the top and bottom aprons.

 I also just brought in this cute vintage oak cottage chest of drawers....look at the cute hand painted basket of florals on the front.

 This fireplace surround already sold, but I have replaced it with another...come see!  Christmas is coming and everyone will be looking for one.

Hope you have enjoyed my photos of my space at Tres Chic Boutique.  Come visit us in downtown Clermont, open 7 days!  Mon 1 -5, Tues - Sat 10 -5, and Sundays 9 - 2 during the weekly Farmer's Market.