Posts Tagged ‘annie sloan’

h1

make me pretty – almost “built in” bookcases

January 6, 2015

I was just researching all the ways to make our Ikea Billy bookcases look “built in” when I stumbled across these beauties at the thrift store. OK, so they aren’t exactly beauty’s yet but they are solid wood and the price was right. So forget the Billy’s, they weren’t a good color anyway, I’m going to bring home these guys and paint them.

IMG_6492

I decided to use chalk paint because I didn’t want to have to sand and prime these monsters. They were in really nice shape so they really didn’t need any prep. I decided to paint the inside of the shelves a contrasting color.

My Assistant

My Assistant

I just had no idea how long it would take to paint these shelves. I paint a lot of furniture, but mostly small pieces – stuff that fits in a mini-van. These shelves are big, I had to get a friend to pick them up for me on his trailer. But I listened to a book and made the best of it.

I decided to finish the job with poly instead of wax because of the amount of use I know the furniture will get. And of course, I bought new pulls for the doors. I actually got these at Home Depot, kind of surprised by some of the cute options there!

This was a big project but they really make a statement in our living room and I love looking at them every day!

IMG_6937.JPG

IMG_6933.JPG

IMG_6930.JPG

IMG_6935.JPG

IMG_6932.JPG

Advertisements
h1

make me pretty – chalk paint desk

November 10, 2014

My husband sweet talked the junk pick up guy out of this desk when they came to get some trash from our house. I painted it old white and then layered some gray and blue and white for the drawers. I happened to get to Hobby Lobby on a 1/2 price hardware day and got my pulls for a steal.

IMG_6507.JPG

IMG_6510.JPG

IMG_6509.JPG

IMG_6508.JPG

IMG_6511.JPG

h1

make me pretty – am i a table or a bench?

April 9, 2014

I found this table/bench in the alley and decided to paint it a fun color. I had been wanting to try the Annie Sloan red which I had heard was a really good red. I have found it really hard to find the perfect red. It’s either too orange or two pink but this one was just right.

Now tell me, is this piece of furniture a table or a bench? I made a pillow for it thinking it would be a great bench with a little table spot on each side but it just didn’t look right.

IMG_3420

20140409-140406.jpg

20140409-140432.jpg

20140409-140445.jpg

20140409-140502.jpg

20140409-140520.jpg

h1

make me pretty – so shabby chic!

May 14, 2013

My husband use to have a food blog and every once in a while he would get free stuff. An extra dish at dinner, a product sample sent in the mail. What was my blog getting me? Well, it did help me get some writing gigs. But I also got a coffee table. One of my lovely readers gave me a coffee table.

20130514-143355.jpg

I left it in my garage for a long time because it had a leather top and I wasn’t really sure how to work with that. The answer: chalk paint. The miracle paint can cover almost any kind of surface – wood, plastic and leather!

I decided that with all the flower carvings I should just embrace the girlieness and go 100% shabby chic which I believe usually includes cream paint, distressing and flowers! Check, check, check.

20130514-143303.jpg

20130514-143313.jpg

20130514-143323.jpg

20130514-143333.jpg

 

h1

darling octopus and r•home magazine – the november issue

October 31, 2012

This months do-it-yourself article for R•Home Magazine is all about chalk paint. If you pay any attention to DIY, Pinterest, or painted furniture I’m sure you have heard of chalk paint. But you may not have tried it – there seems to be only one producer of chalk paint, Annie Sloan. And although her product is pretty wonderful it is also pretty expensive (usually costing upwards of $40 a quart, ouch!) And it is hard to come by – only stocked by a handful of stores. It is now available near Richmond, in Ashland, at a store called the Thrill of the Hunt.

But crafty people everywhere have been making their own recipes for chalk paint and I share one in my latest R•Home article. It is super easy to put together and pretty close to the Annie Sloan version.

Here are some pretty chalk paint pieces to inspire you:

from dittledattle.blogspot.com

 

from cherishedbliss.com

 

from alittlebitoshizzle.blogspot.com

 

from anniesloanunfolded.com

Annie Sloan also makes this amazing clear and dark wax. Even if you decide to make your own chalk paint I recommend trying her waxes. The clear is just a good finish for the chalk paint and the dark adds age.