Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!!!

  Have you ever looked at that old coffee table and thought.. I need to get rid of it ... it doesn't match any of my living room furniture or decor?

Are YOU Sick to death of those 1980's oak cabinets in your kitchen but just don't have the time or resources to re-finish or replace?

Are you loving the distressed look of furniture these days in big name furniture stores such as Ethan Allan, Hardware Restoration or Ballard Designs?

Thank you to Second Betty Vintage Living Shop  in Morton, Illinois for introducing me to the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Product Line .  My eyes are wide open to all the possibilities of refinishing furniture WITHOUT any sanding or priming!!!

The colors are endless and the waxes for finishing are rich and buttery and create beautiful finishes.

Let the PAINT Show BEGIN

Ok so I decided to tackle our Lake Home master bathroom it had a basic oak bathroom cabinet countertop and mirror cabinet.  OK.. I immediately ripped the mirror cabinet out but decided to "Annie Sloan Chalk" Paint the base in the color Old White.    Check out the transformation.

The finished product took less than 4 hours from start to finish and NOW  I love LOVE LOVE the ornate detail on the front of the cabinets.

My second project was the Second Bathroom at the Lake home and I love the Paris Grey Paint but decided to do a light Old White Dry brush top coat.  It's still a work in progress but it is way better than the mission style oak cabinet look.

Skies the limit! -  On the types of finishes and the wonderful techniques to create dimension and the "Distressed" look.  Thanks to Second Betty in Morton, I was able to learn some different types of techniques on how to work with the wood and bring out the uniqueness of our furniture pieces.

I have just begun the process of refinishing the Lake Home Kitchen cabinets to give it a more "Cottage Chic" look.  I think the change in finish from Oak to Old White Ivory in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has given me the confidence that you DON'T have to spend an arm and leg to update a piece of furniture or an entire set of kitchen cabinets.

Here is just a sneak peek of the process ...

(All in all if I were to start and finish my entire kitchen it would take me no longer than 2 days at most.)

YES... it is an amazing product and It cuts out so many steps and creates such beautiful finishes!  

Stay tuned for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on the Walls


  1. OK you read my mind! I am thinking of putting Annie on our oak cabs at the lake as well. I am wondering how the finish is holding up after a few months now? Water or grease issues with Annie in the baths and kitchen?
    Did you wax or poly them?

    Dee Dee

  2. Hey Dee Dee~Let me tell ya... it is the best paint ever for refinishing old oak cabinets. We are in the process of refinishing our lake home kitchen cabinets using Annie Sloan Old White. The trick to making your paint last is to add water to the paint. In addition, two of our lake home bathrooms' cabinets were refinished in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I layered Annie Sloan Clear Wax on top and have had NO issues with water or grease spots. The dealer who sold me the Annie Sloan Paint told me that the way to maximize your wax is to add Mineral Spirits to the wax and buff with a cheese cloth. I have had the best results with the paint as well as the wax and would recommend using on kitchen and bathroom areas. I even painted a wall and have LOVED the results! Cheers!!

  3. Are you hire. I live in Dunlap and would like my cabinets painted or do you know anyone for hire with references


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