Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Annie Sloan Duck Egg Chalk Paint Experience

I broke down and purchased some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I wanted to see if the homemade chalk paint that I had been using could be topped. This whole repurposing thingy is new to me and I wanted to make sure that it was not just a blip in my already busy schedule. I am totally hooked and don't see it coming to an end any time soon, as a matter of fact I found a new job for my wonderful husband who is about to retire. He is getting into the action too, although he is not too sure about this distressing thingy. Just wait I will sway him to my side soon! The side effect of having a very special relationship after all these years, a lot of work but we are both reaping the benefits of it.

I bought this table for $4.00 at one of my favorite thrift stores. It was full of missing chunks of wood on the edges, looks like someone loved to vacuum rather quickly. I sanded down the sides to make the table useful.Here is the table after the paint, gold leaf wax and paste wax job. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the table prior to the excitement of trying my new paint.

I really love the gold leaf wax on the upper edge of the table. Gives the table a very "French" look. I have to say that I am in love with this paint and I probably will not go back to my homemade paint, even though it worked great, as well. I used less than 1/4 of the Annie Sloan quart, even with two coats. It distresses really easily, my homemade paint did not.

I loved this paint so much that I went back to the store the following day and bought two more quarts (different colors, of course). This store is not close - about an hour and a quarter drive. If you are hesitating to try this paint because of the price - sell one of your masterpieces with the goal in mind of using the proceeds to try Annie Sloan chalk paint. I believe that you will not be disappointed!

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  1. Whoa dude, I'm just finishing up on pretty much the EXACT same coffee table!!! I LOVE the color you used on yours - my favorite!!! I've never used gold leaf wax before. Looks great! I'm hoping to have mine done today and post about it tonight. Thanks so much for linking up on the Korner!

  2. Thank you Kammy for visiting my new blog. FYI - I had not tried the gold leaf before, it was too easy for the look that it provided. The product is called Rub 'n Buff (made by Amaco) and I purchased it at Michael's. Look online for the color choices, they have quite a few, although Michaels only had a handful of color choices. I painted it on, remember to use the clear wax first on the areas just adjacent to the area that you are going to use the gold leaf, so if you make a mistake and get the gold leaf where you do not want it, you can apply clear wax right over it (immediately) and wipe it off. Also, visit some blogs to find unique ways that Rub 'n Buff was used to give you inspiration for your projects.