I have a confession. I have never tried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It’s true. And honestly, I really haven’t had the desire to try it…until the last few days.
Every time I’ve seen something painted in Chalk Paint, I’ve said to myself, “Well I can get that same look with regular paint. What’s the big deal? And regular paint is cheaper!” Just last night, I was working on my dumpster coffee table, using regular ‘ole latex paint, and loving how the finish was turning out…
But as I was working, I started thinking about how much time went into this. It has two coats of primer, one coat of black paint, two coats of a light aqua paint, and it’s still not finished. I want to antique it, so that will take a coat of something, and then a coat of sealer (probably wax). That’s a lot of coats…and a lot of work…and a lot of time…and frankly, a lot of money.
So I’m coming around.
And while you can’t really visit a blog lately without someone talking about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, there are two in particular that make me really start seriously considering…and REconsidering my stubbornness.
The first was Kim at Sand & Sisal, who just recently painted her entry table with ASCP Duck Egg. This was Kim’s first time to use Chalk Paint, and her results were just stunning.
I read her post, and started coming around. And then, last night, I became fully convinced that my stubbornness was causing me to really miss out on something special when I came across a blog called Reloved Rubbish. I came across Amanda’s blog when I googled how to antique/stain wood with steel wool and vinegar. That search led me to a post where Amanda had turned a vintage end table with a dated finish into the most charming piece using (what else?) Chalk Paint.
After seeing that piece, I decided to see what else Amanda had done, so I started with her most recent post, and read through several months of posts. I spent well over an hour looking at her beautiful furniture transformations, making notes of Chalk Paint colors and color combos that she had used, and being totally convinced that I have been missing out.
So today, I’m putting my stubbornness aside and I’m heading to the store. I plan to walk away with at least one color of Chalk Paint (but maybe two) and at least one wax.
What’s your favorite color of ASCP? And if you were just getting one wax, which on would you get? Clear? Dark?
And I’d love to see your furniture transformations using ASCP! If you’ve got one, please leave a link in the comments. I can never get too much inspiration!