Painting the Sideboard With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I have just one word for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: AMAZING. Seriously, this is the single greatest thing ever invented. I can’t believe I didn’t find out about it until now but now that I have, look out. I want to paint everything! (If you missed it, see Friday’s post about this paint and what I am using.)

I first put a coat of “Paris Grey” straight out of the can to see how it would look:

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As you can see, I applied it directly onto the piece. You really don’t have to prime! All I did was wipe it down for any dust.

I then mixed some with “Old White” and tried that out:

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I decided I liked the straight gray so I put one coat on (using a decent quality brush) and left it overnight to dry. But when I looked at it the next day, it looked too blue to me:

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I know it doesn’t look that blue in this photo but as you know colors look totally different in person. So I mixed it with some white (like in the second picture) and applied that. I also watered down the mixture since it was the second coat of paint and didn’t need to be as thick as the first. I took this drawer outside to see it in the sunlight:

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Just the gray I was after! Let me also add that it is the most smooth, matte finish I’ve ever seen in a paint. And as the name suggests, it is very chalky.

I left that overnight and then it was time to apply the wax:

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The wax looks like and has the consistency of lard so there’s no dripping, no mess. Again, any half decent brush will work. As you can see, the wax deepens the color on application but it doesn’t stay that dark when it dries.

All I have to do now is to buff it and then it’s done! I can’t believe how easy this was – I swear I’m ready to paint everything I can get my hands on! I will take some photos of the final result to post tomorrow.

If you want this paint and you’re in North America, you can find the list of distributors here. If you’re in Europe or the rest of the world, you can order from their site. (In case you’re wondering, this is not a paid post. It’s just that good so I had to share!)

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The Gray Paint Search Is Over

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So you know how I have been trying to find the perfect gray paint for my sideboard? Well, several people emailed and commented that I should look into Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. So I did and I was sold! Thank you to all of you for the recommendation!

Not to be confused with chalkboard paint, it’s a paint specifically made for painting furniture (and floors) and get this: there’s no need to prime or prep the surface in any way! Really! When I read that, I immediately found a distributor and placed an order.

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They arrived yesterday and as you can see, the cans got all dented but no biggie; I think the paint is fine. I ordered “Paris Grey” which has a slight blue undertone (which is what I wanted):

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I also ordered an “Old White” because you are supposed to be able to mix it with any of her colors:

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I want to experiment with mixing to see what shades of gray I can come up with.

I also ordered the clear wax which will go over the paint to protect it:

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It also got jostled and was leaking a little bit when it arrived but hopefully, the wax is okay.

So, guess what I’m doing this weekend? What about you? Do you have any projects planned? Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday with a progress report!

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Million Dollar Decorators

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I don’t know about you but I have been dying for Million Dollar Decorators to start. There was a delay but it is finally going to premiere at the end of the month and I can’t wait!

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I was just excited just to see a new interiors show but the five decorators (Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald, and Nathan Turner) came to Atlanta last week to give a talk and they were so entertaining. (Sorry for the bad iphone pic.) I totally see why they were chosen for the show. That’s Veranda editor Dara Caponigro on the far left moderating the panel.

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I’ve loved Martyn Lawrence Bullard forever and he was totally charming. Mary McDonald is just as stunning in person and it turns out that her favorite hotels are the same as mine so I like her that much more. And Kathryn Ireland was hilarious. They all were actually.

So, like I said, I can’t wait. Will you be tuning in? You can see a preview of the show on the Bravo site here.

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Gray Paint Update

Did I really say “……if things go well, maybe the cabinet will even get painted this weekend.”? I must have been high.

Here’s what got accomplished this weekend: I got a ton of swatches and samples:

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I painted some samples and stuck them all over the place:

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(I know they all look white and the same but they’re all different shades of gray.)

I then checked out all the colors about a hundred times to see them in different light at different times of the day. And here’s where things are:

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I’ve managed to narrow the choices down to about 8. As you all know, colors look totally different in person than they do on your monitor so you just have to trust me when I say they really are all gray.

For all of you who want the details, the 8 are:

Farrow & Ball: Cornforth White (the big swatch on the right)
Benjamin Moore: Stonington Gray, Whitestone, AF-695, Smoke Embers (the big swatch on the left)
Richard’s (a regional paint company I just found out about): 0524, 0530, 0539

I chose these 8 because these are the right color value, they aren’t too green or taupe, they go well with the gray on the wall and the hardware on the cabinet. I will make a decision soon, I promise!

“….. maybe the cabinet will even get painted this weekend.” Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha……

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