Today I’ll show you the stages of this project, where it’s at (not finished), and ask for your thoughts on some things. Another day, I’ll do a Q&A on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and then another day even, I’ll show the actual process of painting it.
I bought this piece from Craigslist.
It was a piece inherited from a grandparent and then not wanted. I know, it needs work, but I liked the fretwork lines on the bottom, as of course, they match my faux bamboo fretwork, as well as the fretwork on our coffee table.
I saw potential in the piece (hutch and buffet/ china cabinet).
So, I went to work cleaning it off, knowing I wanted to paint it. But you have to know yourself, right? I know I hate sanding and priming. What product allows you to skip sanding and priming? Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint (ASCP)! It will go right on top of clear coats and stick like a dream – I had heard.
So, I figured it was time to try this ASCP and see what I think. After all, it’s been all the rage lately.
If it’s so great, why isn’t everyone doing it? Well, it’s expensive. Almost $40 a quart. Not a gallon, but a quart! However, you are saving on primers and time on sanding…
First step was deciding on a color.
I was thinking a blue. Maybe white inside. I threw up this quick (rough) mock up drawing with ASCP’s Duck Egg blue on my Facebook page to see what readers thought.
I told you – rough. I’m sure a child could have done better, but the point was it was quick. But, I really like to get a visual on where I’m going when possible. Many times, I can picture things in my head, but not 100% of the time.
Not too bad. I also liked the colors Provence and Aubusson Blue with dark wax. See, that’s another piece of the puzzle – will you do a protective coat in clear wax or dark wax as each affects the paint differently.
I went to Revival in Bee Cave and bought the Duck Egg, Pure White, and Aubusson since they didn’t have the Provence. I also bought the dark and clear wax and a brush. And, I got started on the hutch.
I saw this as practice and me just getting to know the paint and waxes. Let me tell you, I’ve painted and waxed over this thing so many times… I figured it only helps if I distress – there will be under coats to peek through. Let’s see some of the coats.
How do you think it’s looking? Remember the before?
And, so far… (Note that these are all just photos from my phone.)
Remaining questions -
1. Should I leave the inside white? Or, do a light gray?
2. Should I stencil the back with another color such as gray or remove the glass and put chicken wire?
3. On the bottom, should I just do all blue with clear and then dark wax or add some white?
Haha, enough questions? I’d love to hear your thoughts.