I actually really like our home, but every now and then I’m almost annoyed by the same sight and need a few small changes. There is no need to buy new furniture or renovate entire rooms (I rarely feel the urge;)). Simply rearrange a bit, move decoration from A to B or spice up furniture with color. I have already implemented a number of projects with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint and am amazed again and again how quickly and easily the paint can be processed. Small spoiler in advance: you don’t have to sand the furniture beforehand and you can start right away – isn’t that great ?!
This is what the dresser looks like now! I think the color is super nice with rattan and ceramic decorations. Before it was white and had been more shabby than chic for a long time, the paint had flaked off in many places. The white color was always a bit too hard for me to contrast with the brick wall.
The entire color palette consists of 45 colors. They are water-based and odorless, so you can use them indoors. For my project I chose the color “Country Gray”, a warm natural shade. I think it goes perfectly with the brick wall and of course with my pottery, which I will exhibit on it;).
- Chalk paints by Annie Sloan
- Chalk Paint Wax
- Flat brush
Everything available through Melflair – Annie Sloan Colors
- Possibly painter’s tape for masking
- Cloth for rubbing in wax
In the photo you can see how battered the closet looked before. Why my cats have to cheat on each of my pictures is still a mystery to me!
I first removed the doors and drawers and then it was off! Less than 2.5 hours later the cabinet was finished!
Tips for using chalk paint
It wasn’t my first project with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, you might remember the Ikea closet doors I painted. I know that many of you are skeptical as to whether the color will really hold if you apply it without sanding. From my experience I can tell you that nothing has flaked on the Ikea cabinet doors or something – the color just lasts great!
This is how the color is processed (for a smooth finish):
You can dilute the paint with water, then it is even easier to work with. Apply two coats with the flat brush and let the paint dry. Then lightly sand the piece of furniture if you don’t want any visible brushstrokes. Otherwise you can rub in the wax directly with a lint-free cloth. This makes the surface more resistant and, if you wish, you can even polish it to a high gloss! You can find more tips for painting your furniture with chalk paint here.
I originally planned a whole morning for the project, so I spontaneously painted the seat of our bench in the hallway and treated it with Chalk Paint Wax (I love the smell of fresh furniture wax).
The only problem that arises when painting with the paint: As soon as you are finished, you can already see the next project! I didn’t even know beforehand that you can paint walls with the colors and that’s why I’m finally going to tackle the guest toilet, for which I already made tiles last year! You can be curious :).