I was recently gifted this desk from a friend while helping her clean out her garage and just knew it would be the perfect addition for my kids space in my sewing room.
I had a vision for the table right from the start. I have used Annie Sloan chalk paint in the past and really wanted to use it on this project because the furniture had a very thick slick vanish on it and I knew it would take days fro my to sand everything down. Did you know that Annie Sloan chalk paint can be used right over a previous finish without sanding?! The best for those of us who always have a million small projects going on and are trying to get it all done in little windows of “rest time” for the kiddos. The other thing I really love is how fast it dries and that it doesn’t have a bad odor. Win, win!
There is a shop in downtown that we go to to get the paint and the sweetest lady works there. It is not a store that one would think to bring small 4 kids into because its full of beautiful refurbished furniture, jewelry and breakables, but every single time we go in she only has positive comments for me and my kids. It’s one of my favorite places to pop in for a visit. They have an entire wall of options to choose from and show what each paint looks like finished with a clear as well as dark wax and that is really helpful in picking out a color.
I like to do a quick “rough” first coat and then go on thicker and more evenly with the second coat. For this project I went with Napoleon Blue and Henrietta which is a light pinkish lavender. The table painted so so fast. I love a big flat surface to make you feel like you accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. The chairs on the other hand took a couple coats. For one the finish was incredibly slick and on the first coat I was using a foam brush which I later realized was a bad combo.
The foam brush did fine on my other projects but I think the foam and the slick finish were just not a good combination. I switched to the brush in the photo above. Honestly it was just what I had on hand and not my favorite. It did work great for helping the paint go on well, but the bristles seem to come out as you go which was super frustrating. For the table top I actually did not use a wax but instead a clear satin polyurethane. I knew this was going to be a kids table and I wanted them to be able to use it for crafts and that I would be able to clean it well, so I didn’t feel like the clear wax would hold up as well. I have a couple other furniture pieces that the tops have shown some wear when only the wax was used.
I have some other projects in the works with this paint that I hope to share soon, but that’s all for this one. I really love it and the kids were really excited as well! What do you think? I am happy to honestly answer any questions about the products. These are all my own opinions on a product I love and was willing to pay full price for 🙂 Any projects you are up to right now?