Monday, February 3, 2014

Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan Project - Dining Hutch

So excited to share with you something I have been very busy working on here at Fishtail Cottage!  Annie Sloan Unfolded reached out to me not very long ago regarding their paint and wax product and wondered if we could work together on a project ~ it took me less than thirty seconds to reply with a YES!  Originally I was going to repaint a book shelf, but decided to give this kitchen hutch a makeover instead.  I love this hutch and was terrified of “change”.  But the crazy side of me taunted about the idea over and over and I decided to just do it.
We had planned on doing a simple kitchen remodel after the new year, but found out that the wall where the hutch sits is a structural wall and would take way more money than we wanted to spend ~ so giving this room a little change felt like a necessary idea.  I quickly took to Pinterest and created a “board” for ideas – then I studied the photo’s for what it was about each photo that attracted me to it. I chose Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in the color “Old White” with those photo’s in mind.  As soon as the box arrived on my front porch, I was ready to start on this project! Ready, and super nervous that is…I read the book “Quick and easy paint transformations from Annie Sloan” and did as much research as I could to prepare myself to make this piece of furniture something I can be proud of.
IMG_9673The first thing I did is wipe the piece of furniture to remove all the dust. IMG_9676I also removed all the hardware and sand down only the parts that had holes. IMG_9674Using a synthetic bristle paint brush from Home Depot and I began to just begin to just paint.
The first coat went on so easy and smooth, but when I took a step back to admire my beautiful piece of furniture, it looked horrible! I quickly texted a friend and she assured me that the first coat sometimes doesn’t look the best.  Also pointed out that my wood was ‘raw’ and would absorb the paint.  
Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well that first night and wondered if I’d ruined one of my favorite pieces of furniture.  But look at the difference a second coat of Chalk Paint® did for my hutch!
IMG_9683After the paint was completely dry, I began the Annie Sloan Soft Wax Clear.  Starting with drawers to get a little practice.  I applied the clear wax in small sections and rubbed the wax with a cheese cloth. IMG_9695Then I applied the Annie Sloan Soft Wax Dark.  I kinda just winged this part by using a foam brush from Michaels to apply the dark wax and rubbing to get the desired look… I played a lot with this part sometimes sanding out what I decided was too much and applied more where it needed more.  IMG_9692
I am so glad that I accented the cracks in the wood of the back of the hutch to keep a little distinction between the boards.  Also, going a little heavier in certain indents certainly gave this piece extra character!
I could hardly stand the anticipation of putting my original décor back in place to see what it would look like, but I thought it would be best to wait over night before doing so.
The next morning couldn’t come fast enough ~ I immediately put myself to work on carefully selecting what to put on the hutch … I can see finding the right color balance and pieces will be a work in progress, but I think it looks pretty incredible! 

…and the best part, is I did it all by myself!  Have you thought of painting a piece of furniture you love? Click here to see the Chalk Paint® colors! Curious what you would paint and what color you would paint it to give it a new life? Here is a link to find a local retailer near you! Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look at my makeover!  Another Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan project to share with you soon!
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HeatherF1 said...

It looks fabulous! This must be the project you couldn't wait to show me! : ) Or are there even more?
Love the way the white pottery looks in it! Great job!

Art and Sand said...

I love working with ASCP and on white especially, the second coat is totally necessary.

I bought a little dresser for the living room weeks ago and have some ASCP Emperor's Silk (red). I hope to paint the dresser in the next week or two,.

Your favorite piece is GORGEOUS and makes a big difference in your dining room.

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

This turned out beautifully! What a wonderful job you did! Pat yourself on the back :) Hugs, Leena

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, that looks really nice, Tracie. Great job!

Shannon said...

I loved the way that hutch looked before but it looks incredible now! I know what you mean about being scared to paint things I have so many ideas on what I want to do but painting major furniture pieces is a bit scary! I absolutely love the way it came out and can't wait to see what else you create with some paint ;)

Sylvia said...

Beautiful! You did a great job.

Faded Charm said...

LOVE it, Tracie! Everything looks wonderful:-)


Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

You did a wonderful job! My husband and I just painted our first piece of furniture that we thrifted. I haven't done the post yet, but will be in the next few days I hope. Keep up the great work!

Sue said...

We sell the Chalk Paint at Country Roads, my store. I cannot EVEN believe how popular this paint is and how fast it flies out of the store. I met Annie Sloan a couple of years back and she is a truly beautiful person! I LOVE what you did with your Chalk Paint! It looks great. . .

Take care,

Julie Marie said...

Looks so pretty Tracie!... but then, your home always does... you have such a way of making everything beautiful!... so anxious for Spring... can't wait to get out in my gardens again... hoping to join your garden parties this year... xoxo Julie Marie

Nancy said...

Tracie, I use the ASCP on just about everything and I Love it. We also sell it. Your Cabinet turned out absolutely gorgeous!! Great Job my Friend!!

Huggs, Nancy

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I love the hutch now!!! It looks perfect in the color you did it in!! Your Dreamy Whites scale looks perfect there and really stands out with the white now. Love it!!


Christine Vandormolen said...

Tracie, that looks awesome!!!! I just saw a post at "My Sweet Savannah" where the lady painted some old candle sticks with Annie Sloan chalk paint. I was wondering where to purchase the paint because I never see it in any of the Hardware stores. Can you only order it online? LUV LUV LUV what you did!!!! Hugs from Olympia....Christine from Little Brags

Christine Vandormolen said...

it's me again Tracy....I tried your links to get to the local retailers but they did not work...Would you be so sweet and send them to me? christinevandorm@yahoo.com

must love junk said...

Wow-that turned out fantastic!! And I love how you styled it :)

Anonymous said...

It looks great! I have been wanting to paint an old secretary I was given many years ago but I've been afraid up until now. I'm not sure if I want to paint it white, most likely but I have a lot of prep work ahead first. It has been stained, before I owned it, and waxed so there is a big sanding job first... we'll see what the spring brings! For sure you have given me some courage to try it myself!
Beth P

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Love Annie Sloan Paint! This turned out beautifully! You did a fabulous job! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

stampinsue said...

Love it! I'll be doing my fourth ASCP project soon - an old set of bookshelves/bookcase in my office. TFS your great projects!