Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Breakfast with Annie Sloan and her Wonderful Chalk Paint

I have been a furniture rescuer for a long time. I pick up chairs and other things curb side. Our city has bulk pickup days every month where you can put out big items like couches, etc. It is not rare to see nice items that are just slightly scratched and that people put out because they are tired of them. They just need a little TLC. I also scour thrift stores and garage sales in search of that perfect item to make over. I don't see an old, decrepit thing, I see the potential to remake it into something scrumptious.

My husband cringes but he lets me roll with it. We'll be celebrating our 25th anniversary shortly, and I thank him for his infinite patience. (I did let him have his midlife crisis at 50 when he bought a Corvette, his dream car. He loves that car. I call it The Precious.)

But I digress. I am always searching blogs and websites for inspiration and that is how I discovered Annie Sloan. No she's not a cowgirl from the Wild West, even though her name sounds like it. Annie Get your Gun. Annie the Sloan Ranger. Annie Oaks Sloan.

She's a British lady who created this wonderful chalk paint. This paint is perfect for imperfect people. It is very forgiving. You just slap it on, you don't need to sand or prime. And you can give furniture the most beautiful historical look, especially when you distress it and use the dark wax to give it an well-aged, patinaed look.

After reading so much about this wonderful paint, I decided to try it. I ordered a couple of quarts from Piorra Maison in Montreal. Tried it, loved it and have since ordered more.

I recently acquired a good loot at a garage sale. For a whole $3, I got 4 old frames, a very chippy child's rocking chair in pieces, a waxy, messy looking wood candlestick and this breakfast tray.

Love the rattan edge!

While it had a nice vintage look to it, I thought it was too vintagey. In a dirty way.

The legs were very wobbly too.

So, I cleaned it, glued back the loose legs and gave it a couple of coats of ASCP Paris Grey. Then, inspired by its original mauvy colour, I traced this antique looking French ad graphic I downloaded from The Graphics Fairy and went over it with a raspberry, mauvy acrylic paint. Gave it a coat of clear wax, sanded it down to distress it and went over it with the dark wax and the clear wax.

The final step was a good buffing and here she is in all her glory, ready to grace someone's lap with a lovely breakfast.

I need to find a place to sell my stuff. If only to support my habit. I probably also need a space somewhere to store all this stuff. So that I don't paint in the garage so close to The Precious. I hate to think about what would happen if paint got on The Precious. We might NOT be celebrating another 25 years, lol!

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  1. What a beautiful job you did Nicole - is this your first piece with ASCP?
    I'm so impressed!
    Great job - and welcome to the ASCP family ( here in Montreal )

  2. I just told Randy yesterday, "did you actually notice that I haven't painted ANYTHING lately?? Not even spray painted anything? He said " WOW you're right, how come?". Well that opened up a topic.
    I'm soooo not in the mood. I guess I've painted everything in and out now for over 5 yrs, that I don't really want to see another paint brush for a while. I spray painted every single piece of iron, pots, swings, frames...
    You did a GREAT JOB on that sweet little breakfast table Nicole. And I hope you and hubby celebrate many more years together : )
    He really bought a corvette? ha!

  3. Really love that breakfast tray! Have always wanted to try the real chalk paint --it is just so expensive. I wonder if the price will ever go down? I would think they are making a lot of it now and expenses would be less. I can hope! :)

  4. A great piece! Could totally see that in the reading nook of my dining room!! And the chalk paint looks really fancy! If you're as much of a Paris fan as I am, you might want to have a look at the Paris week I'm having over at my blog.
    - Anja @