So some of the dust is finally settling with our renovation and with that comes…crafting! I’ve been going a little stir crazy not having a place to play with modge podge or make something pretty to put around the house. About two weeks ago I took a trip to Suite Pieces in Huntington Station on my way home from work and picked up some goodies. If you like antiques I recommend making a stop in! I definitely plan on going back and blogging about my finds. During this trip I only purchased some of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint and wax so that I could start painting the windsor chairs that I bought over the summer.
The wall colors in our house are in the gray/beige family so one way that I decided to incorporate color is through our dinning room chairs. I have never actually painted furniture before so I was a little hesitant at first, I can honestly say now that there was nothing to worry about. Before using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint I had to make sure that it was safe to use because I am currently five months pregnant. Luckily chalk paint has very low VOCs so I was given the okay. However, I am leaving the wax up to my husband just to be safe. One of the major benefits of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand or prime before painting. I bought all of my paint, wax, and brushes from Suite Pieces and that was really all that I need to get started. The one con of using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint is the price…almost $40.00 per 32 fl ounce can. I will say that it does go a long way though! You can see from the picture above that the chairs I painted were originally a dark blue stain. First, I cleaned the chairs to make sure that they were not dusty or sticky. Once I mixed my colors the only thing left to do was paint. In order to get the color that you see in the above picture I mixed one part of old white and three parts of provence together in a separate container. I used a medium size Annie Sloan paint brush and it worked great! I love the textured look that the paint leaves when it dries! Stayed tuned for part II with Annie Sloan to see what it looks like after we apply the wax!