So Once Upon a time
I wished for a Swedish Grandfather Clock.
I saved and I saved and I waited and I waited and one day
I saw one on
ONE KINGS LANE
for a song and I nabbed it!
When he finally arrived… I loved him.I named him “Pappy”But his color was a bit darker, than what I had expected.“No Problem!”“Color” I said to myself, “Is the easiest thing to change!”
MY FIRST CAN OF ANNIE SLOAN
Okay, I had no idea what this paint was!!!
I completely missed
what all the hype was.
I kind of felt like the people who had no idea what
Missoni for Target was.
I just had no idea.
But NOW I sure do.
And to those of you still in the dark like I was,
…allow me introduce…
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I googled and found the website, anniesloan.com
…it took me a few minutes and putting a few cans in my cart to realize that the site is British and therefore you have to find stores over here in the United States which carry the paint. Those stores and their accompanying websites are listed on the Annie Sloan site.
I figured why not just go with my own state, Virginia. I love Lucketts Store , so I ordered my quart from On A Whim Boutique, based I guess…out of Lucketts? I don’t know how it all works…I just wanted my paint!!
It ain’t cheap, but for high end gourmet paint, it is priced competitively.
I paid $34.95/quart.
and as you will see, it goes a VERY LONG WAY!!!
But what color should I try?
…of the 26 available colors which one should I get?
As a HUGE fan of Aqua and Turquoise and soft watery French and Swedish Blues…
I ordered Provence and Duck Egg.
My Next choice would have been Louis Blue and then Antibes Green.
In addition, as I knew that I would be testing the paint out on Pappy,
I wanted a color to resemble what I had all along thought he was going to be.
The paint arrived a few weeks later, they were backordered.
LOTS OF GOOD NEWS!
But How do I prep the clock?
Good News #1– NO PREP NEEDED. I wiped the dust off and it was ready.
What do I prime it with?
Good News #2 – NO PRIMING NEEDED Period, none at all. Period. end of story.
What Brush should I use?
Good News #3– ANY brush will do HOWEVER my favorite with furniture is my Good
ART Painting FLAT #10 Brush – Nice smooth strokes.
Good News #4 – Do I have to wax it?
Nope… only if you want to.
There is an accompanying Annie Sloan Soft wax in clear or dark, for $24.95/
I just used my clear Minwax
(a side note about brushes, being a thrift-a-holic, I used to always buy the cheapest brushes
and then toss them. Talk about literally throwing away money! Now I spend more up front
usually I get the around $10-$13 brushes, and I invested in a $6 wire brush cleaner
I spend a little extra time cleaning my brushes, letting them dry correctly (hanging down) and it is a HUGE savings overall. They last for months!)
The Results-Speak for them selves
Painting the clock took about 10 minutes. + sanding and waxing and I even added clean up..all total 30 minutes!
The paint goes on in a kind of sticky.
NOT tacky, but it sticks to the wood, it is not slippery like lots of paint can be.
I painted two coats and then sanded to wear off the paint in a
natural aged and distressed way. It is SOOOO easy to sand.
HERE is when I fell in love…the paint stays where you want to and comes off where you don’t want it to be! I don’t get it….
Magic? I guess. But is works perfectly.
The color is amazing. It is a color I have searched for for years..
….finally the perfect Duck Egg Blue.
Now Pappy does not stick out,
like a sore thumb.
He is quite Handsome.
My buddy Erin at House of Turquoise is going to be in love!
… and I just cannot stop admiring him.
And when I tell you that I BARELY put a dent in my can of paint…
well, I am just trying to decide what to paint next!
I might hit that basket on top of the pink cabinet?
NEXT UP…This dresser is going to be painted with the Provence
I am wondering…
Do you have pictures of things you dream of on your refrigerator?
and what do you dream of?