Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY Sunday: Annie Sloan Paint & Krylon Spray Paint


We had a busy weekend at the Ugly House. Saturday we did some shopping. I picked up some Annie Sloan chalk paint at a wonderful store in Sioux Falls named Aviena. Love it! Aviena features some furniture from Reborn Home Furnishings out of Luverne, Minnesota. Prior to our move, I found they had the perfect cabinet for my pyrex. I was waiting until we were moved to see if they still had it. When I walked in Saturday, they told me they had sold it only a few hours earlier. Argh! Bummer! My husband is going to try to build me one instead. We also hit up Lowes (my second home) for some samples of different things we're hoping to buy in the next couple of weeks.

As you remember, last week I picked up a ton of furniture. Most of it needed some sort of work. I still have a coffee table and a dresser to fix up this week, but otherwise I'm almost done.

First, I picked up a old typewriter stand. I used Krylon's new Colormaster spray paint. I was hoping that it would be an improvement on the previous versions I have used. That would be a negative. I am still a Valspar spray paint gal. The typewriter ended up turning out okay in the end, but the Krylon spray paint does tend to drip and bubble easier than Valspar. Also, there doesn't seem to be much paint in one can.

The stain for the top was going to be a dark brown, but apparently I left behind my stain in Iowa. I have found being out in the country now, I am always trying to find something in my house that will work just so I don't have to make a trip into town.

I had some Minwax Express Color in Onyx I hadn't used yet. I found it on clearance for $3.00. I'm not a huge black stain fan, but man, the Express Color stuff is really slick. I will definitely use it again.



Second, I found this old sewing table at a garage sale for a dollar. Yes. 1 single dollar. The guy thought he had marked it high at $5.00 the day before. (Really?!?) Then, he threw in a old mirror frame for free and a folding wooden chair for an dollar. And, we had a nice chat about how I was new to the area. Got to love small town USA.

The table with painters tape.

This sewing table was plain wood with a beat up gold front and legs. Since we got a new navy blue accent chair for our living room, I thought the Napoleon Blue by Annie Sloan would look nice. I hadn't tried the Annie Sloan chalk paint before mostly due to the steep price tag. I had always made my own chalk paint. I can say I am converted. I ordered four more pots just a few days ago and keep check the tracking number to see when they'll arrive!

A yard stick made taping off lines quite easy.

Just a little pot of paint goes a LONG way!
The main difference I noticed is that the Annie Sloan paint was a strong sticking paint and goes on very smooth. It went on the piece with no sanding and didn't want to distress easily. That's a great time saver. I like to distress my pieces, because I'm practical person. My kids, dog and husband will be rough on furniture and if I'm going to beat up it up anyways, it may as well look intentional.

The entire piece from start to end took me only 2 hours. That includes taping the lines and waxing the piece after I painted. I use paste wax, but I want to try Annie Sloan's wax as well. One nap time, about 3/4 of a sample pot of Annie Sloan (not kidding...not even a whole pot) and I had a finished piece. I do all my distressing with steel wool, but this piece wasn't going to give me much. Over time, dropped keys and bags will give my sewing table turned entry table some well loved marks.


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