This past Saturday my Mom treated my sister and I to a painting class in Ashland at an adorable shop called "The Thrill of the Hunt". The workshop was all about Annie Sloan's well known Chalk Paint and how, if you're a furniture makeover enthusiast, it will soon become a miracle in your life.
To be honest, I had seen chalk paint exploding all over Pinterest and what seemed like everywhere else and I didn't get what the big deal was. Then I took the class. I learned about how you don't have to do things like SAND or PRIME before slapping on a coat of this magical liquid. You can paint two coats on something as big as a hutch or large dresser in just a few hours! The Thrill of the Hunt is one of the only places I know of where you can buy Annie Sloan's paint and waxes, so if you're interested - definitely check them out! I couldn't make a choice on a color while I was there so I didn't make a purchase that day.
It was scuffed up pretty bad and someone had engraved the name "Mollie" into the top... but a little bit of sanding got rid of that. It's a very sturdy piece, not wobbly at all. Plus it has gorgeous curves and look at the drawer pulls!!I knew I was going to go for the distressed/shabby chic style so I didn't worry too much about the flaws. In the class we learned to "embrace the imperfections" - so that's what I did!
I decided to start small and I bought an off-brand of the Annie Sloan Paint at Michaels. I bought a cool grey and a clear wax and I decided to paint my newest addition to the MandyFitzFurniture family - this end table:
I removed the hardware and I began painting. I noticed the difference between Annie Sloan and off brand paint pretty quickly. Annie Sloan's is thicker and only requires 2 coats, while my off brand needed 3. The wax was also different, Annie's is a thick hard wax that you can buff off quickly, while the off brand was liquid and drippy. It required more work in the long run so I definitely see myself investing in Annie's brand when working on my next piece!
Here you can see where I began the distressing part! I took some fine grit sand paper and sanded along the edges, showing off the natural wood underneath.
It's safe to say I'm officially obsessed with chalk paint! What do you all think? I love to read your comments!
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Measurements are: 21" high, 24" long and 18" wide.
I learned soooo much by taking The Thrill of the Hunt's workshop. Our teacher was a real expert and knew the answers to every question I had! I'd highly recommend taking a class and learning more about this awesome paint!! To learn more about The Thrill of the Hunt's Workshops, click here!
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