Armoire makeover for outdoor patio using Annie Sloan chalk paint

My sweet friend Katie H. asked me if I would transform a beautiful armoire belonging to her mother, Gail.  Gail was looking for a piece that she could place outdoors under her covered patio where she could store things, such as candles, pool supplies, etc.  Katie and Gail found this piece and wanted it to be painted in a rustic way and chose Flow Blue by Miss Mustard Seed.

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Miss Mustard Seed makes a great milk paint that peels in certain places giving it a really natural old feel to the piece.  If you use a bonding agent in combination with the paint you will not get any of the peeling.  I mixed the paint and knew I would have to add the bonding agent because this piece was so shiny.  I applied the first coat and then waited for it to dry.  Upon returning I found this…..

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Insert SCREAM here!

Some things milk paint will just not adhere too.  I made an executive decision and scraped off all the paint.  Then I slightly sanded the piece.  I had to go with my old standby, which I know will stick to ANY surface….Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I chose a similar color to the Flow Blue called Aubusson Blue.  It is a gorgeous color.  I applied two coats allowing for dry time in between. Next I added a dark wax to age the piece and sanded off certain areas.  When finished I wiped the whole piece down and added two coats of Shabby Paints Vax!  This stuff is AWESOME.  No buffing required.

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Katie and her husband Ron came and picked it up today.  I was dying to know what Gail thought.  Katie sent me a picture of the armoir in its new home and Gail texted me, “It’s beautiful.  I absolutely love it!!  Thanks so much!!!”  Whew, another happy customer and another lesson learned…..not all paints are created equal!

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Goodwill table turned Dollhouse chest

 

I picked up this little table last week at Goodwill.  I just loved the legs and the design on the drawers.  I knew with some paint and new hardware, it could be so beautiful.  My daughters thought it was the ugliest table they had ever seen.  I wish I had taken a before picture but I totally forgot. 

I decided to turn it into a Dollhouse chest.  It has two huge drawers for storing toys.  I went to one of my favorite local shops to pick up some paint.  I used Van Gogh’s First Kiss (pink) and Maison Blanche’s Magnolia (While).  After applying two coats of each I started work on the French stenciling.  This part was a little tough because I had these strips of French sayings.  After I would paint one, I would have to wait for the paint to dry, move it down and paint the next verse.  The drying part is what slowed the process down.  Once the stencil was applied I taped off the edges of the top and put a grey border all the way around.  I added a pink stripe towards the bottom and one along the top.  Next came the distressing.  I only lightly distressed this piece.

After sanding and cleaning the table off I applied two coats of Shabby Paints Vax.  This is one of my favorite products.  It is so easy to apply and requires no buffing.  It is also VERY durable. 

Now my daughters all love this table and are begging to have it placed in their rooms.  So sorry girls!  You didn’t love me when I was ugly, so I must find a new home:-)

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A Place to Store Paint

Sister Kim came to visit this weekend.  After seeing cans of paint, brushes, stencils, stain and other painting paraphernalia, she decided she had to find an accessible place for me to store paint.  She shopped around a bit in the garage and set her eyes on this ugly Goodwill find I picked up for  $12.50.

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I love to paint in my garage but store my paint in the basement.  Needless to say when I paint, cans rarely make their way back down there.  Kim decided we had to keep them somewhere that I would actually put them away.  So we painted this ugly little girl up to match my kitchen décor.  God knows I spend enough time in that room.

We painted the cabinet using The Real Milk Paint Co’s Yellow Rose and Maison Blanche Magnolia.

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After painting I applied Dark wax and distressed.  My favorite sister then applied a coat of Shabby Paints Vax (We LOVE this stuff).  No buffing required.  Kim then ran through the house collecting various paint supplies strewn all about and began filling this little cabinet up.

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