I'm starting this week off with a bang. I know last week must have been awfully rough for all of you because of my blogging hiatus ;) but I'm back in full force!
I finally caved and bought some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and Wax. I resisted for a long time on this paint trend, mainly because I'm cheap ... and Annie isn't. I started with a couple of sample pots and a can of dark wax, and my first project was this desk.
I found the desk at a second hand store and was immediately drawn to it because of it's unique design. It's solid wood and has tons of charming little imperfections. Despite the fact that it was only $17.50, I passed it up, fearing that it would sit in my garage for the next three months untouched. The next day I was daydreaming about it and envisioned what it could be, I immediately packed up the kids and went to get it .. and I'm very happy that I did.
Here's the before, the drawers I had taken out and you can see in the photo, the desk was gross, covered in bugs and bug nests and very dark and scary on the inside.
Tada! I decided to do an open shelving look on this desk because I had a different idea for the drawers (which is a story for another post). I sanded down the top and coated it with a delicious honey oak minwax stain which brought out the red hues. I painted the desk inside and out with a nice satin cream (not Annie Sloan) and the front I painted yellow (not Annie Sloan either). I hated it, so when I got my Annie Sloan green sample pot I slapped it on over the yellow, rubbed on the dark wax and did some distressing. I'm totally digging how it turned out, and I love this shade of green.
So far I'm happy with the Annie Sloan product. I really liked the way the paint went on, and it dries incredibly fast. I LOVE the wax, and I was able to use the wax on other brands of paint, so I'm definitely sold on that product. We'll see how long I can resist buying more of this stuff :)
What do you think?