Monday, January 16, 2012

My First (of many!) Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Makeovers!

Five days ago I received my first order of Annie Sloan paint and wax!  I must say, all of the DIY bloggers gushing over Annie's products were not exaggerating!  I am sold...completely sold!  I have completed a lot of little projects in the last several days, but I first want to show you my favorite piece!  I spotted this sweet little vanity on Craigslist a week ago Friday. 
We were on our way to Mt. Hood to spend the weekend helping out with our Church's Youth Group Retreat.  I called from the road and explained that I couldn't come to see the vanity until Sunday...but I knew that I wanted it and I asked very sweetly if it could be held for me until then.  The woman said no, and I didn't blame her.  She didn't know me from Adam.  She had already heard from a few interested parties and was certain that someone would show up with cash that same day.  I dreamt of those sweet little turned legs all weekend and when we headed back down the mountain on Sunday, I searched my phone for the post...still there!  When I called back, the woman said that she had received several calls about the vanity over the weekend but no one had actually been by to see it!  She wasn't available to show it to me that afternoon and asked me to call back the next morning.  I was beginning to get an idea of why no one else was successful in purchasing this unique little piece!  Determined, I picked up the phone the following morning.  "Can you come now?"  she asked!  Yes!  It was meant to be!  I quickly loaded my littlest guy into my truck with me and headed on down the road!  Included in the purchase of the vanity was this wonderful old oak mirror. 
The woman had thought that it was originally a part of the vanity...but you and I both know that these are two very different styles, and obviously different kinds of wood.  I didn't argue with her.  I loved the mirror too and will surely be able to use it! 

I started this vanity's makeover with a coat of Old White, followed by a coat of 3 parts Old White/1 part Duck Egg Blue.  From there I tapped into my new found knowledge of furniture waxing tips and tricks, thanks to a few extra helpful tutorials from sweet and generous bloggers (see my Paint it Annie! Pinterest Board for links!)  First an overall coat of clear wax, then dark, followed by clear again...and then a whole lot of buffing!  And here is the finished product...

     I am very pleased with how this piece turned out!  I love the color, but can hardly wait to try some of Annie's other beautiful hues!  Thank you so much for your sweet visit! 

I hope you're having a wonderful day!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda


Linking up to these fun blog parties!
Sew-Crafty Tuesday at Ruby Jean's
Wow us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
Furniture Feature Friday with Miss Mustard Seed

71 comments:

Unknown said...

are you selling this? if so, what are you asking and can it be shipped cross-country? I loooove it!!!
my e-mail: lisalmc12@gmail.com
Thanks!

AntiqueChase said...

great job on the transformation!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Amanda, it turned out absolutely beautiful..... and I love the color!
Hugs~~ Daphne

driftwoodesign said...

BEAUTIFUL! and I love reading how much fun ppl have using ASCP.
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Your determination paid off! Gorgeous!

Olivia said...

Hello sweetie! My my what a fabulous makeover! Deelish and oh so Shabby! Oh yes, I am LOVING your new blog header! It is just perfect and so is your family pic! You are just too cute! Hope your week is blessed and full of joy!
xoxo
Olivia

Susan said...

Oh that piece turned out gorgeous!
!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a beauty she is now, Amanda! Love the color mixture you came up with. I'm going for a soft bluish color like this on my dresser that I got off of Craig's List a few months ago. I'll have to try mixing as you did here and see how it looks.

Cynthia said...

Oh this is just so beautiful! Love it!

From The Heart said...

This is so beautiful..amazing what can be done with paint and determination....and great talent! I love this piece!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Hi Amada, That really came out beautiful. Love the color you used. That will look beautiful in any room:)
~Debra xxx
Capersofthevintagevixens.blogspot.com

Bead and Needle said...

Ah, Amanda - what fun you have in store for yourself...the vanity is beautiful! Happy Tuesday - have a creative week...I know you will!

Poca Luna said...

I have to jump on the chalk paint wagon. I love to paint! Your first project turned out amazing.

Pamela said...

Amanda it turned out just beautiful!

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

Wow!!! I love it...what a beautiful piece and you did a fantastic job on it.

♥Linsey

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

This is truly amazing! I love the paint mixture! You did a fantastic job! I'm a new follower: I love your blog!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

That piece is GORGEOUS! Great job!! Came over from WUW.

Beth said...

That piece is stunning in it's Before stage, but what you did with it in that color made it just that much better! Too bad so much of the decorative wood trim in the front/center was missing, but you gotta do what ya gotta do. Beautiful work!

Twice Nice said...

What a unique shape, love it! Beautiful color you achieved with the mixed paints. I'm trying to do more of that myself these days! Deb

Di said...

That turned out awesome, I painted my table this week and think I need to add a little dark wax so I will be checking out your pinterest! Thanks visiting from Common Ground link up. Di@Cottage-wishes

Blissful Blooms said...

WOWSERS! Just beautiful! You did a magnificent job! And I love the story on how it came home with you!

Deidre said...

This is OUTRAGEOUSLY GORGEOUS!!!You did a great job and Im in love with the color too:)) Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

Swede Dreamer said...

Wow~absolutely gorgeous! I have heard so much about this paint, I definitely need to try it! I am painting things all the time for my etsy shop. Found you from Common Ground today~so happy I did!
~Angie

Gypsy Brocante said...

Amazing job! Well done .... can't wait to see all your other projects ; )
xoJill

Cindy said...

How Wonderful! What a transformation! Great job, I can't wait to try that paint... XO Cindy

Karen said...

Oh my that is beautiful,it has gorgeous lines and that fabulous paint job highlighted it perfectly. Swooning!

Strawberries and Sweet Love said...

Oh I love it! You are certainly inspiring me to give it a try! xoxo

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

You are an artist with ASCP.

Tracy said...

Fabulous job, and what a wonderful piece to begin on!

Michele said...

That is a RAD piece of furniture!

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

I have been painting with ASCP for some time now and that is gorgeous! It looks to have a green hue?? You used clear before dark, i usually get a beautiful green hue to duck egg when i go straight to dark (sh, don't tell Annie ;-) Maybe the pictures are deceiving??

Angela@postcardsfromtheridge said...

Great paint job on a beautiful piece. You've really got a knack for painting furniture! Visiting your site for the first time from miss mustard seed.

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

Gorgeous. No other words. :)

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Wow! This gives me the courage to try this paint I keep reading about! It turned out beautifully! Thanks for the en"courage"ment. :) ~Zuni
I'm your newest follower.

Anonymous said...

What a sweet piece. The shape is to die for and the soft color just enhances it! I am also now following your pinterest board!
ellery

Pam said...

Fantastic. What a beautiful piece. Great job.
http://pam-lifethroughmyeyes.blogspot.com/

vintageshabbychicks said...

Oh this piece is absolutely stunning...I LOVE everything about it!!! Thanks for the nice comment on our blog..just became your newest follower:-)) Julie

jeanne@juNxtaposition said...

what an awesome piece of furniture !! i dont think i have ever seen one quite like it !! a fabulous find !! lucky lucky girl ! ~ then your paint job !! OMG...unreal...so vintage looking...perfection !!!
this will be a wonderful conversation piece for YEARS !!

Elizabeth said...

I saw this on CL too, but didn't have time to get it or the space to work with it right now. I remember thinking - I hope this goes to someone good who will do right by it. Good job and congrats! Don't you just love the ASCP? I go over to Portland to get mine at this sweet little shop called the Purple Pear.

Love your booth at Camas Antiques and enjoy your blog.

Hartwood Roses said...

I think Annie Sloan must put crack in her paint, because it is so totally addicting!! Your vanity is beautiful. Great job.

Danielle said...

This is gorgeous. I love what you did with it. I, too, am totally obsessed with chalk paint and just discovered it about two months ago. I can't stop painting!

dmercer said...

This is super. Great curves on the vanity.

Erin said...

Amazing shape! You really have a beautiful, unique piece. Great job!

Daena from Bad Rabbit Vintage said...

That is an awesome piece of furniture. I love how it turned out! I'm visiting from Common Ground.

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

Wow-What a unique and beautiful piece of furniture and you did a fab job!I would love it if you came over to link up at my party which is going on till Monday night!
http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2012/01/get-schooled-saturday-6.html

Style Maniac said...

What a pretty piece!
(coming over from Fridays Unfolded)

Barbara Jean said...

it is ever so wonderful!!

blessings
barbara jean

Kathy said...

This turned out absolutely PERFECT! Bravo! Well done! I just love to see a vintage furniture rescue and you aced it.

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

What a marvelous transformation!!! Good for you! Def will pin this! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on French at Heart :))
xx
dawne

Heaven's Walk said...

Wow....wow....and wow, Amanda!!!! What a beautiful job! That piece is totally awesome!!! It looks like something out of a French castle or something! :)

xoxo laurie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a gorgeous color you created on this lovely piece. Gotta love ASCP. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

Judi said...

That piece of furniture is gorgeous! Good that you persevered and got it. The painting you did looks great and its just so gorgeous! I sure wish I had a piece like that. Enjoy and I'll be back to see what else you've done.
I haven't used that paint before but everyone is tempting me to give it a try.
Judi

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

LOVE THE VANITY AND THE UNIQUE SHAPE. You picked a perfect color for it. id love to feature it, if that would be ok with you please let me know,
lauren

special 'k' said...

Perfect! Beautiful and I love it. Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful space you have created my very first visit here I will follow on my way out so I know my path back here. Perhaps you will find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. I look forward to engaging more throughout the year and beyond. Take care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Michelle said...

That is the PRETTIEST piece ever!!!!!! You did a wonderful job. What a find, I can't get over it.

Anonymous said...

Followed you over from Wow Us Wednesdays and WOW is right with this piece. It is beautiful!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I love this piece, I mean love it! I have only used the color Provencal but just bought old white to paint my kitchen cabinets. I keep looking at the duck egg for a piece I have but wasn't sure, now I am. I am lucky to have a store nearby that sells it. I'll be going back soon! Can I ask why you mixed the colors, was duck egg dark? And your aging was perfect!

Anonymous said...

I have this exact vanity with the original mirror, bed, & chest of drawers. It has been in my husband's family for years. My 15 yd old dtr has been using the set since birth. We painted it with white oil based paint. Can I use ASCP over the oil based paint?

Thanks!! Julie

Heather G said...

I don't often comment on blogs I happen upon, but I just want to tell you that piece is beautiful! You did an awesome job with your first try with Annie's paint. I can't wait to see what else you do! Duck Egg is my favorite color in her line. Great job!

Sherry said...

Just gorgeous! Love the color you created! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

vikki said...

Wow that is so beautiful. I wonder sometimes where these lovelies are hidden.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Amanda, this is fabulous!! great job, love that color!! thanks for joining in for the party, xoxo

Shelia said...

Just turned out so gorgeous! What a beautiful piece.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

chateau chic said...

Really like how your piece turned out. Such a soothing color. Nice job!
Your newest follower, Mary Alice

rachel@Acts of Life said...

Wow this is a beautiful piece of furniture that you have really brought new life to! The color looks lovely. I found your blog at Wow us Wednesday..now a new follower.
All the best,
Rachel :)

Kathy said...

What an amazing piece of furniture! The color you used is just perfection. I have not used any ASCP yet but my first order will definately be these two colors and the two waxes!

Jane said...

That project turned out beautifully! Love the lines of the piece and the shade of blue you achieved. Haven't tried the AS chalk paint yet, but I see more and more terrific looking projects using the stuff. So, I guess I'm going to have to break down and try it!

Honey at 2805 said...

This is really a terrific piece. You did a wonderful job!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

So fabulous! I'm in love!

phyllis said...

I am so amazed!! The transformation is just beautiful, and I have to say, Amanda that you have the paint and wax technique down perfectly. Obviously, you are a natural. Thank you for directing me to this. The piece itself had so much potential for ASCP! You are one very, very talented lady! Please stay in touch with me. (I love the mirror too. What a find.)

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