Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ten Projects...One Can of Chalk Paint®!


Just over a month ago I purchased my first quart of Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan.  As much as I wanted to jump in with both feet and order a quart of each of the colors I had been admiring, I just didn't have the funds in my paint budget to allow it!  After a whole lot of perusing Chalk Paint® related blog posts and scouring photos on Pinterest, I decided to start with a quart of Old White, 2 sample pots, one of Duck Egg Blue and one of Paris Grey and a can of both the clear and dark waxes. 
Every Chalk Paint® "review" I had read stated that this one quart of paint would cover a whole slew of projects, but exactly how many projects constitutes a whole slew?  That's what I wanted to know!  Now, having scraped the bottom of my quart of Old White, each of the sample pots and the clear wax, I am prepared to show you just how many projects my first can of chalk paint made over!


This lovely frame received 2 coats of a mixture of Duck Egg and Old White followed by clear and dark waxes.


A 24" x 36" antique mirror was made over with two coats of Old White and waxed with both clear and dark waxes.


The dark red bottom half of this vintage style milking stool was completely covered with just two coats of Duck Egg Blue.  I honestly think that it would have taken 4 coats of latex paint to do away with that red.  I painted the seat with Old White, distressed it and waxed the whole piece with clear wax only.



My antique vanity/cabinet was first painted with one coat of Old White, followed by a Duck Egg Blue/Old White mixture and sealed with both clear and dark waxes.


Prior to purchasing my chalk paint, I had applied a coat of creamy white latex paint to this end table.  Just one coat of my Old White/Paris Grey mix completed the job.  I then applied both clear and dark waxes.


My over sized oak dresser (now mantle!) mirror was complete after 2 coats of Paris Grey, followed by clear and dark waxes.


Both chair and table shown here were previously painted white and therefore only needed the one coat of Paris Grey mixed with a bit of Old White and followed with clear and dark wax.


This is another little piece that was given a coat of creamy white latex paint before it's makeover in Duck Egg Blue with clear and dark wax.


And this is where I started scraping the bottom of those cans!  The desk portion was completed.  It had received two coats of Old White, clear and dark wax all over and multiple coats of clear wax on the desk top.  I had just about finished the first coat of paint on the hutch top when the well ran dry!  I have a whole lot of the dark wax left, even though I've used it on almost all of these projects, plus several more!

I have written this post for myself just as much as I've written it for you.  I really wanted a visual of how far my initial Chalk Paint® investment had taken me.  Honestly, I feel it was well worth the money.  If you've used Annie Sloan's products, you know how wonderful they are to work with, regardless of how far the paint goes.  I am happy with the number of projects I completed with my first can of paint, but I am thrilled with the quality of finishes I was able to achieve.  If you've been on the fence about whether or not to try Annie Sloan's products, I hope I've encouraged you to go for it! 
Thank you so much for your sweet visit!  I had a fabulous time out junking with Denise of Pink Postcard today and can't wait to share my finds with you all very soon! 
Have a wonderful weekend, my Friends!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda   

Linking up to these fun blog parties!
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday with Miss Mustard Seed

61 comments:

  1. Beautiful results on each and every project! I can't wait to try this paint. Thanks for posting these photos. Very inspiring. Can make an old piece of furniture look so charming. I am SO tired of brown furniture and am changing everything to Parisian Boudoir look which means I need Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. :)

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  2. I still have yet to purchase any of ASCP but have been wanting to.... This was a GREAT example of how well and how far her product goes.. BEAUTIFUL!!!! and thank you for sharing..

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  3. It is amazing how far a quart will go, Amanda! I still have a little bit of the Old White I bought as my first chalk paint purchase left and I'm hoping it is enough to do a fairly small project. I'll probably get more though because it works the best for me in my home out of all the colors and it is the closest to Heirloom White {which is my favorite spray paint color}.

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  4. Fantastic transformations! I think my favorites are the first and last, amazing what a little paint will do!

    xoxo
    Solanah

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  5. Oh the vanity is my favorite of all those projects. However they are all beautifully transformed. Great job!

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  6. Not to mention that each one of your projects turned out totally awesome!

    ~Bliss~

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  7. Hello Amanda,

    I am an ASCP stockist in Warrenton, Va and I LOVED this post!!!! I am always telling my customers how far one qt of ASCP will go and they never believe me until they start painting...then they come back to my shop and say..."You were right!".
    I am so proud to be part of the AS family and LOVE selling Annie's paint. Other copycats will come down the pike, but what no other brand will have behind them is the lady herself...Annie Sloan!

    Thanks for this informative and beautiful post.

    Have a lovely weekend...Janet xox
    http://theemptynest-janet,blogspot.com/

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    1. Yes and here I am Janet agreeing with you and wondering why I never did this myself! Such a great idea Amanda! Thanks so much..xxx

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    2. Hi, Janet, are you still located on Main St. Warrenton? I want to come see you! TIA! Kathi

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  8. This post about Chalk Paint is very encouraging-- you got SO MUCH millage out of that small stash of products-- impressive!

    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's linky party,
    Sincerely, Suzanne in NW Illinois

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  9. LOVE the vanity! Just gorgeous!

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  10. All your projects turned out beautifully! Love that amazing mirror! I think I'm one of the very few out there that haven't tried it, you're a good sales rep!!

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  11. Well done! It's impressive how much a quart can cover. I've painted a lot with it, but have never really taken note of exactly how much coverage one can provides.

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  12. I have been dying to get my hands on some of this paint! Thank you for sharing this with us. Newly following and visiting from FNF.

    ~Shanon

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  13. I SO want some of this chalk paint I keep reading about!!! I cannot believe how much one quart covered - amazing. Everything looks terrific and I am inspired to start covering all the dark wood surfaces of my furniture around here....:)

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  14. What beautiful pieces!!! I LOVE chalk paint...soooo worth the money!! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Wow! Your projects turjned out fantastically! You really did get quite a bit of mileage out of your ASCP purchase! I love that large desk and hutch - lovely piece and the finish is perfect! Have fun whenever you decide to restock ad paint your heart out aqain! Hugs, Leena

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  16. wow these are all so gorgeous! love your style
    cheers Fiona

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  17. Thanks Amanda for a great review of the ASCP. I still have not used it but you've convinced me that it is well worth the high price tag. I've enjoyed following along while you've experimented with this new product and love your enthusiasm!

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  18. What a great post - thanks for letting us see how far 2 can of that paint can go. I have used Heirloom White spray paint in the past and it takes several cans. Bet I could have accomplished a lot more with the AS paint. Linda

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  19. Nice info Amanda. Great results! Wish I lived around Portland so I could visit your shop.

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  20. Thanks for the coment on my post. All of your projects turned out great! I love the curved desk - just beautiful. :)

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  21. I got my first can of "Old white" ASCP for Christmas. I'm going to paint my old oak table and chairs thats out on my screened porch. I've been wondering how far the paint will go and your blog post was wonderful news!!!! I think I'm going to start my project in the next couple of weeks. Pop over to everylittlebirdie.blogspot and see how it turns out. I hope as beautiful as your lovely projects!!

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  22. Your projects are gorgeous! We recently started using ASCP and love it! You've inspired me to try Provence over white latex!

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  23. Gorgeous re-do's! I am on my first cans as well, just playing around with a seriously shocking Greek Blue - I mean that in a good way - it awesome stuff! ~Lori

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  24. LOVE ASCP!! ALL your work is fabulous!! LOve your Blog name:-0 I'm Girl In Air so Girl In Pink is awesome!

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  25. I found the same thing! One can goes a very long way.....I first bought French Linen and still have some to spare...of course, I have already branched out into other colors and now have quite a collection!
    Thank you for sharing your projects....you have some gorgeous items!
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  26. great post!! I recently became a LRP in Benicia, Ca. My shop is HIp Chick Designs (like me!) and I am a chalkaholic too! Your post is amazing and the magic is captured with your pictures. Everything looks so good....xoxo
    Carrie Clayden
    here's my recent post about chalk paint too.
    http://hipchickdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/02/chalk-paint-is-my-new-obsession.html

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  27. Thank you for this post!! I have purchased by first can - but have yet to jump in. Maybe I will do it today!!

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  28. I just wanted to thank you for sharing this great post! All your projects look wonderful! Please visit me at www.thepassionatehome.com

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  29. Don't you just love ASCP!? I have Duck Egg Blue, Paris Grey and Old White, plus the waxes. I used them for the first time about 2 weeks ago and I'm hooked. I really like your idea of using a latex paint, followed by ASCP. This was my fist piece...
    http://shabbysweettea.com/2012/02/true-loveannie-sloan-chalk-paint.html
    Come visit! I am brand spankin' new to the blog world.

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  30. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I have not bought my first quart yet but I can see it in my future.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  31. What great transformations.I think it would be hard to sell any of those pieces.I am excited to try some different A.S. colors.

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  32. Very Impressive! I have yet to buy any but this post pushes me one step closer!
    You did an amazing job on all the pieces. They turned out beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  33. I'm your newest follower and I love this post. ASCP is simply the best; I've done several project with it - my husband keeps asking if I plan to paint everything in the house. You can see my treasures at Rosemarythyme.blogspot.com.

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  34. Just shared on FB. AMAZING! LOVE me some ASCP and loved looking at your pics!

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  35. Your post is incredibly informative and helpful to people wondering about ASCP paint and soft wax, and their 'value for money' aspects. Commenting as the PR for ASCP in North America, we aim to get this point across to the media and the public, but end users like yourself make our claims truly believable! Thank you so much, and your work is beautiful. I love the picture frames!

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  36. Amanda, your blog is the bomb, shared it on my Hip Chick Page. I am Carrie Campbell Clayden on facebook, friend me!! xoxo

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  37. There is not one item that is not to die for...amazing transformations.

    Janelle JOhnson

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  38. These all turned out amazing, Amanda! I've been seeing a lot about chalk paint lately and really like the results... can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing your creative genius!

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  39. It is amazing how far one can of Chalk Paint will go. All of your projects turned out just gorgeous!
    Marianne :)

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  40. Again thanks so much for this posting- This is one of those postings that makes me think- why didn't I do that! Such a good idea!

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I am about to leave for my month long tour of the USA where I will be doing Workshops all over ---Dallas, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, Washington (Leesburg) and Boston!
    Ticket sales are going incredibly well but there are still places. I will be talking about colour as well as doing workshops!
    I hope I see some of you there. Don't forget to tell me if you came via this posting - I love the connections we make here!

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  41. Not only were the pieces beautiful, but the staged photographs are absolutely glorious - especially the sleeping pup in the mirror! Congratulations on doing such wonderful work.

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  42. A friend sent me the link to this blog post. Thanks so much for sharing your ASCP experience! I've started my first project with ASCP & can't wait to make it through to the end (I'm just slow...). VERY slow!

    I'd love to share link this post on my FB page.

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  43. Congratulations, Amanda on all of this. You have done a great thing for ASCP!! There is nothing better than a testimony from a user and your work is so beautiful, the icing on the cake!

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  44. Great, great post. This paint is truly amazing and I don't think I will go back to using latex again.

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  45. Nice! I have done just the opposite lately, removing paint and restoring the beautiful old wood on some of our pieces! I like doing both.

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  46. Amanda,
    This is a great post and your pieces turned out beautifully! I am a local retail partner in Alpharetta, Georgia and I would love to hang a copy of your post in my store. Would you be okay with that?
    Thank you!

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  47. Hi, Amanda! I just wanted you to know that I included a link to these awesome projects in my April blog roundup: http://squarepennies.blogspot.com/2012/05/april-blog-round-up-april-flowers.html

    Thanks for all your great ideas!!!

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  48. Beautiful pieces! Gotta love Chalk Paint!!! I actually just found you off Facebook. I'm now a follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

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  49. I fell in love with this paint about a year ago, and many of my friends have become addicted too. I love all of the pieces you have done, it is amazing how many projects you can do with one can. I also love how you can mix the colours and the waxes to achieve the look you want. Your pieces are beautiful,and I am so glad I discovered your blog. will be a regular follower for sure. Tobey of www.Tobeystreasure.com

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  52. Hi there! I love what you do, your items look amazing! I'm just wondering about one of your items, the dusky pink vintage trunk (that was dark brown with black edging, turned dusky pink with cream edging) I'm the proud owner of a similar trunk and I'm thinking I'll give it a similar makeover treatment in duck egg blue. I was just wondering what you used to paint the black edging cream, mine also has black edges and I want to do them cream also but I'm worried that due to the edging being plastic that whatever I use to paint it with, it will chip very easily leaving obvious ghastly black chipped edges. Could I ask what you did?
    Many thanks, like I say your blog is amazing and your refurbished items are nothing short of truly inspiring!

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