I will begin with an apology for my lack of posts. Things here have been busy, as I know you all are too, and I let life take over as it sometimes does.
But I am back in blogging mode and ready to inspire you as well as challenge you to request future blog posts!
My project for today’s blog post is my first foray into Annie Sloan Chalk paint to re-do my aging kitchen stools. These stools are nothing spectacular and likely most people would simply buy some new ones. But I do like that they are simple, backless and can tuck inconspicuously under the counter of my island. Plus, I do love a project, but I guess you knew that!
I have read lots of bloggers’ tales of their experiences with chalk paint, and they were overwhelmingly positive. My friend Roxanne had taken me to a local studio that sells and gives classes on Annie Sloan Chalk paints. There was a beautiful bookcase in the shop in a gorgeous dark teal color. Immediately, my stools came to mind. It seems that with chalk paint, many people mix them to come up with their own colors, and this color, I was told, was 1 part Chateau Grey & 1 part Greek Blue. I also purchased a stencil and some white so I could stencil a design on the seats. Chalk paint is sealed with wax, so I also went away with a tub of clear soft wax.
One really nice thing about Chalk paint is that no sanding or priming is necessary before painting with it. It is made with plaster of paris so it adheres exceptionally well. I did 2 coats of my mixture. They dried very quickly, which was nice.
I added a small stencil on the seat for a little added interest. I rubbed on & buffed in 2 coats of soft wax & left them out of use for a week to cure.
Although I really liked the resulting color, it was not the color from the bookcase in the store, they turned out a little more turquoise and a little less teal. No worries, I like the color and they will add some interest in the very neutral kitchen…I’m hoping…
So, we’ve lived with the stools for a few months now. The color is growing on me (possibly because I picture lightening the whole kitchen in the future??) The finish has held up beautifully. My end result opinion on chalk paint is 2 thumbs up!
So, I’m back! I have a few projects coming up that I will be writing about, but you can suggest topics you’d like me to address as well! Have a beautiful day!