I showed you yesterday how to remove the sewing machine and all the guts from this vintage cabinet. Today, I’ll show you how I painted it.
I feel very blessed to try out Annie’s Chalk Paint from the very generous Virginia @ FauxFinishBiz.com. The paint kit comes with two quarts of paint, two cans of wax (clear and dark), two wax brushes, two paint brushes and a great book for inspiration.
I was surprised with the consistency of the chalk paint. I expected it to be very thin or runny. It is not. It dries incredibly quickly, which is a great plus for those of us DIY’ers who are impatient. (you know who you are)
This color is Henrietta. I used only one coat. I took this picture so that you can see the wax actually changes the sheen AND the color of the paint. Wax on the right side, the left side has not been waxed yet.
The lid of this cabinet (when opened) was a little lazy. It laid over too far. For some reason I didn’t take pictures of how I fixed that. I used wood putty to fill all the hinge holes. If you look closely at the hinge mortise in the middle, all the way on the left, you can see that the wood was worn away. I used wood putty to fill those edges in. I let the wood putty dry overnight before I reattached the hinges.
I painted the inside and the outside.
I lightly distressed it and added two handles I have in my stash. I know they aren’t Anthropology knobs, but I’m a “use what ya got” kind of girl.
This cabinet was in pretty rough shape to begin with, so distressing it wasn’t that difficult.
These pictures were all taken at the very same time. I think Henrietta has a “split” personality. Sometimes her pink side comes out while other times her lavender side shows. Looking at this piece in real life, it’s very difficult to tell if she wants to be pink or lavender.
I may not be done with this cabinet yet. I am thinking about putting a lower shelf on her, and perhaps distressing her a little more, or using some of the dark wax on her.
My overall impression of Annie’s Chalk Paint is a very positive one. I loved that it covered in one coat. I’ve never really been one to use wax, so I’m not exactly sure I did it right. I love the quality of the wax and paint brushes. I’ve seen some bloggers say they thought the paint went a long way. I didn’t find it was any different than most paints. I have really enjoyed looking at the book “Quick and Easy Paint Transformations”. So I would say to you, if you are impatient and you love instant gratification, this paint is for you!
Did you see my other sewing cabinet?
Those of you wondering about the storms, we pretty much escaped the really bad weather. I was without power for 16 hours, which was not a lot of fun. I am exhausted from lack of sleep. I look forward to a great day of projects today.
disclaimer: Although I received the paint kit at no cost, the opinions are mine. Your experience may vary.