Wednesday, February 8, 2012

~questions answered~

 First off, sorry for my absence.
I have had a bad head cold going on a week now, and today I woke up with a migraine.
Anyway, I had some questions on my buffet and the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
 I used, as well as questions on my dining table.

I'll start off with the buffet.
The picture above was found on pinterest and was my inspiration for my buffet. 
I liked the size, the color, and the fact that it had drawers and doors. 
Like I mentioned before, the buffet I got on craigslist had a thick varnish on it.
A lot of you asked if it's really the truth that you don't have to sand or prime before using chalk paint.

YES, that is correct! 

Is it durable? 

YES, it is!

I recommend using the Annie Sloan Wax as a topcoat,
 but other than that, nothing else is needed~pinky promise!
The color I used is called Old White.
I used a combination of the clear wax with a tiny bit of the dark wax in some spots, just to highlight detail.

 Moving along to the dining table.
Chris and I purchased this table brand new about 10 years ago.
We bought it from a fancy shmancy furniture store and paid big bucks back then.
It was the first set of matching "nice" furniture we ever bought together!
Since we have had it, I have sold the matching chairs and added these cream cross back chairs and upholstered ones to the ends.
The table originally had a dark finish similar to what the buffet looked like in the before.
We lived with it like that for a while, then I painted it black.
After living with that look for a while I decided I really wanted that raw wood look like Restoration Hardware has on many of their pieces. 
So, I got out my handy dandy palm sander and just started sanding away.
I started with a coarse grit and worked my way down to a fine grit sandpaper.
The result is what you see here.
I didn't take all the little bits of black off because after 4 hours of sanding,
 I thought I was surely going to have to amputate my arm.
I did end up putting a furniture wax on the top to prevent rings from glasses.
I think I used Bri-wax from home depot. 
This was before I knew about Annie Sloan wax. 
I would have used it if I had known about it.
I hope I answered all of your questions!
I am going back to bed to nurse this cold.


Noel Solomon said...

Hi Melanie~

Thank you so much for coming by my blog and facebook~ I will definitely put you in the drawing. :)

You are gorgeous by the way!

Xo Noel

Daughter of Eve said...

Thank you for taking the time to write this post, even though you're feeling crummy. I hope you feel better soon. This post was very helpful. I have a few pieces of old furniture I'd love to refinish, and love the idea of not sanding. Bliss!

Rita's Recipes said...

Thanks for all the good information. I've pinned the buffet and will use your tips whenever I find my peice in the future.

Unknown said...

Thanks for clearing up the doubting Thomas in me about the no sanding thing with annie Sloan products. I too have some pieces that I am thinking about redoing and just haven't taken the plunge. Maybe this will be the ticket for me. Take care, I have a nasty cold too. Yucky!

Tiffany said...

Thanks for sharing that info.
You have beautiful furniture!

Carin said...

I love AS paint as well and just did a buffet re-do too.

I love your buffet more than your's beautifu! And your table looks great-thanks for sharing.

chateau chic said...

I really like how your table turned out. My kind of finish. You can never go wrong with ASCP. Your buffet looks beautiful. Hope you're feeling better soon!
Glad to be your newest follower, Mary Alice

ANNE said...

Such a gorgeous room and all the pieces are FABULOUS!!

Stella said...

I have painted three pieces with Annie Sloan chalk paint and love it. The buffet turned out really nice. Good find.

The Moerks said...

These are all gorgeous pieces. Hope your cold is better soon.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your kind & gracious guidance. Hope to wax my table soon...Sorry to hear that you're sick- hope you feel better soon!

Barrett said...

I am so glad that I stumbled onto your blog tonight. I just read about AS chalk paint last week. I have a dining table that I want to paint and was very scared to do it. Now with seeing another blog post on it being I am convinced. We do not have it available any where close by so now I have to figure out colors by looking at the computer screen some more!!

That is a great re-do. I love the entire room. Did you make the shelves yourself with brackets and a cut board? I have been eyeing some brackets at Restoration Hardware to do the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better soon.

Your dining room looks amazing!


Art and Sand said...

I love your buffet. I saw a console in Ballard Designs that I liked, but now I think I will look for something on Craig's List and put in the "elbow grease" to make it special.

Kathy said...

Sorry you arent feeling well:(
Love love love your furniture. Thank you for the explanations:)

Jessi said...

That buffet is gorgeous!!! I just got some Annie Sloan and can't wait to start using it!

Anonymous said...

Hello Beautiful!
Hmmmm??? Here's a temptation idea- I heard you can get FREE pianos on Craigslist...

How about a baby grand re-do My Sweet Savannah style- I know you could do it!
Cheers and you rock everyday!

Brittany said...

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