Monday, April 15, 2013

White Bread Box ~ With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Hello, dear friends.

 I have finally painted my first piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! I have been wanting to try this paint ever since I started blogging and I've seen some beautiful transformations with this paint on so many blogs.

I bought this paint for the nursery so that I can more safely paint the baby's dresser/changing table and book shelf while pregnant. 

The bread box and a set of shelves (for the nursery) were my practice pieces to familiarize myself with using the paint.

(I just love my workbench by the way!)

Painting the bread box ~

I found this bread box for $7 at a re-sale shop ~ I could not believe my luck when I saw it and for that price! I had been looking for this exact style and I didn't really think I'd ever find it.

My husband spray painted one coat with white spray paint for me this past fall. The weather turned bad quickly so I gave up and told him that I would try again when I could actually paint myself . He was a good sport about it though!

I then painted with one coat of the Old White and let it dry overnight. This isn't really necessary, I believe it could be dry and ready for a second coat in about 30 minutes.

The next day I painted my second coat and then applied the clear wax about an hour later

I liked the paint, and the clear wax but I was kind of confused about the HUGE deal everyone has been making about it. Again, I liked it well enough and the lack of odor was great but I wasn't quite getting it yet...then I added the dark wax.

Here's the difference between the Old White and the clear wax on the front and the Old White, clear wax, and the dark wax on the top and the sides. I fell in LOVE! 

What I love is that I you can get this textured, aged look by simply applying the dark wax with a clean rag. No sanding to get the look that I love so much. The color is amazing! You can mix the clear and dark to get a lighter aged look too which I may do for the changing table and the bookshelf.

 It all just depends on how much of the dark wax that you use then you wipe it off immediately. If a spot is too dark you can just rub some clear wax over it and seal your color in.

I might not have needed to do that second coat after seeing how dark the wax is and how much it looks distressed anyway.

The color is amazing and I'm sure my pictures do not do it justice. This color is so drastically different compared to everything else that I've ever painted white before. The texture, the look, the color, everything. I'm comlpetely sold now! I'm not sure if I'll always be able to afford this paint but it is a life changer. I can't wait to use some of her other colors now.

I let the piece cure for 24 hours before I started using my bread box.

The finished product ~

A closer look at the color as I'm sure my photography as always leaves a lot to be desired!

Another view

What I used for this project ~

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old white
Annie Sloan Clear Wax &
Annie Sloan Dark Wax
Clean rags
                            A Purdy paint brush (a suggestion
 from my blogger friend Elyse over at Shabby Sweet Tea.)

My Resources ~

Amanda at One Girl in Pink

These ladies are simply wonderful and they have both answered many questions and given me some great advice. Thanks to you both! 
Check out their blogs. You will love them both!

I can only imagine how much more I would love using the paint if I could also use the Annie Sloan brushes. I guess I know what to ask for for my birthday and Christmas now! 

My next project for this week is the dresser/changing table and the bookshelf. I'm excited as I'll be using some Provence mixed with Old White and I may try mixing the clear wax and the dark wax for a lighter distressed look. There are so many amazing possiblities with this paint.

Wish me luck!


Linking with ~

TwelveOeight ~ Pretty Things
The Farmhouse Porch ~ Tuesdays the Scoop
Knick of Time Interiors ~ Knick of time Tuesdays  
Les Chateau Des Fleurs ~ Monday Link Party
A Diamond in the Stuff ~ Time to Shine
Savvy Southern Style ~ Wow us Wednesdays
The Fine Craft Guild ~ Time for a Party
The Charm of Home ~ Home Sweet Home
French Country Cottage ~ Feathered Nest Friday
Common Ground ~ Be Inspired
The Shabby Nest ~ Frugal Friday
My Repurposed Life ~ Catch as Catch Can
My Romantic Home ~ Show & Tell Friday
The Country Farm Home ~ Country Whites Weekend
Funky Junk Interiors ~ Party Junk
Love of Family & Home ~ Inspire me Please Weekend Blog Hop
Dear Creatives ~ Inspiration Spotlight


The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a transformation!!! Great job. I know.... when you add the dark wax it does totally look old! I do like you do and sometimes I mix a little clear wax with the dark, so it is not quite so dark. I have had great luck making my own chalk paint with plaster of paris, but I love AS Dark wax. Well, now your hooked LOL!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great job, Jamie! You'll like it more and more as you use it. I love it for not having to sand or prime, in addition to not having that paint odor.

Laurel Stephens said...

This is a great post, Jamie. It explains exactly (and with enthusiasm) why chalk paint and finishing wax is so popular. It turns furniture painting into your own unique work of art. And your photos DO do your bread box justice. It looks lovely!

Rhissanna said...

This is really lovely. Thank you for showing the difference. I've seen a lot of ASCP articles about, but none that made it so clear what the wax actually does.

Shabby Sweet Tea said...

Looks great!! I am so glad you are using ASCP now. You have been bitten by the bug....nothing in your home is safe!

I am too freaked out to use the wax while pregnant. I've had Jon waxing for me. That's if I even paint. I have zero creative juices at the time. But it shall return!

A month or two ago, I tried Miss Mustard Milk Paint. Bet you would like it:) I will put a post up this week showing the two pieces I painted.

Shabby Sweet Tea said...

Oh! and thanks for the shout out!!

Unknown said...

Love the transformation!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Very nice I actually have a bread box I need to make over great job

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Very pretty! I love how the paint really brings out the details of the slats on the front. I think painting a breadbox is a great way to practice with the AS paint and waxes.

Cassie Bustamante said...

so much better! it was outdated in that pine and hunter green combo, but now it looks perfect!

Denise Marie said...

I like it. I'd luv to find 1 too.

The Farmers Daughter said...

What a difference! I see these bread boxes every now and then and am always tempted to buy one. Now that I see yours, I think I might need one for my Farmhouse kitchen. Great Inspiration!
Thanks for joining the party at Country Whites Weekend!
Blessings from the Farmhouse,

Cher-Ann Texter said...

Very pretty! Found you through My Repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can 118...

Cher @ Designs by Studio C

Old Time Cindy said...

Happy Country Whites Weekend! Thank you kindly for embracing your country whites and sharing your transformation at our party. I have not used this paint yet, but you do make it look so easy to use.
Farmhouse hugs,

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi, hopped over from Country Whites Weekend. Love the way it looks after the dark wax. I have used both the paint and the wax. Love it, but found that the dark wax really grabs. Why didn't I think of mixing the two? lol! Now a new follower.

Unknown said...

I love your chalk paint bread box Jamie! What a wonderful before and after. I hope to see you again tonight for another fun Pretty Things link party at twelveOeight!

xo, Tanya

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love the effect that the wax gives!
The breadbox looks fabulous. Thanks so much for linking, I'm following.

Theresa said...

I love how your project turned out! Its amazing how changing something can make you love it again! Thanks for sharing @ Inspiration Spotlight @ Hope to see you again soon!

Kami/The Elegant Elle said...

I realize this posting is a few months old, but I recently started painting with ASCP and have fallen in love with refinishing furniture - but I have also gotten pregnant as well! I noticed in your posting you used the paint and wax while pregnant - did you find anything that stated this was safe? I am nervous to keep using the wax (not worried about the LOW VOC PAINT) while pregnant