It all started on Pinterest of course. People pinning one amazing furniture redo after another. Then one day, I was cruising along in the minivan alone (rare as it is) past an estate sale in my neighborhood. As soon as I walked through the door I saw it, and the price (a mere $50!). I had the payment and delivery worked out in 10 minutes flat.
I’d been looking for a good china cabinet for awhile now and this one had a matching buffet! Next, I had to get my hands on some of that Chalk Paint I’d been seeing. Turns out, a little boutique (right down the street from me!) is a distributor. As soon as I located the paint, I picked a color, and was back home barely wasting a single moment of a treasured Saturday afternoon nap.
During naps the very next day, my husband helped me remove all the doors and hardware, and I began my Chalk Paint journey.
With all-due credit to Annie Sloan, the distributors, and all you bloggers out there raving about the paint… it is awesome. You barely have to stir it, it goes on thick for optimal coverage, dries quickly, you can barely see brush strokes, it has extremely low VOCs, and I only used a little more than 1 can for the cabinet and its little matching buffet
Unfortunately even though the paint was easy-peasy it still took me about 3 months to be ready to wax it (probably a total of 10 hours from start to finish).
Considering how easily the paint went on, the wax was a different story…
First of all, I made the mistake of having my husband move the pieces into place before I began waxing. I read that it takes 30 days for the wax to cure and I knew I wouldn’t want to wait that long to move in completion. Well this resulted in a few problems. Wax getting on my floor (when I wasn’t careful), and the smell! There were definitely some fumes.
Secondly, just as the paint has no smell and the wax does, the paint is easy to apply, and the wax isn’t. Call me lazy, but you really have to put some elbow into it.
Finally, after 3+ months working here and there during nap time, I finished!
Here’s a breakdown of the cost. For the Chalk Paint and Waxes I spent (oh man I can’t find the receipts!) somewhere in the realm of $150 for 2 cans of paint, the soft wax, and the dark wax. Approximate project total: $225 (Including the price of the cabinets). I do still have three quarters of a can left (my kitchen chairs maybe?) so that’s a plus!
|Two doors completed with dark wax. Even though the wax was a little tricky I am in love with the result! I think it looks amazing!|
Oh! And as for the buffet, it’ll be done soon… lol!
What has been your experience with Chalk Paint?
For a full tutorial on how to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint visit HERE.