(Please note: We haven’t been paid, reimbursed, gifted products, or otherwise influenced in this review. Our opinions are our own. Thank you!!!)
We’d been making furniture, way back when, and at some point, LeAnn wanted to try painting some furniture we’d found.
Having quit my regular job due to my illness, we were on a really tight budget, and we just couldn’t afford to purchase the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
So LeAnn researched loads of recipes online and made a version of a chalky type finish paint.
I was REALLY impressed with how it turned out, so she decided to do it more and more until it became as big a part, if not more than our furniture making and restoration work.
It took a while for her to find just the right paint, additive, and mix ratio, which she has kept to herself. (She’s tried to tell me how to do it, but I just make paste, LOL!!)
Over the years we’ve been itching to try Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, But price was ALWAYS the issue.
So when I found this amazing vintage vanity, we thought it was time to try it out.
We found our nearest Chalk Paint stockists, Milling Around Interiors, in Shreveport, LA, about a 40 minute drive for us. The ladies there were so knowledgeable and really took their time to help us choose the right products. They were also really excited about our project!!! So the experience was fun.
We bought a quart of Annie Sloan Antoinette, a container of her white wax, and large round brush.
The cost for these three items was $89.86.
Back home, I brought the vanity into the wood shop to begin needed repairs.
It was missing a piece that ran across the back underneath the mirror. I was tempted to make it square on the ends, but I just HAD to match the routed edge.
I did not have the matching router bit so I traced the design on a piece of 2X, roughly cut it out on the bandsaw, and then hand carved the rest out to match.
I also replaced the center back piece that was missing from under the mirror.
After that, I removed the hardware, the mirrors, and repaired one drawer. (Read my post on repairing drawers here.)
Then I set about scrubbing it inside and out with TSP, (sugar soap) because it looked like it’d been stored in a barn for years, LOL!!
After it was clean but not sparkly, I brought it into the studio for LeAnn to work her magic, starting with Antoinette on the top mirror appliqué.
She LOVED it!!!! It went on VERY smoothly, covered well, and didn’t dry out while she was still applying it. After the first coat, she found that it washed right out of the brush, unlike her mix, which dries out in the bristles, making cleaning difficult and greatly decreases the life of the brush.
She found the brush to be of great quality, but didn’t really fit well with her personal painting style. Plus, she has TINY hands, LOL!!! (I really liked using it!!!) Maybe I can find her one in a different shape that works for her.
The photo above shows one light coat on the carcass and two on the drawers.
After only two coats, the finish was quite smooth, and it was ready to distress. LeAnn lightly sanded the piece while she was distressing it, although she said it wasn’t really necessary.
She also found it easy to distress. She then added wax to the whole piece and buffed it to a smooth shine.
LeAnn used about 3/4 of the can of the Antoinette, but she put two coats on every surface inside and out. (It was a must. Remember where I said it was stored????)
Next, we wanted to add some special touches. But what to use????
Turns out, making the decision, on just what to do, wasn’t easy…
But, we finally decided on adding some gilding wax accents. So, we stopped back by Milling Around Interiors and they helped us pick from the colors of the Annie Sloan Gilding Waxes by putting small samples next to the Antoinette paint sample. Is that service or what?!?!?!
We and our helper all agreed on Warm Gold. Our total after tax was $11.45.
LeAnn let me try it out…
It had great coverage, went on with ease, and was very easy to use. That tube will last us a LONG time. We only used a small fraction on the whole piece.
LeAnn finished the rest. And it turned out AMAZING!!!!!
We had originally chosen one of two stools to go with the vanity, with some help from our Instagram family, but unbeknownst to them, we stumbled onto this chair.
Then we found the perfect fabric from Hobby Lobby.
We made one more trip to our stockist to pick up a tiny container of Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint for the chair. We paid $13.63. And we had a TON left over.
We used new padding for the cushions and attached the fabric. Then we applied satin trim around the front and back of the back to finish the edges.
We finally got to put it all together…
In summary, the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is AMAZING!!!!! And her other products are top notch as well!!! They are more expensive than making your own, BUT, you don’t have to mix it, it goes farther, doesn’t dry out on you, it finishes/distresses with much less effort, and it is so easy/smooth to apply. And there are so many STUNNING colors to choose from!!! It will definitely give your brush a longer life as well!!! All of which will save you time and money in the long run.
In short, you get what you pay for.
AND…We WILL be using it again!!!
Special thanks to Milling Around Interiors for all of the help!!!!! Stop by their store in Shreveport!!!
And thanks to my mate, Deano, at Painting Rainbows UK for his constant badgering us to try it, LOL!!! He’s an AMAZING artist!!! Check out his work!!!!
And Thank YOU so much for stopping by and having a read!!!!! I hope you like the vanity and enjoyed our review!!!
Have you used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint? Or are you wanting to? Let us know below!