Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Break and Some Chalk Paint Love

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! December seemed to just fly by, didn't it? My two oldest girls have their birthdays right before Christmas making the already hectic season a bit more crazy, but I can't complain...  Traditionally, my husband's firm gives the employees the week between Christmas and New Years off and this was the first year that we enjoyed a renovationless holiday break!  Since this was pretty much the only time he got off during the year, we saved all the big projects in our former house for Christmas week, including a kitchen reno to get our house ready for sale back in Spokane...
and we added a fourth bedroom to the house the year before that in preparation for our new baby...

Years before that we were ripping up flooring, installing molding, re-habbing a bathroom...you name it.  Our kids associated Christmas break with house demo until this year when we could finally spend time together as a family without all the added stress.  Since my husband was off of work, I was sorely tempted to burn the candle on both ends and drive everyone crazy with my endless list of projects, but I didn't...and I'm glad.  Instead, we stayed up late watching family movies and playing games, sleeping in and hanging out in our pj's, and other completely lazy things.  It was a good start to my resolution of adding some balance for the upcoming year. 
Another resolution for 2012 is to get back into the groove of re-finishing furniture.  Although, I've been painting furniture for several years for local antique shows and shops, the big move across the country came at a time when Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint started really getting big.
Excited to try it out before I moved, I was unwilling to haul the paint cans across the country and into storage until we could get settled here in NC.  I think I may be the last person out there to finally give it a whirl, but I've been painting like a mad woman since my shipment came in after Christmas.  I'm still trying different techniques, but I already am in love with the professional feel of the wax finish and I may never go back to poly again!  I know that this has been discussed all over blogland for months, so I'll just leave you with some pictures of a little french table I finished for my master bath...
A coat of duck egg blue, clear wax with a hint of dark wax, and some distressing was all it took.  I've been working on a dresser for my daughter's room, some picture frames, a step-stool, and another side table in the last couple of days that I'll share with you soon.

Kristen

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25 comments:

dee dee said...

I will have to get my hand on some of this paint.... Oh the things I could dooooooo! Love your sweet little table!
Dee Dee

Tattered & Timeless said...

I told you that you'd love it. What colors did you end up ordering? Did you order the wax brush - it is AWESOME. I also love the smooth finish it gives - especially if you have a much older more dried out piece of furniture - once waxed it is all new feeling again. I have some numbers for you to call about setting up in Cameron. I'll email it to you tomorrow or later tonight.
tammy

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I LOVE AS chalk paint and use it all the time. Your table looks awesome!

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Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Great projects, and I love the table. I have used the duck egg blue, and really like it, too.

Judy said...

whoa, it made my head swim just reading about all those projects but ya'll do such great work! and i'm loving that chalk paint table....i haven't tried the chalk paint yet either, can't justify the price since i only have a couple of things to paint. another blogger posted how to make your own chalk paint so i'm going to try doing that first.

here's to 2012 and all the inspiration it brings!

judy

Twice Nice said...

Looks beautiful! Duck Egg has to be my favorite color, though there are some close seconds. Deb

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Your table is so pretty! I love the finishes. Very nice! Stopping by from Wow Us Wednesday.

~Country Lady~ said...

Fantastic. I've been saying for some time that I'm going to try ASCP, but have yet to do so. Maybe I'll finally do it in 2012. Nice job.

Cottage and Broome said...

The table came out great! On my list this year is to try those paints!!! Thanks for sharing, Laura

Fishtail Cottage said...

Oh - I adore your table! It turned out more than fantastic! Hope you are having a fabulous first week of the new year!

Carrie@comfortablycarriedaway said...

That is just about the cutest little table I've ever seen! I have been looking for one like this for awhile now. Great job!

mrshinesclass said...

Your table looks great...love the colors! So glad you got to enjoy family time this year!!

Sharon

Glenda @ Magnolia Bend Drive said...

It's never too late to get on the ASCP band-wagon! Your table is beautiful, and I can't wait to see the other pieces your working on. I surely love the chalk paint. I am following ....

Junebug Furniture and Design said...

Love your little table...and all your projects, so beautiful!! We have gotten hooked on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Love, Love, Love it!!

Happy New Year!

xox

Glad & Cel

andrea said...

Wow, that little table is dreamy! I love the way you styled it for your bathroom with the soap and bird dish, too! I found you at the linky and am signing on as a new follower. I hope you will stop by sometime. andrea@townandprairie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Don't you love this paint. It is hard to paint with regular latex after using the chalk paint. I love it. Cute table.

TAbbey at Southern Charm said...

Love! I am a huge chalk paint lover myself....there is nothing like it. Great job!

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

Your table turned out great! Thank you for sharing the color you used!

Miss Charming said...

One of my goals for the new year is to try chalk paint. Your table turned out beautifully.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

I love how the table looks.
One of these days I'm going to try the paint.

Dee

Your new follower

Artifice said...

Your table is so incredibly gorgeous! What a fantastic piece! I am envious.

Linda

Rie said...

You're not the last! I still have yet to try the paint out. One of these days...

Looks beautiful!

Jasanna Czellar said...

I've been working on this chalk paint as well, in something that has grooves, but it appears I've put too much paint into the grooves. What are your tips for getting paint in small grooves, but not leaving bubbles or taking 4 hours to paint the grooves? :)

Jasanna Czellar said...

I've been working on this chalk paint as well, in something that has grooves, but it appears I've put too much paint into the grooves. What are your tips for getting paint in small grooves, but not leaving bubbles or taking 4 hours to paint the grooves? :)

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