You know what will guarantee a remodel to take way longer than it should? Take a guess. Budget? Labor? Earthquakes? Bug infestations? All very valid guesses. The answer is furniture. I would recommend to all persons anxious to spend staggering amounts of time working on a house, to not complicate matters by investing in copious amounts of homeless furniture that also needs to be re-done. Not that I would know. Because I totally follow my own advise. Always. See this dresser for instance, it’s not technically an investment because I got it for free.
Poor little dear. I can’t say no to free furniture. It’s like turning away a puppy. Who has the heart to do that?? ( I can say that because my kids aren’t old enough to read this blog or kidnap stray animals. I reserve the right to change my opinions on puppies at a later date.)
I randomly stumbled on a little furniture boutique sort of place in town which also happens to sell Annie Sloan’s chalk paint…which I may be the last person on the planet to have ever used. I’m more of a stalker of sample pots of mis-tint paint costing in the range of a dollar each sort of girl myself…but I was feeling extravagant so decided to give it a try. I selected the smallest pot of a paint they had and a container of dark wax…and I may or may not have a sever case of heart palpitations and buyers remorse at the price tag. The color I chose to try was Arles which is sort of a dusty yellow color.
The actual color is brighter than the above pictured, that was after I had already applied the dark wax to it. As I’ve mentioned already, I’ve never used this stuff before so feel free to disregard my opinions from my lack of experience. I think the paint is easy to use, and the color is very pretty. The wax was a little tricky for me, because I’ve always used glaze on my furniture. Wax most definitely does not behave like glaze, but over all it’s not too tricky to use. I buffed it after finishing but it never really did shine up very well. I’m assuming that’s a error of my technique or maybe I’m just too used to the shine of latex paint.
Since I didn’t have a particular look in mind for this dresser, and I was just painting for fun, I’m fairly pleased with the over all turn out. It’s a little on the streaky side, but I’m not a perfectionist, so I don’t mind it. Plus, as my Mister so poetically puts it, I rather like the “dirty wood” look. The wax definitively keeps the yellow from looking too “sweet”. I certainly didn’t want to stray into the land of baby nursery with a piece intended for my master bedroom.
Please don’t throw tomatoes at me, but I’m not sure I’m going to jump on the chalk paint band wagon just yet. I did like it, yes, but I didn’t love it. I would have liked it just as well with an average paint from the hardware store. I personally don’t see any overwhelmingly amazing aspects about it, especially in relation to what it costs. That said, I have a ton of the wax left over, so I’m sure I’ll be trying some of the homemade chalk paint recipes out there so that I can use it. If you’re a pro and make money off your furniture, I’m sure it’s great stuff to use. For folks like me who paint furniture because it’s fun and thrifty, I’m not so sure it’s the cat’s meow if you get my drift.
By the way, I found the new hardware for the dresser from my local salvage shop. I’d rather splurge on hardware than expensive paint…to me that’s what really makes the dramatic difference on the over all appearance and feel of a piece.
In other news this bedroom is just about done. I’m pretty much just waiting on a bed. I ended up ordering a bed online which is completely bazaar and out of my league…I don’t ever order anything. Ever. Scary. It had great reviews and was a killer deal, as good a price as I would hope to find in a resale shop. Fingers crossed that it will be worth the risk!
What do you think about chalk paint? Like it or love it? When you paint a room, do you have to fix up all your furniture too, or am I just odd?
P.S. Anybody have any great tricks for getting rid of lady bugs? They really like the window in this room, and I’m mystified as to how to get rid of them! They’re cute and all, but seriously! Not cute enough to sleep with!
1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not;charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,