Many of you have heard the name Annie Sloan. She is a British gal who has written over 20 books on the subject of chalk painting and also manufactures her own line of boutique chalk paints and waxes. I believe Annie got started when her children were quite young and she got tired of her worn-out looking furniture. Her painting method evolved from the need to be able to refresh a piece quickly and easily.
Painted furniture is everywhere and blends nicely with lots of furniture styles, from traditional to modern, antique to contemporary and rustic to eclectic. In a room with lots of wood, I believe a painted piece or two provides a sharp contrast and its color can blend beautifully with window coverings, area rugs and accessories. (Just ask Ethan Allen, Pottery Barn or Homegoods LOL) If you decide to do what Annie Sloan did and paint some furniture because it is old, scratched, dull or boring, it can also be a great way to change things up very inexpensively and create a new color palette that you create for your home.
Annie’s method involves painting, waxing and often, distressing a piece to give it character and warmth. Currently, I have become a chalk painting addict because 1) it’s quicker than stripping and refinishing 2) it totally changes the look of the piece and 3) THE HUNT for something classy, funky, antique, forlorn or one-of-a-kind seems to have become my PASSION in life (very sad to admit, but true). Is every old, POJ (piece of “ junk “) out there worth reviving?? Here are some things for you to consider before getting on your old paint clothes (based upon lessons learned through experience).
Do you love the piece? Is it sentimental? Is it still sturdy or easily repairable? Do you have the perfect spot for it? Does it provide needed storage? Can it provide a better function than something you already have ? Do you have the time and patience to complete the project? (usually 3 hours) If your answer is yes, then my opinion is too.
On the other hand……
Does the piece pass the SMELL test? Is it really wobbly….do drawers and doors work to be functional? Does it need expensive reupholstery or veneer repair? Is it too big a project for your first try? My answer would then be NO, KEEP LOOKING…..
At Refabulous, these two matching nightstands were dropped off to be consigned.
They were a great size, had nice lines, working drawers and attractive handles. The negatives were that the top surfaces of each one had areas where the mahogany finish had completely worn off and the light tan pressboard-type wood was exposed. The poor nightstands needed help to show off their potential. The situation called for ACTION!