27 April 2016

ORC week 4 Choosing Furniture Paint and Painting



This week is furniture painting.
I love chalk paint, and I've used Annie Sloan on at least fifteen pieces now with great results.
I finally decided on a color for the armoire, and maybe the small side chest.
Again, I had my doubts about paint and what to choose. I know that I thought I wanted white, but I put myself through the paint song and dance again. I do love (((green))).




But, I reassured myself that I had repaired a table top in my daughter's room on a painted Ethan Allen piece, and Annie Sloan's old white chalk paint blended in perfectly. The painted dresser on the left side looks pretty with that piece, so that will be the armoire and chest paint color.

I've had these pieces fourteen or fifteen years. They are pretty, but not antiques. I don't paint antiques.


Three days later...

My spouse cleaned the armoire,
and applied one coat of paint to the armoire, and when it dried, it needed a second, because it is a dark color.

Several hours later...

Disaster Struck



The paint  cracked and peeled everywhere!
Our first disaster with Annie Sloan paint happened. I've painted at least ten pieces, and all had gone well up until this point, and it happened to the room in which I am most emotionally vested.
The key to ASCP is that there is no sanding required, but it does say "clean".
I only dusted the piece before painting. I've always only dusted.





So, I returned to my favorite chalk paint store to find out what to do...
I have never waxed or used pledge on the piece, because I know it is not recommended, but obviously there is a residue.
I learn that I should of cleaned the piece with white vinegar and water. They recommended I sand the spots that cracked and distress them, or seal them.
I decided to distress them.

The next day later...

I repainted the peeling parts, and it is still cracked, and the cracking spread... I went back to the store for  a sealer.
The entire piece had to be sanded again.

At least I had not started on the small piece. Ha!
In retrospect, I should of painted the small one first.



Here it is done in AS old white. It actually looks old now, because some of the former color shows in spots, but I like it.

Will I ever get done?

Thanks for following along.

These days I am having fun with Instagram.
Thank you.
xo
Su

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42 comments:

  1. I have never had any problems with annie sloan chalk paint either. You end result looks wonderful!

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    1. I thought it was really strange, and it turned into a big project. xoxo Su

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  2. Oh, I so love this kind of projects, I'm following your work with such a joy, my dearest Su !

    Sending blessings on the remainder of your weekend ahead, may it be filled with love and wonder

    Dany

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    1. Thank you, Daniela, for kind words and thoughts. I will make it around the blogs this weekend. xo Su

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  3. I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one who has had disaster strike when painting furniture! In the end it turned out the way you like, so all is good. I had similar problems when purchasing curtains for our master bedroom. I ordered them online and had to exchange 3 of 4 pairs. Two had a pink tinge to them, and one set was 2 inches longer than the rest. All the trials and tribulations will make your finished room all the sweeter when you're done. I know it will be gorgeous!

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    1. Isn't that crazy about the curtains! And I am happy the paint turned out okay in the end, but what a mess and a job. Thank you, Vickie. xoxo Su

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  4. It looks lovely. Paint is funny stuff. All of the woodwork in my house is painted and i have one door than no matter how many coats I put on it there is something that comes thru. I am not sure what it was but it is weird. I am enjoying following you decision making and hearing the reasons for your choices. I struggle with knowing what something will look like finished. All of my projects end up being kind of a surprise. I am eager to see your room done. Good luck and hopefully no more disasters.

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    1. Thank you, Lorri. That's sort of true for me too. In the end it is a surprise. xoxo Have a wonderful weekend. xo Su

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  5. Ohhhh no Su that's a big hiccup and much frustration. White vinegar works amazingly well. Your efforts have paid off because the piece looks aged to perfection and a pretty color. Me too spending time on IG ;-)
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. What a job! Instead of just dusting, I will always do that now. xoxo Su

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  6. Sorry that you had to go through all that work, but now it looks wonderful. Love the color.
    Have a sunny weekend.
    Mary

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I really like it too. Have a wonderful weekend. xo

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  7. Oh no what a shame! But the end result was wonderful, so at least that's good.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. Isn't that true! The getting there is hard, but the end is wonderful. xo

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  8. Oh my dear friend, you have had a time.
    I would have cried. You hung in!! Good for you!
    Cheering you on!!
    Carla

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  9. I have an armoire I want to paint white, but it's Black and oh my... I love your finished project, so sorry it was such a chore to complete. I haven't done as many pieces as you have, but I've also never had a peeling issue with Annie Sloan. I will make sure my pieces a good and clean though, before I start my next project! Still looking forward to seeing your finished room, I'm sure it will be Wonderful! Blessings, Cindy xo

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    1. I think it was because it was a darkly stained piece, because most things that I've painted were painted pieces with original painted finishes except for some pine pieces; I was changing the color. I think this piece was maple or birch and its finish was very dark. xo Su

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  10. I have never had an issue with ASCP. I guess I should at least clean my next piece just in case.

    Your piece looks great!

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I think because it was a dark finish it bled. xoxo Su

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  11. That is to bad about the furniture and I'm glad your disaster turned out good.
    Enjoy the weekend Su. ;)
    Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Me too. Have a wonderful weekend. xo Su

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  12. I would have been so frustrated if that happened to me! I am happy it all worked out in the end. Lessons learned! thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you, Mila. I was so frustrated, but I am so happy it worked out in the end. xo Su

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  13. Painting is messy work, particularly the sanding part.. We are procrastinating in repainting our peeling ceiling and walls because of fear of mess....

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  14. One step forward, two steps back! Yikes...it looks beautiful now!

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  15. My hat is off to you!
    I get SO frustrated over things like that.
    but I really love how it turned out in the end!
    xo

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  16. So much trouble! But it was worth it in the end... Now you get me worried as I planned to use Annie Sloan on the buffet in my dining-room next summer... I already bought the paint!

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  17. Up early and getting ready to get going on an early job, I am visiting you to see the progress here.. As for the armoire oh wow! I can't speak for any chalk paints and how they bond, I am still old school and will take a piece all the way down to its original raw wood and prime and paint to then distress. I love the old feel of washed pieces as well and this technic has to be sanded all the way to rawness.
    But here is what I did do to some bathroom cabinets, I purchased a liquid sand paper, you rub it onto the piece and let it dry like in ten minutes, and then you paint over it and everything bonds to it like nothing else. I purchased the product at Home Depot, it works wonders and it is so easy to apply and low Oder, and you just leave it one in any form of application applied in any direction, evenly, or messy streaks....the paint will bond onto this liquid sanding type of primer that I applied with a spurge wiping it down with the product and then painted.

    Try it if you fear future pieces and don't want to have to work so hard with achieving the outcome.
    Looks great! And so excited to see the outcome.
    Xx
    Dore

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  18. Painting is not as easy as everyone makes it sound. There are steps to follow and lots of choices before one can dive into re-painting a piece. I would have been devastated if I saw the paint pealing off my piece but thank goodness you were patient and did your homework.

    I love the outcome Su. It looks beautiful.

    Have a great week.

    Janet

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  19. Ugh, what a headache :( but the finished piece does look great!

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  20. Oh your challenge has certainly BEEN a challenge :( I have never used chalk paint :) but when I was younger it was primer and regular paint or stripping pieces down to the bare bones with paint stripper ( torture :) so I can sympathize and I am glad that it all worked out in the end! :)

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    1. Thank you, Deb. It certainly has. So many things went wrong. It seems more than usual, because I am use to this by now, having worked on this place for four years. xoxo Su

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  21. I'm kind of shocked this happened. I've never cleaned before chalk paint. I guess I just lucked out. It looks like it will be gorgeous. I can't wait to see the reveal.

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    1. Thank you, Katie. I think I lucked out on so many previous pieces! :) xoxo Su

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  22. Looking good! I never clean before painting either, bummer that happened!

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    1. Thank you. It would not have been fine for even a very distressed look, because it was coming off. xoxo Su

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  23. I love ASCP, and yeah, I usually only dust the pieces before painting them. It's certainly not fun when something like this happens, though I love the outcome.
    Looking forward to reveal time.

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    1. I've painted so many pieces and ones for others, and this is the first time it happened. It turned out okay after all that work, and that's what matters in the end. I won't take a short cut next time. xoxo Su

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  24. Oh this is interesting. I never would have dreamed that I should clean a piece with vinegar first, but it is a good thing to know!

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