Sunday, March 11, 2012

What NOT To Do with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint


$42 per can, and this is what I do. I didn't just spill it, I full on dropped the can. And, you can sure as heck bet that I scooped every last bit of it and put it straight back in the can...and then I used the remaining paint on my brush for the dresser. "Crud is good." That's what Annie says.

As a result of this catastrophic and tremendously expensive "uh-oh," I can post about how easy it is to clean! That would be the silver lining. :)


1 Bucket of Hot Water (to be refilled and cleaned about 1,000 times)
1 Rag
1 Roll of Paper Towels and Baby Wipes
1 Bottle of Lift Off

I started with the hot water and rag and kept the paint wet so that it was easier to clean. And then I scrubbed and cleaned, emptied the bucket of red water, refilled it and did that a lot more.

Then, the store got busy, I forgot about the mess and it dried up, my mom stopped by and saw the mess and finished cleaning it up! It was super easy to clean! :) Aren't moms the best?!

That being said, want to see what I painted with the Emperor's Silk?

This dresser (which comes with a large mirror) was one of those "being in the right place at the right time" finds. I scored this monstrosity for free when I guy who had it loaded in his truck ready to take to the Goodwill saw all of the furniture in my truck and asked me if I wanted it. You Betcha! We backed the trucks together and slid it from his to mine in a mutually beneficial exchange.

I stripped the top and re-stained it with a combination of Dark Walnut and Mission Oak.

It wasn't as dark as I would have liked, so I used the dark wax to richen the color and draw out the wood grain. Two coats did just that while sealing it.

The base I painted in Emperor's Silk.

The red was a bit overwhelming, so I added Old White to the insets on the front doors to break up the color. Plus, the heavy distressing throughout helps.

The inside is painted in Old White.

I sealed the entire piece with a heavy layer of dark wax to soften the vibrancy of the red. It helped.

This week, I will tackle the mirror that goes with it...without spilling the paint in the process!


  1. Oh what a flipping mess when you spill paint. One time my girlfriend-who is absolutely meticulous was doing touch up paint on her townhouse when she moved out so that it would look just like new. She was working her way to the landing in the upstairs hall, hit her paint can and it rolled all the way down the carpeted steps. OMG-What a mess. We cried till we laughed and then cried some more!

    Glad you had a Mom to help you out...and the piece is amazing. I love the red and the white breaks it up beautifully! xo Diana

  2. OMG, I would have died if I dropped the can. Good to know that it is easy to clean up. Your dresser is lovely. Love the mixture of colors.

  3. Love that red! That is one gorgeous dresser!

  4. GORGEOUS!!!! love the white with the red and dark wax that you used!

  5. Is that dresser by Stanley? I bought a dresser from CL today that looks a lot like that one except the doors on mine are really ugly! Your project turned out great! I love red. :)

  6. Looks great! I did a similar color combination on a small side table and it looked great (and sold quickly)!

  7. I know what you mean about the red, its shocking at first. Thats what I love about the dark wax, helps calm it down. I too just finish my first piece with emperor`s silk.

  8. Oh my goodness! Yikes! You're right though, this made a great post topic! I can attest to the easy clean up of ASCP...I accidentally flipped a few flecks onto my husband's mustang (which is always impeccably clean!) and it came right off...he will never know! Your dresser turned out great and I love hearing how you scored it! I dream of those kind of encounters!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,


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