Once in awhile, in the midst of pursuing doing something that you love… and persevering through the parts that you hate of doing the thing that you love, you find something that can entirely eliminate the parts that you hate from the thing that you love…and that…well, that is just pure love leftover.
I found something like that. And no…it’s not a robot that cleans my house in order to help make it a home (but that would be great.) What I found is called Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I’ve talked about it before HERE and HERE.
I LOVE refinishing furniture. And because in my real life job I hold the title of ” Chief Executive Mommy” and thereby don’t have loads of extra free time on my hands, I hated…I mean hated having to spend extra time stripping, or sanding, and priming furniture before transforming it into something amazing. In the whole grand scheme of time spent refinishing a piece, easily 50% or more of my time was being spent on the prepping part instead of the prettying part. And I really like the prettying part the best.
Then, I read about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Miss Mustard Seed’s blog. Now there is a lady who can absolutely dominate a piece of sad looking furniture with amazingness! If you don’t know about her…well, you should. And while I’m talking about people I know of who can dominate sad furniture with amazingness, also check out Barb Blair at Knack Studios. Her amazingness was featured in Southern Living and Garden & Gun magazines recently…plus, she’s a local gal in addition to being an artistic furniture dominator.
What I wanted to tell you though is that I also LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. And just a couple of weeks ago, I made a new friend in town, Jennie Gainey of Jennie Leigh Design, who has just become an Annie Sloan Stockist. (You can’t just buy this amazing paint anywhere…people have to be trained and approved stockists!) But I can drive to get it now instead of having to order it…and that’s pretty exciting for me!
Part of the greatness of this paint is that woodwork NEEDS NO PRIMING, and NO PREPARATION as it will stick to almost everything… old waxed pine, melamine and varnished wood included. It is an Eco-friendly water based paint and you can even wash your brushes out in water when you’re done.
The other greatness of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is how amazing it looks finished. You can use the paint without sealing it, but Annie Sloan makes waxes that honestly give an almost velvety patina to the finished product. Both the waxes and paint are very user-friendly, it distresses like a dream (can be done by lightly rubbing with a sanding sponge,) and comes in a gorgeous array of colors that can make a statement as they come, or mixed together.
I painted this piece in a combination of Annie Sloan Old White and Paris Grey and I absolutely adore the way it turned out. Still needs a piece of glass in the front, but you get the idea.
I could show you more pieces I’ve done now, but that’d rob me of the suspense of future posts, and really, by this point in the week-o-celebratory-giveaways you’re likely curious to find out exactly what I’m giving away.
So without further ado, and certainly not without massive thanks to Jennie Leigh Design, one of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s newest full stockists, for sponsoring this giveaway, we give you….1 qt of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (in any color you choose,) and 1 Annie Sloan wax (your choice of clear or dark wax.)
So here’s how to enter (this giveaway is open to US residents only. I’m sorry to my far away peeps…I do love you though):
Mandatory Entry: Go to the Jennie Leigh Design website, browse around, and choose the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color and wax you’d hope to win. Come back here to Life for Dessert and leave a comment letting us know your paint and wax color choices, as well as what you plan to paint?!
- For extra entries leave separate comments detailing each action: You can earn 1 extra entry for each action taken, for a total of SIX extra entries…1) Follow Life for Dessert on Google Friend Connect, 2) Like Jennie Leigh Design on Facebook, 3) Like Life for Dessert on Facebook, 4) Subscribe to receive the Life For Dessert feed (it’s in the sidebar on the top right), 5) Share this link on your own Facebook wall, 6) Tweet this link to all of your followers.
Ok friends. Happy entering! This giveaway will end exactly one week from the time stamp of this entry post which will be next Wednesday, August 31 at 6am. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow too…I’m not done celebrating my new site yet! More fun giving away to come!!!! (You still have time to enter both the Gussy Sews Giveaway from Monday, and the Red Letter Words Giveaway from yesterday too!)