My first project was this simple IKEA step stool:
The stool had been through the mill. There was no finish on the stool and between dirt and drips of paint from using the stool while I painted walls, it was a mess. I had a small jar of CeCe Caldwell's chalk paint in "Destin Gulf Green". Once I got the stool painted, I thought it needed a little "toning down". So I grabbed my jar of "Nantucket Spray" and dry brushed it on. After waxing with clear wax, I went over the entire stool with a dark wax. I love how it looks in my bathroom!
Earlier in the week, I found this great coffee table at Savers in Apple Valley (Savers is similar to Goodwill) for only $10. The only problem seemed to be a flaking finish on the table top. I asked hubby if he could lightly sand it to get the loose stuff off and give me a more even surface. Well, he took care of it for me while I was out running errands; so when I got back, he had sanded the entire table -- pretty much down to bare wood! He told me he couldn't remember if I just wanted the top sanded or the whole thing so he went for it!! Personally, I think he just like playing with the sander.
The table started out looking like this:
I love the shape of the legs! I decided to go with Annie Sloan's "Arles" -- a beautiful yellow shade but when waxed and aged with dark wax, it takes on an entirely different tone! Not only does this paint go on smoothly, but it seemed like I used very little paint ... and I did two coats! (The stool took at least 3 oz. of the 4 oz. jar I had on hand.)
I even "dressed up" my table with a fun autumn table runner I made for my Mom several years ago. It fits so nicely, it looks like it was made for this table!
Of the two paints, I like the Annie Sloan's best. It just seems to work better for me. Plus ... it helps that there's an ASCP stockist not far from me whereas, there is no one in the entire state of Minnesota selling CeCe Caldwell's paint.
Now, I just have to figure out what I want to paint next. I picked up a quart of ASCP in "Duck Egg" as well as small jars of "Antoinette" and "Paris Gray". So let's see . . . will it be the small round table that sits between my living room and dining room . . . or should I go with something small again?
Guess you'll have to check back and see what I decide on ....
Till then....have a great day and enjoy what's left of summer!