So, last Thursday (right before the Easter weekend) I received my order for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the mail! I was so excited and even though my mind kept telling me that I didn't have time for a project right before Easter, my heart said "Just Do It". I couldn't wait to try this new paint.
I have been wanting to brighten up my home for a while and decided to start with the living room mantel. It had a dark, cherry finish and I decided to paint it in ASCP Old White. Here's a before pic taken at Christmas.
It did take 3 coats because it was so dark, but I just LOVE the finish. It is so smooth when lightly sanded. I very minimally distressed the edges and accents so they would stand out a bit. I still need to wax it, but wanted to let it cure over the weekend.
I then decided to paint the mirror hanging above the mantel. I have to say, I'm amazed at how much just these two pieces really brighten up my living room. It did make for a somewhat busy pre-holiday for me, but the result was worth it!
Here's a close up of the mantel top. The eggs in the cloche are just plastic eggs that I decoupaged with pages from an old hymnal and glittered. I made the moss wreath and egg by just glueing moss to the styrofoam forms.
So, I have to say, I highly recommend the ASCP paint. No priming or pre-sanding required! If you have used this paint, please share your projects by posting a comment with a link!