Painting Furniture 5

Since summer school got out, I have been really busy. I talked to a local antique shop owner and he is allowing me to put some of my painted furniture in his store! I even have a spot in the front window!!! Then, there was a day when I had 320 views on my blog!!! ONE DAY!!! That’s almost double from where I’d been the day before! Things are really looking up for I’ll Just Paint It! If you enjoy reading it and looking at all the pics, please continue to share this site with your friends. They share with their friends and all the sudden, my blog is blowing up!!! Keep up the great work, friends!!!

OK, since I’ve been putting projects on the back-burner to paint furniture in order to sell it, I thought I’d share some before and afters with you because who doesn’t love those?!?! Am I right? Another exciting thing is that I’ve discovered and almost mastered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. If you follow any furniture painting boards on Pinterest, you’ve probably heard of it. Here’s the idea: Annie Sloan (from Europe) created a paint that will stick to virtually anything. You don’t have to prime, sand, or do much in terms of prepping. It goes on live a glove and the finished product is gorgeous. This paint makes distressing a breeze. As a protector, you use wax. There is dark and clear wax. The clear wax is, well, clear (think polyurethane, but it’s wax). The dark wax gives your piece an antiqued sort of look. There are many ways to use the paint. They can be mixed to create different colors (which her colors are FAB), they can be watered down, all sorts of things. I am by no means an expert. I still have lots of questions myself, but that’s the gist of her paints. Once I used them, I knew I was on to something big. She’s pure genius!

Sorry for the different sized photographs.  You know my camera is broken and I keep buying other things instead of a new one.  I’m not sure why some are big and some are small and I can’t fix it and it’s summer, so who wants to be in the house editing things they can’t figure out?!?!?!  Thanks for living with it!

My grandpa made this table out of wood pieces he found at the dump.  I think it's fitting that I learned how to use Annie Sloan on this piece!

My grandpa made this table out of wood pieces he found at the dump. I think it’s fitting that I learned how to use Annie Sloan on this piece!

ASCP Florence.  I did not clear wax this piece (like you're supposed to) prior to using the dark wax, but I still really like how it turned out.  Not for sale!  She's mine!

ASCP Florence. I did not clear wax this piece (like you’re supposed to) prior to using the dark wax, but I still really like how it turned out. NOT FOR SALE! She’s mine!

Table without chairs...

Table without chairs…

Table after.  Sanded, painted, stenciled, stained, polyurethaned for long-lasting protection.  $45

Table after. Sanded, painted, stenciled, stained, polyurethaned for long-lasting protection. $45

The other part of the table.

The other part of the table.

 

Shadowbox before.

Shadowbox before.

Shadowbox after ASCP Old White with dark wax.  $20
Shadowbox after ASCP Old White with dark wax. $20
Vanity before (I didn't take a picture with the mirror in)

Vanity before (I didn’t take a picture with the mirror in)

pink vanity

Six drawer dresser with lots of stains and uckiness before

Six drawer dresser with lots of stains and uckiness before

Six drawer dresser with lots of stains and uckiness before

 6 drawer dresser front view before

6 drawer dresser front view before
Mirror that goes with the 6 drawer dresser

Mirror that goes with the 6 drawer dresser

6 drawer dresser after.  ASCP Old White and dark wax on bottom.  Stained oak on top.  Drawers are ASCP Duck Egg Blue

6 drawer dresser after. ASCP Old White and dark wax on bottom. Stained oak on top. Drawers are ASCP Duck Egg Blue. I love this one!!!

Coffee Table Before

Coffee Table Before

Coffee table after.  Sanding, painting, distressing, staining and protecting.  $45

Coffee table after. Sanding, painting, distressing, staining and protecting. $45

Close up of distressed coffee table

Close up of distressed coffee table

Coffee table in the front window of Antiques and More in Kendallville, Indiana

Coffee table in the front window of Antiques and More in Kendallville, Indiana

Desk before

Desk before

This picture shows the difference between the dark wax and clear wax on the Duck Egg Blue.

This picture shows the difference between the dark wax and clear wax on the Duck Egg Blue.

Desk ASCP Old White under Duck Egg Blue, distressed, dark waxed.  The entire thing ended up being dark waxed, but I forgot to take a picture.  $45

Desk ASCP Old White under Duck Egg Blue, distressed, dark waxed. The entire thing ended up being dark waxed, but I forgot to take a picture. $45

Dresser before

Dresser before

Lily's new dresser with pink ombre drawers.  NOT FOR SALE

Lily’s new dresser with pink ombre drawers. NOT FOR SALE

Square table before

Square side table before

ASCP Old White on top of Florence (legs only).  Distressed.  Florence in the drawer.

ASCP Old White on top of Florence (legs only). Distressed. Florence in the drawer. I really love her too!

 

Headboard before.  Isn't she gorgeous?!?!

Headboard before. Isn’t she gorgeous?!?!

Footboard Before.  Love her legs!

Footboard Before. Love her legs!

Words (or this picture) can't explain how beautful this piece turned out.  She's not done yet and don't think there's going to be that brown space in there.  I had to remove a board to paint it all!  This is just a sneak peak.  She's not done yet, but she's well on her way!

Words (or this picture) can’t explain how beautiful this piece turned out. She’s not done yet and don’t think there’s going to be that brown space in there. I had to remove a board to paint it all! This is just a sneak peak. She’s not done yet, but she’s well on her way!

 

I realize that my pictures aren’t staged and they are taken with my iPhone, but I’m hoping you get the idea! This is what I’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks. It’s why I missed writing a post the week before the 4th of July. I’ll get the hang of being able to do it all. Until then, imagine how great one of these pieces would look at your house!
Also, I do plan on doing some tutorials on some of these projects. I’m just not sure when!

See you next week, until then, I’ll be painting furniture!
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5 thoughts on “Painting Furniture

  1. Reply Gail Dayton Jul 11,2013 11:11 am

    I absolutely love before and afters!! These are great!! You will have no problem selling these items! Good Luck! Keep us posted on what sells!!

  2. Reply Laura Jul 14,2013 11:29 pm

    Hi Rachel-where are you getting this paint at? I am having a ball at painting and redoing furniture too and would love to try this paint-look at the steps we could save!!! I love everything that you are doing and see your pieces uptown-great job!!!! I think we need a shop were we can have repurposed items for sale???

    • Reply illjustpaintit Jul 15,2013 7:38 am

      Hi Laura! Thanks for your kind words. I am using chalk paint. Sometimes I make it, sometimes I buy it. You can buy online. I ABSOLUTELY think there needs to be a shop in Kendallville. You’re not the first one to say that to me, and it’s not the first time I’ve thought about it…. Dreams….

  3. Reply RevivedLondon Sep 2,2013 2:33 pm

    Hi, I’m also a huge fan of Annie Sloan. So much easier than some of the other paints I’ve tried. I LOVE your splitting of the table in half – such a clever idea and also your bed head :) I’ve only just found your blog but am loving it :)

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