Phew! That’s a long title! And there’s a lot to cover here!
First off, I’d like to give a big congrats to Heather for winning the Chair Back Headboard!! (Heather, drop me a line and we can work out getting that to you!)
Next up, the generous gals at WonderFaux Studio in Stafford, TX sent me some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to try out. I’ve seen lots of fantastic projects in blogland using this paint and I had being dying to get my hands on some to try out forever, so I was excited, needless to say. I chose to give the deep and rich Emperor’s Silk red a go, and the color surely did not disappoint!
I started with a ho-hum, dime-a-dozen Hemnes dresser from Ikea.
A ended up with a fun, quirky, bright, one-of-a-kind piece!
Wouldn’t it be just fantastic in a little boy’s vintage fireman room? Like, RIGHT at home in a bedroom like this one?
Yes. I think so.
Since AS Chalk Paint boasts “no primer needed,” I jumped right into painting this one. Now here’s where a little color theory comes into play. To get such a vibrant red color, almost no white pigment is used. White is what gives color coverage, so red is typically a very difficult color to cover with. The Annie Sloan paint was no different. The adhesion was certainly great and not needing a primer, but the color coverage for this particular shade was lacking. I used 3/4 of a pot of paint (3 heavy coats plus touch ups on the knots) for just this one, smallish dresser, whereas my friends “in the field” who have been using AS Chalk Paint have had great coverage and gotten miles of use out of one pot of the paint. So, take from me a lesson my friends. If you use AS Emporer’s Silk, make sure you use a gray or black primer before you paint and you’re sure to be thrilled with it and it will last like chalk paint should. :)
I finished it off this dresser with some Minwax Paste Finishing Wax, which gave it protection and a nice, satin finish.
And are you wondering about those fantastic pulls? :)
Well, they are Ann Marie originals made from salvaged vintage water valves. They are available in my new Etsy shop called The Hob Knobery, along with a selection of natural gemstone knobs and some vintage knob finds as well! I’d absolutely LOVE for you to hop on over and check out my newest venture.
I have more ideas for some furniture knob handiworks bouncing around in my brain, so there’s much more to come! :)
NOW IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!
And, of course, I’ve saved the best news for last. WonderFaux Studio wants to give one lucky Twice Lovely reader their own pot of Annie Sloan Chalk paint in the color of your choice, along with 3 artist’s gesso brushes! (A $60 value!)
AND, to sweeten the deal even further, I’m going to throw in a $20 credit to the all new Hob Knobery Etsy Shop towards whatever you’d like there. :)
For a mandatory first entry :
1. Like WonderFaux Decorative Arts on Facebook and leave them a comment there saying you’re over from Twice Lovely.
2. AND be a public follower of this blog.
3. Leave a comment below saying you’ve done #1 & #2.
For extra entries:
1. Favorite the new Hob Knobery Etsy Shop and leave a comment below.
2. Like Twice Lovely on Facebook and leave a comment below.
3. Facebook, Twitter, or Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment below.
The giveaway will run through next Wednesday, August 3rd and I’ll announce the winner that day!!
I go in EARLY next Thursday morning to the hospital to have this baby! :) Can’t wait to meet this little guy! Please keep us in your prayers for a safe and healthy delivery.