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Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan and an Early Christmas Present

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Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan and an Early Christmas Present


It’s beginning to look a lot more like Christmas around here. 

The tree is decorated (by my kids of course) and the stockings are hung. 

The lights sparkle in and out as we get ready to celebrate that important day – Christmas. 

This year I wanted to give myself an early Christmas present.  I have had a pair of caned barrel back chairs for a couple of years.  I was waiting to build up the courage to paint and reupholster them.  I knew it was going to be a tough one.  You see, upholstery is a challenge for me.  I knew the painting would be easy and I knew exactly what I was going to do. 

I made it through… Phew!

You know how much I adore Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, right?

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Technique

I’ve had so many successes with this paint that when it comes to painting furniture, this is my ultimate “go to” paint.

This is where I began…

Slipcovered Grey Before Caned Back Chair

For $25.00 a piece, these chairs were in need of some TLC to update them to survive in the twenty first century. 

I decided to use Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint® in


Paris Grey


Old White.

***See color swatches here***

The first step – I removed all of the upholstery and then started painting.

Using the Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush I painted a coat of Graphite over

the body of the chair

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite

leaving the caning for Paris Grey.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite

Paris Grey was then applied to the caning.

Slipcovered Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

and dry brushed over the entire piece.

This is where the dimension and texture is picked up and what I love.

Dry Brushing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

If you would like a full tutorial on dry brushing you can see that here.

Once the Paris Grey was dry

I applied a dry brush coat of Old White over the ornamental areas and where I felt it needed a little more texture and highlighting.

Slipcovered Grey with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Can you see the texture and dimension?

It’s so fun to see it come to life.

Lastly, with an Annie Sloan Wax Brush, I applied a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax.

After buffing the wax the upholstering began and before too long

I was done!

Merry early Christmas Present to me!

Here is one of the finished beauties…

Slipcovered Grey before and after using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I upholstered with drop cloth because I love that look

and placed a plaid throw and fluffy reindeer pillow on top for a festive feel.


Slipcovered Grey using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

See the reindeer pillow tutorial here.

Slipcovered Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Tutorial


So there you go…

My early Christmas Gift.

Slipcovered Grey Tutorial

And one more so you can see the side.

Slipcovered Grey Chair Tutorial Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Are you working on any fun projects for an early present?

I’d love to hear.

Now I better get wrapping pretty boxes to put under that tree.

Slipcovered Grey Tutorial

If you would like to learn more about Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan

it is easy. 

Annie Sloan has many books available.

One of my favorites is

Quick and Easy Paint Transformations

where she shows you project after project achieving the looks





Every. Single. Moment.




****Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan provided me with paint, wax, brushes, and book to complete this project.  All opinions above are my own. ***

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Dry Brush/Whitewash Tutorial

Dry Brush/Whitewash Tutorial

Recently I had a few of you ask specifics of how I painted

this piece.

Slipcovered Grey

This was actually my second project ever with Annie Sloan paint. 

I remember I loved the end result so much, it broke my heart to sell it. 

Thanks to the readers who brought to my attention that a tutorial was in need.

After sifting through photographs I found a project that was never shared with you.

The same process was used on this china cabinet,

and the perfect way to offer a tutorial.

Dry Brush/Whitewash Technique

Yep, you guessed it, another Craigslist find.

China Cabinet

(You know how much I use Craigslist and love it).

Not only did it need a lot of TLC and updating, it was screaming Annie Sloan Paris Gray.

I have always loved the look of Paris Gray with a nice white dry brush technique.


Slipcovered Grey Dry Brush/Whitewash Tutorial

It is a neutral color that really could be used in any décor.

Paris Gray is gorgeous on large pieces like armoires, cabinets, and dressers.

If you are nervous to try out painting furniture, seriously, have no fear.

If I can do this, so can you!

This is the easiest paint, in my opinion, to use.

It is definitely worth the investment.

Plus there are so many of us that want to help.


So ask, and I will answer.


Okay, let’s go!

1. Wipe down the furniture so it is sparkling clean. 

(Dirt, grime, fingerprints – gone).

2. Once it is clean, apply the first coat of Paris Gray.

(I am a texture girl, so I just brush it on. I try to stay with the wood grain, but hey, if I see a brush stroke – no biggie.

I have big plans to utilize the texture those brush strokes create).

3.  Once the paint is dry, apply a second coat. 

(I always like to apply a second coat, especially in areas where

the coverage is a little weak).

4.  Annie Sloan recommends distressing after waxing, but I like to do it now, before whitewashing.

Sanding areas that would naturally wear with time is my goal here.

Trust your instincts.

Are you ready for the fun part?

5. Now on to the fun, creative part – the dry brush technique.

Use a dry brush and dab it in pure white.

If there is too much paint on the brush, take a paper towel and dab the brush to remove some of the paint.

Then it’s time to apply to the surface.

Slipcovered Grey Dry Brush/Whitewash Tutorial

This is where the texture comes to life, but you have to work fast.

China Cabinet

I brush a section and then wipe it off right away,

Whitewash Slipcovered Grey

here I used a fancy paper towel.

Dry Brush/Whitewash Tutorial

It actually works  great.

Dry brushing evenly is important to create a uniform look.

If an area doesn’t blend well, fine sand paper will remove the top layer and blend in with the bottom layer of paint.

Slipcovered Grey Dry Brush/Whitewash Tutorial

Go with your gut here – let your eye tell you if it looks right.

If it doesn’t, keep working, but don’t get overwhelmed.

It’s just furniture.

This is the part that creates texture

Slipcovered Grey Dry Brush/Whitewash Tutorial

and dimension.

Whitewash/Drybrush Tutorial

Notice how the dry-brushing is applied directionally with the grain.

Slipcovered Grey Dry Brush Tutorial

Dry brushing also creates a layered look creating a time-worn look.

Slipcovered Grey Dry Brush/Whitewash Tutorial

Again, let your eye tell you which direction to take it.

6.  Step back and take a good look at what you created.  Do you need to distress more in an area? Go for it.  Does the whitewash need to be toned down?  Use a fine sand paper and lightly tone it down.  It’s as easy as that.

7.  Apply Clear Wax.  I use Annie Sloan and love it.  A little goes a long way.  Using the round brush (also Annie Sloan) makes it quick and easy to apply.  Waxing protects furniture and makes the color come to life. 

Annie Sloan Wax

After applying wax it needs to be buffed completely to avoid sticky residue.


There you go!

Slipcovered Grey Dry Brush Tutorial

I hope this tutorial will get you to grab that paintbrush and give it a try.

As always,

if you have questions,

feel free to ask me.

There are many different techniques out there.

This worked for me and my wish is that it works for you too.



Every. Single. Moment.



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****This is not a paid or sponsored post by Annie Sloan.  I truly love this paint. As you know, if it’s easy and works great for me, I am going to share it with you.****

One Of My Favorites

Annie Sloan Paris Gray

Today on Hometalk I posted one of my favorite projects. 

It has to be this…

Annie Sloan Paris Gray


I knew I had to have this piece the moment I saw it on Craigslist.

Craigslist Find

In it’s unfinished state I knew it could be something special. 

It’s almost as if it spoke to me

– it had me at “hello”. 


It was my first “Big” furniture makeover and it scared me,

but I was determined and dove right in.

French Wardrobe Makeover


I wasn’t going to let my big, huge “FEAR” step in the way.

I am so glad I said, “I can do this”!

French Wardrobe Redo


(Did I say… YOU can too!)?

It was actually easier than I thought.

French Armoire Makeover


Do you want to know how I did it so you can do it too?



Just a little investment of time and then YOU will have a masterpiece too!

French Wardrobe Makeover


Have I convinced you?

You CAN do it!

Here’s an open invitation

Open Wardrobe


to open your doors,

muster up some courage,

and give it a shot.

What do you have to lose?

Let’s gather our supplies and get the show on the road!

Annie Sloan – Paris Gray

Creamy – Sherwin Williams

Annie Sloan – Clear Wax

Sheet Music

Mod Podge

Paint supplies… Brushes, Tape, Tarps, Cleaning Supplies etc.

You can see my previous post about this piece by clicking here,

or follow this step by step guide.

(Since this was my first big piece, I do not have tutorial pic’s,

but I think you will get the gist).

  1. Prep, prep, prep.  This means clean, clean, clean.  We want the paint to adhere without any grease or grime.
  2. Paint with Annie Sloan – Paris Gray.  This is one of my favorite colors, and I am still in love with using Annie Sloan paints.  It is worth every penny indeed.  I decided on 2 coats for excellent coverage.
  3. Once dry, I used a dry brush technique with Sherwin Williams, Creamy.  I dry brush by taking a pretty worn brush and dabbing it in the paint.  Then use a paper towel or cloth to dab the paint off of the brush.  Then brush and wipe quickly with a scrunched up paper towel.  I know there are several clever ways of doing this online.  This is what I find works best for me.
  4. I also painted the hardware with Creamy, not too heavy.  I liked the original hardware color coming through.  This is up to you, go with your gut.  I know it will be beautiful.
  5. I painted the accents in Creamy and the inside of the wardrobe drawers as well.
  6. Mod Podge was used to adhere the sheet music to the inside of the shelves.
  7. Lastly Annie Sloan Clear wax was applied to the entire piece including hardware.*I did not sand any edges of the drawers etc., I felt it was nice left alone without any extreme distressing.*

I hope to see all of your cool projects!

Most importantly,


YOU can do it too!




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Worn Out Night Stands Given New Life

Night Stand

Have you ever had pieces of furniture you want to paint or update and never get around to it?  It just isn’t a priority?  Well, I have had these two side tables for years.  I purchased them from IKEA over 10 years ago with all intention of painting them.  We used them next to our king size bed and they were so dwarfed it was funny.  They accomplished their need as night stands, but my son has a smaller room and I wanted to move them in his room and get something a little more size appropriate for the master bedroom.

I still wasn’t loving the color of these tables.  Ikea Side Table

So, after 10 years I figured they deserved a little updating.

I am loving the two toned sun-washed oak paired with dark iron and hardware.  I am seeing this look everywhere – Ballard Designs, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, and the list goes on.  I thought I could accomplish this look with these tables.  It didn’t seem too difficult, and believe me, it wasn’t.  I shouldn’t have waited 10 long years.

Here is the transformation.

Night Stand


A little paint, stain, and elbow grease updated these boring tables into something a little easier on the eyes.

Dismantling the table was the only way to sand and stain the round discs properly.  I decided to sand the varnish instead of stripping and it was a really easy process. 

Once the discs were sanded I applied Rustoleum Varathane Stain in Sunbleached.

Stained Night Stand


I am a fan of this color, it gives you a nice washed look with a little grey/taupe coming through.

I wanted to make sure the stain would hold up for many years to come, so I followed with 3 coats of Polyurethane making sure to lightly sand between coats.

DIY Night Stand


The legs were painted with Annie Sloan, Graphite.  I thought this would be the perfect color for the Sunbleached stain, but also coordinate with other colors in the room.  I finished the legs with a coat of clear wax giving them a finished look.

I am happy with the end result.  I have always loved the three tiered look of the tables, but never loved the original color. 

Night Stand


Now they coordinate nicely in his room and have an updated look.

DIY Night Stand


My son’s room is almost ready to be revealed to you. 

There is a few more projects to go…

So far I shared these transformations and projects with you.

Refinishing a desk

A Renewed Desk.

Vintage Wall of Hooks

Wall of Hooks.

DIY Subway Art

Subway Art Wishes.

French Patina

Upholstered Chair with a Story to Tell.

DIY Wall Map

World Map Wall Art.

Now we have new night stands.

Staining Night Stand

It is coming together…

It’s all DIY, reupholstered, painted, and created to make a comfortable room

on a little budget.

I hope you have enjoyed sharing this journey with me.

I sure love having you!