We picked up this dresser at a Habitat ReStore in a neighboring town. It was already a version of this color, but painted with some kind of enamel finish. Today Shelby painted two coats of the custom Poppy color created using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Decorative Paint. The paint dried quickly between coats and got waxed…and is now ready to go home with someone. It is a Basset dresser…lots of life left…
I get a lot of questions about what to do before painting a piece of furniture. Here is what we do at The Pink House to get ready. Because our furniture is for sale we want to make sure it is free of mold or mildew and that there are no dust bunnies or spiders living in the furniture – we do a good cleaning.
After vacuuming and using bleach water we are ready to start. We want to make sure there is no old furniture polish laying on the piece. Usually the bleach water is able to do that. You could also use ammonia if you prefer that cleaning agent.
No sanding or priming is required when using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM). Sanding is only recommended when the surface has peeling finish or possibly deep scratches in the wood.
Occasionally we come across a piece of furniture that has polish or a stain finish that “bleeds” through paint. We never anticipate this but if we spot a pink cast coming through the paint, we stop painting, allow that paint to dry and then coat the piece with Zinser Clear Shellac. After that dries you are good to go….paint on.
When we start a project we usually turn over and start from the bottom and work our way to the top, turn over and finish the piece.
When I bought this buffet I considered Emperor’s Silk , but decided onOld White. That just didn’t seem right either…so she sat and sat and sat. Then Florence walked into our lives and became the perfect fit. Once we decided the color it was just a matter of putting brush to wood. It is not unusual for us to start a project and sell it before it is finished. And this was no different, Tammy saw her and paid the price without seeing the doors attached or the drawer pulls. When we delivered it today it fit perfect in her spot, and she loved it…looks nice huh?
Recently one our Pink House customers shared with us some of her talents. We sat down and created beautiful journals. My sister made one to use on an upcoming mission trip to Alaska and I put together a lovely wedding journal that includes memorabilia from a 1904 wedding in Weaverville, NC. We have put together kits for you to make your own. Our first class will be on Mondau, July 9 from 6-8. Won’t you join us?