Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Annie Sloan, where are youuuu?

I haven't been posting lately because I haven't been painting furniture. And I haven't been painting furniture because (a) I've been in repair mode and (b) I have been sick with a hellish flu for 11 days.

Just before I was felled by the flu, I went to fluff my booth and found this.

Well, how 'bout that? Someone busted the leg off my little desk.

And that opened a whole new kettle of fish. Little did I know but Annie Sloan paint is no longer available in Southern Oregon and I didn't have one speck of olive paint left to match the desk. I wasted a bunch of time trying to mix olive from what I had on hand but it always came out too blue. 

I think I now have the paint I need to mix the olive but I haven't gotten to it yet. Because then I got sick.

But let's get back to the important part of my little narrative here. 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is No Longer Available in Southern Oregon.

Oh sure, I could mail order the olive paint. That would only cost me $26 for a sample size - which is all I need. And, forget it. I'm of a frugal nature.

I guess I have become a CeCe Caldwell user by default. It's lovely paint, so I have no qualms about that. Except for the olive missing from her line.

I have some other repairs to do in order to clear out my workroom and bring in something new. But I'm still moving slowly, recovering from that stupid flu. What I didn't realize could happen is my blood counts taking a hit from being sick. I was doing so well and now I'm back to feeble. Plus, I just want to sleep all the time.

(Can you believe I can't get Chalk Paint locally? sheesh)

A friend brought over a cute little table that turned out to be over her skill set. It was just the perfect little project to get my spirits back up. She left with a  nightstand and I had a table with 8 layers of paint and a few more layers of dried stripper. What better way to get over the flu?

Camo that feels like dinosaur skin. Oh boy.

 I got busy with my palm sander and got into the crevises as best I could, fixed the broken drawer, and grabbed my MMS Milk Paint in Iron Stone. I was going to fight chippy with chippy!

The end result.

 The table came with the oversized glass pull. I think it's cute!

 The Milk Paint left a lot of the under-layers exposed, so the table kept its primitive look. This look isn't for everybody - it seems it's a "Love it" or "Hate it" technique.

The natural chipping of Milk Paint.

 My new white table. And I was able to get it done between naps.

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  1. The table looks so cute, I love the knob too, it so doesn't belong that makes it perfect..

  2. My Annie Sloan supplier only charges $34 per quart to offset shipping! DiLucca Designs in IL!
    Love the little table. I have not yet worked with MMS paints. I am really happy with Annie...why change a good thing?
    Can you come and visit me on my blog? I think I am hating my secretary project. I will be using Graphite and just Dark Wax on the whole piece...with the posters decoupaged (and made more matte). I'm just not feeling it, however.
    Can you help?
    Glad you are feeling better. Sorry that another human being was so careless as to break your table and not apologize. :(



  3. Sorry you can't find Annie Sloan chalk paint locally-we hosted one of her vendors too.....until the mini-stockists were being forced to increase their inventory exponentially AND carry the entire line of products! Can you say thousands of $$$???

    A new vendor now carries carry the CeCe Caldwell paint and we have found it to be slightly better. The wax is 100% better and truly green. But... once again the parent company seems to be becoming greedy and is making outrageous demands (in my opinion) so who knows for how long?

    Is there a perfect paint and company out there I wonder???

  4. I was going to say it would be a perfect opportunity for you to become a supplier but if they are requiring you to stock $$$$$ guess not. Feel better!

  5. I love how this table came out! Fighting chippy with chippy is brilliant!

  6. Sorry to hear about your desk and the cold. Hope you'll be feeling better soon. Cute little table and LOVE that big green glass knob!

  7. your table turned out so pretty. i love how well milk paint chipped and the color is fabulous.
    hope you are now feeling much better.

  8. I love how your table turned out and its great shape.

    I have to drive 40 minutes to the closest ASCP dealer. I don't know why they can't sell it at more places.

    1. Check out the buy-in they require-you'll be appalled! Our stockist was tops in Oregon and she said (sadly) "no more"!

  9. I was so sorry to step down as the Stockist for Annie Sloan here in Southern Oregon. They are wanting to have only people with their own stores or someone who can afford to hire a person full time to represent the paint if the srockist is not there full time. I could not sign the new contract with the changes. I know of a few people here in Southern Oregon who are trying to become the Stockist and don’t seem to be getting anywhere with the company. I see a few Stockist who do not own the store they sell at and do not employee someone full time to represent Annie Sloan Chalk Paint when they are not there. My point, I hope someone picks the line up here in Southern Oregon.

  10. You are just beyond talented. I haven't seen you in a while so I was so thrilled to see you at my party! Featuring this table. I will look into that olive color for you too with CeCe Caldwell's.

  11. Well I love it! I hope you get better soon! - Susan

  12. i absolutely love this little table- it's perfect! and i hope you are totally better now!

  13. I LOVE table! Such a cool transformation! I would love it if you would share it on our Give Me the Goods link pary {5 blogs, 1 party}!

  14. We have been painting with Cece Caldwell right in the middle of the kitchen for 6 weeks and we are loving the results! No odors at all.

    Your table is darling!

  15. Please check out Shabbypaints.Com!! ZERO vocs, 100 % American made and the only paint company I've found that gives discounts to professional painters. And their exclusive product, called vax, is a varnish +wax combo that rolls or brushes on in minutes. There IS a better chalk paint! Shabbypaints.Com Tall to us about becoming a stockist!