July 11, 2012

Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue Desk Top

Every once in a while, I get the urge to paint! Since I've already painted most of the furniture in my living room, I began eyeing the pieces in my bedroom.  

When I moved to DC in 2008, I got all new furniture for my bedroom.  Or rather, it was new to me, but old in years...which meant it needed some tender-lovin'-care.  Unfortunately this was before my epiphany with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so I used latex paint.  I sanded.  I primed.  I sweated. While there is nothing wrong with latex, I now realize that I could have saved myself a whole lot of work by using Chalk Paint.

I decided it was time to update my desk color and I've been eager to try Annie's Duck Egg Blue, which happens to perfectly coordinate with my rug and other room fabrics.

BEFORE:
The original desk top was Benjamin Moore's Marshmallow.  It's a lovely shade, but I was ready for color!

I removed the desk skirt, which also afforded me the perfect opportunity to do a thorough cleaning out of any and all old items inside.  You can see the top is just a basic, smooth latex paint.
 Chalk Paint PLUS+:
(more reasons to use ASCP)

*I did not have to sand or prime the top
                             
*I could complete this entire project without moving my furniture to another room or outside.  Chalk Paint has very low VOCs and basically no scent.  I cannot quantify the convenience of this in the city!

I used two coats of Duck Egg Blue followed by two coats of Annie's Clear Wax.  Since it's a high traffic area, I wanted to really seal the paint with extra care.  I let it dry for 24 hours.
Questions on waxing?  Take a look at my Waxing tutorial.

AFTER:
A subtle change, but just enough to tie the desk together with the rest of the bedroom.
This was the perfect weekend project.  I started on a Friday afternoon and had all my belongings back in order on Sunday.  It would have been even faster, but I let the wax "cure" for a day.

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