Friday, September 30, 2011

Annie was here......

Well, I very well may be the last
blogger in bloggerland to buy 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
but I finally did.

Now I see what all the fuss is about!

For any of you Illinois girls
needing chalk paint,
please go to Carter's Cottage
in Dekalb, IL to buy your paint and waxes.
(One of two stockists in the state)

Christie, the darling owner of this sweet shop
on the main street there, is extremely
knowledgeable about the product line
and she teaches classes on how
to use all of the products.

Photo courtesy of Connie from

Her shop is filled with wonderful examples
of Annie Sloan painted furniture
so please go and visit 
and prepare to shop!

I bought only one color to try, 
and she only had the dark wax in stock,
 so here are my first finished pieces 
which will go into the shop tomorrow.

I used:
Paris Gray + Dark Wax

(These were all primed 
a couple weeks ago 
and I did not take any before pics... 
so as a point of reference, the table was a
red mahogany with lots of scratches,
the urns were a cheap bronze-look imitation,
and the mirror was a bright gold.)

These items have been in my booth 
for months and have not sold. 
Hoping the new improved versions will
help them fly out the door!

(NOTE to Christie at Carter's Cottage..... thank you so much for 
letting me into your wonderful shop on a rainy Tuesday when you were closed 
so I could buy your chalk paint! I was almost two hours from home and 
you took pity on me with my "puppy face"  and let me in! 
Thanks so much!  Alison)

Visit Christie at her blog or website:



I see your working late finishing this great work, wow! I didn't know you were a fast learner and so talented my dear. This pieces are fabulous, they look right out of country French! Gorgeous! Hope you come over and see my new post! Thanks for sharing and it must be so nice and relaxing to work on this too! Love, FABBY

Ivy and Elephants said...

Nope...the last person in blogland to use chalk paint would be me, but I am working on it. The pieces came out really great. I am loving that stand. You did an amazing job. The pieces look professionally done or actually like they have always looked like that. Job well done my dear!


Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...very pretty. I have not tried the chalk paint yet. I'd love to though. I have yet to read a bad review of it. Your pieced turned out so lovely. I'm sure they will sell quickly, now.

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Looks lovely, Alison! Thanks for your nice comment on our post. See you soon!! xo

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Very pretty ! I never tried that color. I think I am finished for now with Annie, she got her run from me LOL...but it has been great fun.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Alison they turned out beautiful! I'm sure they are going to fly right out the door!! Martina

The enchanted home said...

Someones been having fun! I love it....looks know they are going to fly right out of the store now. And no you are not the last blogger to buy chalk paint..I am, in fact still haven't bought it but hope to one day soon.

Jennifer Zuri @ Aquascape Your Landscape said...

Thanks for the info on Carter's Cottage. I'm in Elburn and will check her place out.

Janette - The2Seasons said...

No Minimalist Here has a recipe for making your own chalk paint, and it only costs $4.00!!! I can't wait to try it.

Kelly said...

I just love what you were able to do with that chalk paint! The pieces look so rich now. I adore that table. Too bad you live so far away from me or I'd come and shop at your booth. You are not the only blogger to just now be trying chalk paint. I've got something worse to tell. My sister (aka; queen of chalk paint redo's) has been using it for a very long time and yet I haven't bought the first can of it yet! Sad I know. I hope to order it and try it someday. No one locally sells it.

laxsupermom said...

Beautiful! I've been dying to get my hands on some ASCP. Your pieces turned out fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

wow Alison, these turned out fabulous, you're not the last, I haven't tried it either! I agree, they look like they are antiques from France!! xoxo

Miss Kitty said...

Oh. My. Gosh! Those pieces are just gorgeous! You did an absolutely fabulous job. I got chicken and sanded a lot of the dark wax off the piece I did with "Old White" ASCP. Next time I want to try it on a piece that has some dimension to it and leave more wax on like you did.

Karena said...

Alison, all of these gorgeous pieces turned out beautifully!!

No you are not the last. I must go and get some ASCP and Paris Grey is definitely my color of choice!

Art by Karena

Sarah said...

Alison, I'm still waiting to try chalk paint, but it is on my list. Your projects look fantastic.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The table and the mirror are both stunning. How pretty. I love the new finish. I still havn't tried the paint, so I guess I am the last. lol Great job. Hugs, Marty

Blue Creek Home said...

You did a beautiful job on the table and mirror - isn't AS chalk paint the best thing ever???
I am getting more excited by the day...the magazine should be arriving real soon! Can't wait to see it. Thanks for helping out.

Divine Theatre said...

I bought my chalk paint from Michelle Green at DiLucca Designs in Bensenville. She told me about a new stockist in Frankfort, White Street Interiors...
You did such a lovely job. I'm betting it was difficult to apply the Dark Wax without first using Clear? The wax is kinda' "grabby".
I bought seven different colors and will be posting thm on my blog as I (slowly) paint each piece of furniture.

Be Well,

Becca said...

YaY! I'm so glad Annie came to visit ... your pieces turned out fabulously !! So, are you hooked ?!

Becca said...

YaY! I'm so glad Annie came to visit ... your pieces turned out fabulously !! So, are you hooked ?!

Hartwood Roses said...

Lovely!!! I haven't used Paris Grey yet, but it's in my cabinet and next on my list. What I love the most about ASCP is the hand-rubbed finish. Smooth as glass!

You don't have to use the AS clear wax ... I use Johnson's paste wax. It has a bit of an amber tint to it, and I love how it makes my pieces look a little bit antiqued. (In place of dark wax, I use Johnson's plus a dab of Olde English.)

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

My crystal ball tells me that these beauties will be finding new, loving home's soon! Great job!

5th and State said...

i have recently discovered you and not only lov your blog but now want to hug you......AS in dekalb!? i live in wayne

Babs said...

I probably will be the last person in blogland to get AS chalk paint. :) I'm terrible at painting techniques. Yours, however, are fabulous and I'll bet they'll fly out the door when the customers see them. Your pieces look professionally done... and Well done!
Happy weekend,

Connie (aka LOU) said...

Alison - Your pieces look wonderful! From your before descriptions, it must have been a huge transformation and I'm sure the updates will sell the pieces now. I have a huge gold mirror and was wondering how the paint would do on the piece. I think you have given me the courage to try it. Always love your's always so tasteful.
Connie (akaLOU)

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Hi Alison, I think they look great~and have that old world flavor. I am sure they will get new looks and a new home. When I did my bonnet top desk with chalk paint, I used the Paris grey too, and did certain sections with the dark wax only and others with the light wax. The sections with the dark wax turned an aged greenish shade, which yours don't appear to desk is on my sidebar if you want to compare.


I doubt you are the last...that is for sure! You did a great job painting is so easy huh? Here is hoping the improvement will help they fly out of your store!