Redo Don’t Replace and #ROW80

What’s Old Becomes New


I still had some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that I picked up at New Art Legacies.
There was a free lamp that needed some updating.

gold, silver and black lamp

Yes, that is silver, bronze and gold all together! I could have called it the Olympic Lamp. (That rolltop desk in the back maybe might next project!)

old white Annie Sloan chalk paint on lamp with shade

Here’s the finished version. I might replace that shade now that I see it in a photo or put ribbon on it.

I used the clear wax and some black wax. I’m a bit afraid of that black wax!
You can see it on this photo.

black wax brings out details

ROW80 Check in:
Does it count to stare at the computer screen for hours? If that was a goal I did well the last few days. I didn’t get the third chapter finished on the first proposal.
I bought the new version of Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 and literally lost 8 hours of my life trying to get it to work with my iPhone. No, luck on that. That’s my excuse for not getting the chapter finished. I’m going back to the headset. The new version of Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 is amazing so I’m hoping I’ll get more work done before my wrists cry out for relief.

Working out and tracking food on is going well.
House cleaning not so much, so please don’t stop by without calling first as I must remove cat hair from everything.

Nothing like a fresh coat of Paint and #ROW80

Annie Sloan Changes Old to Fresh

I admit it. I’m a paint addict. Some of my friends think I’m a bit strange (Luanne!) and maybe it’s from the paint fumes.  I was searching out fun decorating blogs and came across Susie Harris’s blog 
(check out her site! So much fun stuff!) extolling the joys of Annie Sloan Chalk paint.

I was so excited I asked my friend (Luanne) if she wanted the link. She politely declined. I’ll convert her to loving paint one of these days.

I have several pieces try out this paint  and after tracking it down at New Art Legacies I was ready to start.

stained wood night stand early American Sytle
1980s nightstand

This is what I started with. This nightstand is one of the pieces left from my first check as a teacher. I bought the entire bedroom set and spent weeks staining it. Now it’s in my guest room and needed an update. The whole room is getting updated because my friend (Terry) is coming to stay. Terry is a great friend and could care less if I updated the room but any excuse to get out the brushes and a can of paint and I’m there.

old white paint color
Annie Sloan old white

What is unique about Annie Sloan chalk paint is that is is very low odor, it dries super fast and sticks to everything, even metal and glossy finishes without sanding or priming.

old white pain annie sloan over wood stain
First Coat

I probably should have used a brush, instead I used a Purdy (yes I know the name I’m a paint geek) roller. The paint went on thin but no brush strokes.  After two coats it looked like this.

Early American furniture painted
Old White

So what do you think? I love it. Even the handles turned out nice. Once it was done I sent a photo to my friend (Luanne-the anti paint person) and she liked it too.

I’m working on few more pieces too, but I’m not ready to show those yet. I’m also trying to decide if I want to add the wax.

Have you ever painted with chalk paint? Will you?

ROW80 check up
Writing goals took a fun twist this week when I was asked to write an article. So I put away my other writing this week until I finished with that.
Finished reading Rob Eager’s book on marketing. I have lots to do but I did work on my about me page. Still needs more work!
As you can see I did a project–just not a sewing one.
The house –well, it’s over 100 degrees I’m pretty sure dust and dirt don’t accumulate in that kind of temperature.