3 Life Lessons I Learned From Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

3 Life Lessons I Learned from Annie SloanEarlier this summer I told you about a new obsession of mine… Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. My mom gave me a hands-on tutorial and sent me home with all the necessary materials and a huge amount of inspiration. I’ve used Annie Sloan paint on two big projects since then: our dining room table and our kitchen cupboards.

The dining room table was fairly straight forward. I only painted the top surface, leaving the legs original wood. The kitchen cupboards were more time intensive. Between the two projects, I had many hours of nothing but paint, blue tape, brushes, and drop cloths. I learned a lot about chalk painting technique completing those projects, but I also learned some valuable life lessons.

3 Life Lessons I Learned From Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

  1. Brush Marks are okay. Unless you use a roller (and I find them a bit finicky), chalk paint shows your brush strokes. Initially, I was a bit frustrated by the imperfection (see #2) of those little grooves. I wanted to the surface to be smooth and professional looking. Then I realized the brush strokes were evidence of my handiwork. They showed I had painted those pieces by hand, putting in care and time to the finished product. The brush strokes in our lives point towards a Creator who crafted us with intention and love. Our unique histories and traits make us special, not factory direct.
  2. It’s not meant to be perfect. The chalk paint look is inherently imperfect. Pieces are meant to be distressed, waxed, and aged. I absolutely love that look in furniture so why do I have a hard time with the rough edges in my own life? We can’t be perfect and because of God’s grace we don’t have to be perfect.
  3. Wait for the paint to dry before adding a second coat. I painted our table outside so the second coat went on almost immediately after having finished the first. Our cupboards were a different story. I got impatient and the results were semi disastrous. Think glumpy and uneven. The same result happens in my life when I don’t slow down and wait for God. When I move forward with my plans without waiting to consult God or his timing, I end up with a disaster. It’s much better to be patient before proceeding with gusto. The results will be much more pleasing.

photo credit: bernhofen via photopin cc

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