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.

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My New Obsession

My mom introduced me to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint last week and I’m completely hooked. I want to paint everything! I see Annie Sloan potential everywhere I look.  I’ve already identified five pieces of furniture in my living room that I want to Annie Sloan (yes, I use her name as a verb…).

I almost don’t want to tell you about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because I know how easy it is to become consumed by the painting bug. But, it’s just too awesome not to share. Visit her website to learn all the details about this glorious paint. Then, YouTube Annie Sloan, Pinterest Annie Sloan, and prepare to be inspired.

Here’s one reason why I’m obsessed with this paint:

Annie Sloan

My mom and I transformed this old step stool in a few hours. We had to sand down some puffy paint, but you don’t generally have to prep the piece before painting. Two coats of Duck Egg, a little distressing (that’s optional), and some wax turned a battered step into a pretty piece of furniture. The process is really fun and each piece turns out unique. I love that we were able to do this all in a day.

Reasons why I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint:

  • The gorgeous array of colors.
  • You can paint inside because it doesn’t smell!
  • Infinite possibilities for customization of colors, distressing, and wax.
  • Indoor and outdoor uses.
  • Without wax, you can use chalk (like a chalkboard) on the paint.
  • Before you wax the paint you could wash it all off with water.
  • No wood prep needed. Just start painting.

My mom graciously shared her paint with me, so I now have Duck Egg, Old White, and Coco to start painting everything within reach. My next task is to get TIm obsessed, too :)