Painting Furniture and Making It Look Easy

The other day I got a random phone call. “I’m coming to your area. Want to shop with me?” I didn’t ask anything more than when, because I’ll take any chance to spend time with my friend Casey and her adorable baby. It turns out, we were shopping for paint to refinish an old desk.

Paint. She drove an hour to buy a can of paint. I went along on this errand wherein she insisted she needed a very specific brand of paint only sold at this one store. I was skeptical but kept my mouth shut because, hello — lunch date with two of my favorite people!

I helped her choose a color (and never noticed when she switched colors at the last minute), played with the baby, and wondered how much longer her desk would sit in the garage unfinished. The answer? Two days. Girl was motivated!

And, whoa — I am a skeptic no more. We have refinished furniture and painted DIY projects. It is a lot of work (ask the hubby about the two weeks he spent hand-painting our piano)! Stripping, sanding, priming, painting. Then, painting again. And, sometimes? Again. But, with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, there is no need to strip, sand or prime.

The paint is thick, and Casey says you’ll need a serious paintbrush. She bought a few when we picked up the paint. I’m so inspired to start my own projects. Because as much as I love Casey, she’s never really been known as crafty. But you’d never know that from the amazing painted desk she now has in her home!

Have you tried Annie Sloan paint yet?

Photo Credit: MooshinIndy, used with permission

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