Thursday, June 23, 2011

Chalk paint and Goodwill, a Most Convenient Marriage

Hello World!  It's my first post on The Dedicated House.  Before I get started, there are several persons I must thank for inspiring me.  I had never been a blog reader until Christmas 2010.  It started in November as I was trying to decorate my staircase.  To tell you the truth, it looked pretty bad.  So, I thought, "why not look on the internet for help?"  There it was at Creations from my Heart. Sherry's staircase was so dreamy.  It took me 8 hours, no lie, to decorate one flippin' staircase.  However, the Dedicated Husband and the Dedicated Daughter thought is was magnificent!  What could be better than hearing your loved ones ooh and ahh over something you made? The professional decorating world may have thought it was not up to snuff, but who cares when your family is in awe.  That one little visit to Sherry's blog opened up a whole new world for me.  I fell in love with Max, Susan's sweet kitty at Between Naps on the Porch and of course her porch!  One day, I will have a MASSIVE porch!!  And, then there is John and Sherry at Young House Love.  Holy cow, do they make me laugh.  And, the Dedicated Daughter love, love, loves watching videos of little Clara who she calls "that cute little baby with the dog."  Then there's Janet at The Empty Nest who can sew like no other!  I am in awe of her skills as I am of my Mother who can make just about any sewing machine submit! I on the other hand, must practice, practice, practice.

Now, onto the matter at hand.  For the first post, I thought I should talk about my non-professional use of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Thank God for Miss Mustard Seed!!!  Marian is absolutely amazing!  I've saved just about every video she's posted in the last 6 months. Anyhoo, it started out with a trip to Goodwill.  I came away with this darling little cherry pedestal table that had a big watermark on top and a wobbly leg for $2.99.  I figured if I messed it up, I was only out $2.99.  Big whoop.  So, into the vehicle she went.  All furniture for me is feminine.  Have no idea why.   For a teaser here is how she looked after she was spruced up.   I shall call her Peggy the Pedestal Table.



Got her home and the Dedicated Husband fixed the wobbly leg for me with a handy screwdriver.  Here is a picture of what she looked like before I got started.



There she is.  Isn't she cute?  Please ignore the green leather couch close to the blue, beige and white wall.  My house has multiple colors disorder right now.  I started out with the Napoleon Blue of the Annie Sloan chalk paint.  Here are some pictures after one coat of the Napoleon Blue.

    



Next came a coat of Old White which I'm in love with!




Now onto waxing.  I used both the clear and the brown wax.  I rubbed and rubbed and rubbed.  E-mailed Marian (Miss Mustard Seed) because I got scared that I did something wrong.  The top of the table didn't feel right.  It wasn't quite tacky, but not quite the feel one would want for a table.  This was my first time using wax ever!  

The Dedicated Husband kept telling me to keep rubbing.  Well, he was right.  That was exactly what Marian said.  Well, he's a guy.  I'm sure he's waxed a car somewhere in his time on this earth.  Kinda funny, huh?  Here is what she looked like after the wax was applied and my arm almost fell off from rubbing.  Maybe I should workout more....ha, maybe I should just workout.  Okay, that in itself is a whole other world that we could talk about for a few days.  Here she is.






There she is in all her teeny glory.  I love the shine that the wax brings out.  Her new home is in the entryway with a plant sitting on top of her.  Don't you just love her pretty little leg?  Not bad for $2.99 and some chalk paint.  Miss Mustard Seed I am not.  But, the only way to get there is to keep painting and waxing and keep working at it.  Practice, practice, practice.

Well, that's it for my first post.  I hope you have enjoyed taking this little trip with me discovering what the chalk paint can do.  Trust me, I will have more to show you.  Found some other things at Goodwill that will be making an appearance on the blog.  So, for now, enjoy your day and remember to be kind to one another.



Toodles,
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48 comments:

  1. lovely work both on the furniture and the blog.
    Blog on sista.
    Sandra

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  2. Nice to have such artistic relatives!!!! It's beautiful

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  3. Look at you! First blog post, and 2 comments already- you have me beat sister! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and cheering on Erin as she guest posts! I do hope you go back and read the entire series-as someone who literally just started blogging I know you will find some super helpful tips and some more amazing blogs! Good luck on your blogging journey and remember-only do it if it's what you are passionate about. If it starts to feel like work then it's time to stop. Blogging is supposed to be FUN :) :) :) WELCOME TO THE BLOGGY CLUB! :) :)
    -Kristi
    @ Creative Kristi

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  4. Thanks Kristi! I most definitely will read the entire series on your blog. I need all the help I can get! Glad to be along for the ride.

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  5. What a cool finish and I'm so glad the wax finally worked out for you! :)

    Miss Mustard Seed

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  6. Great job on the table. I love it!

    Joan

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  7. Thanks Joan! If you've got any furniture laying around that you want a fresh look, bring it over and I'll work it up for you.

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  8. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. Great job on the table. Nice combination of colors. Have fun and stay true to yourself. Stop by and visit me sometime.

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  9. Thanks Rosemary for the welcome. Will definitely stop by and see you! Have a good evening!

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  10. Fabulous table makeover!!! Thanks for your visit, sorry I am having issues with blogger and can't log in .
    Kristin
    my uncommon slice of suburbia

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  11. Gotta love Goodwill :) Welcome to Bloggerville! Your newest follower. Nice combination of colors on the table I'll see you at the next party.

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  12. Thanks for stopping by and following!

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  13. Welcom to blogworld! Love your table and you sure did get a good shine! I hope your arm did not stay sore for days......
    Sherry

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  14. Great job on the table, love the combination of colors you chose. I just received my first can of chalk paint in the mail today, and can't wait to try it out. I have to finish fixing the dresser I found at Goodwill for $10.00 first though! Enjoy your new blog!

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  15. Thanks Shannon for dropping in! You will love the chalk paint! It's so easy to use. Happy 4th!!

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  16. This looks great! Love how you layered it with the paint. I will probably be the same when I first use Anne Sloan's Paint. I guess I'll start lifting weights now;) I am your newest follower from Furniture Feature Friday. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

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  17. Thanks Tammy! You are so sweet to follow! Will definitely come by for a visit.

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  18. Kathryn, Congrats on your blog! Isn't it amazing...one day you are reading blogs and before you know it, you have one yourself! :) You'll have so much fun! Your table came out so cute! I have yet to try the chalk paint but I love how it looks on many of the projects folks have done.
    Congrats again and thanks for your sweet words!
    Hugs!

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  19. So fun to read your first post! You did a great job on the table. I know you enjoy it. :)
    Thanks for linking up to my party!

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  20. Lovely work, well done and congrats on your first Blog post!!!

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  21. Thanks for popping in! Checked out your blog...love, love, love it!

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  22. Luv what you did with that sad little table, Kathryn! GREAT job! I've been reading and reading and reading some more about how to use that magical paint and wax. I'm looking forward to using it next week - and now I have even more confidence after reading your post! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  23. Hey Kathryn!

    Well aren't you just so sweet giving The Empty Nest a lovely shout out like that. You made me blush!

    How on earth did I miss this fun post? Love your little chalk paint table, but be warned..this will become addictive. You will want to paint another..then another...you will hooked on creative makeovers.

    But..hey, what a fun and economical addiction...right?

    Have a lovely week

    Janet xox
    http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

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  24. How cute is that- I love goodwill with all its cute and cheap stuff- haven't tried the chalk paint yet but I'm always behind the times-lol- well, welcome to bloggyville!!

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  25. Wow, how fun! Great little table and look at the shine on it!

    Thanks for linking up at my weekly Chalk Paint Link Party, can't wait to see what else you create!

    Amber
    www.ShadesofAmberInc.blogspot.com

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  26. I found you from Christina's 20 Below Thursdays. Congratulations on starting a blog - I have been at it for a year and found it to be fun. You have an amazing blog for someone just getting started!!
    Your table turned out great! I haven't ever tried wax yet. Someday...

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  27. VERY nicely done ( blog post AND table :)

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  28. Kathryin this is lovely, very cute, I like it very much, the blue and white looks great.

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  29. Hello Kathryn, your sweet little table turned out lovely! You do have to do a lot of rubbing - but put to music it is not such a bad task! :)
    Love that ASCP! and Goodwill! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  30. Hi Kathryn, I can't believe this was your first blog post! Pretty impressive!! and to have this many replies right off the bat is unheard of - good for you!! Love your table; great job. I used to battle with AS wax as well and spent far too many hours dealing with that sticky, tacky, toxic, smeary mess. Because I paint furniture for a living, I sought out and found a much better product to work with; my health has improved and no more workouts just to wax a piece of furniture. I'm still blown away that this is your first post ~ awesome!! Take care, Shelly

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  31. what a great table! i love the finish and boy do i love its base!

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  32. What a great deal you got on this table!! You did such a great job. I love the layering. Don't you just love chalk paint? Saw you on Ivy and Elephants.

    Cynthia

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  33. Oh I love it!!! What an adorable table, and the paint job looks amazing! Great job!

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  34. Rub Rub Rub!!! haha I have no idea.. hehe I have never refinished furniture before.. but I do know that you did a FABULOUS job!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  35. Turned out great!! What wax did you use? If you want a fabulous wax that does not require a ton of arm power try out CeCe Caldwells CLEAR wax! You can actually get it from NCF Studios over by your house. It doesn't smell and goes on like butter! Thanx for joining the party!

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  36. She's a cutie! Nice job! So happy you shared your creativity Potpourri Friday!

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  37. Love the rustic look! I'm hosting a linky party "One Creative Weekend" at OneCreativeMommy.com. I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you'd like to share.

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  38. What a sweet little table! I ♥ it! Found you at Simply Creations Friday Party. I'm your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

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  39. Wow!!!! I've been hopping to posts ALL DAY on Annie Sloan Chalk paint and you are all inspiring me to just.do.it. Great job :) And wonderful first blog post too.

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  40. Ya just got to love Goodwill, I've found so many great pieces there. My husband will support cause he keeps telling me every day that he can't get in to the garage. Oh the struggles of life! I love how you table turned out, cute! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

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  41. Welcome! :) blogging is fun!
    I didn't read all the comments, but I think maybe you used too much wax. How do I know? because I did it for my first few projects. lol

    less is more.

    your table looks great! I love that blue!

    gail

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  42. Such a cute little table. I love the makeover you gave it.

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  43. Great job on that little table. There aren't any Goodwill stores next to me so I go to auction once a week and always over-buy. I must agree with you Miss Mustard Seed is the best!

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  44. Lovely work, well done and congrats on your first Blog post.furniture company UK

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