Seeing RED! {Upstairs Update}

February 20, 2014 AT 9:07 am 24 Comments

Hey friends!

I hope you are having a great week!

I’ve had an emotionally draining one, but I have to tell you AGAIN how much your sweet comments on Saturday’s post have blessed my heart!  They keep coming in, and I want to respond to each one, but I think it is up to almost 200 sweet, supportive comments.  That’s crazy!  You guys have definitely out done yourselves. Smile  Wish I could hug you each in real life.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?!

Anyway, I wanted to give you a quick update on the boys’ bathroom upstairs.

A few weeks ago, I showed you the vanities that Cy was starting to make…

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And I mentioned that I wanted to paint them red.

Well, I did.

It’s REALLY red!

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But I like it.  Smile  Totally boyish!

I think it will look great with baskets on the top shelf and fresh, white towels on the bottom shelf.

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We are still trying to decide what type of vanity top we want to use.  It’s between concrete, galvanized metal, or chippy wood.

What do you think?

As soon as we figure that out, we can get these vanities finished!

We are also almost finished with tiling the shower.

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We have to build the third wall in the shower and then grout it.

To finish this space, I am going to do a wall treatment, install new lights, and find some mirrors for above the vanity.  Still trying to decide the “look” I want.

Anyway, that’s it!

This bathroom has taken way longer than we had planned, but we are finally getting there.

Do you have a project in your home that has taken waaaaay to long to finish?


Details on Robin’s Bathroom Makeover (and bedroom)

December 18, 2013 AT 9:08 am 17 Comments


Well, I knew you were going to love Robin’s Bathroom Makeover!

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AND I knew you were going to ask a lot of questions about it.  Smile

I am still getting comments and emails about the details of her bathroom.

The number one question I keep getting asked is “What paint color is on the walls?”

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I knew I was going to get that question asked.  A lot.

You are probably wondering why I didn’t include that information?

Well, there was a reason….

I didn’t have a paint color to give you.

Robin created the paint color by mixing together two paints.

I know!  She’s a stinker!!! Smile

Doesn’t she know that she can’t do that in blogland?  Oh wait.  That’s right.  She’s not a blogger.  (hee.hee.)

But she did give me the names of the two paints she mixed, so here they are:

Valspar Notre Dame is the main color.

She added some Valspar Blizzard Fog to lighten it up.

Wish I had the exact measurements, but I don’t.  But maybe that will give you a start?



Here are more answers to your questions…

The chandelier was purchased at Lowe’s.

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The blue chest was purchased at Kirland’s.

The adorable chevron bench and pillows were purchased at Gordman’s.

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The lovely wall art was found at Marshall’s.

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Someone wanted to know about the cute little owl covering his nose on the back of the toilet.  Robin purchased that at Burke Outlet.

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Her bedroom is painted the same color as the bathroom.


The comforter and euro pillows are from HomeGoods.

The Mr. and Mrs. pillow are from Marshall’s, along with the other pillows on the bed.


Did I miss any more questions that you may have had?

If I did, please list them in the comments, and I will answer them.


If you missed the full reveal of all the amazing before and after photos of Robin’s bathroom makeover, you can view it HERE.


Have a blessed day!


Robin’s Bathroom Makeover Reveal {Part Two}

December 2, 2013 AT 10:58 pm 61 Comments

UPDATE:  Click HERE to see all the details on Robin’s bathroom, including paint color and accessories.

I hope you enjoyed Part One of Robin’s bathroom makeover yesterday.

If you missed it, you can read about it HERE.

Now I get to show you the whole beautiful bathroom!

But first, I want to thank Robin for letting me share her bathroom with all of you.

“Thank you, Robin!”  Smile

Robin did an amazing job decorating her new bathroom, and I know you are going to enjoy these photos.

Let’s look again at the before…

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And now the after…

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Remember the old linen closet and vanity?…

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The linen closet is gone, and the old vanity has been replaced with a beautiful custom double vanity…


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The old corner tub?

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See ya later, Alligator!…

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The old, bulky shower in the middle of the wall had to go!…

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Robin bought a beautiful blue dresser to go where the old shower used to be, and the now the new shower is tucked perfectly in the corner providing a lot more space in the bathroom and making it appear larger.

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Speaking of the shower….

I think my hubby did a great job creating that custom arch and tiling the shower!  Smile

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And I am in love with the custom glass doors that Robin picked out for her shower. bathroom makeover reveal

Here is a look at the bathroom from another angle…


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Robin picked out the beautiful granite vanity top, and Cy installed it.

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Did you notice all of the beautiful bead board that Cy installed around the bathroom?  Love it!

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And I love Robin’s new tile flooring too!

Here is a look at the old toilet area…

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Cy installed matching granite on top of the knee wall by the toilet, and I love the way it looks now!

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And Robin hung this pretty word art on the wall where the linen closet used to be…

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I hate to say goodbye to Robin’s beautiful bathroom, but I hope you enjoyed the tour!  Smile

Before we leave, I snapped a quick picture of her beautiful bedroom on the way out too because I knew you would love seeing it.

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Thanks again, Robin, for sharing your beautiful bathroom makeover with us!

If you like this bathroom makeover, you might like these as well!  Just click on the picture to check them out. reveal

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Also, if you live near Lexington, Kentucky and have a remodeling or insulation project that needs to be completed, I might have some connections. Smile

Just shoot me an email!


Have a blessed day!

*I’m linking this post to Home Stories A to Z’s Tutorial and Tips Linky Party.


Robin’s Bathroom Makeover Reveal {Part One}

December 1, 2013 AT 9:58 pm 13 Comments

I am soooo excited to share this bathroom makeover reveal with you!

As you know, my husband went into business for himself this past year.  He started an insulation and remodeling business.  We thought he would do more insulation than remodeling, but it has actually been the opposite.

Part of the reason is because of my blog.  Many of his remodeling jobs have come from people who read my blog. Smile

Like Robin.

Robin has been reading my blog, and my sister’s blog, for a while now, and when she read that Cy was starting his own remodeling business, she asked him to give her master bathroom a makeover.

Robin is precious, and it was awesome meeting her in person!

Today, I want to show you what her bathroom looked like the day Cy and I went to her house, and some of the plans she/we had for the bathroom

Here is what the bathroom looked like as soon as you walked in…

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One of the first things Robin told us that she wanted to change in her bathroom was the flooring.

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She also wanted to remove the vanity and install a new double sink vanity.

I suggested that she tear out the small linen closet beside the vanity to make the bathroom feel more spacious.

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On the right side of the bathroom, there was a big, bulky shower right in the middle of the wall.  Robin wanted that shower torn out and a new one built in the right corner of the bathroom.

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She also wanted to get rid of the big tub.  I definitely agreed with this decision! Smile

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Removing the tub would make a huge difference in this space.

You can see in the picture below how the shower wall juts out and takes up a lot of space.

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The only thing that we were not going to change in this bathroom was the toilet.  It was going to stay where it was, but that area would get a little update.

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We also left the walk in closet alone.  It stayed put.

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Cy and his crew got busy on this bathroom!  They got rid of the old flooring and corner tub.

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They tore out the vanity and linen closet and hung new drywall in its place.bathroom makeover revealThey also tore out the old shower, and installed a new tub and shower in the corner of the bathroom.

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It is amazing how much larger the bathroom began to look with the shower moved down to the corner!

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Robin wanted an arch in the shower, so Cy custom built one for her.

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He installed beautiful 12×12 tiles on the shower wall along with an accent piece.

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For the new floor, Cy installed the tile on the diagonal which visually makes the floor space look larger.

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Do you liked what you have seen so far?

Well, here is a sneak peak of the final reveal tomorrow!

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I can’t wait to show you the rest of it!  {I wish I could take credit for how beautifully decorated Robin’s bathroom is, but she did it all herself, and you are going to LOVE it!}

Come back tomorrow to see all of the “before and afters” of this beautiful bathroom makeover!


Bathroom Makeover Reveal!!

September 2, 2013 AT 8:39 am 53 Comments


Hey friends!  Happy Labor Day!

I wanted to quickly share with you a makeover that Cy did on a client’s bathroom.

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He had already started the demolition process before I could get a before picture, so this is what it looked like when I showed up.

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That is where the toilet used to be.

He was going to try to keep and re-do the original vanity, but it was in such bad shape, I convinced him to let me find a piece of furniture I could turn into a vanity.

I found this piece of furniture at our local antique mall for $90 dollars.  That was so much cheaper than any new vanity that I would buy at Lowe’s or anywhere else.


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I painted the dresser with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray.  We reused the same hardware because it was perfect.  We were planning on keeping the original top on the dresser, but Cy ended up having to replace it.

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He bought some oak, stained it, and sealed it with poly to create a new vanity top.

For the bathtub, he used a tub refinishing kit from Lowe’s to cover up the old blue tub.

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I picked out the tile for the shower and floor.  It is from Lowe’s.  I will try to get the exact name of this tile and add it to my post today.

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We were super pleased with how it looked.

Cy installed bead board all around the room which really made the space look bigger and brighter.

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We painted the walls above the bead board a tan color.

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Here is what the bathroom looked like before…

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Here is the after!

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Cy bought the light at Lowe’s, and he built a custom mirror.  I think it looks so fresh and lovely!

The clients were on vacation while Cy completed this remodel.  The husband wanted to surprise his wife with a new bathroom.

Before they got home, Cy bought some flowers to place on the vanity, a card, and a new brown hand towel.

Isn’t that sweet?!


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I love my man.  Smile

He’s working on another bathroom remodel right now, and I can’t wait to show it to you when he is finished!


Have a blessed Labor Day!!


Linking this project to these parties…

Tutorials and Tips Linky Party at Home Stories A to Z


Bathroom Makeover Reveal

July 29, 2013 AT 9:33 am 55 Comments


Hey Guys!

I get to show you another great makeover that my husband just finished at my Aunt Lois and Uncle Ed’s home!

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They live in a beautiful home, but they were wanting to update their master bathroom.

Here is what it looked like before…


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And the after…

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Cy raised their old vanity to a higher height and painted it white.  He also added a new marble countertop, hardware, and faucets.

The previous tub and tile were definitely out dated…

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Aunt Lois was wanting a free standing tub, so Cy installed this one…


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Isn’t it gorgeous?

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As you can tell, Cy installed beadboard paneling all around the bathroom.  And he installed the beautiful octagon tile on the floor.

Here is another look at the tub before…

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And now the after…

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I am in love with the blue paint on the wall.  It is so serene and spa-like in the bathroom now.

Here is what the bathroom looked like before…


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And after….

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My Aunt Lois found this beautiful print at Kirklands, and I absolutely love it.

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I found this light at Home Depot.  I wanted to add a little “bling” to the space.  Smile

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It looks so cool when it is all lit up.

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It was super hard to take pictures of the shower, but if you look at the before, you can see that the old shower doors where trimmed in brass.  Not good.

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Cy installed new tile in the shower and these beautiful glass doors to give it a much more up-to-date look.  The glass shower doors really open up the space too!


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Aunt Lois wanted a seat in the shower, so Cy created this corner seat and used some of the same marble that is on the vanity for the top of it.

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He also used a piece of the marble in the entry of the shower to tie it all together.

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Here is a look at the vanity before…

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And now the after…

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Aunt Lois and Uncle Ed are absolutely thrilled with their new bathroom.  I loved this makeover because I got to see my Aunt Lois and Uncle Ed more than I usually do. So did my boys!  My boys LOVE going to see Aunt Lois and Uncle Ed!


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Thank you for letting me share this makeover with you!



Have a blessed day!

Linking this project to…

Home Stories A2Z



Beautiful Bathroom Vanities

April 30, 2013 AT 6:15 am 8 Comments


Hey friends!

When decorating our homes, sometimes our bathrooms get the least amount of decorating love.  It’s a small space that we sometimes overlook.  But making a few small changes in your bathroom can make a HUGE difference.  One of those changes is to update or install a new bathroom vanity.



I was so happy to create a bathroom vanity ideas clipboard for Hometalk.  Have   you heard about Hometalk?  It is a great site where people talk about and share ideas for the home, on every subject you could ever think about…gardening, diy projects, decorating, and more!


Some of my favorite vanities from the bathroom vanity clipboard are this cottage bathroom….



And this beautiful buffet that was turned into a vanity…


Isn’t that a beautiful color?

And I super duper love this gorgeous vanity made from a piece of furniture as well!

To see all of the bathroom vanities that I clipped to my clipboard, just click on the graphic below.



Do you have a bathroom in your home


that is in need of a little TLC?


How to Cap Off a Wood Plank Wall with Decorative Trim

January 29, 2013 AT 8:31 am 9 Comments


I’m still trying to answer all the questions about our bathroom makeover through individual posts.

So far, I revealed our bathroom makeover to you HERE.

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I shared with you how to build your own butcher block vanity HERE.

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Then I showed you how we installed our wood plank walls in our bathroom HERE.

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Today, I am going to share with you the three pieces of trim that we used to cap off our wood plank walls.


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As you can see in the picture below, adding the trim work to the top of our wood plank walls made a huge difference.

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It was SUPER easy to do.

You only need three trim pieces.

* 1×4 wood trim piece

* stool trim piece

* base cap trim piece

We purchased all of our trim pieces from Lowe’s.  I took pictures of the two smaller trim pieces for you…

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First, nail the 1×4 trim piece to the top edge of the wood plank wall.

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Secondly, nail the “stool” trim piece on top of the 1×4 trim piece.

Lastly, nail the base cap {upside down} underneath the “stool” trim piece.


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Be sure to fill in all the nail holes with wood filler and sand if needed.

Then paint the trim work, and you are finished!



It’s the little finishing details that can make a big difference!  It definitely gives the space a more custom look.

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I hope this little tutorial helps!  If you have any questions, or if I forgot to mention anything, just leave me a comment.



White Subway Tile Shower {Our Master Shower is Finished!}

September 19, 2012 AT 6:00 am 18 Comments


Guess where I am flying off to today?

Detroit, Michigan!

I have never been there before in my life until this year, and now I can say that I have been there TWICE in 3 months!  Crazy, I tell ya.

I went in July with GMC and Onstar, and now I am headed back there today to work with Home Depot and their Celebration of Service program.

I cannot wait to be a part of this wonderful program.  We ALL owe so much to our Veterans, and I am honored to give just a little bit of my service back to them.  What a blessing!

So please say a prayer for me for safe travels.  I will only be gone one day, so it is a super quick trip.

Watch for updates on my facebook page and twitter stream.

Before I head out, I wanted to show you our finished master bathroom shower.

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We haven’t used it yet because I still have to hang the white fabric shower liner, but I will “christen” it when I get back from my trip.

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We chose to use white subway tile in our shower.  It is inexpensive and classic.

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Cy finished the trim work to match the trim work around our windows and doorways.  Don’t the faux wood beams from AZ Faux Beams look awesome?!

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Our shower faucet is by Bella Foret.

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I love the little cross handle faucet!  Definitely adds that old house character that I love.

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Our first faucet had a faulty valve, so Cy contacted Bella Foret, and they sent us a new one.  Whew!

We used grey grout on the walls and floor.  That is Carrera marble on the floor of the shower.

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We went back and forth on whether to tile the foot step into the shower, but we decided on a oak wood foot step to match the floor.  It really does look beautiful, although I think it looks a little too much in these pictures.  I think it looks better in person.

I am so thrilled to finally have a working shower.  Now all I have to do is get the chandelier and some sconces for the vanity, and the bathroom will officially be finished.  (Well, except for a little décor of course.)


BTW, here is the chandelier that you loved most when I asked you last week.  Hands down, #2 won.


Do you think it is my favorite? 

You’ll have to wait and see! Winking smile


How I Painted my Vanity with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

September 4, 2012 AT 9:36 am 49 Comments


Hey, friends!

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Today, I wanted to show you how I painted the vanity in yesterday’s post.

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Warning:  I am not a professional painter and never will be.  Smile

There is no special or secret method that I use.

Basically, I paint, I sand, I seal.

For this project, I decided to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I have attended one of Annie Sloan’s workshops on her American tour, but I have never painted a piece of furniture with her paint.



Although I have wanted to for a long time.

I have heard GREAT things about ASCP.  The qualities I am most attracted to is that you don’t have to prime or sand a piece of furniture before painting with ASCP, and it distresses beautifully.


If you want to know more about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I highly suggest you reading about it HERE, from Shaunna at Imperfectly Perfect.  She also sells ASCP, so if you want to purchase some, go HERE.


The color of ASCP I chose is called French Linen.

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Since I didn’t have to prime or sand, I just began painting with my regular paint brush.

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When the paint is wet, it is several shades lighter than the finished color.  It will dry into a deep, warm, beautiful gray.

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It dries fairly quick.  I painted two coats.

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Then I sanded the dresser with a sanding sponge on all the raised areas.

It was late at night when I took the next two pictures, so I used a flash. That is why the paint looks like a different color.

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After I sanded the raised areas, it was ready to wax.

Before you wax it, the paint looks dry and chalky.


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But when you apply the Annie Sloan Clear Wax, that is when the REAL beauty of the paint comes out!



(For a great video on how to apply ASCP wax, watch Shaunna’s video HERE.)


Annie Sloan has awesome brushes to apply the wax, but I don’t own one. Sad smile  So I just used a cheese cloth.  I am hoping to buy one of her brushes soon, but they are a little bit pricey.


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I was smiling from ear to ear and filling pretty giddy when I was waxing this piece.

Girls, I was falling in love.  Ooh-la-la!


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I cannot tell you how much I love this color of paint!

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The original hardware looks amazing on this piece.  It’s old tarnished brass, I believe.

Painting this vanity was exactly what this bathroom needed.

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I’m gonna see how the wax holds up to water drops around the sink.  I talked to Shaunna, and she said it should be fine.   But if I need to, I will apply Minwax Wipe-on Poly.


That’s it!

SUPER easy.

I love ASCP!  It’s pretty pricey, though.  Over $30 for a quart.  But you don’t have to buy primer, which is nice.  It was definitely worth the extra splurge on this piece.

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If you have any questions, just let me know.  I’ll try my best to answer them.

Have you ever used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? 

What did you think of it?


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