Friday, January 6, 2012

Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire!!

Top Gun.  Love that scene.  "Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire"....  Anyways.... back to the post:

Fiona at just paint it white  was sweet enough to pass on the

to me and 4 other awesome bloggers. Woohoo!!! Thanks Fiona!!  So, now I have to tell you five things about me:

1. I'm a vegetarian and my husband is a meatatarian...  I swap hamburger patties for pickles and lettuce with him :-)  Works out great. 

2.  I actually have to work to support my crafts and diy habits... So, after a couple of years and then a couple of extra years in college I'm a Registered Nurse.   I love blood and guts so it works for me. :-)  But please- keep your loogies to yourself.

3.  Reigna Layna was a nickname that my grandfather gave to me as a little kid.  Kinda sweet.  Reigna means Queen.  Layna is  a shortened name of my real name: Alayna.   Do NOT like Layna.  So if you take off the first and the last A's and you get: Layn.  It's my Starbucks name.  You know when you order your non fat, no water, extra hot chai latte and you give them your name?  I always say Layn.   Handy Hunk calls it my Snob name.  :-)  Whatever!

4. Beer or Wine????  Draft beer, please. Thank you!

5. I'm a native Arizonian.  Anyone know the Eagles?  Take it Easy??  Yep, I grew up in Winslow, AZ.  And, yes I actually drove a flat bed ford.  (Only when forced too.)  And, I am way, Way, WAY too young to have been the girl in the song. :-)  Although I did find grey hair in 2011!!!!!

That's enough about me. 

Since we are sticking with the number five. I now get to pass this on to 5 other wonderful bloggers. 
In alphabetical order:

Drum roll.................

Junky Vagabond

Paint In My Hair

Scissors and Steam

Sweet Ava Kate

Where Beauty Meets Function

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Meet Melodee

I'm naming this piece Melodee because that is the name of the wonderful friend that I bought this table from.  I wish I had an original picture.  When I got it there were no doors.  Just 2 tension rods holding a blue curtain in place.  I made new little curtains for it.  Then I spray painted it black a couple of years ago.  I had my bird cage on it for a long time.  Then last year we ended up with another bird, and then another. Furniture shuffled around and it ended up as a side table to my couch.  But, it was looking dark and drab.  I wanted to try my ASCP on something else so I grabbed this one. 

 Before ASCP and new curtains...

I didn't paint the entire inside.  I didn't want to waste any ASCP so I just wiped my brush off in there before I cleaned it. The curtains cover it anyways....

Check out those legs...

I used the Paloma ASCP.  Some Miniwax (light) and then a little bit of the dark ASCP wax.  This one didn't chip.  ASCP is trying to help me figure out why my other two pieces chipped.....I'll let  you know.  I made a new curtain.  The 2 end panels are actually painters drop cloth.  I just made new living room curtains out of the rest of that particular drop cloth :-)  Of course- this was a no sew curtain.  My poor sewing machine hasn't been used in a L-O-N-G time. I can't help it.  I love my hot glue gun.

Handy Hunk actually likes this one.  We don't always have the same taste.  I like collections, he likes minimal/bare... :-)  This little cutie is SO soft.  I just love petting her. Never thought I'd go around petting my furniture, but I am with this ASCP. Its so creamy smooth.  I just can't help it.

                                                       Liking up with:

                                  shabby creek cottage



Sunday, January 1, 2012

SOS! Why is my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chipping???

I really hate to post this, but I seriously need some ASCP help.  Let me start with project 1:

I got the front door of a kitchen sink cabinet and didn't do anything but clean it and then I painted it; well I added a little embellishment so I could play with the colors, distressing and waxing :-). 

I painted 1/2 in the Paloma and the other 1/2 in the Emperors Silk.  Then I painted the Old White all over it.  I was so sad to see it chip.  What the hay? I thought this was never going to happen to me with ASCP.  Ok, maybe I did something wrong.  Let me sand it back and try again.  And, again.  Yep-still doing it on that door.  It mostly chipped on the Emperors Silk side.  Just one tiny spot on the Paloma side.

I googled and googled to see if there was anyone else in the entire ASCP world that had ever had something chip or peel... nope. Not really.  One chick had a chip, but she didn't transport her piece carefully. YAY- I'm still (sadly) hope that I had just made some silly little error somewhere...

Moving on from that project.  I did project #2.  I did the other door 1/2 with the Rustoleum Kit that a client had given me and the other 1/2 I was determined to do with the ASCP.  Painted 1/4 with Duck Egg Blue, 1/4 in Emperors Silk and the other 1/2 in the Rustoleum.  I actually got this one waxed and done with no chipping.  I love this door.  I like to run my hands over both sides.  You can feel where the Rusoleum ends and the ASCP begins.  Love the ASCP side.  I made my husband close his eyes and I ran his hand back and forth... he really likes the ASCP feel too. 
Ok, I was ready to try another project...

Project #3. I redid my sofa side table.  I had spray painted it black a couple of years ago (yes, with spray paint.  Came out pretty nice, actually. No comparison to it now though.) I painted 2 coats of the Paloma, waxed it, and now I LOVE it!!! Its so soft.  I just want to pet it.  My husband loves it.  Which is rare.  We have different style tastes.  Confidence rebuilt....

I didn't want to waste the paint on the inside. Just imagine a curtain across the open front area. Its cute. I'll be posting before and better after pictures in another post. 

Which brings me to project #4.  I decided to paint a buffet table.  Maybe I shouldn't call it that since my birds and their cages sit on it. Cleaned it off, put a little red paint on it (not ASCP, I thought maybe it was the combo of the Emperors Silk with the Old White that made project 1 chip).   I love the way the red comes through the distressing on the door in project 1 (where it isn't chipped).  Ok- painted 1st coat of ASCP after red was dry.  Thin coat.  Could still see the original table and a little of the red.  Applied 2nd coat.  As I was watching it dry I could see it chipping AGAIN!!!  What the hay?-again. 

When I try to sand it, its going all the way back to the red paint I painted on.  Not good.  This is 2 coats in most spots, 3 in others.  I just kept painting it until I felt like it was getting enough coverage.  

Any ideas or suggestions?  I'm thinking that its my Old White.  The Paloma piece came out great.  This is such a shame.  I really wanted the old white to work.

I don't do facebook, but I found this piece during my latest massive google search.  I'm not the only one. 

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Anamaria Shamoun-Grabowski
So I'm back with another Old White problem/question. I am getting amazing coverage with other colors but not the old white. This is only the second piece I do with it (old white.) I am finding that I'm 4 coats in and still have brush marks and wood showing through. With all the other colors I've tried I'm completely covered at 2 coats. Is this an old white thing. If you rememb my first old white piece was the one where the paint just cracked right off. I'm starting to think old white has a thing against me? Lol. But seriously, is there some old white secret I don't know about?
    • Anamaria Shamoun-Grabowski How would I know if my pot isn't "quite right?"
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