Maison Blanche’s Wrought Iron on a Repurposed Map Desk

This little jewel received a new home today.

It started out as a very rough and abused map desk that has found it’s way to being a TV stand in a guest bedroom.

The before picture shows it fresh out of the Goodwill.

The front drawer looked as though it had seen better days. Reattached a few times I am sure.

Everything that I have painted has been with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I really like it, have zero complaints.

But Maison Blanche Paint has come out with a chalk paint called La Craie and they have a black called Wrought Iron. It is much darker than ASCP before it is waxed.

You still have to wax the paint to get the depth of the paint to come out but I waxed in clear instead of dark. The difference is a much more even color, not as many variations in the shading of the black. 

When you have a piece to paint that has spots that make it very difficult to wax it is nice. 

Clear as mud,  I know.  Sorry.

The wood on the desk was stained with a red hue so that when it was distressed and waxed  that color came through and it really looks nice next to the black.
The inside of the drawers were painted with a mixture of ASCP Old White and Country Gray. I had a little bit of both so I mixed it up.
Worked pretty well.
Love the color of the wood coming through on the knobs.
I really like the unique look of this piece also.
I do wish there was an easy way to date these pieces though. I would love to  know the year it was born.
 I really liked using this paint for the color. The consistency is different that ASCP. Thicker than what I was used to but I just added water to thin it out.
Unfortunately I had to order it and have it shipped to the tune of   $97.00 for 2 quarts of paint.
Yup, you read that right.
That is a lot of money.
Cannot do it again unless I can pick it up directly and no one in Western North Carolina carries it.
**update** I now have a supplier in Asheville…WOOHOO!

Aubusson Blue Dresser

 Aubusson Blue, Oh Aubusson Blue.
You are my new favorite.
So soft.
When I add the dark wax to you your distressed edges you compliment each other so nicely.
Paired with the Cocoa you are so lovely.

Aubusson Blue by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

OK, well I know you are going to be absolutely amazed at where I picked up this piece.
 It is somewhere different.
 I have never found a piece of furniture there before.
 I was surprised to find it.
Never expected it.
Was not prepared, I didn’t have the truck.
The Goodwill on Hendersonville Road.
I know, crazy right?
I like to live on the edge.

I am not as crazy about that this store.
 Items are usually priced too high and the employees are not as friendly.
But that is just my opinion.
On to the dresser…


This guy had a little veneer damage that needed repair but the best part was that it had all the original hardware and I just loved it.
Loved the detail of the metal work.
Loved that I did not have to spend another $25.00 on hardware.
I brought him to Bittersweet and I believe that as we speak he is on his way to Tennessee for a forever home.


Thanks for visiting.
I hope you will come back?
I would like to see you again.
I have a lot of furniture that I have finished up and am getting ready to post about them.
I will have time since I am on vacation.
Until tomorrow, because now I must go make a Bloody Mary because it is 12:01 and I am on vacation!

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Another Goodwill Gem…Emperor’s Silk, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

 I found this wonderful desk at the Will… I know, amazing that someone got rid of it.
I snatched this thing up so quick knocking people over in the process.
A little bit of an exaggeration.
She was in rough shape, basically falling apart
But you have to admit she has some sexy legs!  And  potential! Oozing potential.

I really wanted to keep her. But then there are so many pieces that I want to keep but I just cannot.
I try to justify keeping them but there is simply just no room.

 Should have taken a before picture, thought I did. Apparently not.
Lucky I have these iphone pics…that is why they are grainy.

 She has found a new home, destined to for a new bathroom to hold a vessel sink.

Until the next time.
Thanks for visiting.

Little Step Stool vs Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence

 My Goodwill find from Sunday.
Don’t you just love it when you find something that you absolutely had to have. You have needed it your entire life and never even realized it.
OK, bit of an exaggeration but for $3.50?
Yes I had to get it.

 He is a solid stool in really good condition,
I had Sam remove the rubber pads because they were ugly and make it difficult to paint.
Wiped him down with a damp rag.
No sanding.
No priming.
Applied 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence.
Love this color, it is just fun.
But then there are not many of ASCP colors that I don’t like.
In fact, haven’t met a color I don’t like yet. They all have their place.

 Covered him in two coats of paint and let it dry.
That is another thing about this paint, it dries fast. I don’t have to wait 24hours blah blah blah….
I am impatient, I hate waiting for paint to dry. I want to get on with it. Keep the process going so I can get to the end result.
So he dried and then I used a fine grit sand paper over him.
I did use a heavier hand on the edges because he use to be gold and I wanted the gold accent to come through.

 I used dark wax all over.
I like how the dark wax gives him such an aged look, like he has been around a long time.

 Some people thing it makes it look dirty and I will admit these photos make it look harsher that it really is.
But I do love the gold edges peaking through.

 He is just tall enough to help Carter put the dishes away.
Carter had been using a very tall stool and I had visions of him falling into the dishwasher while reaching above it to put dishes away.
Makes me a nervous wreck watching him.
And we don’t want him to stop emptying the dishwasher.


 Kind of amazing how the dark wax changes the color of Florence.
Gives it an aged patina like old copper.

 I did a mirror the other day in Florence and used clear wax, I will need to post pictures of it soon so you can see the huge difference in the types of wax.

Hope you like it.
I think its kinda cool.

Meet Belle in Country Grey by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Belle, my pretty little square table.
Pictures do you no justice.
I have painted your legs with Country Gray by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Rubbed you until you are soft and smooth with the clear wax.
Your bare top with the natural wood really makes the edges stand out.

You are perfectly square little table that stands tall,
Taking your place in my foyer.

But do you need your top painted too?
Will it make you more complete?

What do you suggest?
What should I do?

She is not perfect.
She has a few flaws.

Please give me your suggestions.

I would really like to hear.

Gentleman’s Dresser Painted in Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk

This guy hung out in my garage this summer, I walked by him numerous time a day looking at him trying to decide what look he was going to get.
I thought about Florence, by Annie Sloan but that seemed to frilly.
Antoinette was too girly girl and since he had become Henry in my mind he needed something masculine.

I decided on the Emperor’s Silk with the dark wax, it seemed very fitting for Henry.

I love how the drawers have this pretty curve.

And the little cuff link holders.

I don’t know how old Henry is, maybe born in the 1940’s. If you are familiar with him I would love to know what your thought is on his age.

Henry’s detailing is not perfect but I like to think it gives him character.

He is a handsome fella, very solid and reliable.

Tons of character and style.

Henry received new drawer pulls, the originals were long gone.

Henry needs a new home, wouldn’t you love to give him the forever home he deserves?

If you like my blog, become a follower. I have lots of new furniture to be posted soon!

I have linked up with Savvy Southern Style

Southern Bloggers Conference 2012

I am going, and I cannot wait.
I cannot wait to hang out with my girlfriend and fellow blogger Michelle at Adventures of Supermom.
I cannot wait to meet the women whose blogs I read.
I cannot wait to learn how to make my Blog better.
I mean I just love it when I go somewhere and I am talking to a complete stranger and they say “Needalattemom”? I know your blog. 
That is just so cool!

I do have a variety of things that I talk about on this blog, mainly family. I try not to get too private but sometimes ya just cannot help it.

 These are my boys…cute huh? I think I will keep them.

 My daughter. She is a full blown teenager.

This is my wonderful, patient, incredibly supportive husband and myself.

I am a photographer, so your gonna get pictures.
Lots of pictures.

I also redo furniture and haunt the Goodwill.
Heard a rumour that there will be some thrifting going on.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE finding a good deal.

I am kind of an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM) addict. Is there a 12 step program for this?

I weave.
Right now my loom and I are having a showdown.

Looking forward to an awesome weekend!
Cannot wait!

My new front porch

I have not disappeared, though it may seems that is what has happened. With all of the end of year stuff going on and my getting use to the kids being home all day it has thrown my routine.

I have painted a few things..desk, end table, two chairs occasional table and I should get my but in gear and post about them but have had the big aversion to sitting at my desk. My sciatic has not allowed me to sit for too long, or stand or walk…

So these chairs were a from Bobby for my birthday a few years ago. Because they have been outside with no protection they were looking kind of rough.

They were now going to sit on my front porch  and I wanted some “POP” of color and I wanted it to tie in well with the rock.  After I used the hose and a scrub brush to clean them up I sat them in the sun for 2 days to make sure they were really dry. They took an amazing amount of paint, 3/4 of a can. This is the most paint I have used on any project yet. Cannot forget the  5 1/2 hours of  it took to do the work…..Quite frankly it was a bitch!

I had the chairs on the front porch and it just wasn’t doing it for me.  I know you are going to be very surprised at this but I found it at the Goodwill. Shocked I know.  It received a coat of Emperors Silk.

 I like how it turned out. Gives it a great pop of color on the porch. I have two beautiful hanging pots above and this afternoon when I went out to water them I received a little surprise. A bird nest with an egg. Dang.

A great spot to watch the sunset on the Blue Ridge and have a few porch beers.

The chairs are painted with Arles and I used no wax or lacquer. The table is painted with Emperor’s Silk and has a coat of clear wax. This table is being used outside but will not get wet where it sits. Annie Sloan suggests not using wax or lacquer on items that are outside in the elements because they can blister. I will let you know how it does.

Goodwill Mirror and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre

Annie Sloan and the Goodwill strike again.

I bought this mirror from the Will several months ago but just wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it.

I do that. Buy something and  stare at it for far too long trying to make a decision on what to do with it.

Anyway this is a fairly old mirror, early 40’s  was stamped on the back and it was in great shape. I just did not like the finish. Brown. Boring brown did nothing for it.

When refinishing/painting an item with ASCP there are a couple of things that I have learned. You must wash down and dry and get as much of the furniture polish off. If you don’t it can bleed through the paint. You will notice it more with the light colors. It is really noticeable with the Old Ochre.

The second lesson I have learned is don’t put AS Lacquer over the  wax. It will peel off. I have learned that the hard way. I do know those that have done it and it worked great for them but let me tell you when it doesn’t it makes a mess!

Another trick I have learned when painting mirrors is this. You must take the mirror out so that you can paint the inside rim. If you do not the mirror will reflect the unpainted edge and it looks pretty tacky.

I thought I had a before picture of this mirror but apparently I missed taking a picture.

It recieved 2 coats  and then I used a heavy hand with the sanding.

Then lightly applied a coat of AS Lacquer to seal the paint. I like how it deepens the color.

I would love to hear what tricks you have learned using this chalk paint.

Sam’s Napoleonic Blue Nightstand with Annie Sloan Paint

 So at the risk of sounding like a complete nut job I am posting another furniture redo.

I found this nightstand at the Will yesterday for $6.00. It was in great structural shape but finish wise it was its usual disaster. Yucky once again.

I had picked up Napoleonic Blue by Annie Sloan a couple on weeks ago. I knew I wanted to paint a nightstand for Sam’s room so I had it just sitting there, waiting.

He does have another nightstand on the other side unpainted, but I wanted to practice on a less expensive piece of furniture. Wanted to make sure that I like the color in his room. The pictures to make it look a brighter that it actually is.

This time I just painted, distressed very little with a sanding block and put 2 coats of lacquer.

Used the same hardware just cleaned it up with a wire brush.

There is a headboard for this bed but it is out getting repaired. It was slightly damaged in the move.

The lamp on the left is a Will redo, I posted about it here . The lamp on the right I redid today also. Picked it up today at the Will for $4.00. Ran to Lowe’s and bought a shade for $14.99. Brought it all home, spray painted it and there you have.

I am telling you people, it does not take a lot of time.

It takes even less money.