Whooo Hoooo! I’m an Anne Sloan virgin NO MORE! Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the blogosphere, you know everyone has been shouting the virtues of Anne Sloan paint for quite some time. I finally had the opportunity to try this paint out for myself when I spotted this cute little dresser at a garage sale and snapped it up for $20. I was orginally going to use it in one of the bedrooms at our cabin, but everyone told me it looked good right where I happened to place it to ‘get it out of the way’ while I was working on other things in the craft room. And I have to say I agree, so it’s actually in our basement/family room at the cabin.
It’s not an elaborate dresser by any means, but what I like about it is it’s very narrow and it has 10 drawers! And…none of them are too deep. Ask any organizer worth their salt and they will tell you deep drawers are the black holes of the design world.
I wanted a barn red finish, but not too dark, so I got the Emperor’s Silk color and a small jar of Graphite and used just five teaspoons to darken the red. After two coats, I put on a coat of clear wax, then a coat of the dark wax. Both items came with the kit which also included some brushes both for applying the paint and the wax. I have to admit I didn’t really need the wax brushes for this particular project because this dresser doesn’t have any knooks and crannies. I just used lint free clothes from old sheets.
My goal was to match the sexy cowgirl’s pants, and I think I achieved just that! I also had some golden/yellow paint from another project and painted the sides of the drawers on the inside to match her coat. Yeah, I guess I had a lot of time on my hands that day :).
I wasn’t quite sure what to do about the drawer pulls. I really like what unique pulls add to a piece, but they can be pricey and I not only didn’t want to spend too much, but I didn’t want to take the time to search for them. I originally painted the knobs with the Graphite, but it ended up looking like Bozo the Clown in reverse, so I mixed the Graphite with some red and scuffed it up a bit. I think they look just fine (for now).
Did I mention I really like this paint? I put two full coats on the dresser, and used only about 1/8 of the quart sized container! I’M. NOT. KIDDING. You could probably paint a whole house with just a quart of this stuff! But I’m thinking instead of our house 😉 maybe a rocking chair I have that could use a facelift, and maybe an oak vanity that I HATE in one of our cabin bathrooms, and maybe an armoire in one of our bedrooms…