Amanda Pierre first learned about Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan through the blogosphere. Already an ardent furniture refinisher, she used her blog Reloved Rubbish to post before and after pictures of her various projects and explain how she achieved the particular look of each piece.
“I heard about Chalk Paint from other bloggers and saved up my money to buy my first three cans of paint,” Amanda says. After those cans arrived, she quickly put them to use and has remained a dedicated “Chalk Painter” ever since.
Over the last several weeks, we’ve featured different Chalk Paint projects created by retailers (aka stockists) carrying Annie Sloan’s signature paint. Amanda is the first we’ve talked to who charted a course from the online exchange of ideas to a brick-and-mortar retail shop specializing in refinished furniture.
After initially falling in love with the product, Amanda incorporated it into the projects she posted on her blog. Then, a little over three years ago, she and her business partner Nancy Keil opened up their shop Loot in Santa Cruz, California. Six months after the shop opened its doors, Amanda contacted Annie Sloan Unfolded (the Chalk Paint distributor in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) and Loot became an official stockist.
Today, Loot offers Chalk Paint workshops and posts various projects on their website to help inspire others. When it comes to Amanda’s favorite thing about Chalk Paint, she says she loves its versatility. “It is so easy to create fabulous finishes—from rustic, farmhouse styles to smooth, modern looks,” she says.
For our series here at fresh style, Amanda is sharing a tallboy, campaign-style dresser that she picked up at a garage sale for $10.
Amanda explains that the dresser was made of pressed wood with a laminate surface, and that the Chalk Paint easily covered the non-wood surface—one of its signature qualities. After removing and taping off the brass hardware, she painted the exterior in Napoleonic Blue. Painting a thin first coat, she then gently sanded it with 600 grit sandpaper before applying the final coat of paint. Amanda explains that sanding in between coats created a silky, smooth finish.
For an added pop of color, Amanda painted the interior of the drawers in Arles.
After the paint dried completely, Amanda applied a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax, which sealed the paint and created a subtle sheen.
“This piece is not even made of real wood, but Chalk Paint had no trouble adhering and made it look amazing!” she says of the finished project.
As for the future of the tallboy, it didn’t last long at Loot. “One of our customers snatched it up for her son’s nautical style bedroom,” Amanda explains.
For more of Amanda’s projects, visit her blog: http://relovedrubbish.blogspot.com.