I Took the Plunge

Yep, I finally did it. I ordered some of this.

chalk paint

I hemmed and hawed about it for so long.
I was waiting for Annie Sloan to come out with the pure white.

I also picked up a sample of another new shade, French linen.
I haven’t a clue where I will be using the French linen yet.

But I will be introducing the pure white to this big boy.


I thought it would be a good piece to try it out on.
Start big right? Crap, what have I gotten myself into?

The back is bead board and I will be painting that the color of the walls.

I still am not sure what I’m doing with all of those knobs.
Because there are so many I was thinking I should be a bit more subtle, but not boring.
Then maybe get some pretty ones for the glass doors. A little more bold

If you have any ideas for the knobs or if you have any tips on using the chalk paint I would love to hear them. I didn’t buy their wax. I have some Johnson’s wax and some Briwax. 
Has anyone used either of those with the chalk paint?

Okay, wish me luck.



  1. Ok you said it first not me. You will be fine, and you will love it. I can't wait to see it.

  2. Can't wait to see the finished project! I too finally bought some chalk paint on line. It took me ALL summer to decide which color I wanted (duck egg blue or provence)... the day after it came in the mail I walked into a local gift store and they are now carrying it too! Could have saved the shipping :( Oh well, I have a couple of projects lined up that I can't wait to get started on!


  3. I'm still on the fence over this paint but I think you picked a perfect piece to use it on. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

  4. i don't think we have chalk paint here.. it sounds really good. i painted a timber dresser white, so glad i did.

  5. Anita this is going to look absolutely FABULOUS all covered in chalk paint!! I have French Linen too and have BIG plans for it... hehehe... Can't wait to see your finished piece-it is going to be just beautiful~ and hey, we are kind of like twinsies not trying the chalk paint until now! :D lol!!

  6. love the buffet, cant wait to see the finished product!

  7. Oh go girl! I'm desperate to get my hands on some chalk paint but the postage to my part of the world is ridiculous, it was going to cost me around $300 to get 2 litres. So I will wait, it may not be too much longer from what I hear ;) That hutch dresser will look fantastic painted white, with the aqua beadboard...you might find once it is white the knobs won't bother you so much :)

    Can't wait to see it done :)

    xx Karen

  8. Good luck with that...can't wait to see it...Those are the 2 colors I would pick as well...Mariaelena

  9. I am so excited to watch this in "real" blogger time! I have been dying to try this paint...so please tell all the details of your experience with this paint.

  10. I think your hutch is going to look so good painted white. I like the other color too. I used Briwax with my chalkpaint and it seems to rubb some of the paint off just a little. If you let it cure longer it does better. Not sure about the knobs yet. I will let you know if something comes to me.

  11. YEAH! You will love it! I used another wax with my chalk paint and it worked fine, like Tracy said it just took a bit longer to cure. What I have found to help to with the paint is to lightly sand in between coats, it just gives for a smoother finish but you certainly don't have to. Have fun and I can't wait to see!!!

  12. Good luck - I can't wait to hear how it goes.

  13. I'm certain it will look fabulous. As far as ideas for the knobs? I suck at that. If it was my project it would be all painted and without knobs for a year or two while I tried to decide. My only tip is use a good drop cloth under it when you sand it. And probably cover anything else in the room, and don't run the air/furnace. It truly is a fine chalk dust powder when you sand it. I had it EVERYWHERE. ugh. The good news is, it dries so fast, you'll finish the project in no time. Can't wait to see it.

  14. I'm in agreement with everyone else. This piece will look fabulous in white. You are a brave woman to tackle a such a big piece. I have every confidence in you. Can't wait to see the finished result.

  15. So fun seeing your projects ... not courageous enough to try yet, but someday!

  16. Can't wait to see the finished project!

    I'm not sure what look you are going for, but I really like the idea of coral knobs like this:


    I saw them in red somewhere online.

  17. oh i can't wait to see it finished either! best of luck- it's big! :)

  18. Dying to see how this works out and how you like it!!!
    Good luck!

  19. I can't wait to see your furniture piece transformed! I haven't used that paint before either. One day, I'll have to take the plunge also. Ha!

  20. Hi Anita!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog earlier this week - You are ALWAYS invited to stay with us if you ever get a chance to come out West. One day, I really hope to explore more of the East Coast....

    I do the marketing for a decorative hardware chain here in San Francisco, and the choices are endless, let me know what style you are going for and I will send you a few links for cabinet knobs. I know of some wonderful sea themed ones from "Anne at Home" - made of pewter, and you can have your choice of about 20 different finishes. They are great for matching what's already in your room. I helped a gal on the Oregon coast decorate her bathroom with clam shell shaped ones, and they turned out great!

    Can't wait to see your finished product!

  21. You're going to have a lot of fun. I didn't realize she came out with two new colors--I want to check out the linen.

  22. Anita, I think this Hutch/China Cabinet will look wonderful with the Chalk Paint.. I did try it once and it was a joy to use.. All I did was put one coat of white on wood and it amazed me! I'll be back to see how it turned out! As for the knobs, finish the piece then decide. I have a Restoration Hardware catalog with tons of knobs in it. Go into their website and they will send one... (Wish I could send you mine) Good luck and have fun!

  23. Oooh! I've never heard of this paint and just googled it! Thanks Anita for introducing me to it. Can't wait to see your finished project!

  24. I CAN'T wait to see it painted! I love the piece. I am always so tempted to buy something similar to that on Craigslist.

  25. I thought that I was the only one left here in blog land who had yet to use chalk paint, Anita! I have heard only rave reviews of it. The best part is that you don't have to sand or prime! Yeah! Wow, you sure picked a big piece to try, can't wait to hear how it turns out! And one of these days I really do need to pick some of that paint up:)

  26. I'm confident that it will be lovely when it's done!

    Hope you're doing well :O)


  27. I am looking forward to seeing the finished result! I wish we could chalk paint in Oz! My blog has just had a new look with 7 pages of coastal fun and inspiration. Pop by when you get a chance!

  28. I can already imagine the piece white. It has such a nice shape and the white will give it a fresh new look. Good luck, can't wait to see how it turns out and read your tips on using chalk paint.

  29. The hutch is going to look fantastic when it's finished! Anthropologie has the greatest collection of knobs!
    Maybe you will find something there!
    Looking forward to the finished project!




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