Thursday, October 05, 2017
I love how the sunshine is coming low into the windows with the short, fall days. I had to click this pic of our applesauce in the glowing sunlight of late afternoon. My daughters and one of their friends came and we had a big day of making applesauce a week ago. It was fun and busy with twelve children running hither and yon while we were busy in the kitchen.
I've been painting my lower cabinets for several weeks. My cabinets are only 5 years old, and were put in new in 2012. They were chipping and getting water damaged, especially around the sink, and so I decided it was time to repair them and repaint. My cabinets were all cream like the upper cabinets. I chose to go with Annie Sloan's chalk paint in French Linen for the lower cabinets. I am really happy with the results. It is not perfect, but it is perfect enough for me. After priming and painting them with two coats of chalk paint, I then sealed them with three coats of MinWax Poly-crylic in a flat finish. Traditionally, Annie Sloan paint is sealed with wax, but I chose a hard sealant by using the poly to keep water problems at bay. The poly was a water-based latex so it was easy to apply, clean up, and it dried fast between coats.
I'm linking a great little web page here that shows you all of the Annie Sloan colors as well as what they look like when you apply the dark wax to them. This same site has lots of tips for painting with Annie Sloan chalk paint. However, I do recommend you go to a store that carries the paint and take a look at their samples. I was lucky to have a store nearby that carried the paint AND she had many samples of re-furbished furniture and lamps and mirrors that she used AS paint on. That was great for me because I was leaning towards another color--Paris Gray-- but when I was able to see the French Linen next to Paris Gray, I knew I wanted the French Linen color. I think it looks very homey and warm in my kitchen, and now I'm breathing a sigh of relief that I am DONE! I think it will show less dirt in my very lived-in ranch house too.
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