Hi friends, I hope you’re well! Before I get into the little ‘accident’ I had while painting this piece, I’ll quickly share the 411. This French Buffet is painted in Annie Sloan ‘Pure White’ Chalk Paint. If you’re ever looking for a clean-pristine-white chalk paint, this one is perfect!
To prevent any bleed-through or staining (which in my experience happens more often than not when painting with white), I thoroughly cleaned the buffet, lightly sanded, and applied two coats of primer before chalk painting with two coats. The buffet was lightly sanded between each coat, lightly distressed to highlight the details, and then protected with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.
The French Provincial hardware is original to the piece and has been spray painted in Rust-Oleum’s Flat Black. The last detail I added was complimentary drawer liners.
I love the way it all turned out…this piece is a classic beauty!
I’ll start my story by saying, if we ever bump into each other at a Home Depot or Sherwin Williams, I’ll most likely be wearing paint splattered pants, have stain under my fingernails, and have paint in my hair. I swear I have more paint stained clothes in my closet than not these days. But it’s okay. I’ve finally come to accept this as my work getup. It’s my ‘artsy’ look that I am wearing with pride. (At least that’s what I’m sticking with!) 😉
However, with this furniture makeover, it wasn’t just paint on my clothes or in my hair, it was paint in my eye!
I actually had a scare while working on this piece because I was careless. And like so many of us do, I was trying to do too much in one day.
Picture this. It’s 1am. That’s not an unusual time for me to painting in my studio, but I was feeling out of sorts. I had been shopping with my Dad earlier in the evening and he was having a confused day. As I’ve mentioned, my sister is his main caregiver and I help as often as I can. From your comments and emails, I know some of you are caregivers of loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s. So, I bet you can relate when I say it can be emotionally draining and exhausting at times. Even though I was tired, I was optimistic and feeling excited about this french buffet. I headed down to my studio to paint anyway.I poured BIN Shellac Primer onto a paper plate and placed it on the floor. I was down on my hands and knees painting the underlip of this buffet when I noticed my hair was resting smack-dab in the plate of BIN. It was soaked. I flipped my hair in an ‘I-think-I’m-a-supermodel’ fashion and my primer drenched locks hit me square in the eye.
Panic set in while I tried to read the can’s safety instruction with my one good eye. Rinse well for 15min (I think it said). Well, it took more than 30 minutes of rinsing while the shellac primer was trying to fuse my eye shut. It’s two days later and my eye is still self-cleaning but thankfully everything is okay. My eye is perfectly fine.
So, here’s my takeaway… safety and self-care first! I’m going to do my best to pay more attention to my needs because value doesn’t come from completing a to-do list. And as I discovered in my tired state, all it takes is one silly “I-think-I’m-a-supermodel-flip-my-hair-moment” for an accident to happen.