Morton Girl

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Thrifty finds, DIY, and a soon to be Home Reno...


I love to find cheaper ways to do expensive things. Whether this be through Thrift-store-shopping or DIY decorating, I find a way to get it done. I NEVER shop in the regular priced area of a store. If I do happen to see something I love that is regular priced, I wait til it goes on sale. OR, i make it my own version of it. I love to paint and do crafts. However, being a mother of two and a night-shift nurse, I have very little time to do it. We are also in a rental home while we search for my forever home. So, I am LOVING the blog world right now as I find ideas for my new home. Be sure to follow me so I will know I'm not just blogging to myself. :-)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Morton Girl meets Annie Sloan

Oh, I'm in love!! And, of course, with something that's expensive. My sister asked me to paint her Mother-in-Law's old French Provincial Cabinet for her. It was to be an accent piece in her brand new home! So, as much as I had to fight back my cheapskate tendencies, I felt like this was NOT the project to skimp on. So, I bit the bullet and bought some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. And, WOW, was I impressed!!

I started by taping the glass area off .

 Then, I mixed 3 parts Aubusson Blue with 1 part Old White. (Estimated)....The girl at the fancy paint store told me to mix it in a jar with a lid. So, I was able to use one of the 100 mason jars I had in the garage. It worked great and I have LOTS left over.

After it was mixed, I was ready to get started. It was SO smooth going on and very simple to use.
After two coats, I was set!

Then, onto the inside. Whew!! The shelves didn't come out, which made for a bit of a challenge. But, I put on my big girl panties and went to work I used old white on the inside knowing I would distress it heavily and use a mixture of clear and dark wax on top of it.

The distressing was easy and fun!! You could just see the beauty coming through the more I sanded.


After distressing, I put at top coat of clear (mixed with a little dark) wax on top. 

Here she is after...

And, in her new home...

I have been a BUSY diy/crafter.  But, a terrible blogger. So, stay tuned for some before and after posts coming soon!