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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!


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it's a match made in heaven, creating a gorgeous french cabinet as the result!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Don't you just love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? You did a beautiful job on the cabinet. Great color mix. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Kelli Morton said...

Thanks Girls! do I put the little "shared on" button at the end of my posts?

Connie said...

Simply stunning!

suzyq said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Kelli Morton said...

Thanks so much to each of you for your sweet comments!!