Annie Sloan Chalk Paint


By |2016-02-28T14:27:12-05:00February 28, 2016|8 McDowell, Color, Shopping|

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to the rescue!

The Ikea three-drawer dresser we had, the Aneboda, was discontinued about a year ago. But oh, did we get lots of use from two dressers and one tall five drawer dresser. Years and years. We still had one which lives in our guest room and is in beautiful shape. Not a thing wrong with it and still very solid. But the time had come (was overdue?) for a paint job. And new hardware.

The finished product:

Ikea Aneboda dresser IMG_0386_wm

This from an old catalog image:


And this, in situ, almost ready for the transformation to begin:

IMG_9888_wm Oh, those wooden “handles”…why, oh why, didn’t I change them out years ago?

I used “Napoleonic Blue.”

The first coat of this paint is always kind of “iffy” as it looks just awful. AWFUL. Streaky. Thin. No coverage. If you’ve never used this kind of paint…well, just be patient. Wait a few hours; let this first coat dry thoroughly, and wait until you see the second coat!


Here, the lighting is terrible as I took […]


By |2014-07-21T12:18:11-04:00June 13, 2012|8 McDowell, Inspiration|

B O R I N G!
Boring, dark, but oh so useful piece! We had received this sideboard as a wedding present and have used it in every apartment and dining room in which we have ever lived. It holds linens, silver, flatware, paper napkins…. you name it, it has been invaluable.
But oh so out of date or boring!

Time to refresh.
And Annie Sloan paints were the perfect choice. I had bought one color, “Provence”, on my first trip out to Mebane and my dealer, The Melville Trading Company.
No, the color just was not right. This piece resides in my husband’s study: dark reds, Oriental rug, lots of books etc. and Provence was too…. what? … clean, is the best word.


Off I went, once again, with my friend Sally (this was her first, much-anticipated visit to a visual, design-lover’s mecca!).
This is the color I had decided to buy: French Linen
and a few ideas from Pinterest:



By |2014-09-27T14:59:58-04:00April 4, 2012|It's Local, Shopping|

It was a beautiful day and a perfect time for a road trip. The purpose was to go to Mebane and buy
some Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. I know many of you are familiar with these (you are the reason I’m now convinced it is THE paint for me!). But for those of you to whom this is a new company and a new kind of paint (really, it’s paint? with chalk?), read all about it on the Annie Sloan website.
I’ll give you more reviews and links to read about this paint at the end of the post….So, off we headed to Mebane which is about an hour from my village.
No, it’s not me-bane, it’s ‘me-ben. I know, it took me a while to get it right.
Mebane is one of those southern towns that was founded with the textile, bedding and tobacco industries. It was actually incorporated in 1881 and flourished with the railroad transporting textiles and tobacco. The White Furniture Company, which had been one of the major employers, finally closed in 1998. The Mebane Bedding Company, now Kingsdown, continues to be a major player in the bedding industry.

Off to find my chalk paint. Lucky for me, the nearest retailer is the

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