New Life for a Chest Gone to Pot

I’ve been busy Nesting in my Potting Shed~

 My grandmother’s sad, pink chest had gone to pot :) and has come home to roost for storage in my Potting Shed~ given new life and purpose thanks to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

I had been wanting to try ASCP after seeing and hearing all the buzz~

My grandmother’s neglected, painted chest was a prime candidate for this paint~ of no great value other than sentimental~ one of the few things I have of hers, other than some dishes and a cast iron skillet. It sat in her basement for years and then later in our garage, collecting clutter.

 I made a half-hearted attempt to refinish and “de-pink-it”  sometime around 1994 :)

Since this was my first AS painting project, I was a little intimidated with the ASCP waxing process~ afraid of using too much, so I used some Valspar Mocha Glaze I had from Lowe’s, knowing I could wipe off the glaze easily, adding more as needed to add “aging” to the Annie Sloan Old White paint.

Then I tackled the waxing process, using the Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax and then a little of the Dark Wax.

I admit to having a bit of sticker shock when I went to buy the paint, waxes, and ONE brush, BUT I’m a convert~

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Floats My Boat!

I was amazed at how forgiving ASCP was to use, (no worrying about brush strokes),  how quickly it dried (within an hour) and not having to prime or strip~ my kind of painting.

The perfect answer for my grandmother’s chest that was sorely neglected and in need of a face lift!

As it turns out, I didn’t completely de-pink-it, since the sanding process revealed the paint underneath, but I’m happy with the results~ leaving behind a layer that reminds me of my grandmother, since almost everything in her house was pink or green :)

An assortment of new drawer pulls

from Anthropologie are blooming~

Satisfying my craving for flowers~

Stay tuned to see how she grows :)

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  25 comments for “New Life for a Chest Gone to Pot

  1. Pat Champagne
    September 17, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I love your blog, and your Grandmother’s chest is gorgeous!! ASCP seems to be the hot topic du jour. I’m in upstate NY and can’t find it. Can you lead me to someone who would take a mail order? Thanks. Pat.

    • September 17, 2012 at 6:25 am

      Thanks Pat! I found it locally but did a quick google search and saw it’s available online here. You can find retailers in your area on this link.

  2. September 17, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Wow, Mary! Wonderful! Your potting shed is coming right along and I love your Grandmother’s chest. Many years ago I asked an artist friend of mine if she would be interested in painting my Granny’s buffet. She did and it is wonderful. Every time I see it (many times a day) I think of Gran … what a hoot and holler she was!

  3. Tam
    September 17, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Wow!!! This piece is a stunner… in the soft worn patina, the pink is fabulous! Great job… I have to pin!

  4. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    September 17, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I love it and I’m glad some of the pink came through! Pink works well in a potting shed:@)

  5. September 17, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Mary, the chest looks so good! I admit that I am still fearful of ASCP, but your project turned out so cute, that maybe I will try it eventually. I love the little anthro pulls, and the vignette above it with the architectural salvage is fantastic! Your potting shed is so, so cute!!! :D

  6. Mary from Virginia
    September 17, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Really, really nicely done. I am fearful of the waxing part too since I have never used chalk paint, and I like the idea that I can use Valspar Glaze that easily comes off if I get too heavy handed. Your potting shed is to die-for! My grandma and my great aunt where PINK and GREEN girls too. My great aunt even had a pink kitchen sink, pink cabinets. I loved her kitchen!

  7. September 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

    The potting shed plus this chest is the cat’s pajamas.The interior of your shed is charming and equal your stunning tables. xoxo, olive

  8. Becky
    September 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Mary, I’m a new follower, but I so enjoy your posts! You are very talented, and I think we may be sisters, separated at birth!

  9. September 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Such a dreamy piece! The mix and match flowery knobs are darling. I’m in awe of your sweet potting shed, and enjoying all of your updates. What a fun little spot to decorate and hang out in! Wish I lived close enough to come over with some wine :)
    Cheers, Andrea

  10. September 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I am loving your poting shed and yor Grandmothers chest is the icing on the cake. I don’t have a thing to paint. I did go with Yvonne once whe she needed to but paint and was surprised at the prices. But the EASE of the process is what is wonderful. IF I ever have to paint something I will use it. Love the flower knobs too. XO, pinky

  11. September 18, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Your grandmother’s pink chest looks divine, really like the pink peeking through. I love the assortment of knobs that you put on too. Can’t wait to see your potting shed, can’t imagine such a lovely piece of furniture in mine. Just found your blog today and am going to snoop around some.

  12. September 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Mary- this little charming piece from your grandmother turned out perfect! I love the pink coming through the cream. Your grandmother would be delighted with the results I’m sure.

  13. Tardevil
    September 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Looks great! If you haven’t (and I missed it), you should do a tour of your potting shed. What we can see looks great. You probably know this, but there is a vendor in the Sleepy Poet in south Charlotte that sells ASCP. I’ve also heard CeCe Caldwell’s paint is good without the odor.

  14. September 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Mary, your “potting shed” is the most beautiful potting shed I have ever seen….This is not your regular run of the mill potting shed! I love your grandmother’s chest…good job!

  15. September 18, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Omigosh, Mary, is there room for a cot in your potting shed? If so,put it in place and I’ll be there to claim my spot! Isn’t Anthropologie the best when it comes to finding that special something?

  16. September 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I love that beautiful finish and your potting shed is really nice too.

  17. September 21, 2012 at 2:55 am

    I just love this dresser – and the pulls are spectacular!!!

  18. September 21, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I really like your creative table scapes, adorable dogs and general Southern Atmosphere you’ve created on your blog. It is very inviting and I’d like to visit your lake. xo Jenny

  19. September 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I love it! So unique. Lovely job!! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Common Ground. 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

  20. September 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I love it! What a beautiful job you did, Mary. It looks perfect in your lovely potting shed.

  21. September 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Great project Mary. Love the potting shed, what a luxury! I love the new look of the dresser. I think it will look fabulous with any of the pulls…….


  22. September 23, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Neat job.

  23. September 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

    This chest turned out beautifully. Love Anne Sloan Chalk Paint. It is so versatile and Miss Mustard Seed has beautifully demonstrated how to use the soft wax! Love it! The knobs are wonderful! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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