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Monday, November 14, 2011

A Little More Red and Chalk Paint Recipe (attempt)

Hi All!

I am writing this post from my daughter’s netbook.  My computer needed a complete overhaul and what they said would take 3-5 days is now officially day 9.  My frustration continues.

But the good news is that I have found other ways to keep myself busy.

I shared the red table over the weekend.  You can see it here if you go unplugged on Saturday & Sunday.

In addition to finishing that up, I kept the red paint out and finished this little table.


Every home needs a pop of color!

It took a few attempts to get to this stage.

It started like this:


Yes, some crazy Buckeye fan once owned this.

I knew I wanted it red.  I am spoiled with ASCP and did not want to sand, prime, sand, paint, wait, sand, wait, paint and finish it. 

I need instant gratification.

So I mixed Unsanded Grout with a sample size oops red paint from Home Depot.  Martha Stewart suggested the recipe and others online.

I mixed it up.  It was thick and gritty.

I applied it to the top.


I was not happy.  It was rough and splotchy.

Now, Jo Ann tried the same recipe and added water.  She was very pleased with the results.  Perhaps that is where I went wrong.

Needless to say, I ordered ASCP in Emperor’s Silk and finished the job.


  • I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  As I have blogged about in the past, it is $36 a quart + shipping (Minimum $12).  That is very costly on paper.

  • I also have to wait many days to receive my shipment. Remember that instant gratification thing?

  • The colors are limited.

Now, so I do not sound negative about this product, I want you all to know that I love it!  I have found that cost is not a significant factor, since a little goes a long way.

The wait…yeah, it will never get easier.

Colors – the limited color selection is what will get me to try different recipes to make my own.  Since Jo Ann has experienced success, I will continue to play around with samples.  I will keep you posted if I arrive at an acceptable outcome.


The finished table was done with AS light and dark wax. 

It almost landed in my house, but she is in my space awaiting a new home.

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Anonymous said...

I just started using ASCP tonight. Emperors Red is one of the colors I chose for some reason. I was trying to determine how to finish it. It is really bright. I think I need to dark wax. I like how your table came out!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

The red looks amazing!

Tat @ Mum in search said...

Love it, very Christmassy!

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