Does this sound familiar…you start a project with a clear vision of how you want it to turn out. You picked the colors, the finish, the technique, and in your mind it looks amazing. Your brush touches the piece and you’re on your way to creating a work of art. Finally the last bit of excess wax is removed and you step back to admire your creation. And…it’s nothing like what you were thinking. In fact, it’s all wrong. You’ve fallen out of love with your project. This happens to us in the studio more often than you might think. We get great ideas from Pinterest or a magazine and we try out the technique, or color scheme on a piece of furniture, only to severely dislike what we’ve created. It can be really frustrating to spend time painting away only to be left wanting with your finished piece.
Maybe the style of furniture was wrong for the technique, or the color was too bright or too muted for the space you imagined it in. This happens. Take a breath. Step away. Eat some chocolate, you deserve it! It’s always a bit nerve-wracking trying something new, especially a new technique or color palette, and you should pat yourself on the back for having the courage to expand your horizons! So maybe English Yellow isn’t your first (or even third) choice for a color anymore, at least you tried it! Who knows, your next experiment could be the project you’re most in love with.
Another example of something I painted, and once I was done wished I had gone in a different direction. Again, Kristy and Lydia both love it, so I opted not to repaint it. It’s very traditional country, so not my style!
Sometimes you know right away that you don’t like the finished product. Sometimes you live with it for a little while thinking that you might learn to love it. The good news is that you can start over immediately, 6 months, or even two years down the road. Sometimes our styles change quickly, and our furniture should be able to transition just as fast.
I really liked this Greek Blue coastal dresser I finished earlier last summer. As the season wore on I wished I had done a lighter wash instead of using Dark Wax. The piece just looked dark and clunky to me by the end of summer.
Starting over is easy. Take a deep breath, and pick a new color, technique, finish, or maybe a new piece of furniture! Open up your can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and apply over the existing finish – whether it be Annie Sloan Wax, lacquer, raw wood, another brand of paint, etc…We’ve already beaten it into your brain that Chalk Paint goes on any surface with no prep work (no sanding, priming, etc…), but people are still amazed that you can go right over the Annie Sloan Soft Wax too! As long as you’ve taken all the excess wax off you can paint immediately, just allow for a little extra dry time so you’re not taking the first coat off with your second.
So if you ever find yourself looking at something you’ve painted and really disliking what you’ve created, don’t worry. Falling back in love with your furniture only takes some Chalk Paint and a brush to do. (If only real life were that simple!)