Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Newest Obsession...ASCP

I have a new obsession.  Not surprising coming from a serial obsessor...like when I begged my hubby weekly {OK daily} to pick up Moe's when I was pregnant with #2.  {Don't judge me, please.}  Luckily for me, my newest obsession is a certain amazingly fantastic paint.  Before you think I'm crazy just know that I'm not the only one.  If you've been anywhere near the design blogosphere then you probably already know what I'm talking about.  If not, then you are going to want to give me a big ole' hug after this introduction.  
 
My obsession = Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {ASCP} 
image: anniesloanunfolded.com

  Here's what I love about ASCP:
  • No sanding or priming needed.  Did you hear that??  NO PRIMING!  {insert happy dance here}  This paint literally sticks to everything...even laminate furniture.  If you have ever painted furniture with latex paint then you know what a time suck prepping can be.  No more, thanks to Miss Annie.
  • Easy to distress.  I promise you'll be hooked the first time you distress a piece painted with ASCP.  Unlike latex that takes a lot of elbow grease and tends to roll when sanding, ASCP sands off in a fine powder.
  • Environmentally friendly.  ASCP has low VOCs and virtually no odor. 
  • Dries quickly.  ASCP is dry to the touch in 30 minutes and can be recoated in 2 hours.  This is ideal for those who are busy {or impatient like me}.
  • Versatility.  While ASCP currently only comes in 28 colors, you have endless options.  The paints mix easily and can even be mixed with water to make a wash.
  • A little goes a long way.  I'm not going to lie.  I was a little shocked at the $36 per quart {yes, per QUART} price but was sold before I even finished the first coat {as were my mother-in-law and husband who kept peeking out to see what the fuss over ASCP was all about}.  As you'll see in an upcoming post, I painted a full size headboard, footboard, side rails, vanity with bench and framed mirror using 1 can.  I applied 2 coats full strength and even painted 1 coat in places you can't even see. {I'm a little OCD like that.}


So, what do you think?  Sounds too good to be true, huh?  Yep, I thought the same thing but I'm completely sold.  While I believe ASCP will be the paint of choice for 90% of my pieces, it isn't the end all be all {but pretty darn close for me}.  In an upcoming post, I plan to cover different types of paints I use so you can better choose which type is best for your project.  I'll also touch on how to apply and seal ASCP.  Until then, I'll leave you with some eye candy.  {you're welcome!}  Check here to find a stockist in your area.
 
ASCP Old White; clear wax

ASCP Old White; clear wax
*These opinions are my own. I am in no way affiliated with ASCP nor have I been compensated in any way to endorse her product.  {I just love it that much.}

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2 comments:

  1. You have me hooked on this already. Totally meant to stop by and pick some up yesterday, but didn't realize they close at 4, so I didn't make it in time :( Dying to paint a chest, but can't decide on the color. Hopefully they have swatches.

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  2. C'est Moi has BIG swatches so you can compare colors. My next color purchase will either be Duck Egg Blue or French Linen...or both! Let me know what you decide on.

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