(This is COMPLETELY different than "chalkboard" paint--so do not be confused.)
I've been seeing posts EVERYWHERE in blogdom about ASCP and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. (The beauty of ASCP is there's NO prep necessary as with latex or oil-based paints. No stripping, no sanding, no priming...just start with a clean surface. )
By the grace of paint, there's a shop 20 minutes away from my house that carries the stuff: A lovely little shop called Second Betty. The next closest shop is 2 hours away. Yikes. The owner was the absolute SWEETEST gal and I could have stayed there for hours.
She was incredibly helpful, then she happily took a bunch of my money. :)
But the super-nice thing about buying from a local shop is the fact when you get home, you get to open a lovely gift! Much nicer than the icky plastic bags from the Mart of Wal...
For anyone who's remotely familiar with ASCP, Paris Grey seems to be the most popular color. I went into the shop with every intention of scooping up just that color...until...I saw a piece she painted in Coco and Old White.
It was love at first Old White. Sight.
See...I still seem to have issues embracing Greys. Grays. Whatever.
I had just purchased a piece that was going to serve as my virginal foray into ASCP, but then I looked at my tired old jewelry box my Mom gave me when I was prolly about 13 years old. I still have it, and it still sits front-and-center of my dresser.
And it could seriously use some TLC.
The first thing our lovely dealer (paint dealer guys...) told me is to turn the cans upside-down for 20 minutes to help distribute the pigments in the paint. Then shake and stir...like a confused martini.
While blending, I cleaned up "Jewels" so she'd be ready for paint. I debated whether or not to remove the hardware, since I plan on painting it. (Yes, you CAN paint hardware with this paint...no prep!)
I decided to remove the hardware to make my hubby proud. I'm glad I did since I was able to eradicate the dust bunnies who had been camping out amidst the hardware.
I took a deeeeeep breath....and painted. I started with a smallish artist-type brush to paint the "grooves" in Coco. Then onto the body of Jewels in Old White. Since it's such a small piece and I needed to get into smaller areas, I used a small, cheap, chip brush. Unfortunately, they're hairy and tend to shed like a German Shepherd.
With the first coat, I found the paint was WAY too thick, so with the second coat, I thinned it with water and found it much easier to work with.
I applied second coats all around, then decided to go ahead and try another technique I'd read about: applying a wash. I thinned the Coco A LOT and painted a very thin wash over everything.
You can't tell much from these pics, but it's painted Old White, then washed with very watery Coco, then immediately wiped off with a clean cotton cloth. I liked the look so much, I did a second round of the wash so it would show up better.
Once dry, I applied a thin coat of wax over the entire piece. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of distressing, but since this really was my first practice piece, I thought I'd try as many things as possible. So, after the wax cured, I did some light sanding so some of the original wood would show through.
Wood would. Huh.
OH! I also used a soft, cotton cloth to buff the wax for a very light sheen.
I sanded the hardware a bit so some of the metal would be visible.
Anyway, here's the finished product!
Here you can see the distressing and the wash:
Before and After:
I'm still a complete novice with ASCP, so I'm hoping after using it a couple more times I'll have a much better feel for it.
And here's the next piece I'll be using my ASCP on! (Scary...It kinda looks like a giant version of Jewels...Hmmm....)