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Hi Readers! I’m so sorry I am tardy on all your questions. It’s not because I don’t love you or care! Got questions? Email me: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

Can you please tell me what to do with the legs on this table. I painted it all with Paris Grey, then Pure White, I wanted the Grey to show through.  I have watched several of you tutorials and the one with the more modern white table and chairs and you mentioned with the spindle legs to take the sand paper and go right down the leg….I tried that, but feel it is now has a spotty, leopard look….not good!  What am I doing wrong?  

I am assuming you are talking about wanting the paint to show through as you are sanding it. You need FINE sand paper. You also do not want to sand hard so that it rubs down to the wood, but rather just sands off that top coat of white paint. You can also paint a little less Paris Grey in the crevices and corners to have the white show through.

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I have huge surface and i am not sure what to do with it…how to sand it…should i sand it? i distress the legs a lot so i think i should distress the top it just looks bad since i put nice fat two layers of paint and i am not sure how to distress it.

When is comes to large, flat surfaces like table tops I like to just sand the edges of the table. You do not want to take a sanding block to the surface unless you are going for a really, really shabby look as this can look messy. You can sand legs a bit more, but again, less is more. Just do the feet and the top of the leg. If you sand straight down it can look messy.

How is your space at Lucketts going?

Awesome! I have sold many, many pieces both big and small. It’s been great to be a part of a shop.

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How do you get rid of these bumpy line marks ? I noticed they was there even after waxing, so i tried to gently sand over them which takes away the rough feeling but you can still kinda see them ? Is this supposed to happen or maybe i have done something wrong whilst painting ?

When you paint you want to make sure that you are taking care to smooth out lines as much as possible. The paint should settle after it is brushed on just a bit. Once it dries and you find that you still have too many paint lines and things are “bumpy”, this is the time to sand them down. Do not put wax down and then try to sand. Do it while the paint is unsealed.

I have a question about the chalk paint….I know you said no prep needed, but what about surfaces that have already been painted and were painted with semi gloss or glossy latex paint?

There is still no prep necessary! 🙂

Is there special considerations painting on bare, cut lumber, metal or plastic? 

Good questions. Bare lumber will suck in your paint. It can be very frustrating. You may want to seal it first with Shellac before painting. Experiment. Some woods will take it with many coats and others will not. Metal will work just find. Plastic can be finicky so just test an area. My concern with plastic is that it may “sponge” off. You will know what I mean if this happens to you.

I admired your mail box one time at your house – do you know what website it was from?

Maybe Van Dykes? Not sure as it was 6 years ago now.

I went to my local Home Depot in search of chalk paint, I couldn’t find Annie Sloan anything! I ended up buying Americana Décor, Chalky Finish, Fini Calcaire, I was searching for the clear wax, the one you refer to as looking like a candle, couldn’t find it! I purchased Crème Wax, Cire Crème… like liquid, little think but not really. Will this work?

There are so many furniture paints popping up now, aren’t there?! I have tried many of them now and there has yet to be another brand that I like more than Annie Sloan. I do not het paid to tell you this either! It is really what I think works best. Find a stockist in your area or order ASCP online.

I live in the Chicago area. I have recently been approached to give s quote/estimate on redoing someone’s table. Do you charge by the hour and add in materials?  If so how do I know what rate to charge?

I charge based on a few things – my time, materials and what the market will bear.

What is the cushion on the bottom for?

To keep your feet cozy?

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I am interested in painting my armoire and need some guidance and tips. I think it is a big undertaking for me since this will be my first project. The armoire is made of cherry wood. Hope you can give me some tips. Also do I need to paint the inside too ? 

I would recommend watching my YouTube Tutorials to get an idea of where to start. Yes, I would definitely paint the interior to be cohesive.

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…amy howard one step paint

Amy who?

There are many brands of furniture paint popping up, aren’t there? Martha Stewart, Cece Caldwell, Van Gogh, American Paint Company and the latest one I’ve come in contact with, Amy Howard. I have experimented with most of these brands, but have not fallen in love like I have with Annie Sloan.

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I like that there are options and price points out there for home-owners, though. One of the concerns for me with other paints has been color selection. I have a style that I want to achieve in my home and some of the colors offered and mission statements behind these paints have not really aligned with my style.

Luckett’s stocks Amy Howard furniture paint. I had never heard of it until I saw the collection. I decided it was important to try so I could try to inform you all. As an aside, I am a total sucker for good marketing and packaging. I buy wine based on a clever label. Amy Howard’s product is simple in it’s design and pretty.

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I am trying the paint on a pedestal table. My first reaction is that is it a bit sticky. Maybe this means that it will adhere easily. It seems to dry quickly and it covers well.

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I did a video short on my first coat, but it did not turn out since I got a phone call on my phone! I will post more on my results this week. Bottom line, seems worth a try at this point. Here colors are also pleasing.

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Here are you questions and answers. Got questions? Email me: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

Just started my first project and next step is to wax. On most tutorials I see people using a flat chubby was brush that they are calling a AS brush, however we going on AS site or others that sell AS products, the AS wax brush is pointed? 

Your stockist will see flat wax brushes next to ASCP. These have wood handles and a flat, bristled head. The large is for clear wax and the small is for dark wax. I personally have moved away from wax brushes because I had found them a bit difficult to work with when applying clear wax. I like to use a soft, lint-free rag. You can pull a table spoon of wax and apply much more easily. Take a look at the tutorial that I did on it.

How do you finish the top of a dining table. I’m doing a table the same as yours in “the Weathered wood look”? Also one edge of the table was very worn down by a small child. What would you do so that doesn’t look different?

Is the table you are working on oak? It must be a textured wood to get this look! If not, the paint will not seep into the crevices. I would be a bit concerned if there is part of the table that is not textured due to damage. If it is small then just proceed with my technique. If it really sticks out from the rest of the surface then you may want to consider painting a solid coat and not the weathered wood look.

Is the marble very expensive? Where do you source it an do you seal it?

The marble top tables that I have listed for sale are all vintage. They are more expensive and offer a classy look. No, I do not seal or touch a vintage piece of marble.

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I was told that you have some awesome tutorials to help with chalk painting and waxing. Where do I find those? Thanks
 
You can find my tutorials on YouTube. You can search for my channel by searching BLUE EGG BROWN NEST. You can also access my tutorials from my new button on my website.
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Wondering what color and brand paint you painted the interior of your house with?

We use all Benjamin Moore paints and have been very happy.

We have a 5 piece 1970’s bedroom set to paint for a client, the look they are after is a white washed beach look.The furniture is med dark wood, smooth varnished tops, with architectural fan details. If we use the white chalk paint over the existing surface, finish with the clear wax, how does it hold up on the nightstands, can you put a water glass on it? Will it scratch off over time? 

I always say that painted furniture will wear just like unpainted, stained furniture. If you use it in a high traffic area then it will wear. However, ASCP does NOT scratch! It is amazing that way. You will not have to worry about the paint flaking off either. As for water marks you probably should use a coaster on any piece of furniture. I have found that if I let it dry after clear wax for a few days before setting items on it then I am okay. I have may painted pieces in my house along with 3 kids and they have all held up amazingly. But, don’t assume that they are bubble-wrapped and without risk of damage.

Do you have any experience on kitchen cabinets? So concerned on durability! I cant imagine not priming varnished cabinets. 

If you are concerned about your kitchen cabinets then consider putting a matte poly on them after you have chalk painted. Do a sample area and see if you like the look.

I am considering some pendant lights for my kitchen and really like yours…would you mind sharing where you found them? 

We found those through a designer.

Where did you get your prints above your fireplace?  

I found the botanicals on Etsy and made them!

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Where did you get your Santos dolls?

I purchase them from a wholesale dealer. I am bringing 2 out to Luckett’s tomorrow.

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My 2nd BIG question is, you have children right? Where do you keep all your children’s trinkets? I have 3 children, 22 (not such a baby lol), 12 and 7. I have tons of little pieces of art from school, pottery etc…..I struggle with where to place it all and still have a “clutter-free” home!

Oh mama! I hear you! I have let my desk area become kind of an kid art display area. It is really impossible to keep organized so I tend to let it go. I hang pictures and keep out little clay art. After a few months I will put it away in a huge plastic storage container. I had one for each child and I have saved literally almost every piece of art from the time they started preschool. I cannot throw away any of it! Eventually when I have time I will photograph every piece and make books.

I was wondering about your great room curtains. Where are they from? Are they white-white?

Ikea and off white.

Have you ever chalk painted older hard wood floors?  I would like to try it in a room that doesn’t get a lot of traffic.

No, I haven’t. But people do. I would assume that you want to be comfortable with a shabby look if you go this route.

I have been waiting for these forever.  I don’t think I can get to Luckett’s anytime soon.  Any chance that I can buy them directly from you?  If yes, how do we go about it?  How much do they cost and how do I pay you?  Is check an option unless you accept credit cards.  I don’t trust PayPal. Will you be able to mail them to me (I live in West Springfield). 

I believe you are referring to my nests and eggs? I will get more and yes, I can ship a few. Email me again with info.

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I looked at the photos you posted of the pieces you brought to Luckett’s – Could you send me a better picture (or post) of the painting that your husband hung?  I think your MIL should definitely sell her beautiful paintings. 

I will! I was a bit overwhelmed at move in, but I will get a better shot soon.

I wondered if you could advise me on waxing.  I have done a number of pieces with clear wax and dark.  It seems like they stay tacky and attack dust and fur.  I have started using varathane as a final coat.  Do you have the same problem or am I doing something wrong.  I do wipe off as much as possible but sometimes seem to be removing all the dark wax!  

Yes, you need to make sure that there is no excess wax and that you really buff it into the piece. You also want to let it dry several days. If you do these two things they you should not have this problem.