Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Redecorating with ASCP

Feeling inspired after the Roses & Rust Vintage show a couple of weekends ago,
I've spend the better part of the past 2 weeks giving a face lift to some pieces in my home. 

I've kept cookbooks in this cabinet forever, so it seems.
It began years ago as a very simple pine cabinet, (which I had painted with a red stain). 
I painted over the stained cabinet with Old White ASCP,  then after some sanding, went over it with clear wax on the cabinet base, and used dark wax on the doors. 
As a final touch I buffed it with very fine steel wool for a glossy and smooth finish. 
I'm not really sure 'the book' says to do it this way, but it worked for me. 

 Using the same Old White ASCP I used on the cookbook cabinet,
I painted over what used to be an aquarium table.  
After the painting, I added a coat of clear, then dark wax, then did some sanding.
 I'm looking for something to cover the open top it has, but haven't decided what it is I want to use. 
For now it is just open, and I'm in the process of  figuring out how/what to decorate it. 

The final project was a pine hutch I've had for, well who knows how long. 
I stained it some dark color many years ago, but decided to brighten it up using 
Emperor's Silk ASCP, then finished it up with some light sanding, and a cover of clear wax. 

You know it's amazing what a little paint can do.  
Watching the transformation is so exciting. 
While I will admit some find the price of the ASCP expensive, about $40.00 per QUART,
it goes a very long way, and is super easy to work with.
Come on really...If I can do it...anyone can!

It's just about time to start getting the vegetable garden planted. Spring certainly has arrived early this year,
and Summer is soon to follow.

Yesterday the winds outside were terrible.
Let's hope for just a gentle breeze today.
I'm cleaning and scrubbing inside this morning, then working out in the gardens this afternoon. 

Have a lovely day. 

The Girasole Lady


  1. Good Afternoon Becka, My word you have been a busy bee. I still have not made my mind up about Annie Sloan Paint, I know it is very popular. I do have a small piece of furniture I could try it on...mmm maybe.
    I love your red kitchen unit, it has an air of Japanese about it.
    Have a lovely time in the garden this afternoon.
    Best Wishes

  2. I see a lot of people using that paint. I need to get brave enough to try it! Love the distressed cabinet! I am so ready to dig in the garden! Have fun!

  3. Yay, you're blogging again too. :) You are like me, never take before or during pictures. I only ever seem to have the after photos. :)

  4. your makeovers look amazing! I love the way spring inspires us to rethink our 'nests'. I've been busy re-ordering and decorating, while watching furtively out the window for signs of green. It's just beginning here, rather late, but very very welcome!

  5. Doing-up furniture is fun - yours looks lovely! x