Lets talk chalk paint. I have mentioned in the previous furniture refinishing post that I loved working with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, but there are some disadvantages, especially here in Switzerland. Namely price and availability. This is not so much the case back home in the US. The availability is growing as people find how great it is to avoid sanding and the lovely distressed looks you get from chalk paint, and milk paint products. The cost in Switzerland (like everything else) is a little higher, but the shipping is really pricey, because I have no local stockist.
In a search for a solution I scoured the internet and some of my favorite blogs for options. I ran across WEBSTERS CHALK PAINT! I wrote them a nice note and they are excited to be sponsoring Moxiblog’s very first give-away! I have a small sample package for just checking out their website and leaving a comment below. I will randomly select a winner on Friday and send you the packets in the mail. Facebook comments do not count, the comments have to be posted to the blog. Easy right?! Good luck!
Websters is a powder that you simply mix into any color, any brand latex paint. I used it on all the projects I am featuring this week. It worked pretty good. I am using locally sourced Swiss made latex paint. It is a thicker product than I am used to in the states- which I liked, but oddly enough it is not more opaque. I think all of the local paints do not cover as well as I am used to, so keep that in mind when reading my review- it may be an unfair comparison?
I am not getting compensated for my review and I am totally honest, so here are the pros and cons:
- I love the flexibility in colors. I love going and getting a custom color mixed and being able to match it to anything I want. This is an awesome feature!
- I love the price! It is very affordable in comparison to ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). And even if you have to ship it, it is inexpensive to ship because its just some powder in a package and not a heavy liquid can of paint.
- I do not think the adhesion is nearly as good as ASCP.
- I don’t believe coverage is as good, it took more coats to do the same job as ASCP.
**** This could have to do with my “Swiss paint” and may be different in the states, but after all the fact that it was universal was supposed to be a selling point for me.
Later in the week I will be sharing a custom color piece that I am really happy about~ also used Websters powder for it, and a heavily distressed cabinet that I think worked really well with the Websters powder.
Coco’s dresser is only 28 inches high. I think it’s a perfect vanity for a little girl. I paid 40chf at a thrift store, It is not a bargain bottom price, but pretty fair I thought. Here is a photo of the dresser when the final coat of paint and wax was applied. In order to make it match up with other furniture in her room I did not want to distress it, however it looked so plain!
Since she originally requested I paint it pink, I decided to compromise and added her monogram on the drawer. I think it’s the perfect touch of pink and brings a little of the American South to our home in Switzerland. Tomorrow I will show you how I did the monogram. What do you think? Like it better wood finished, white finished, or white with the monogram?!