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You might think that for a paint-lover like myself, there wouldn’t be anything I would hesitate to paint, but this isn’t always true.  These dark shutters are a good example.We purchased these beautiful shutters in Homer, AK, the year after we moved into our house, and for a long time they hung in our entryway.  Rustic, full of texture, and very heavy, these shutters are authentically genuine in every way.  What a shame for ANYONE to cover up all that authenticity with paint!  Just this winter, Fireman hung the gorgeous shutters in the living room for me after I had an epiphany that they would be WONDERFUL on our tall window wall in there.  I hung scroll-work along the side, and stepped back to look.We had one, very big problem.The shutters, lovely as they were, were way too dark up there.  They looked like a big rectangular hole in my…

“So there was this old dresser……”I wonder how many bloggers start posts like that, another story of a furniture transformation achieved with a couple coats of paint, some elbow grease…and a little Annie Sloan wax, of course.Of course.This post isn’t about a dresser.  Well, kinda.  It all started when I found a certain hutch on CL (is it okay to abbreviate Craigslist with CL now?  I think everyone knows what CL means, but perhaps that’s presumptuous of me?), and the lady selling the hutch also had an old dresser for sale which included two tall, tacky mirrors that looked like this.I knew right away this wasn’t a whole lot of beauty to work with, but I held onto both mirrors the last few months as I brainstormed what to do because the thing is, who doesn’t love a mirror?  They can go anywhere, they reflect light, they add movement……..and even…

I found this pair of shutters for my living room at a second-hand store in town and knew they were perfect for the living room wall above our fireplace.The fact they started out red didn’t deter me in the least.  Paint: it’s what I do around here :)I decided to paint them a whitewashed gray, but didn’t have a definite plan.  Here’s how I went about it.First, I hosed the shutters off really well in our garage, let them dry (mostly ~ I may have gotten impatient), then painted a solid coat of Behr’s Ashwood which is a very close match to Annie Sloan’s French Linen.  (I mixed 1 1/2 cups Ashwood with 1/2 cup Calcium Carbonate and 1/4 cup water to make my own chalkpaint.)Next, I poured a little bit of Ashwood and a little bit of Sherwin Williams Creamy on two paper plates, and with a VERY dry…