Repainted Storage Console + Annie Sloan Brush Review

Repainted Storage Console + Annie Sloan Brush Review - offbeat + inspired

My obsession with garage sale shopping began about two years ago when my husband and I moved into our house. We previously lived in a one-bedroom apartment and didn’t own much furniture, so I had to get creative in order to decorate on a budget. I’ve enjoyed most of this process – searching out vintage shops, finding unique pieces that cost next to nothing and turning “junk” into something beautiful. The downside, however, comes when I have a decorating vision but can’t (immediately) find a wallet-friendly way to carry it out.

This part of the process continues to teach me patience. I’ve been working on my living room one piece at a time for quite a while, and I’ve begrudgingly learned the secret to decorating on a budget: being patient.

Not everything in my house needs to be done yesterday. As I’ve practiced patience, I’ve noticed that what actually does end up in my house is more cost effective, unique and generally something I’m truly proud of. I’ve perused quite a few sales and walked away from items that weren’t the right price, but eventually the waiting paid off.

Repainted Storage Console + Annie Sloan Brush Review - offbeat + inspired

The most recent addition to my living room is this storage console that I found at a garage sale for $10. Yup, $10. It’s pretty heavy-duty and sturdy, and judging by how much trouble I had moving it, it’s not going anywhere for a while.

Repainted Storage Console + Annie Sloan Brush Review - offbeat + inspired

Using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, I painted the outside of this console in Old White. I didn’t even bother to remove the hardware – I simply painted right over it. I also didn’t sand or prime, which is one of the best things about using Chalk Paint®. The paint adheres to almost any surface, and sanding and priming isn’t necessary. The only thing you should do is wipe off any dust and dirt before you get started…although, true confession, I didn’t even do that for this piece.

For the inside, I blended 1 part English Yellow with 1 part Olive to create an avocado color that works really well with the rest of the furniture I have in my living room. As I painted the sides where the white and avocado colors met, I used masking tape to create a clean edge.

Repainted Storage Console + Annie Sloan Brush Review - offbeat + inspired

After the paint dried (which only takes about 15-20 minutes), I finished both the inside and outside with Clear Wax. I then sanded a few spots to distress it and rubbed a little more wax over those sanded parts for extra protection.

Repainted Storage Console + Annie Sloan Brush Review - offbeat + inspired

To see these steps in action, check out this video from Annie Sloan that shows the process I used for this storage console. (The only thing I did differently was that I didn’t use Dark Wax for this project.) Keep in mind that Soft Wax takes about 30 days to completely cure. Your furniture can still be used during this curing time. However, until the wax cures and has its full protecting powers, you’ll need to be a little more careful about water stains, scratches, etc. The good thing? If you do have any scratches or stains, just reapply the wax to that area to fix it!

Repainted Storage Console + Annie Sloan Brush Review - offbeat + inspired

Annie Sloan Brush Review

This was the first time I painted with a brush from Annie Sloan, and I will definitely be using it for all of my furniture painting from here on. The round shape makes it easy to paint the nooks and crannies of a piece like the one in this post. The brush also holds more paint than the one I had been using and the bristles spread out really well, allowing for more coverage with each stroke. Basically, all that adds up to the paint process going much faster than when I had used my old brush.

If you’re only going to be painting furniture once in a blue moon, a regular paintbrush works just fine. However, if you’ve got a few projects lined up or plan to make this into a regular hobby, it’s worth investing in one or two of these brushes – one for paint and one for wax. (If you’re going to be painting even more or doing this as a business, I’d suggest having a separate brush for Clear Wax and one for Dark Wax.)

These brushes are clearly designed to work really well with Chalk Paint®. The paint goes on smoothly and evenly, and in my opinion, it makes furniture painting easier and faster.

To purchase Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, check out their list of retailers and stockists in your area. Have questions about Annie Sloan products? Visit Annie Sloan Unfolded, check out their FAQs page or ask me in the comments below!

The Chalk Paint® and brush featured in this post were provided for me by Annie Sloan. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. When I feature products, I thoroughly test them and only post about those items I really love.

“Wistring” Spiced Mocha Buttermilk Pancakes

Wistring Spiced Mocha Buttermilk Pancakes - offbeat + inspired

These are the in-between days. It’s not hot, it’s not cold, it’s not dry, it’s not wet. One day it’s uncomfortably warm and the next it’s snowing. I’m never quite sure how to deal with this little window of not-still-winter-not-yet-spring, but my tendency has been to dive head first into skirts, sandals and barbecue planning — which of course lands me in a fit of frustration. Not fun. I’ve decided it’s time for me to start treating these in-betweens like their own special season. I’ll call it “Wistring”.

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Spiced Bourbon Coffee

Spiced Bourbon Coffee - offbeat + inspired-6

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” 
-Edith Sitwell

In the fall when temperatures start to drop, I find myself looking forward to winter. There’s something romantic, serene and comforting about the season that forces me into hibernation. Outdoor activities give way to quiet evenings at home, and lively summer barbecues turn to intimate dinners. The first few snowfalls cover everything with a brilliant white blanket, and holiday festivities help me avoid the impending cabin fever.

Eventually, the enjoyment of winter fades away and is replaced by an eager anticipation of spring. It’s this time of year that I’m weary of the cold. The occasional sunlight teases as it warms me through my kitchen window – spring must be coming! And then I walk outside, only to turn back in my house to don a few more layers of clothing.

When everything in me craves the warmer season to come, it’s easy to forget the joys of winter. This year, however, I’m trying to be more intentional, taking advantage of what this season has to offer. Spring will come. But meanwhile, there’s still time for admiring snow-laden trees, bundling up under a cozy blanket and quietly sipping on Spiced Bourbon Coffee by the fire.

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Banana-Rum Scones

Banana-Rum Scones - offbeat + inspired-5

Years ago over one of my winter breaks in college, my mom and I spent a week together in New Hampshire. While some of my friends traveled to warmer climates, I opted for snowy mountains. I had the chance to snowboard, my mom and I snowshoed and we soaked in the beauty of the outdoors. To top it all off, we made sure to enjoy incredible food.

While wandering around the local area, we came across a quaint little bakery selling freshly baked muffins, scones and other pastries. The scones they had there remain the best ones I have ever tasted in my life. Maybe it was the beautiful evergreen trees layered with sparkling flakes and the blanket of crunching snow under my feet that made a warm scone and a cup of coffee taste so amazing. Or maybe those flaky, buttery treats were special because they were a culinary discovery I shared with my mom. Whatever it was, that experience turned me into a scone lover.

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Clean Eating | Broiled Grapefruit with Yogurt + Cinnamon

Broiled Grapefruit with Yogurt + Cinnamon - offbeat + inspired-9

I don’t mind the cold and snow during the beginning of winter, but around this time of year I start to get antsy. My love for cuddling up with comfort food in front of the fireplace gives way to a desire to eat on a restaurant patio, run along the riverfront path or head over to the neighbor’s for drinks and laughs around their fire pit.

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Coffee Cake Donuts

Coffee Cake Donuts - offbeat + inspired

My trips down memory lane frequently take me to the Jersey shore. I shared a recipe for Spiced Rum Banana Ice Cream last year that highlighted a lot of the nostalgia I experience whilst daydreaming of East Coast summers past, and the Coffee Cake Donuts I’m sharing today are thusly inspired.

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Coffee Pudding for Two

Coffee Pudding 1 - offbeat + inspired

I’m not typically much of a sweet tooth, but I’ll admit that when the craving for dessert hits, there’s no stopping me. The real problem arises when my appetite for sugar involves an entire batch of cookies or about 10 pounds of chocolate cake (this recipe is my favorite!).

This Coffee Pudding makes the perfect amount for two generous servings. That means I get to enjoy dessert without throwing my New Year’s resolution (completely) out the window due to my usual lack of portion control.

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Autumn Chowder in Winter

Autumn Chowder 1 - offbeat + inspired

There are certain recipes that are about more than food. They’re scribbled on note cards or written in cookbooks splattered with grease and cake batter. Adjustments and variations have been carefully and thoughtfully squeezed into the margins. They’re the recipes passed between families – from generation to generation, from mother to daughter.

This is one of those recipes – but it’s one that I dare not edit. There’s no tweaking, no adjusting, no making this one my own. It just wouldn’t be the same if I did.

To be honest, I’ve been avoiding sharing this recipe because it’s so near and dear to my heart. Its sounds silly, doesn’t it? It’s just a recipe. But this one more than any others in my repertoire reminds me of my mom.

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Cardamom Hot Chocolate + Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

Cardamom Hot Chocolate - offbeat + inspired 1

I remember when we had a snow day as a kid, my brother and I would head out to the backyard and sled down the hill behind our house for hours on end. When our fingers were finally numb and our clothes soaked through, we’d tromp through the garage and down into the basement to throw our jackets, gloves and hats into the dryer. Then we were off to our rooms to change into cozy sweatpants while Mom whipped up hot chocolate and built a fire. Snow days were seriously the best.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes - offbeat + inspired

This is the first Christmas that my entire immediate family is in Kentucky. My mom drove out from New Jersey 2 days ago and it’s been a whirlwind of excitement since she got here. We want her to see everything. We’ve had lunch at Windy Corner, cookies at National Boulangerie, coffee at the Starbucks downtown (because Mom loves her Starbucks), had a visit to my youngest sister and her husband’s new apartment for the first time, ate dinner at Ted’s Montana Grill and saw The Hobbit. That was just yesterday.

This morning, groggy and hungry, I texted my sisters to join my mom and I in my room so we could chat and plan the day. After the inevitable silly-ness that happens when the sisters and mom are together, the much anticipated topic of breakfast came up. It was quickly decided that I would make pancakes, and pancakes I made. Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes.

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