Thursday, 2 May 2013

S.O.S....

 
Don't you just LOVE vintage sheets!!!! (Sorry for the naff photo, this was taken on my iPad, my camera has been on charge most of the day, I've worn it out all this zooming!). I'll take some better photos when the rooms properly finished. The photo doesn't show how fresh and bright it really is!
 
Now for the SOS bit....I've painted an oak piece of furniture in Annie Sloan Old White and it looks awful, the varnish has bled through....yuk! I could put another coat on but I've decided it's not the right colour anyway!
Does anyone know if I can just put an acrylic eggshell paint on top, and would that stop the varnish bleeding through, or do I need to put a undercoat on first??? Thank You!
 
 
Don't forget there's 20% off in my Etsy shop, just type in MADMAY20 at the checkout! To be honest, I'm thinking of shutting up shop altogether, the postage prices are just too high now. Does anyone use a courier service or recommend an alternative to the Post Office?
 
Thanks, in anticipation!
 
Ada Bea, who's really, really fed up of painting furniture, and the price of postage!!!!! :) xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

36 comments:

  1. Wish I could help, but I'm at the same stage as you with our bedroom wardrobe doors - they have had a coat of Annie Sloan Old White, and it hasn't hidden the old varnish too well. But the difference is, I did them last September and still haven't got round to doing another coat of ANYTHING to see what happens, as I have been convincing myself that the shabby look is okay...
    x
    PS Good luck and hope you get some useful advice. The curtains and wardrobe look great!

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    1. You do make me laugh! I don't feel so bad now!!! :) x

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  2. Gosh, I wouldn't know about the paint and all that, but I can agree that the sheets are just gorgeous and I love what you've done.

    Nina x

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  3. Hello my dear, I recently had the same problem when I tried to paint a wardrobe. I bought something called stain stop from the hardware store and it worked a treat.
    Much love Emma x

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    1. I'll have a look for that, I'm living in B&Q at the moment! :) x

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  4. I think it should be okay for painting straight over as long as you haven't used any wax or sealant on it. Loving the green wardrobe - and the curtain (of course!) Jane x

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    1. No, not got to the waxing stage! Unless you count waxing and waning of course! :) x

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  5. Your curtain is so sweet and bright - I just love it with the green painted cupboard!

    To stop the varnish from bleeding through you need to use a 'primer'. There are different ones according to what type of paint you are using and what you want to cover. Look for one that will block varnish. It can then be painted over. Keep in mind that you want to use a latex primer for latex paint, an oil based primer for oil based paint. Additionally, look for what the primer will block. When you paint it on, it seems not to be covering, but it is - have faith.

    Good luck, can't wait to see the results! xx

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    1. Thanks Karen, I did put an primer on first but it w a water based one....back to the drawing board!!! :) x

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  6. Hello Ada
    I had the same problem with and old bookcase, I washed it down with warm soapy water, let it dry then re painted it with an egg shell paint, hope this helps
    Thea x

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    1. Thanks, I'm not sure it will work as I put a primer on first! :) x

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  7. Your curtains look gorgeous! And so does your wardrobe - love that colour! Am afraid I am a complete ignoramus when it comes to painting, so can't help you there. But you MUST keep your shop open - you have such fabulous things - and the only place to get such fab vintage wallpaper that I have found in the UK. I think people understand the postage costs aren't your doing. It is v annoying too, though. Might be worth looking into the Collect plus service http://www.collectplus.co.uk/ where you take parcels to a local shop - it seems to be cheaper than Royal Mail - I'm selling some stuff on eBay at the moment and will use them as they are a fraction of the cost. xx

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    1. Thanks Zoe, I'll look into that, I've also heard about My Hermes,,there must be something cheaper than the PO, not sure if they go abroad though! My get myself some pigeons.......:) x

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  8. Nice curtains Ada- lovely and spring like!
    I've just looked into Parcel to Go as Royal Mail was just getting too embarrassing to charge customers.
    ellie
    x

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    1. Thanks Ellie, I will look into that! :) x

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  9. Love those curtains and the green cupboard Ada! I've not had that problem with AS paint, so sorry don't know the answer ... Can't do any harm to paint over it though, can it? Hope you sort it out, I hate it when things go wrong

    Love Claire xx

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  10. The chalk paint can be used without any primer but I have heard that Old White doesn't cover as well as the other colours ... it needs 3 or 4 coats ... not sure if this helps ... and please don't close your lovely shop ... Bee xx

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  11. I love your curtains and wardrobe, they are both gorgeous.
    M x

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  12. Love the curtains, love the wardrobes!
    I agree with Sylvie, a stain stop product will do the trick, it won't be the varnish as such but the tannin from the wood that leaks through. Other than that do as I have done in the past, just paint LOUDER next time......( it's a family joke)

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  13. love your wardrobe and the suitcase on the top of it!!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  14. the curtains look great and the colour of your wardrobe is lovely, sorry can not help with the paint or the chesp postage, do you not add the postage charge on to the price of your shop sales? think that is the way to go

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  15. Ada Darling! my 'toh' does all that as i am not patient enough and like instant results...he makes me wait for paint to dry....I do notice that he always sands off the varnish first.....ooops prob does not help now!!!
    as for postage I don't know whats going on its hideously expensive....have a lovely bh holiday wkd ad take care of yourself!
    D xxx

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  16. Love your curtains those are really pretty you have given me an idea for all my vintage sheets now. I cant help with the paint issue I am afraid or the postage which I agree has gone stupid. Its actually out me off buying on ebay to. Have a lovely weekend, dee xx

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  17. I just love your curtains, they are gorgeous so much lovely colour.

    The colour of the wardrobe is just lovely and fresh and pretty too.

    Not sure about the AS problem though when I was reading up about the product this did come up a bit with darker furniture. I think the general thought was to give it another coat. But not sure about putting another paint on. Though I am just a wade right in and see how it goes sort! lol. Hope you figure it out soon.

    Enjoy a lovely long weekend!


    P x

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  18. Love your new curtains. I wish I could have something like that but they would be too much for Lovely S! Can't help with the pain I'm afraid as I've never used AS paint before. I don't see that another coat would harm though. Totally agree with you about the postage costs. It hasn't been too bad for me on the tiny things I sell but now I've started making cushions again it's a real problem. For now I've decided to sell just the covers because the weight of the pad just makes the postage ridiculously expensive. Hopefully people are going to be happy to buy covers only and get their own pads locally. Please don't give up on your shop though. You sell lovely things. Fiona x

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  19. Everything looks amazing! I just love the curtains. Have a great weekend xo

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  20. Love your pretty wardrobe. Sorry about the paint problem....I would just give it another coat when you've had a nice rest and feel in the mood! I haven't tried painting another type of paint over Annie Sloan chalk paint...but you could do a test bit first to check. The postage charges are always creeping up, I know from sending work by post myself......can you add the postage to the price of your goods as Margaret above suggests?
    And a big thank you for solving the mystery of the disappearing plant markers...those birds and the pesky things they get up to in our gardens!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    Helen x

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  21. i have noooo idea about painting, but just wanted to stop by and say yaaaaay for the curtains!

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  22. yaaay for the curtains xx

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  23. It's looking fabby ... sorry painting isn't my thing I stick to stitching ... Sarah x

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  24. anything oil-based should blot it out- undercoat or primer and then you can paint on top. . .uh oh, I've just read thru the other comments and you already know this by now!

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  25. Hello. Haven't read the other comments, time and all that', so sorry if repeating. Firstly paint! The best thing to do is to get another undercoat on. I usually do two undercoats after having sanded varnish off(not sure whether you have done this?). If not you defo need two undercoats. I def wouldn't put an eggshell paint on top to be honest you are much better off with emulsion and then a good layer of briwax after your final paint, but I appreciate that's personal pref and all that. You can find a liquid to put on old varnished furniture that kinda acts as a sand down, but having tried it I'm still sanding as the result is just so much better even though its a pain. Now for postage. Parcels2go offer amazing service with very reasonable prices so I can only but highly recommend and I have used them tonnes. Hope this all helps. Http://cosmosandcotton.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. Can't help with the paint dilemma but can I just say that those curtains are wonderful and the colour of that wardrobe is heavenly. Can't wait to see the finished room. xx

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  27. I have yet to paint with Annie Sloan but look forward to giving it a go once we are settled into a more 'forever' house. I'd hate to see you close your Etsy shop, as you sell so many lovelies and I think it brings you much joy :)

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  28. Hi, Ada....just catching up with you....I love the colour of the wardrobe here...So pretty! ~ Sorry also you are running a little low in the energy department....We try to be all things to every one and some times we need to remember our selves...( easier said than done with a young family) I know....I am sending you some 'Twinkles' ***** and wishing you some sunny days....~ Love Maria x

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  29. The curtains are lovely, I've never seen that pattern before. really nice and the colour of the cupboard. I'm not sure about paint advice, but i have heard about this chalk paint which you can make quite easily. i think it is very thick and covers most things. The postage has gone up, but it's the same all over etsy really, don't close up! Have a relaxing weekend, Heather x

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