It all started one dark and
dreary night a few weeks 
ago. Okay it wasn't dreary
I just liked how that sounded.

Let's start at the beginning.
This big buffet came up for auction and someone
I didn't know placed the winning bid.

Come to find out a friend of ours, Leigh had really wanted it
but couldn't go as high as the winning bid. I was 
disappointed for her but several days later when we picked
up our auction purchase, the big buffet was still unclaimed.
I let Leigh know right away and she returned the following
 week to rebid on the piece and got it for a much better price.

 Now this big buffet would came to me to be sprayed. All I
 was going to do was spend a few hours in the warm sun
 giving this big beast a few coats of AS Old White chalk paint.
Sounds simple huh?

Later that day something started to happen.

Out of more than a dozen ASCP pieces I had done to date


 I had never encountered anything like this or even heard of
 this happening. And I just read about a lady painting her 
fridge in ASCP paint and it adhered great.

SO what on earth happened here?
The paint started to flake as it dried.
In one small spot and spread like a diseased wildebeest on 
the Savannah. Paint was falling to the ground on it's own.

this is what it looked like the first try

this is what it looked like the second try

I didn't have time to play around.
I sanded the entire upper cabinet Top portion 
and bottom portion with 80 grit sandpaper and
sprayed it once again.

It worked!!

Happy Dance

Doing test patches with your paint will save you time if you
 think there could be an issue.
It is always a good option to clean your project with 
something that will cut grease like
 favorite is simple DISH SOAP AND WARM WATER

BUT in this case
I believe the cabinet was rubbed down with an oil, an oil that 
adhered to the surface probably even penetrating it. There
 was no way to know ahead of time as you didn't see or feel 
anything and washing it did not remove it.

It's like a lottery I suppose, every now and then you will come
 across a piece of furniture that has a mysterious product on 
it that just won't allow paint to adhere, so sanding was the solution this time around.

Note: nothing was harmed in the making of this 
project although I did want to throw things. 

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  1. Well it looks fantastic now. It's not fun, but every now and then you have to redo a redo. Nice save!

  2. What the?!?!?!?
    That's crazy! I would have freaked out - thank god it happened to a seasoned pro like you and not a newbie! I'm curious what was on that thing!
    Good save though!!

  3. It seems to me that I read somewhere that once you have used one of the oils you can use on wood, lemon, linseed, or one like those, you cannot paint, even with chaulk paint, and have it adhere to the wood's surface. Sorry I don't remember which oil it is as I don't paint furniture and, therefore, did not store the information in my brain or elsewhere.

  4. ugh! How frustrating! You should send a link to this post to Annie Sloan herself to see what Would make ASCP do that.

  5. I'm with Shelly...I'm curious what Annie Sloan would say. It looks great now though! :)

  6. I bet the problem is something the cabinet was cleaned with.They really grease them up at auctions sometimes. Its beautiful now!

  7. Oh wow, that is a bummer! I hate do-overs! But it really is a beauty now!

  8. That STINKS!!! The comment above about the oil makes sense. But I am glad in the end it worked out for you! Just a shame all the work and product that got wasted. But you can "chalk" it up to more experience....WOCKA WOCKA!

  9. As I was reading your post, I was thinking, you must sand first.
    Chippy is in, but that is beyond Chippy!!! You poor thing. It happened to me once, which is enough! You are right, who knows what they use on these pieces before we get them. All your work paid off!

  10. Apparently chalk paint does not adhere to everything. I had it fail on a small area of something I painted. There had not been any oil or grease or cleansers on the piece, since I made it myself. The chalk paint was painted over polyurethane and did not cover in a few spots only.

  11. That's a bummer but you've turned it into something beautiful!

  12. Oh that is so frustrating. You think it is an easy job and it turns out to be a royal pain. Good save though. It looks great now.

  13. My guess was going to be oil as well, some of the pieces at my local antique market are so oiled up you'd think they were going to cook something on it.

  14. You can also wash down the piece with some tri sodium phosphate (tsp--- sold in the paint section) This dulls the shiny finish so the paint sticks :-)