(Sometimes I wonder what Rachel Ashwell thinks of some of the things being called Shabby Chic these days.) A little .

But even with that, I don’t want every piece of furniture in my house being distressed.

But this look that some people try to achieve, where it looks like the new, freshly painted piece of furniture has then been chained to the back of a pickup and dragged over gravel and cement to give it “character” just baffles me.

Because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, I won’t show an example from a blogger. So if this is your taste, I’m in now way trying to make fun of you, or say that you shouldn’t like it.

The bottom line is that I enjoy the prep work and the sanding, because I now that my finished product will only be as good as the prep work I put into it. I LOVE my Zinsser Cover Stain oil-based primer because once it’s dry, I sand it with super fine sandpaper to make it as smooth as possible (a process I actually love doing).

And painting over a super smooth surface like that using paint with paint conditioner (I use Floetrol for latex and Penetrol for oil-based paints) added will ensure that I get the best possible outcome — as close to a sprayed finish as possible using a paint brush.

Any time I paint a piece of furniture and show it on my blog and/or Facebook page, I get a whole slew of people asking, “Why didn’t you use Chalk Paint?! ” Quite honestly, the “no sanding” thing doesn’t interest me Sanding a piece of furniture (or cabinets) before painting is about much more than just giving that piece of furniture “tooth” so that the paint will stick.

It’s also about evening out surfaces, removing scratches, dings, and even built-up dirt or cleaning products.

I just simply would never, ever skip these steps just to save a few hours of time.

But for the record, Chalk Paint isn’t always “no prep”.

I’m continually asked why I don’t use Chalk Paint, so I thought I’d just put all the info in a post.

That way, when I’m asked, I can just give people this link.

One quality that people are always praising about Chalk Paint is, “It’s so easy to distress!