Friday, June 17, 2011

Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint

I just started playing with this paint from England - and I think it's really terrific. I have to do a few more pieces (thinking of re-doing my entire dining room furniture - every bit of it!).

But to start with - I just did two small entry tables and a mirror (actually - it's a frame that will become a mirror!).



This is one table with a faded brocade stencil on top.


Here's what it looked like before...chippy, with half of its paint taken off


Here's a table I picked up for $25 from Craig's list...before

 

Here it is after - with Paris Gray and Old White and some Dark Wax

In the future, I plan on putting a mirror on top of it - and I'll antique the mirror. I think it will look incredible. It won't be going in this spot in my entry (colors don't match!!). I will probably use it for staging one of the homes I do in the future.


Now...for the mirror frame. I bought this ornate frame in an antique store in Sag Harbor. The store was going out of business, so I got it for a song - $20. It was dusty - but a nice shade of pale blue - so I just enhanced it a bit. I used some Chateau Gray, Paris Gray and Old White to highlight the carvings. I waxed and buffed - and put some Dark Wax in the crevices.


Here's a closer look...


Then I started playing with some old things in my studio that had great promise - but somehow they didn't turn out all that great. Would Chalk Paint save them? I think so! I took a frame that I had done some quilted texture on - plus an embedded stencil. I had originally painted it an off white - and it looked great. Then - I mucked it up by painting it a coppery metallic and it just didn't work. So - I tried some Chalk Paint on it - then sanded away.

 

If you would love to have some of your old pieces of furniture revived, call me at 631 793-1315. I would be glad to create something beautiful out of an old, forgotten piece.

2 comments:

Lisa said...

It's such a lovely effect. I haven't been able to track chalk paint down, here. YET lol. I love the look of it. Your pieces look great.

Linda Leyble said...

Hi Lisa - thanks for writing and commenting. Where are you located? I have been thinking of possibly becoming a dealer for the paint. But there are a number of dealers around the country right now where you could buy and try a quart. I'd suggest buying Old White, Paris Gray - possibly Duck Egg Blue and perhaps one of the darker colors to try it out. I'd also buy the Clear and the Dark Wax - that would keep you busy for quite awhile experimenting with it! Thanks...Linda

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