Thursday, October 31, 2013

My Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Color Boards

I put together a few practice boards to show how different Annie Sloan paint colors's look with Clear Wax and Dark Wax. They are quite different. Hopefully it will give you a clearer picture of the different looks that be achieved with this paint.

This first set are with no wax.

Below are with Clear Wax and Dark Wax

As you can see, the dark wax changes the color dramatically but still gives a beautiful look. It all depends on the look you are going for. With some distressing, the dark wax can add a lot of character.

I have been enjoying playing around with the different finishes. The are so many combinations that can be achieved. I've had fun mixing colors to create new ones and adding color washes to some. The possibillities are endless!

I am currently working on an old chair that is dated between the 1920's - 1930's. A little paint and some new fabric on the seat has added many more good years to her! She will be making her debut soon!

I hope this will inspire you to look at an old piece of furniture in a new way!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My New Addiction

I gave you a hint in this post about my new addiction. I'm coming clean with you folks! I am joining so many of you who also admitted your addiction to...Chalk Paint! Yes, FINALLY, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
 is available in my area and I went to my first workshop recently! Of course I LOVED IT! It was so easy to work with and I thought of a million things I could transform so easily.

Here are a few things we worked on in class

I couldn't wait to try this at home!

I left with a few purchases...a quart each of Old White and Paris Grey and a can of Clear Wax.

I had just the item to transform

I bought this a few years ago in TJ Maxx. It was nice, but it sure could use an update!

Loved all the detail work but it was looking a little dated.

I brushed on a coat of Paris Grey all over. Then came a coat of Old White that I immediately started to wipe off. It also started to take off the not completely dry Paris Grey on the raised areas.

I kept wiping until I was satisfied with the look.

Then I applied a coat of Clear Wax working it in with my brush and wiping it off as I went.

Next came a coat of Dark Wax and more wiping.

Every now and then I stood back to look at my work. I was loving what I saw!

There were layers and layers!

And the wax added a beautiful sheen

We all love before and afters, but this one really lit a fire!

There's no stopping me now!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Gilded Gourds For Fall

I'm a little embarrassed to tell you how long ago I bought the supplies to gild these gourds. Suffice it to say it was many moons ago...about the same time Country Living featured them. Matter of fact I bought the kit at the Country Living Fair ... 4 years ago!

Like most things around here it was stashed in the hall closet and forgotten. Not only do I have a junk drawer, I also have a junk CLOSET! In an effort to help clear the junk, I decided on a whim one day to FINALLY gild the gourds! 
I read and reread the directions and there were only 4 steps. I could definitely do this! 

Here are the gourds in their au naturel state.

First step was to paint the gourds in the chocolate brown paint. Check!

Second step was to paint the sticky size onto the dried painted gourds. Check!
This step I did not take a picture of for obvious reasons...the STICKY part! Do you know how hard it is to paint this stuff on with plastic gloves on?

Third and scary step was to apply the gold leaf over the sticky size. Check!
Again, hard to hold a camera with delicate gold leaf sheets that are more fragile than a newborn!

Fourth and final step was waxing the gourds. The wax helps protect the finish. I applied dark wax to age them a bit and give a little dimension. I love them! 

After all the procrastinating, I was able to knock this project out of the park in one day! What was I waiting for?
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