Saturday, June 18, 2011

From plain old brown to Paris Grey Fabulous!

After falling in love with Annie Sloan paint, and making friends with Patty Seaman of Classic Wall Finishes NJ, I couldn't WAIT to try the paint on furniture for my own home. I had purchased some gorgeous pieces at an estate sale a few weeks ago, and after I lived with them for a while, I decided that they definitely needed to be lightened up.

While the pieces I have painted so far have needed NO priming, sanding, or other prep, this unit turned out to be a nightmare of an exception. You can't see it here, but the original stain bled right through the first coat of Old White. I stopped painting, and opened and applied a coat of water-based sealer...and the stain bled right through again. UGH!! So I went to Home Depot and consulted the people at the paint section, who advised me to use an oil-based sealant. Unfortunately, this meant working outside, as the fumes are terrible...and it was 90 degrees here in NJ. I waited until 7pm and then hauled it outside and gave it two coats with the oil-based...I ended up wearing my spray paint respirator because the fumes were terrible, so a word of advice...NEVER use oil-based sealant in an unventilated area!! After that, applying the Old White on the inside, and Paris Grey on the outside was a pleasure! The only pain in the neck was removing all the hardware and taping up the glass doors. But...NEVER get in the way of a determined woman who wants a piece of furniture painted!

I wanted to add some detail to the Paris Grey frame so that there would be some contrast with the doors. First I sanded some areas to distress them, then used Valspar Mocha glaze (Lowes...can't find it at Home Depot), and wiped it on with a rag, using a light touch and a new portion of the rag when it got too dark. That looked very nice, but I wanted more. I experimented with mixing Old White paint with Annie Sloan's Soft Wax (I love this stuff), and wiped this on the frame, not too heavily, working quickly before the paint portion dried. I was thrilled!! Here are the results:

Remember that little bench?

That's a story for another post :)

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  1. Hi Mona,
    I just wanted to let you know you did a beautiful job painting your pieces.

    My heart went out to you for having to go through all that hard and unnecessary work on your pieces.

    I just wanted to let you and your readers know that you never have to use a stain blocker, primer,or sealer when you paint with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You just paint directly onto the waxed and varnished piece, no sanding or priming. Just perhaps more layers of paint needed.

    On dark stained pieces you will just have to apply maybe one additional coat of paint. We always apply two layers of Chalk Paint as a start, then apply an additional layer if even needed. Then at that point you would apply your clear wax, sand to distress, then apply final thin layer of the Soft Wax. Buff the next day. If you are applying the Dark Wax you must apply a layer of Annie Sloan Clear wax first then apply the Dark wax. You can use the waxes instead of glazes as well.
    Hope this helps.

  2. ooooh very nice! That is the exact finish I would want on some of my furniture, you did an excellent job!

    Also I am loving the soft gray colors of your wall, would you mind sharing what brand and color it is? I just love it!

  3. Hi Sandra, thanks for your visit!! Unfortunately, the walls were painted with that color over 10 years ago and I just don't remember the color...I'm sorry!! Funny, I was considering re-painting that room...but now I may leave it alone! :)

  4. Patty, thank you so much for your advice! I'm so happy that I don't have to use that sealant, it was really awful! Also, I'm going to try the dark wax, I LOVE her waxes! Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. That is gorgeous!