My husband and I were looking for a new foyer table for the house in Tampa. We found one we loved that didn’t fit. Too much table. Too much money. That’s a close-up photo of the handcrafted price tag. I shouldn’t walk in stores that have cool price tags.
When I shop for things I never worry about color. Being an artist, I just paint everything. Perfectly good, perfectly new furnture, frames, whatever. I paint it all. My father-in-law (who lives in the house) said he’s afraid to sit still for fear I’ll paint him. It’s a thought. But he’s already got plenty patina.
The table we found on sale at a furniture store (they used very ordinary price tags) came in a buttery yellow, the same color as the walls. But I was going to give it a more worn-out beachy look. I have been working with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint lately. It’s currently my personal all-time favorite paint for furniture.
I painted the entire piece in 1 coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Gray, follow by 1 coat of Old Ochre, and 1 coat of Old White. I even swiped random strokes of Arles (a deep gold) here and there to be revealed when I sanded.
Next, I created the sea glass color on the doors and drawers by mixing 2 parts Duck Egg Blue, 2 parts Versailles (a dirty greenish color) and 1 part Old White. Then I sanded it with a mouse sander to reveal bits of the layers beneath. I used a high quality water color brush and thinned the paint with water to create a thin line detail on the top. That hand painted line detail takes a bit of practice, so skip it if it’s intimidating.
Then I brushed on a coat of clear Annie Sloan paste wax and blended dark wax in as I went along. I like to work with the wax in small areas at a time so it’s easy to wipe off. After the wax sets up in a few minutes, I put the buffing pad on the mouse sander and run it across the surface to give it that beautiful sheen.
I purchase Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from Robyn Story Designs in Tampa. She also ships it to my home in Ohio for my painting projects up north. Look under the paint products tab on her website: robynstorydesigns.com
My friend Karla caught the Chalk Paint bug and buys her paint in a store in Shaker Heights, Ohio: methenyweir.com