I’m in Ohio currently and it’s 40º outside. The only chore left in the garden is to pull leaves out of the chilly waters of my fountain, which explains why I’m at my computer sharing indoor projects. I’m not a cold hardy perennial. I’m sure my solitary fountain fish won’t mind if I ignore his habitat a little longer. His body is nearing popsicle temperature anyway.
The sideboard (above) was in the basement just taking up space, and the armoire that used to house our old TV didn’t fit the new flat screen. So I hauled the sideboard up from the basement. The shiny neoclassical look didn’t work in our bedroom at all. So out came the paint. Two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre. Followed by two coats of Old White. Then I went back over the top and painted stripes in Old Ochre in every other indentation detail. I sanded the edges to reveal the old finish beneath and waxed with clear and dark wax.
Chalk paint can also have an industrial look. I pilfered a laminated oak TV stand from my son’s room when he left for college. The modern clean lines were right for an end table in my office, but the color was bad. You know that color right? It was in every 80’s kitchen. Chalk paint is great because you don’t have to worry about stripping the old finish off before you paint. If you try this on your kitchen cabinets, don’t expect to paint over old peanut butter and jelly smears or anything, but a good washing is enough to allow chalk paint to stick. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Graphite. Two coats. Then I sanded the edges so it would look a little beat up, followed by dark wax, and some hand buffing. When I put the shelves back in, I did scratch paint off. No big deal. The goal of this paint is to have imperfections. Patina. The leather couch has patina too. Kitties have left their five finger scratches when jumping off of it and I treasure those little marks. I just touched up the scratches on the table with a little brush and paint, re-waxed the spots, and it blended right in. I hope to replace the plastic casters with some industrial casters to give it more of a loft look.
One of the advantages of going for a distressed look is you can paint sloppy. In fact, you can refrigerate the paint, which thickens it, and it can be spread with a spackle knife. I haven’t tried that technique but I learned about it from Robyn Story Designs where I purchase the paint.
This beautiful dresser was painted by my friend Karla. She’s a master. She’s also a master mind-changer. She went through all the effort to create the two color masterpiece only to repaint it to the softer neutral all-white. In fact, she has two identical dressers flanking either side of her kitchen conservatory so she had to paint both of them. It all looks pretty awesome. She’s addicted. The pieces below are just a fraction of what she’s painted.
The gold edge in the secretary is a beautiful detail. You can pick up metallic paint at any Michaels craft Store. The palette of Chalk Paint is rich and diverse. You can make almost any color you want by mixing them. The whites can be added to any color to create softer pastels. And the Graphite can be added in small amounts to “dirty” colors if you want something less vibrant.
The cherry cabinets in the Florida master bath were pretty but they are in every room. I just wanted something lighter and brighter. I changed out the hardware and also changed the faucets to match the hardware since this photo was taken. It deserves a new counter top too. The double doors to the master closet below are hollow core doors. I jazzed them up with a 50/50 Versailles and Duck Egg Blue mix. The door on the right is waxed. The door on the left was before wax. If you don’t want the aged look just use the clear wax, no dark wax.
An inexpensive resin mirror from Target in my Florida home got a face lift. I relied on the original color to show through for the dark color, then added layers of Old Ochre, Versailles, Duck Egg Blue. The final coat was Old White. I then sanded to reveal all the colors beneath and waxed with light and dark wax. Inexpensive mirrors usually use Plexiglas mirrors so be sure to protect it from the paint and sanding. They scratch easily.
This was my first Chalk Paint project. I love the “before” finish but I was moving the table to the master bedroom. The same room as the TV stand at the beginning of this post. The espresso finish didn’t work with the existing furniture.
I used two coats of Old Ochre followed by one coat of Old White. I sanded the edges and some of the surface with a mouse sander to reveal the colors below. I used clear wax and while it was still moist added dark wax sparingly. Don’t worry if you get too much dark wax. Light mineral spirits on a soft cloth takes it off. You can even use a little mineral spirits mixed with the wax to make a glaze, which you can brush on and wipe off. The glaze hangs up in the grooves.