Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chalk Paint® on Fabric Chairs

One of my clients needed immediate help making her two vintage chairs presentable for houseguests coming to stay with her in a week.  She did not want the expense of reupholstering the chairs and she did not have the time to get it done before the houseguests arrived.  

I suggested she try painting the fabric on the chairs with Chalk Paint®, so she hired me to come out and give it a try! 

She found these solid, well-built chairs at an antique shop. She loved the size and shape, but had always planned on replacing the fabric, which was a heavily stained, pale yellow linen.  

I used Old White on thechair fabric and Pure White on the legs. The Chalk Paint® covered the fabric, making the chairs look brand new!

You can even see the texture of the linen through the paint.

It was a time consuming process, but definitely worth it in the end.  I painted the first coat with Old Ochre Chalk Paint®, but after I got it on the chairs, my client decided she wanted the fabric to be lighter, so I painted the next two coats of paint with Old White. I applied a total of three coats of Chalk Paint® sanding the entire chair with 220 grit sandpaper, on a sanding block, between each coat.  I used a damp cloth to remove all the dust from sanding between coats.  The sanding made the fabric feel smooth and soft and removed any crusty areas. After the third coat of paint dried, I applied a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax to seal and protect the fabric.  

It does not look like the fabric is painted and it feels soft and durable.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Antique Secretary Dresser

One of my pickers sold me this mahogany secretary dresser, in need of a little TLC.  It looks like an ordinary dresser, but transforms into a secret secretary.  

The inside compartments of the secretary are charming with tiny brass knobs on little drawers and a center, locking door with the original key. The customer that bought this piece requested that I leave the inside with its original finish. She did some research on this piece and said that she thinks it was made in the late 1800's! 

The dark stain was well-worn and had a lot of texture variations.  I only applied a single coat of Chalk Paint®, allowing the mahogany wood and texture to peak through the paint.  I wanted to the paint to look as old and weathered as this piece of furniture, while at the same time, giving the piece a fresh look. 

I used one of Annie Sloan's wonderful, oval paint brushes to smooth and blend the thin coat of Chalk Paint®. I used cheese cloth to further blend the paint making sure to disguise any brush marks.  I also had a damp cloth that I used to wipe the paint off all the edges, exposing the mahogany.

I almost forgot to tell you how to get this stunning blue color.  I custom mixed about 1/2 Old Violet with 1/2 Old Ochre Chalk Paint® to create the perfect faded blue hue.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Henrietta Chalk Paint® Bookcase

A client recently brought this me this bookcase and asked me to paint it for her daughter's bedroom.  I was excited when she asked to have it painted in Henrietta Chalk Paint® because I had not used this pretty hue yet.  

The bookcase started out as light pine, complete with tacky decals.  To prevent the knots in the wood from eventually bleeding through the paint, I applied a coat of shellac to the bookcase before applying the Chalk Paint®.

I painted the inside with two coats of Old White Chalk Paint® and the outside with Henrietta.  This color is so soft and pretty.  The whole time I was painting, I kept daydreaming about eating berries and cream.  I guess that is what Henrietta reminds me of.  

I used Annie Sloan Clear Wax to seal and protect the paint followed by a touch of dark wax along all the edges and grooves to add depth and enrich the color. 

I am happy that, after being a Chalk Paint® user for three years, I can finally share a Henrietta piece with you!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Grey-Washed, Oak Chest of Drawers

I found this solid oak dresser at the Santa Cruz Flea Market recently.  It had a worn, orange finish, but beautiful hardware and lovely details.

I love painting oak furniture with Chalk Paint® because its open grain looks beautiful peaking through the paint. The technique I used on this piece is called dry brushing.  I applied one light coat of French Linen Chalk Paint with one of Annie Sloan's fabulous, natural bristle, oval brushes. Using very little paint, I worked it in and blended it with the brush to get a very thin coat, allowing the wood grain to show through.  In the past, I have used Chalk Paint® thinned with water (a wash), to get this effect, but I prefer dry brushing because sometimes the wash is uneven and does not adhere as well to furniture with a shiny finish.

One Coat of French Linen, Before Waxing
After letting the paint dry, I applied Annie Sloan's Clear Wax and then Dark Wax to enrich the color.

After Applying Clear and Dark Waxes
I also dry brushed all the hardware and applied dark wax over them for a beautiful patina.  The paint and wax really brought out the details on the drawer pulls.

This finish is easy to achieve, and although simple, it really accentuates the beautiful craftsmanship of this well-built piece of furniture.


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