I wanted to revisit a piece of furniture I did last year. This piece, without a doubt, is the most popular piece I have done. It has made its way to South America, South Africa as well as Scandinavia –I just love the miracle of the internet where a question or a compliment is only a click away.
In the past month I have had a few questions asking how I painted it so I thought I would explain step by step how I achieved the look. Unfortunately the photos are not step by step- this was one of the first blogging experiences I had and didn’t record a very good step by step.
So here we go.
This is the piece:
It has long since sold but I have a few pictures to explain the process.
I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue. Of course it is possible to use a regular latex/emulsion in matte or semi matte finish, however, it is necessary to prepare the surface first- which means sanding the entire piece to scuff up any lacquer or old paint so that the new paint can adhere properly.
This photo shows the same finish but I did this with regular latex/emulsion paint and wax.
Paint the entire piece of furniture in your desired colour- in this case Duck Egg Blue.
Where there is carving details and door panels and door edges (basically interesting details) use a very dry brush with white paint (I used Old White) and lightly dust over with the brush- just to leave a hint of the white. Don’t worry about it looking messy at this point- sanding is next.
Distress the entire pieces or wax first if you used Annie Sloan paint. Use a rough grade sand paper- something like an 80 or 100 grit. Go over all edges and all details where you want the wood to show through. It should be realistic- think about where the furniture would show the most distressing- edges of doors, around handles, legs and other places like around hinges.
Brush the dust off and then add a coat of clear wax. If you have used Annie Sloan paint- this is the time to distress- after the wax. After the clear wax has dried give it a buffing then around the carving details, edges, etc- add some dark wax to give it a more rustic appearance and added dimension- like it is real dirt! Then give it another buffing with a soft cloth.
prepare surface by sanding or removing old finish
If you used Annie Sloan paint:
2nd coat of wax
Hopefully this helps but please feel free to ask something more specific if I haven’t explained something clear enough!