I am constantly learning new techniques with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint….this is a good one! It comes from one of her books.
I started with this:
This is actually the second one I have painted- the first one was done in Old Violet with dark wax finish. Like most furniture I paint- it is in good condition –just not very pretty.
So I have been curious about Antibes Green. I have a few clients that love the colour- I am painting a chest of drawers for one right now- but wanted to try it with this technique I just learned and with the dark wax. When I took the paint course for stockists in Oxford I remember the discussion about Antibes Green and Ms. Sloan telling us that every time there is a piece painted in her shop it sells right away. I don’t gravitate towards this colour (so I thought) so I was kind of stepping outside of my comfort zone.
Here we go…you won’t be disappointed!
I painted the whole thing with two coats of Antibes Green.
Instead of waxing then distressing to give it an aged effect, I took a damp pot scrubber sponge and wiped it along the edges. This took the paint off in the areas where I rubbed it but not only that- it kind of gives the impression that the paint has peeled off- it has a different look than distressing with sandpaper.
There is no mess with this technique. The sponge is just damp- not dripping and if you have a build up of paint simply rinse under warm water and continue.
So after the entire piece was distress with the pot scrubber sponge- I have it the dark wax treatment….that is applying the wax and then wiping off to create an aged patina.
Now this is funny! I have a few old shirts that I use to wipe the wax off–check out the colour of this shirt! Yes- it is Antibes Green! This was a beach shirt that I used to wear all summer—so I guess I do gravitate towards Antibes Green?
When doing the dark wax technique I work in small areas to keep the finish even- so it doesn’t turn out patchy. If this does happen you can usually fix it with a bit of clear wax on a brush and just kind of playing with it a bit.
And here is the final result! The dark wax dulls the brightness of the green slightly and the dustless distressing gives it an authentic peeled paint effect. I am smitten!
I also painted the metal handles and rubbed off some of the paint to show the details of the handles.
So….I think I gravitate towards Antibes Green! The key with this colour is using it wisely! One piece will have loads of impact in a room where as an entire living room in this colour may be too overpowering. For more examples of Antibes please check www.anniesloan.com and click on the colour- there is a nice cabinet she has done.
**just for clarification! This method was done using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™–not on regular latex paint. It is possible to still do the dustless distressing on regular latex paint…..however, you will need to put a touch of denatured alcohol on something like a Q-tip (cotton bud) or something like a cotton pad to take off make up with and….do this in a well ventilated area due to the smell of the denatured alcohol.**