Knitting pattern side table complete!

As I said before- this isn’t for everyone.  Some people with think this is hideous and some will just love it.  I think that is kinda cool.


As I was painting the Graphite trim I was thinking to myself that I wanted to keep this quite simple.  Then it occurred to me….I have just decoupaged a knitting pattern on a side table.  I can have a little fun with it.  So I added a Graphite bit at the top and bottom just to balance the whole piece.


This is the final result:



And a close up of the stencil pattern:


I think it is kind of fun. Once again….I know not everybody will like it.  That is fine with me.  I did distress the edges a bit just to show some of the other layers underneath the French Linen.  I wonder if anybody will remember this pattern from 1974?  We will see…..



I am not a decoupager…..

But I am willing to try anything.  Actually, I do glue things onto furniture but it isn’t small bits of flowers or other things like that, I prefer more graphic things like sheet music or maps…..or knitting patterns!!

This side table has been kicking around my shop for a few years.  I can’t sell it.  It has been painted a few colours and distressed with the hopes of catching somebodies eye….but unfortunately no takers!  Its most recent colour is French Linen.  Lovely colour.


I am always searching for interesting unusual bits of history–and then I found these!  Knitting patterns from 1974 Poland.  So fun.  I love everything about them.


And then a lightbulb went off in my head….what if I decoupaged the pattern photo in the frame of the side table?  I am not losing anything by trying…..


The blue heading is on one side and the yellowish is on the other.


And then I took inspiration from the patterned cardigan- which I am sure my Nana knit me one similar when I was a kid.


I have a few stencil patterns that I have been wanting to try- so I started with the largest one int the middle–kind of an argyllsh knitting sort of look to it…..perhaps. I used the colour Graphite to compliment the image.


Then I taped off some borders- much like the look of the sweater.


And then I just kept stencilling until it resembled the style of the sweater in the picture.


And then…..

I thought it could use a bit of Graphite


So this is where I am now.  It isn’t finished but it should be this week.  I am still playing with it to see what I come up with.  I do know this isn’t style isn’t for everyone….and that is OK–sometime an odd or quirky piece added to a room can really bring out the personality of the people living there.

Which is ultimately my goal.  I want my house to reflect me and my family–not be a carbon copy of my neighbours!!


the paint is….bleeding?

Yes.  This can happen with some of the colours that have very deep pigments- for example, Emperor’s silk, Burgundy and Florence.

But it can work for you!

I came across these cabinet doors with great carvings and had to scoop them up.



I immediately thought about doing the two colour technique with the darker colour under a lighter colour.  My first choice as the base coat was supposed to be Provence…..but I couldn’t twist the cap open on my sample pot….so my next selection was Florence.  Lovely bold colour.  Highly saturated and by adding any of the whites in any amount it is possible to mix this lighter.


So I painted the first coat with Florence and the second with Country Grey.


And you can see where the Florence kind of bled through into the Country Grey.  Which is what I wanted.  ***tip***  If you don’t want this to happen- you want to only see Country Grey  after the first coat of Florence apply a thin layer of wax.  This will prevent the colour from bleeding through……on everything except Emperor’s Silk with the whites.  They just turn into a hot pink mess.


Then I waxed and distressed a bit with 180 grit sandpaper and as a final touch I added dark wax.


Here is a comparison without the dark wax:


And here is the final result:



If you were wondering how much paint I used for both these doors…..I used for each colour, both doors- less than half of a sample pot- and that is 100mls.


Chipped distressed finish!

I found a really great table:



A table like this has so many possibilities!  It is a reproduction piece based on furniture that was available in Poland between WW1 and WW2, but painted up it could work in so many styles.

,… I have a cherry blossom stencil and I was thinking about doing something with a bit of Asian influence.  I found a really beautiful inspiration picture where the base was a creamy yellow and the drawers were red.  So I thought I would give it a try.


That was as far as I got before I decided that I didn’t like it all.  I am fortunate to have all colours in the Annie Sloan pallet at my disposal.  So I reached for the Scandinavian pink.  This isn’t any of my “go to” colours.  I have to say I love all of the colours on the pallet, there are so many possibilities.  This colour, in my mind, is a really rustic, primitive colour.  It has more style than the dusty rose of the early 90’s- but I thought this table would be great.


And of course it needed to be distressed!

But, I tried something a bit different this time.  A few months ago I was in France for a stockist conference and a few of us drove from Paris to Dinard…..and of course we talked about paint for the whole trip!  One of the ladies from Sweden was telling us how a client of hers did this really interesting technique by lightly taping something with a sharp edge on the edges of the furniture so that the paint chipped off.

There are endless possibilities with Chalk Paint but getting the paint to naturally chip off like a milk paint would- doesn’t really work because it adheres so well to many surfaces.  I have seen a chipped look achieved by putting petroleum gel on first- but this seemed a bit messy to me….and I didn’t have any at my shop to try!!

So I found something with a straight edge and I lightly chipped away at the paint on the edges.



This is how it looked after I added clear wax.  You can see bits of the yellow peeking through the chipped off Scandinavian pink.






I should mention that I did the scraping before I waxed.  I just figured that it would be easier for the paint to chip off if it hadn’t already absorbed wax.  There was a bit of dust with this but I like how it turned out.


Finishing the upholstery

Part two of the green chair!

I have stapled everything down and now I need to make, buy or steal double piping to cover the staples.  This is where I am now:

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In the above photos you can see the first layer of Country Grey peeking through- which is exactly what I hoped for.

I am happy with it- I think it looks quite smart and the Peking pattern is really lovely.


Tinted wax

Did you know that it is possible to add colour to your clear wax?  Of course you did!!

Last month we drove to Switzerland for a little skiing and a little brocanting…..guess which one I did?

While I was there….I found this chair:

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It is solid oak and really heavy.  I actually debated whether or not to paint this…..

First step was to remove the old green fabric.



The moment I saw this chair I new I wanted to upholster it with the Peking fabric from the Annie Sloan fabric collection.  It is a beautiful thick linen that is perfect for upholstery, curtains, blinds and pillows.  The base colour is a beigy oatmeal colour and the blue is a lovely deep bluish violet.  It is one of my favourites.

As I wrote earlier, I debated about painting this.  It does have some scratches and dings in it but it is in great shape- it would still work with the wood and fabric combination but I really wanted to give this chair an update.

I decided on Country Grey as the base colour.  This is a true beige with no yellow to it.

I painted the frame two coats and wanted to give it a little extra….so I tinted the wax!


I have written about this before.  Annie Sloan soft wax comes in clear or dark- which is a dark brown. But it is possible to add a spoonful of any paint colour to the clear to create a different patina.  For example, adding a spoonful of Graphite to clear wax then applying it to any of the whites creates a completely different effect than the dark wax.  Try it and you will see!!

I wanted to add a touch of blue to the chair- just a subtle hint of colour so I added a spoonful of Old Violet to the clear wax and mixed it up then I applied it to the chair with an old brush.



You can see that the Old Violet gives a subtle tint to the Country Grey.  It is a really nice look.



Once the chair was painted and waxed I then started on the upholstery.  Today I managed to get most of the seat completed.  Tomorrow I start on the back.  I am also undecided how to finish the edges- with double piping or a decorative edging…..I am leaning towards the piping!



The completed chair will soon follow!