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.
,…..so 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.