Another Layer

6.01.2012

I had absolutely no plans whatsoever to paint the mantel again, but I wasn't in love with the Co Co. I do love the color Co Co just not on the mantel. I was just walking through the great room like I do every single day and then it came to me. So I went to my paint stash and started painting away. I was going to paint the mantel a solid Country Gray by Annie Sloan, but after I started I didn't like it. The beauty of the chalk paint is you can just take a damp rag and wipe off as much as you want to until you have the look you want.





I love the way the layers actually look like worn aged paint.









Before

It took me less than 45 minutes to paint this and then I waxed with clear and dark waxes after it was dry and buffed to a shine. 
What's another layer anyway?

Funny thing is Mr. Savvy hasn't even noticed yet and I did this on Monday. So shhhhhhh. I want to see how long it takes the man to notice.

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78 comments:

  1. that looks amazing, you know I wish i had your brave ness, I could just feel the fear wash over me if it went wrong!!! You have no fear, I like that!!!It looks wonderful,

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  2. It looks so pretty against that red of the marble! Don't expect a man to notice much.
    Brenda

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  3. It looks amazing! Loving the layers! You need a before pic or link to the before!:)

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  4. I love that you were just walking through and decided to paint the mantle! Then up-paint it and wax:) You are a true DIY-er my friend.

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  5. I love your mantels new look!! The layers are fabulous!!

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  6. He'll never notice but I think it looks fantastic!!! I love the layered look and I can relate to walking by something everyday and it just doesn't sit well with you. Good for you for just diving in with no fear!
    XO Cindy

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  7. It's all about the layers, always, isn't it?! Layers of clothing, layers for haircuts, layers of cake, and of course, the not so pleasant layers of fat!
    Simply beautiful work here. Kudos to you Kim!

    Poppy

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  8. Wow Kim...45 minutes to transform that beauty?...I really love the look now...Did you just wipe away the paint rather than sanding?....I love how you made it look like it has truly aged over the years....i am looking at my "boring white" mantle now...thinking...hmmm..

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  9. This looks great! I have to try this on my fireplace.

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  10. Beautiful! I love the "antiqueness" to it!

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  11. Above my mantel I changed a very large clock to a beautiful huge picture, it was 3 days before the Hubs noticed...paint color might go un-noticed for months!

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  12. Kim, you are too funny! Mr. Savvy is just like my Charlie. There are many times I have to point out things that I have done otherwise he would not even notice! What you have done to the mantel looks great!

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  13. Kim your mantel looks amazing! I love the way the country grey looks over the coco. Love those layers!!

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  14. Hi Kim: As far as I'm concerned your mantle was beautiful already, but this just took it up a notch..Aren't men funny little things?.Happy Thursday..Judy

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  15. I love, love the way it looks now. Sometimes, I'm really glad my husband doesn't notice changes like that.

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  16. I am having a good laugh. You just don't stop till its perfect. Loving the look and even better that it was a quick fix:)

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  17. I like this much better than the coco.

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  18. Incredible. I might can pull that one off over Mr. PV. I love that peacock picture...I used to have a pair of real ones

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  19. I like it Kim. The new color gives the mantel depth and age. Looks pretty.
    If Mr. Savvy is like Mr. Sissie, then it will be awhile before he notices! LOL!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  20. Wow Kim - that is such a change (and done simply, subtly...which is probably why your husband didn't notice!). The Before and After is amazing!

    It looks a lot like your urn on the left. Your mantle is really gorgeous - I love how you decorated it!.

    Could you dry brush a little (Old White or the other light color you used?)on the onlay - to highlight it and bring it out and bring in the cream of the marble?

    But - GORGEOUS ROOM!!! Beautifully decorated!

    Linda

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  21. Gorgeous, loved the before too - just - well - just - um, the TEXTURES of the layers of the paint give it the dimension it was crying out for - love it.

    WELL DONE!!!!

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  22. I like it, Kim. It definitely looks more aged now, especially when you see the two pictures together.

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  23. Love the new color....it just gets better and better with each additional layer of paint!!! My husband hasn't noticed the window shades in the living room and dining room yet.....it's been four days now!!! LOL
    ~Des

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  24. You know Kim, I really like it! For some reason I've gotten into the grey color this past few months and have been wanting to do the wall behind my mantel a deep grey but have been afraid to try it.. guess I'll just have to because I see your color...like you, I can always change it.
    nice
    Sandy

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  25. Lovely, Kim! You're very talented and such a gifted painter! I love your projects!

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  26. Hi Kim,
    I love the change....you did an amazing job!
    Jane

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  27. utterly old-world and stunning. it's now the type of piece i can settle before with a cup of tea and stare at for hours. (i'm so serious!)
    blessings,
    ann

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  28. That turned out really nice. I have lost count how many different colors your mantel has been. ha! It's a subtle difference, so it will be interesting to see if he ever notices it. I like all the layers on it.

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  29. It has so much more depth now and the details really show up!

    Looking lovely =)

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  30. Oh, Kim, I love this finish! This looks great! It's a subtle change; but, it looks amazing!

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  31. The mantle is beautiful~ ♥♥♥

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  32. Love the way it turned out, even if it was sort of an accident. And, husbands....geez.....doesn't that just sound typical?!?!?

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  33. Just a slight difference, but I like it so much better! Really does look aged! thanks for linking up, Kim.

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  34. Oh yes, it looks yummy now. Love the subtle changes.

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  35. That is so funny Kim that Mr. Savvy did not even notice. I love the layers!

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  36. Oh Lordy- He sounds just like MyHero. Huh? You did what? Where? Really-I didn't even notice! NO KIDDING! But, let me throw out one of his crappy old shirts and he is digging in the discard pile before I can turn around.

    Mantle looks great. It is amazing how fast you are at painting and waxing and buffing now! Nice job, kiddo- xo Diana

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  37. I like the new "aged" finish you've applied. Maybe you could post a guess when he'll notice poll. :@

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  38. I can't believe he hasn't noticed yet! Men! They are so funny!!! I love the new look!

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  39. Ahh... Mr SSS sounds like my hubby.. . who BTW says they do notice but choose not to say anything for fear of encouraging us to paint anything not nailed down.

    I love the change in your mantle and would be thrilled if you could share this at Shabbilicious Friday http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/shabbilicious-friday-link-party.html

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  40. I love it Kim! The color is perfect with the veins running through the marble. Your painting and waxing technique make the mantle look like a vintage one that you purchased to use in your home.

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  41. You amaze me at how you know what to do to anything!. I love the new look on your mantle. Beautiful Kim.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  42. My hubs would never notice! If I painted an elephant and put it in the middle of the living room - there's a 50% chance he'd notice that!

    Love the difference in the mantel - brings out all the details and looks amazing!
    Kelly

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  43. Looks so great. I love the color and the finished product!

    Cynthia

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  44. It is pretty amazing that you can totoally transform your mantle in 45 MINUTES!!!!!!!!!! But then again, we painted 8 rooms in 10 days for this move. UGH!!!!!!!! I love the new look on the mantle, love the layers. Your painting is always beautiful. Love that urn on the mantle too. XO, Pinky

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  45. Kim, I love how it looks. I am still working on my dinning room chairs. Almost done....I think I will try the washed look next. If I can get my energy up!

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  46. Hahahaha. Is there a limit to the layers? Is this the final layer? Or in July are you going to add another :)

    Seriously.

    It looks amazing. I really like the change.

    Have a great weekend!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  47. It's so pretty.
    Shelia ;)

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  48. Yay! I was able to comment on your blog. Most of the blogs I can't comment on.
    So I'll say more! Your fireplace surround is so pretty and I do like the new paint job you've done! The entire area should be in a magazine. The beautiful painting over it is gorgeous too.
    Continue being a sweetie,
    Shleia ;)

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  49. You know what? It looks fantastic! It suits beautifully....have you had any trouble with it near heat? I was worried about painting my mantel as my hubby gets out fire fairly hot....
    gosh now you've done it....I want to go paint....
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  50. Great job!! Love it! Did you sand at all? I always wonder about painting over a layer of wax.

    It always AMAZES me, how little my husband pays attention to what's where!

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  51. Oh, I really like the new look - it goes so much better with the stone.

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  52. I love it. Now I need to paint something to look like that!

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  53. I love it. Now I need to paint something to look like that!

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  54. You are so funny! You are a painting machine!

    Seriously, I LOVE it! It looks fantastic, and I'm really liking the grays myself right now too!

    Great job! Men are all the same. Takes them forever to notice anything, unless it's a bright red bikini! ;-)

    Have a fabulous weekend!
    xo-Lisa

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  55. It looks beautiful, Kim!!!!
    Yes, please let us know how long it takes him to notice, LOL!

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  56. Oh my, only 45 minutes to turn your mantel into that beauty. Bravo!I love the layers and the patina effect. you did an amazing job.
    so glad to have found your blog. lots of inspiration.
    rita

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  57. LOVE it, Kim! It IS truly all about the layers. I've slowly come to realize that during the past year using ASCP. I am in awe of your technique and the way you made it look like worn paint. You just used a wet rag when the paint was dry instead of sanding....? Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

    xoxo laurie

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  58. Your mantel turned out great. I wish I had a fireplace and mantel!

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  59. It really looks old and European now. That is a great finish! I am playing with my first layer of old white. Just got my wax, going to see what it looks like. The chalk paint is really different, it is the first paint I feel like I can play with.

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  60. I do like the after, that looks fantastic. So can you repaint right over waxed AS? Hmmm, I'm not liking my grayish mantel, and just so you don't feel bad...... I got a hair dye, highlights and a cut today and my husband didn't say a word! WTH, you know?

    ~Bliss~

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  61. Love the layering you've done on your fireplace! It looks amazing! I have to try some of that Annie Sloan paint this summer. Everyone raves about how great it is!

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  62. Yes, that layer is perfect! I love your mantle!--So LOVELY! I would love for you to link it up to my weekend Linky Party called Rustic Restorations Weekend.
    http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/2012/05/rustic-restorations-weekend-linky-party_31.html

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  63. It looks absolutely beautiful Kim and you always take such awesome photos! Thanks for sharing this at Inspiration Friday! :-)
    Vanessa

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  66. oh, he's noticed - he's just trying to see how long you think he hasn't noticed before you say something to him about it!!! (and then when you do, he'll say, "what mantel? we have a mantel?" !!!!! men!!!!)

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  67. Your mantel is gorgeous! Love it! And I just ordered some AS paint. So excited to use it!

    Jeanine

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  68. Beautiful new look for your mantel Kim, be sure to let us know how long before Mr. notices.

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  69. Hi Kim - thanks for leaving me your comments on my blog. I wanted to tell you that even if you take off the appliques (and it leaves some marks), it will give you the excuse to buy a bigger applique - which you'll love more than this one!!

    I wish I had put a larger one on my mantle as well. I also wish that I had purchased larger corbels also! Oh well - there's always another update to do!! When does it stop? Never - when you have a blog I guess!!

    Thanks again,

    Linda

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  70. I love the aged effect of the layers of paint....it almost looks like a stone mantel now. I wonder when your husband will notice? It has taken my husband a couple of weeks to notice things in the past.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  71. It's gorgeous! I'm about ready to tackle my mantle as well.....i've looked at the 1981 orangeish oak as long as i can. Ugh! But right now the kitchen cabinets are getting a makeover so one project at a time!! Thanx for all the inspiration!

    xoxo
    jenny

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  72. so love it even more antiqued up a bit. =)

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  73. I'm thinking this is your next magazine feature! Love it so much! I love the depth to your mantel!
    XO, Aimee

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  74. Kim, love your blog. I'm a devoted follower. I just did your mantel project. Like, just now. Got the Co Co layer painted. Once it dries good, when I put on the Country Gray, how long after you painted it on did you wait to wipe off with damp rag? Thanks! Can't wait to see the end result.

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    1. You can wipe it off immediately. I did the whole project in 45 minutes.

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  75. Wow beautiful!!!! I'm sitting here staring at my mantle that needs to repainted and I'm lost. I bought old orche, pure and old white for it.... now I want country gray and coco!!!!

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