After I won this wonderful bag filled with Annie Sloan products at the Haven Conference I knew I would have to find some things to paint or in my case repaint.
I was walking through the great room and spotted my
victim perfect piece.....the coffee table.
Here are some close ups of how it looked before. This table was painted with latex paint and distressed before I knew about chalk paint. So it was due to be refreshed. The color before was a green color. I believe I used Georgian Green by Benjamin Moore. I had painted the top a grey color.
I have never followed any instructions when painting a piece of furniture before, but I grabbed one of the Annie Sloan books I won and flipped through it and thought I would try to recreate a finish that was in the book.
So I painted the entire table with a coat of French Linen and then followed the next steps of using the clear wax and then a wash of 50% each of Paris Gray and Old White diluted with water. And yes, I paint wherever the piece of furniture is.
You brush on the diluted mixture over the waxed finish and then immediately wipe it back off. I loved how the legs turned out. The wash was left in the grooves.
This is before the wash.
I loved the look of the light finish, but when all was done the tone was totally wrong for my great room. It was way too cool of a grey with my warmer toned whites on the walls and bookcases. It made those look too yellow. So I knew I had to fix it. I pulled out my tinted black wax and went to town adding it and that really gave it a much better look. Kind of looks like stone.
So when something doesn't turn out right the first time just try something else or repaint it.
After all, it's only paint.
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