Thursday, June 28, 2012

Annie Sloane and Me, all alone in my basement.....

I'M NOT TRYING TO BE 
DIFFICULT.....
But, rather than show more of my cabin today, 
I want to reveal the table I just painted.
I WILL CONTINUE WITH MY CABIN ON SATURDAY.....

A couple of weeks ago, 
I went to an Annie Sloane Chalk Paint workshop at Maison Decor....
I loaded up on a bunch of different colors, 
and gleefully carried my bounty home.
This is the end table I painted.
It's style is Renaissance Revival.

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According to About.com
Attributes of the Renaissance Revival style are turned and fluted legs, raised or inset burled panels, heavily carved finials and crests, inset marble tops, and cookie-cut corners. Many pieces are further decorated by black and gold incising, marquetry inlay and bronze or brass mounts. These pieces were often gargantuan - ideal for the Victorian "more is more" philosophy. The preferred wood was walnut, as it had been in the 1500s - and that was the most accurate thing about this revival style, which also borrowed heavily from the 17th-century Baroque and the earlier Gothic periods.
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I found this table 6 years ago at an auction with my bidness partner , Kris.
It 's been sitting in my basement ever since, waiting to be painted.

It was pretty beat up, but was begging for a soothing coat of paint,
 to rejuvenate it's battered hide......
Since it was made out of walnut,
 it was close to a sin to paint the wood...
But for something that would work in today's styles,
a lighter look was needed to sell this baby.
Also, 
it's more fun to paint than to refinish!!!!!

First I painted a coat of Lois Blue....

Then I painted a thin coat of Old White on the top,
and wood grained it.....
and I freehanded  a white stripe around the outside edge....,
I used these tools, for the woodgraining.....
While I'm showing you my tools.....
let me show you my fancy smancy workspace in my cellar.....
And these are my fancy smancy painting sneakers!!!!!
This way, I don't track paint around my house.
The red scrunchy is to keep hair out of my projects.....
It's amazing how much time I spend down in this dark hole
 on nice summer days.....

Any way.....
back to the paint job.....
For the body, I needed to add another coat of Old White, as the way I painted the first coat, it didn't cover the blue enough.
I added some combing details on the table's apron...
and other places.....
And a little white stripe around the curly parts.....

And then started the fun part!!!!
Distressing!!!!!


At this point, it was time to wax.
With my lose of memory and lack of attention,
I couldn't remember what the process of waxing involved.

Now, Amy had been thorough enough to send us home from her workshop with printed out notes on the steps we needed to take for a complete project.
BUT I'M A BABY, AND I WANTED HER TO EXPLAIN IT TO ME ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!!
So I kept calling her, 
at each stage,
 to ask what to do next!!!
I put a coat of clear wax on,
IMMEDIATELY followed by a light coat of dark wax.
The dark wax adds the aged look, and you need to be careful how you put it on, so it doesn't look too fake.
SO HERE'S THE FINISH!!!!
I carried it up to my living room, so I could get some shots in natural light.






I LOVE THE WAY THE PAINT SHOWS IN LAYERS!!!!!!





And finally.....
I wanted to show it with the little footstool I did last year.
When I painted the stool..,,
first I sanded...
then I primed...
then I painted two coats of the color...
then I distressed...
then I waxed.
Soooooo...
campers, that's the story of my first experience painting furniture with 
Annie Sloane Chalk Paint.
It was fun.
There's a learning curve......
Latah Gatah
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45 comments:

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I ADORE this table!!! I want it or at the very least I want to copy it!!! It is the most beautiful table I have seen Betsy!! You are amazing, and Chalk Paint™ in your hands is a thing of beauty!

De tout, de rien said...

"...was begging for a soothing coat of paint, to rejuvenate it's battered hide..." Soooo poetic!

She's scrumptious looking! Not bad at all for your first chalk paint project. It looks great with the little footstool!

Shingle Cottage said...

Betsy it looks stunning! what a beautiful technique you have used,the wood grain is divine!
I used AS chalk paint yesterday too for the first time,it is pretty amazing x

All Ways Designing said...

Oh Betsy - You did a great job and she looks stunning!! I love it!

Jan

karen Jones said...

oh my life ! I bow down to your serious talent ! I want to be able to achieve such fabulousness !!!

Cozy Little House said...

Oh, it turned out so pretty! I love the blue showing through. When you put the stool next to it, I see little bits of blue being picked up all around the room.
Brenda

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful! Love the colors and details.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Absolutely LOVE the table! I do hope you are keeping it. It's so perfect in your home.

janet said...

OMG!!!!! Stunning Miss Betsy!! Annie herself would be proud.

Janet xox
The Empty Nest

Betsy Brock said...

Gorgeous!

Heaven's Walk said...

GREAT job, Betsy! I love the colors you chose and the way you distressed it! Beautiful!!! :)

xoxo laurie

Sharon in Chicago said...

Can't wait to see what you do when you figure out this paint (tongue firmly planted in cheek). Seriously great job.

Lee Caroline said...

All I can say is Wow! what a fabulous job you've done. Last year I did a French wash (not sure if this is chalk paint or not as I am in New Zealand). Anyway, my work was nowhere near as good as yours, I see I have a long way to go and this has inspired me to do a bit more research and have another go at my table.

Thank you for sharing, I came across from the link party but now forget which one as I am hopping around like anything, so many fabulous posts to see.

Lee ☺

Jenny said...

Great job!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Turned out really gorgeous, Betsy! Of course your extra attention to detail really pays off on this. The wood graining and combing in blue is such an unexpected touch, love it!!

andrea@townandprairie said...

The colors blend so perfectly in your sitting area! Lovely!

Teresa person said...

Enjoyed seeing the process. I look forward to the cabin pics .. I found my old trad. Home mag.s w/ your cabin...I immediately remembered it as it inspired a painted floor to look like stone I did. Thanks, Teresa

Cindy said...

Whoooo Hoooo! It looks fabulous! Great job, wow! And it looks so good in your living room!

Cindy

pipigirl said...

i really LOVE the way that you did this. it turned out fabulous. love the colors and the process that you chose. GREAT JOB.

Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

Very pretty! But I would love to see what a chalk paint painted piece would look like without distressing it. I'm not too into the distressed look but I do adore painted furniture. Anybody out there doing ASCP and not distressing? I'd love to see how it looks. :-)

Nutbird said...

You are one wild woman with a graining tool! Obviously this wasn't your first rodeo. Did you go to Isabel O'Neal? I have never been able to make one of those work. You might have invented a new subset of ASCP. Very impressive. I keep thinking that in fifty years ladies are going to start stripping all these pieces that we are painting and marveling at what is underneath. Ann

Fabulously french said...

Your table looks fabulous, I am also a lover and user of the fabulous Annie Sloan paints :-)

Leeann x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

FANTASTIC. WHOEVER ANNE SLOAN IS, she invented a paint that has taken the decorating world by storm! I have a large china cabinet that is going to get THE TREATMENT SOON in Anne Sloan's Paris Gray. I cannot wait. Your table is FABULOUS NOW!!!! And thank you so much for visiting me. Anita

My name is Darlene Payan said...

Amazing remake! What a beautiful table and the stool, too. You made it all seem so easy and I think your workshop is great. Thank you for sharing, I came from French Country Cottage and am following.

Blessings,
Darlene

xinex said...

It looks fabulous,Betsy. Wow! It looks really amazing...Christine

House Crazy in Michigan! said...

Gorgeous...and VERY clever to think of graining the table! I still have my tools around my self...hum, better go look them up! I used them to paste paint paper (stolden USPS Tyvek envelopes actually!)

Anyway if this is your first ASCP project look out for when your an 'expert!'

Small House / Big Sky Donna
http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com

CeCe said...

It looks like you love chalk paint as much as I do. You did a great job on your table and I can tell I would also love your house!

Maureen said...

Beyond the paint, I love the combing effect. Not something that I would have thought to do. It looks awesome with the stool that you did.

Honey at 2805 said...

Your table looks amazing and the techniques you use are interesting. Adore the color choice and it looks wonderful in your room!

Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

Connie@shabbyforsure said...

I love it. It turned out beautiful. And your workshop is fabulous...Connie

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

It looks amazing Betsy. Thank you for linking her up at Shabbilicious Friday

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Love your little table. I really like the wood grain and combing effects very different. Thanks for sharing.

Ethereal PLUS what I Love said...

This table turned out great ... I love all of the little details you added to make it unique.
Nice work :)
Francine

Sherry said...

This is beautiful! I love using this paint. It is like art techniques for furniture. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Good Time Charlie said...

Love it, the detail is fantastic. I agree, so sad to paint good wood sometimes, but dark wood does not sell. You gave an old table a beautiful new lease on life, and way easier than refinishing! Thank you for sharing!

8)(8 said...

That turned out so pretty!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Gasp! That table is gorgeous!!! And, your paint job is divine! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from The Brambleberry Cottage. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Here's the correct link if you want to come party. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-4.html Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thank you so much for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Pocketful Of Dreams said...

I really love the way chalk paint looks and I would love to do something with some of the older pieces of furniture in my house that need a facelift.... I just keep digging in my heels because I hate to paint, but those results might be worth it.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

This is so pretty! What a great job of layering and I love the wood graining and combing techniques! This is an amazing piece now! Paint magic! I'm now following and look forward to more pieces!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love how the piece came out. I recently painted and distressed a china cupboard and 2 end tables and I had to muster up the courage to paint over stained wood which went against every grain in my body since I am a Victorian soul...
But I was quite happy with the outcome and now I find I am looking around the house to see what else I can paint. I would love to do something like this with my bedroom furniture which was already painted a long time ago...

Hugs,
Debbie

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I featured your pretty table at Mod Mix Monday!

very merry vintage style said...

It turned out so pretty. You have a great space to work in your cellar. I have painting shoes too... why ruin a good pair?
Thanks for linking up to STL Wednesday!
Mary

Anonymous said...

Love the table! You did a great job! Keep it coming. I look forward to your posts and love your personality!

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