The older I get, the more I cherish the connections I can maintain with those who have gone before. I appreciate their sacrifices on my behalf a little better, and I try to keep their memories and stories alive. That's why, when my Aunt offered to let me have this secretary of my Great-grandmother's, I was thrilled. It's a beautiful piece and a tangible way for me to keep her memory close.
Annie Sloan Unfolded to try their Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan, I knew it was finally time to tackle this special piece.
I thought about going with a bold color, but since I already have a pretty bright piece in this room, I decided to stick with something a bit more neutral. I used Old White as the main color for the secretary, but I couldn't resist adding a bit of oomph with a bright yellow- in this case English Yellow.
I only wanted a bit of the yellow to show through, so instead of painting the entire piece yellow, I just painted the places I wanted the accent color to show through. Once the yellow was dried, I painted the entire piece with the Old White. I followed the advice of a friend with much more experience than I and while the white was still wet, wiped off the areas I wanted the yellow to show with a wet baby wipe. I used A LOT of wipes, but I love that it allowed much more of the yellow to show through than would have if I had allowed it to dry and sanded the white off.
I ended up painting two coats of the white because the green cast of the original stain was still peeking through the first coat.
Once the entire piece was painted and dry, I took a very fine grit sand paper and lightly sanded the edges. I wanted just a bit of the wood to show through, but not a ton. Then I used the soft clear wax and did one coat over the whole piece. I wanted this piece so have a little softer feel, so I followed up the first coat of wax with a light coat of the soft dark wax, focusing on the edges, corners and inside the detail work on the cabinet doors. I didn't want it too dark, just a bit of an aged patina. I followed that with one last coat of clear wax over the whole piece to knock down the dark wax a hair and seal it really well. The first time I painted furniture I was worried about the waxing part, but it's really one of my favorite steps of the whole process. I'm amazed every time at the beautiful, soft finish it gives the piece.
Who knew furniture painting could solve so many problems all at once? I lightened up my living room, conquered my fear of painting and waxing furniture, and kept the memory of my great-grandmother alive all in one fell swoop! So, now that you know how easy it is to use Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan, what are you going to paint first? I have a table downstairs that's just begging for some color...or the kitchen chairs...or the bar stools... I guess I better get busy! :)