Come sit down with a glass of wine, or cup of tea and see what I have been up to. I love thrifting, sewing, gardening, redecorating and refinishing old furniture and lamps. I do sell someof my items, so if some pretty thing grabs your fancy please ask me; I may be willing to part with it!!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Discovering Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Where have you been all my life??!!
For a very long time now (years!) I have wondered about using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (from here on in referred to as ASCP).
I found a local stockist, The Melon Patch in Bath, Ontario, but I did not venture out to look at it until about a month ago.
During that first visit I met the lovely Elizabeth Harvey who is the proprietress of this quaint village shoppe.
I purchased a litre of Provence ASCP and a can of clear wax.
I HAVE NOT LOOKED BACK!!!
I have been a painting and waxing fiend since I got my hands on the stuff and I have been breathing new life into some wonderful old treasures!!
Here are a few of those pieces before during and after.
An antique mirror, probably from the 1920s. Some of the ornate edging was missing, but I thought it would look great painted Provence ASCP.
And it turned out fabulous!!
After I painted the fancy work, I gently wiped some of the paint off so some of the old gold would show through. It looks very French Provicial now!! I later moved the mirror to hang over our bed.
Next, I tackled an antique dresser vanity mirror. It started out like this:
And ended up like this!
Then I goofed around with a vintage sewing basket that started out like this:
And turned out like this after I painted then lined with new fabric.
I have had this next table (it is called a "dumb waiter") for about five years. I used it for a while, then stripped it because the finish was truly shi&%$#!!
But then I did not know how I wanted to finish it, so it has languished in the garage for about three years. Until ASCP came into my life and transformed it!
Is it not truly pretty now?!
I may distress the edges some and give it another coat of the clear wax, but for now I just love it!!
Last week I returned to The Melon Patch in Bath, Ontario and purchased a litre of Old White, Pure White and Antibes Green as well as a can of the Dark Wax. In a few days I will show you what I transformed using these colours!!