Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sometimes More IS Better

Well, it's been almost 2 months since I started using Annie Sloan's chalk paint. Although I've only tackled small projects, I've come to really appreciate how well it covers, and its ease of distressing. I haven't mixed any custom colors yet, because I'm still enjoying the merit of Annie's original colors. 

As I peruse sites showing Old World European interiors and furnishings, I have discovered the great authenticity in Annie's color potions. Although each shade is fabulous on its own, the real magic, when morphing a run-of-the-mill piece into a time-worn treasure, comes when you layer the colors. I've used one, then two, and now 3 colors on one piece.....Magical......

Before, the finish of this wood shelf was a dark red-brown, so it made a great base color for the 3 paint color choices. 
I started with Arles, then Olive, and finally Provence.
The really time-consuming part was painting and distressing all the inner scrolled surfaces, but it was so worth the effort. I love the color combo so much that I only used clear wax, so as not to alter the shades. 
You can't conjure this magic with spray paint!

I can't wait to use these colors on a piece of furniture, though I may have trouble letting go of it, I'm quite sure......

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  1. really, there is no other word: g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s!


  2. Time-consuming but also therapeutic? The results are *ahh-mazing!*

  3. Thanks Girls. I appreciate your appreciation.....:)

  4. Absolutely stunningly gorgeous Maria!
    Annie was my neighbor at the Art and Soul vendor event today. I so wish I enjoyed painting stuff. So glad you'll be with us at Plucky Maidens!


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