Thursday, May 17, 2012

Testing, 1.2.3


Do you remember when I was worried about my brain?  When I was freaking out because I was suffering from the urge to paint my living room white?  Well, the urge is still there and I've almost made peace with the idea that it will happen.  Not soon.  But later.  Not too much later though.  I just have to evolve.....and the evolution won't be quick.

See this white chair?


This chair is STEP 1.

It's a test.

I have to know some things before I just haul off and paint a room white for goodness sake.

You see my dining room is very dark - a paint color called Approaching Storm.  So purple it is almost black.  It was my 3rd attempt at getting a purple I liked in the room.  That is a long and ugly story which we won't talk about now.  I'm going to go all the way soon, and paint the room black.  Then it will match my bathroom.  It's going to be black to go with the white in the kitchen and what will be the white in the living room.

I have some furniture for the dining room that I'm going to paint white.  I don't know whether to use a straight white or a white more like Annie Sloan's Old White or CeCe Caldwell's Vintage White.  The woodwork is straight white and the kitchen cabinets are straight white.  Since the walls are so dark I'm afraid that using anything but straight white would be just the wrong thing to do.  

But I'm not sure.  So I had to make a test.  

I took this chair.  It was a free chair.  Nothing special except it came from a relative, so I held on to it and have even used it occasionally.


It was a little gross.  The protective finish, lacquer or shellac, had been ruined by something - probably heat(????).  I was not the least bit interested in refinishing it.  But...




I thought this grossness would look pretty cool under chalk paint.  So I painted it in Annie Sloan's Pure White.  Then I did a little test on the bottom of the chair with various waxes that I have to see what I wanted to do with the wax - not just for the chair but the upcoming projects. 


I ended up using the Annie Sloan Dark Wax over (and under) clear wax. 


I think this would be called medium distressing?


I think the Pure White is the way to go against the dark wall land white woodwork.  Even with the wax and distressing it doesn't look too yellow.


Then I took her out to play on the porch.  Notice I cleaned out a corner for the picture!




So for the next few months I will move her from place to place testing my tolerance for white furniture.  After that, I'm not sure what I will do.  I was thinking she would be lovely if the top third was painted red, or maybe she would like a few red stripes - vertical ones that is.  We'll see.

I hope everyone has a great weekend...

Make something wonderful today!

Karen

Too Much Time On My Hands
Nutmeg Place
My Romantic Home 
Cherished and Handmade Treasures

18 comments:

Little Miss Maggie said...

Your chair came out fantastic. The oldness of the chair made the paint job wonderful. Baby steps.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I think your chair looks great. I often leave imperfections under the paint. It adds character.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love your chair--your photography is lovely too. Nice post!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I think it's just perfect! I am just getting ready to paint my dining room cream...it's been red for 11 yrs....time for a change!!
Blessings, Lorraine

Maria Elena said...

Love, love your chair! Your pictures are beautiful!

Kerin said...

Love the way the chair looks painted white!

Can't wait to see what you decide to do :)

Lorrie said...

I love the way the chair came out, looks beautiful! I love purple, my Daughter in law painted her kitchen purple, I think it was called "Raison" it's a really pretty shade...I'm now following!

Liz - Imageremix said...

White does the chair justice, but how fun to have a chair you can try things out on. I'd like to see it part red or with the stripes too. I found your post at Get Schooled Saturday.

Liz from Quirky Vistas

Meg said...

Karen, your chair looks amazing. The finish under the chalk paint is amazing and gives it character. Thanks so much for sharing on SOS! Hope to see you gain next week!

XO

fiona anderson said...

Well, the chair definately works for me Karen - lol. I love the imperfections coming through. I've painted things dark brown, before white in the past, because it looks so good when distressed.
I like the idea that you are slowly adjusting yourself to more white !!

~ Laura said...

That's so cute!! I really like how you left the problems of the original finish and incorporated them so beautifully in the end!! :)

I also think doing a test piece like that is so smart!! It's a big change you are thinking of color-wise and getting used to it with a piece of furniture is a great idea!!

Bliss said...

I used to paint all my rooms white when it wasn't popular because I could not make a color choice. Now I'm wanting to paint a chair or two white!

~Bliss~

Cherished Handmade Treasures said...

It looks great! I'd love for you to come and link this project up at the Creative Corner Hop. Our weekly linky party. It begins every Monday and stays open all week. I have pinned your chair to my DIY board.

Sandy
Cherished Handmade Treasures

Pamela said...

I love your chair! It turned out just perfect! Thanx for joining THT!

Pamela said...

I love your chair! It turned out just perfect! Thanx for joining THT!

victoriantailor said...

I am gradually going white in every room, your chair looks great!

twelve-O-eight said...

You did a wonderful job with this chair! I love your style, I am blogging at http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/ and would love it if you followed me too :)

Tanya

Erin @ Chronic Christian Crafter said...

Your chair turned out great! Looks like you have a lot of BIG projects in the wings...seems like with a house there is always "something" to be done...just when you think you get everything "just right"...it's time to start changing things up again :)...I've never done a chalk paint project yet, but I've got a project on my "to do" list! Thanks for sharing at our Toot Your Horn Party...as always, such an inspiration!!

Erin

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