If you want fabulous inspiration for beautiful paint finishes, you should.
She does short posts with a picture of a beautiful finish with a breakdown of the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan colors needed to achieve the look.
Just seeing the piece broken down into colors makes me feel like I can do it.
So, a while back I saw this.
I was painting a piece for Vera's Daughter and knew that it was the perfect finish for it.
This is Arles over Primer Red.
I'm told this is called "two color distress" - where one color sands back to reveal another.
Those knobs could be my favorite thing about it.
This is the original hardware.
The finish was perfect so there was no reason to paint it.
I had never worked with Primer Red before. It is much prettier than I thought it would be.
I had the perfect wallpaper for the drawers.
In a nutshell this is what I did:
One full coat of Chalk Paint in Primer Red
A second coat of the red on the places where I knew I would be sanding back the Arles
One almost full coat of Arles on the entire piece
Another two coats of Arles on the top
Wet sanded the whole piece lightly with a non-scratching sponge
Did heavier sanding where I wanted the red to show through more
One coat of Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax on all surfaces
When waxing the top I moistened the wax brush with mineral spirits before I dipped it into the was. This makes it easier to get an even finish of dark wax on large flat surfaces
One full coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax
It's for sale at Vera's Daughter.
Don't you love this towel by Mary Gregory Studio?
Soooo sweet! There's more from Mary Gregory at the store as well.
I hope you will check out more color inspiration at Leslie Stocker's place!
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