Monday, July 22, 2013

Graphite Goodness

A client was redecorating her bedroom as a 15th anniversary gift from her husband (great guy!) and was in search of a large dresser to go along with her Hollywood Regency vision. After searching, I found this great dresser with tons of storage and we decided that that was THE piece. Here she is before her transformation:

Certainly not a bad dresser, but definitely in need of some color and some bling! Here is how she turned out:

I used straight up Annie Sloan Graphite with details highlighted in a Graphite/Old White mix, and the roping in a custom mixed silver. I finished her off with some clear wax and crystal glass knobs and pulls. My client loved it! It complimented her Hollywood Regency style and finished off her room beautifully. I have to say, it was hard to let her go - definitely one of my favorite pieces to date!

Washed Grey Buffet

This mid-century modern style buffet was crying out for a good old fashioned wash. This was my first attempt at this process and I loved doing it! I used a base of Annie Sloan Paris Grey and let that dry. I then applied a watery mix of Paris Grey and Graphite, wiping off the paint immediately after I applied it leaving this very cool darker grey striations. After that dried I applied some clear and dark wax. After a little distressing she was finished!

This was my inspiration piece from Kathy Kuo Home -- love that site!
It is a beauty that will set you back a mere $1,375.

Although not an exact match, I was happy with how it turned out.

Here is a before:

What do you think?

This project was featured at Savvy Southern Style's Wow us Wednesday Paint Party

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I have always wanted an antique Mora clock, but the originals are in the thousands -- way out of my budget.  I found this reproduction and was so excited!  This is her in the store in all her glory. I have yet to hang her in the house, but will be sure to post when I do!

First Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Experience

Still needs a bit of tweaking, but after painting, repainting and painting some more I think I finally found a color combo I can live with. I love the paint.  Although it's kind of expensive, that is probably the only negative.  You don't have to sand and you can paint practically any surface. It's awesome!