Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Project Reveal

Sunday, June 12, 2011

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This is a 1930's secretary desk that was in decent shape but was  rejected by the consignment store because they are apparently a dime a dozen.  I broke it in the transformation process....more on that later.  So here's how it looked -- not bad, but a little boring and didn't fit my style anymore:

I used a mix of Graphite and Old White, maybe a 3:1 ratio.  

As you can see, I also broke the trellis inset two seconds in.  Oh well.  Solution?  Tear it all out and pretend it was never there.

Here it is with a full coat of paint:

Next, the sanding to reveal the wood underneath:

I wasn't in love with it it yet, so I brought it in and lived with it for a few days.  I eventually decided to add Gold Leaf Rub n' Buff over the sanded parts:

I finished it with new hardware and a coat of clear wax, and here it is now:

What do you think?  I'm very, very happy with it. I intended it to be a little darker so there would be more contrast with the walls, but I do really like this color.


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75 of the Most Gorgeous Rooms of Every Style Imaginable

Thursday, June 9, 2011

There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to this post.  These are just rooms I can't get out of my mind. I'm totally obsessed with every one of them, which is kind of weird since they run the gamut from modern to relaxed beachy to formal and elegant, from French distressed to polished and new.  Go figure!  I'd need at least 8 houses to be able to do all of these styles.  But that's the fun thing about designing other people's houses - you can do things that you wouldn't otherwise be able to.  I met a new client today who loves French distressed furniture, and loves DIY (I'm soooo excited to be doing some chalk paint with her)!  

So, take a look at my dream rooms, but do yourself a favor and don't get as obsessed as I am:

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