As many of you know, I love upcycling furniture with Annie Sloan paint. I use this paint because it doesn't involve sanding or undercoating - you just slap it on and away you go!
I have recently had a bit of a binge of painting pieces of furniture that I've been procrastinating about for nearly a year.
My favourite Annie Sloan colours are Graphite and English Yellow. This 50s cabinet was first up - English Yellow at the back and Graphite everywhere else. I was given this piece of furniture by someone who was getting rid of it and I was going to sell it but I rather like it now that it's painted. No distresssing on this piece, just Annie Sloan clear wax.
Next up was this little vintage Hungarian table which I use for my printer. It was already painted in a hideous yellow gloss paint (sorry no "before" image) so I decided to give it a dousing in English Yellow with distressing.
While I was on a roll with the English Yellow, next up to get a dousing was a gilt mirror that I bought in a second hand shop two years ago for £20. I fancied something different and fun so it certainly scores on both these points. I may add more dark wax into the crevices but for now it gives a lovely sunny warmth to the kitchen.
Next up, my workstation. This is a cupboard that I use for my work and the yellow mirror sits on top of it. It was painted in a dark grey gloss paint and I prefer a chalk paint finish. Once again I used Graphite. However this colour can look a bit dull on some textured furniture and that's what's happened here. This can be resolved with a coat of dark wax over the clear wax.
The biggest success was the next item, a gilt mirror that I have had for 5 years and never really liked. Sometimes it's all about trial and error when painting furniture so do have a go. Mix colours together, put one colour on top of another, use a wash (diluted 50/50 paint/water) etc etc. On this mirror I've used Aubusson Blue and Old White then clear wax and dark wax. It is a stunning transformation and the shape of the mirror is really enhanced (sorry no before pics).
The jury is out on the next piece - I don't like the finished look. The table was originally a light grey/green colour when I bought it (first image below), then I painted it Graphite. I should have left it at that because now the effect doesn't suit the elegance of the table. So it's back to the drawing board with this piece. As I say, trial and error!!
I'd love to hear about pieces of furniture that you have painted in Annie Sloan and see some images so do share them with me.
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