French Linen China Cabinet {Asheville Furniture Painter}

Just finished this 1930’s vintage mahogany china cabinet in French Linen with clear and dark wax.
I love to paint dark pieces of furniture, especially mahogany, because when you sand the chalk paint back there is such a contrast with the wood and paint.
The detailing of the furniture really shows through.

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I have also learned to shellac these pieces because if you don’t the red tannins will bleed through.

Every.

Single.

Time.

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French Linen has  become a favorite of mine lately.
It does help that gray is a hot seller right not.
After sanding china cabinet for over an hour to get the surface really smooth I waxed with a mix of dark and clear wax.
Even though I love working with Annie Sloan waxes and paint I am not a purist.  I have been using Johnson’s Past Wax and mixing it with ASCP Dark Wax lately and I kinda like the results. The bonus is that it is not nearly as expensive.

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Fortunately this piece had all the original hardware and the scroll work on the glass doors was in excellent condition. This is a good thing, because honestly,  the scroll work is a PAIN in the rear to paint.

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To add more character to the finish I used a small paint brush to paint dark wax into all the corners and crevices.
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Hope you enjoy it.

Mid-Century Modern Dresser in Florence with Clear Wax by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Asheville Furniture Painting)

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A fun dresser for a preteen girl,

A little funky and modern. Dog not included. Maybe. Depends on the day.

Love the original hardware. They look like drop earings.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence and waxed with clear wax. Very light distressing.

Annie Sloan French Linen Chalk Paint and Maison Blanche Lime Wax {Before and After}

 

vintage stock furniture french linen chalk paint and Maison Blanche lime wax (1)I found the multi use cabinet at an estate sale. A piece of furniture that you would think would be very common place but I had never seen before.

I wonder if it was used in the kitchen as a jelly cabinet or in a living room to store valuables? It does have a lock on it but of course I do not have the key.vintage stock furniture french linen chalk paint and Maison Blanche lime wax (2)

I had to seal the top with shellac prior to painting because of some scratches that went through the finish. This era of furniture is known for bleeding through the paint if it is not sealed before hand leaving orangish red blobs all over the paint. vintage stock furniture french linen chalk paint and Maison Blanche lime wax (5) After using Shellac on the cabinet I painted it with Annie Sloan’s French Linen Chalk paint.

After painting  I sanded the entire piece with a fine grit sanding block using a little more pressure on the edges to get the wood to show through.

I then used  Min wax Finishing Wax over the entire surface and buffed until smooth.

The final coat is a Lime Wax by Maison Blanche. By using this Lime Wax it gave the surface a lot more dimension and interest.

This color in the past has never been a favorite of mine but I painted a secretary a few weeks ago using this same technique and I kinda fell in love with it.
vintage stock furniture french linen chalk paint and Maison Blanche lime wax (6) This paint is so smooth to the touch that I just love running my hands over the surface. So smooth without being shiny.

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Annie Sloan’s Country Grey Sideboard Before and After (Asheville Furniture Painting)

A Federal style  sideboard that has seen better days.
Not too terrible, just a lot of normal wear and a little missing veneer.
I guess if your between 70 and 80 years old you have earned the right to a little wear.vintage stock furniture chalk paint (11)

The first thing I did with this piece is to scrape off the loose veneer with a putty knife, but there was a section that was re glued and was proving to be too stubborn to peel off.  I used a hair dryer on high heat aimed directly at the section of veneer that I wanted to remove.  The heat softened the glue and allowed me to scrape off the last bit.
A little glue remained on the wood but with a little sandpaper it came right off.
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After I paint a piece I always sand it smooth, I don’t like a bumpy finish.  A lot of people do, I don’t.
So when I sand the furniture I wanted other colors to come through and not just the color of the wood.
With this  piece I did a rough coat of Duck Egg Blue all over  and then added random spots of Coco and Pure White. These colors compliment Country Grey which I used as the top coat.
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It doesn’t look pretty and it is not completely covered but it does not need to be.vintage stock furniture chalk paint (7)

Some of the paint is thicker  and this will make it a little raised when I paint the final coat of Country Grey.vintage stock furniture chalk paint (8)

Below is the sideboard drying after I have completely covered it with Country Grey.  

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The before…..vintage stock furniture chalk paint (3)
And the after.vintage stock furniture chalk paint (10)And  the after with a dog that would not get out of the way.

 

 

 

 

Provance Chairs and Table

Have you ever found yourself running around like you are absolutely crazy, trying to get the kids picked up, fed, and then dressed for a baseball game only to find out you are 3 hours early?

Yes. three hours early.

Three hours I am sure that I can fill doing something around the house. Something really boring like dishes or cleaning a bathroom.

Not gonna do  it.

Nope.

Instead I am going to post pictures of two Duncan Phyfe chairs and small little table that I painted in Provence chalk paint by Annie Sloan.

 I left the decorative insert in the natural wood.

The material is from the thrift store at Carepartner’s, a pretty linen fabric.

The little table I have had for about 8 years and I know you will be shocked (no, not really) to know just how I came about it.

I found it in the trash along the side of the road when we were living in Michigan.

Trash day in Michigan was always exciting, at least for me.

Mortifying for my children.

I would take the long way to school on trash day because there was one street that ALWAYS had great stuff.

And of course I would stop.

I mean, why not?

I don’t know if it is a book stand, telephone table or a plant stand.

Or is it just a what not table?

I don’t know. Do you?

Please let me know.

The chairs are from the Goodwill.

I have not been to the Will in a while.

Since I have been volunteering at Carepartner’s with the estate sales I have not been hitting my usual haunts.

So there they are.

I kinda like ’em.

I have not been very diligent about updating my blog.

I have a ton of pics but I have been a slacker about it.

I think it is because I have been posting a lot to my Facebook page….Need A Latte Mom’s Painted Furniture.

Like my page if you want to see most of the recent pictures.

Thanks for stopping by!

Krista

Old White and Creme De Menthe

They are done.
Finished and picked up.
They turned out pretty nice, I kinda like ’em.

They started out BLACK.

And after 2 coats of primer,
and two coats of Old White they are complete.

 There really has got to be an easier way to cover black.
If you know what it is, please share.

Along with the end tables I did a small pedestal table that I painted with Maison Blanche Creme De Menthe.  It is the exact color of Duck Egg Blue from Annie Sloan.
This is the before…kinda boring but useful.

The Creme De Menthe really looks nice.
I took a couple of different angles hoping to show the real color of the paint.
With the dark wood showing through really is pretty awesome.
I’ve been painting up a storm and have lots of pictures to share.
Now to just get them into the blog.
So until I do…


A little bit of Florence Chalk Paint

This is a little side table, occasional table, plant stand, ornate decorative bright and colorful whatever you want to call it if you figure it out let me know table.

PHEW!

Love painting these styles. Fun to paint and it goes pretty quick.

Instant results, instant gratification.

Bought it at auction a couple of weeks ago and of course my husband gave me the “really?” look.

It’s OK, I am getting used to it.

Actually I think he is getting used to it.

Another plus on this style of table is that I can move it myself.  It does not take two of us to heft it to the basement then heft it to the store.

Here is the before….

Not bad, just boring.

And water stained.

But sturdy.

The after…

Thanks for visiting….

Krista