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.





My Desk: Before and After

My desk space has been a work in progress since we moved into this house 3 years ago.
I think this is the 4th desk that I have attempted to make work and I think I may have finally found the right fit.
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This is an old Cypress board that was in my grandfather’s garage for at least 75 years. It is from the old water towers that would line the railroad tracks.
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Story has it that he was going to use it in a boat.
Who knows.
Not me,  that is for sure.
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It is a very rough cut slab that is 12 feet by 3 feet.
A hefty chunk of wood.

My husband and I moved this baby from Minnesota to Virginia in the middle of the winter. Our trailer was only 10 feet long so it hung out a little bit.

It sat in our garage for 4 years while I tried to figure out what to use it for.  Birds made a nest on it.

Then it made the trip from Culpeper, Virginia to Asheville, North Carolina via moving truck where is sat in my basement for another 3 years.
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It is a huge piece of wood.   I had a few woodworkers suggest cutting it.

That was not going to happen.

After a lot of thought I decided to head to Habitat for Humanity to see if I could find a base for the desk. I figured that built in cabinets that were made for desks would work great. Thankfully I was able to find two cabinets that were exactly alike and were file cabinets with drawers.

Perfect size, perfect height.

More importantly perfect price…$15.00 each! Score!

As a trial run to see if it would work I placed the top on the base and used it for about a month.
It was exactly what I wanted.

After a month of using it and getting a lot of slivers it was time to sand it down.
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I ran lots of different ideas of finishes through my mind while I was sanding.
Sand it all the way down?
Just knock the big stuff off and keep the character?
Stain, no stain.
Sand one side, leave the other.

By the time I had sanded for 5 hours.

And used many pads of 60 grit, 120 grit, 220 grit sand paper I ended up sanding it smooth.
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Sanding can be kind of mesmerizing when you start to see the grain coming though.

Unfortunately Cypress wood does not have that pretty of a grain. But the feel of such smooth texture kept me going.

By the time I was done sanding I had decided to stain it Honey by MinWax.
I figured it would be a nice light color, nothing too dark.
And I had a whole quart of it in my cabinet.
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No final picture of the after the sanding stage. Sorry.

When I was done sanding and wiping it down with mineral spirits to make sure the surface was really clean I was ready to stain.

Remember I said that I had an entire quart of Honey stain in the garage.

I don’t remember when I bought the stain and I was quite surprised that I had an entire quart but did not question it.

I should have.

I should have tested it on a small piece of wood.

I should have listened to myself when I thought…hmmmm, seems kinda dark?

I should have and I didn’t.

I was being impatient because I wanted to see it done.

After I made the first swipe of stain across the freshly sanded board did I then remember….This is a mixture of stain I made from Mahogany, Ebony, Honey and some other color I had left over.

This IS NOT going to be a light color.

Oh, well.
A lot more color that I had planned.

But it works OK.
And the finish is very smooth.

No more slivers.