My first glazing project

This poor little dresser has been sitting in my garage for about 3 months now waiting for an inspiration to smack me upside the head.

Fortunately it finally happened because my garage was getting kinda crowded.

I bought a quart of Martha Stewart glaze a couple of days ago along with two pots of brown paint and have been trying to muster up the courage to give it a try.

That along with the new sander my husband gave me for my birthday I was ready to give it a go.

I sanded the top down to the bare wood and stained it with Minwax cherry stain and then a coat of Polyacrylic.

Two coats of Duck Egg blue and then the best part….no sanding.
Now this is where I kind of winged it…
I took about 3 parts glaze to 1 part paint, mixed it really well with my paint brush.
Once it was mixed I painted it on the dresser and then with a wet wash rag wiped it off.
Pretty simple.
Easy actually. Don’t know what I was so nervous about.
Here it is in all it glory.
Love the way it turned out.

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.


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.

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Thanks for stopping by!


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…

Versaille Chalk Paint Before and After

I just finished the sofa table this afternoon and I called Heather and told her she was not going to get it back.
I am keeping it!

OK, well not really but I am loving how it turned out.

Whenever I use a new paint color I will try it out on another smaller piece just to see how I like it and to see what kind of wax finish will be used.

I tested it on a piano bench that I had and that will be heading to the store tomorrow.

What a bummer it would be to finish a large piece and then realize you just don’t like the color.

So this is the before photo of the sofa table.
Was not terrible by any means, but it was just a little too perfect and modern looking.
It looked manufactured and run of the mill.

 It made by the Bombay Company so there are about 7 million of the same thing out there.

Heather has to Golden Retrievers and Martha is checking it out.
She smells betrayal.
See the “look” I am getting from her? She is thinking, give me a cookie and I will forgive you.

I cleaned it with Dirt X to get the extra oils off of it. Pretty impressed with how well this stuff works. It stinks to high heaven, but it works.

It then received a 2 coats of Versailles Annie Sloan Chalk Paint which has a greenish/yellow hue to it.

Sanded it down with a fine grit sanding block to smooth out the brush strokes and to distress the edges.
A lot of people will not sand before they wax, I personally am not a fan of that look and it really chews up my sanding blocks to sand after waxing.

For the wax I mixed half clear wax and half dark wax. It makes the application much smoother and not quite so dark.
The candle sticks above are painted in Olive with dark wax.

Delivering it tomorrow.



and after.
Until next time,

Vintage Dressing Table

Seriously, I found it on the side of the road.

Bob, Sophia and I were driving down the road after leaving the Goodwill and there it was, SITTING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD!

I asked Bob to stop but he wouldn’t.  Could not believe that he was not stopping. I started to break out in a sweat. How could he keep going. How could he not pull over. WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM!

All I could think of was “how am I going to get home, drop them off and get back to it before it was gone.” 

We stopped at Advance Auto and I almost drove off and left him there to go check on it. When he got in the car and I told him to go back to the dressing table. Of course I got the roll of the eyes from both of them.

We pulled up and it was PERFECT.
OK, so I will clarify sitting on the side of the road.
Someone was sitting in their truck with this on the side of the road selling it.
Excuse the crappy iPhone photo.

And after a coat of Old White and Clear Wax here she is.

With Antoinette on the inside of the drawers.

I always wanted one of these when I was a little girl.

With pretty little glass knobs!

So cute!

Also I have started a Facebook site for Need A Latte Mom’s Painted Furniture….I would LOVE IT if you would start following me.

There is a button on the top of the blog.

Until next time…..


Lnking up to:

Between Naps on The Porch

Buffet Before and After

Boy I sure have not started the new year with a bang. I just noticed that it has been  2 weeks since I last posted. 
I do have a slew of excuses, do you want to hear them?
I didn’t think so.

December was pretty slow for furniture but the minute that ball dropped, things started to pick up.

The piece that I just finished is a buffet that a client has purchased a while ago. When they started to decorate their home realized that it just was not going to go with their design plan.

To make it work they decided to have it painted.

This is the server before being painted.
Of course I had started taking the hardware off and realized that I had forgotten to take a picture.
I always do that.

This is the after shot. Hard to figure that out I know.

I cleaned it with Dirt X to remove any residue that was left on the surface and to give it a good cleaning.

Gave it two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite.

I then sanded it with a fine grit sanding block. to smooth out the brush strokes of the paint and distress the high spots of the server. I sand before. I find it easier.

Boy there are a lot of  “I’s” in this post.
Oh, well.

The cherry color of the would underneath really shows off the detailing of the wood. Love that.

I then covered it completely in Dark Wax.
Doing small areas at a time and buffing it as I went along.  Waiting too long to buff the dark wax makes it very difficult to get off. Whenever I get half way through a job like this is when I really wish I had a drill attachment to buff.
It honestly wears you out.

I then polished the hardware very lightly with Bar Keepers. Not a lot because I still wanted some of the dark in the crevices.

I really like how it looks and it is wonderful in their dining room.

Now to get the china cabinet done.

Old White You Are So Reliable.

Annie Sloan’s Old White does it again.

It is consistent.

I am always thrilled with a piece of furniture that is covered in Old White.

It can bring a nightstand out of the dark and gloomies. (one thing great about having your own blog is you can make up your own words)

When it is sanded and you drag you hand across top it is as smooth as butter.

Absolutely beautiful.

You cannot get that with latex paint, just does not happen.


After the wax is brushed on I rub it with an old t-shirt.

Then the best discovery ever…an old shoe shine brush.

It gets into all the nooks and crannies.

Buffs all the fingerprints out.

Gets all the wax out of the tight little corners.

Another one I wish I could keep.

A solid well made piece of furniture.

Thanks for visiting.

Maison Blanche’s Wrought Iron on a Repurposed Map Desk

This little jewel received a new home today.

It started out as a very rough and abused map desk that has found it’s way to being a TV stand in a guest bedroom.

The before picture shows it fresh out of the Goodwill.

The front drawer looked as though it had seen better days. Reattached a few times I am sure.

Everything that I have painted has been with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I really like it, have zero complaints.

But Maison Blanche Paint has come out with a chalk paint called La Craie and they have a black called Wrought Iron. It is much darker than ASCP before it is waxed.

You still have to wax the paint to get the depth of the paint to come out but I waxed in clear instead of dark. The difference is a much more even color, not as many variations in the shading of the black. 

When you have a piece to paint that has spots that make it very difficult to wax it is nice. 

Clear as mud,  I know.  Sorry.

The wood on the desk was stained with a red hue so that when it was distressed and waxed  that color came through and it really looks nice next to the black.
The inside of the drawers were painted with a mixture of ASCP Old White and Country Gray. I had a little bit of both so I mixed it up.
Worked pretty well.
Love the color of the wood coming through on the knobs.
I really like the unique look of this piece also.
I do wish there was an easy way to date these pieces though. I would love to  know the year it was born.
 I really liked using this paint for the color. The consistency is different that ASCP. Thicker than what I was used to but I just added water to thin it out.
Unfortunately I had to order it and have it shipped to the tune of   $97.00 for 2 quarts of paint.
Yup, you read that right.
That is a lot of money.
Cannot do it again unless I can pick it up directly and no one in Western North Carolina carries it.
**update** I now have a supplier in Asheville…WOOHOO!

Country Sideboard in Emperor’s Silk with Medium wax by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

This is a country server or sideboard or buffet or…. not really sure what to name it.
But let me tell you this, it is a beautiful piece of furniture. 
You know the ones that when you are working on it you are fitting it into every little spot in your home.
It would go perfect here.
With this sitting on top of it.
Oh, and at Christmas with the red I could do this….
Can you tell I would really like to keep this one?


 And of course it is in the Emperor’s Silk that I love.
This time instead of doing the dark wax all over it I mixed the clear and dark and covered it in one coat.
It really seemed to go on much smoother and  a lot more even.

 The wood is maple and maple is just so nice to paint over.
So smooth.
Yummy, just love it.

 I really do think I need to keep this one.
Unless of course, until the next piece.
I am kind of addicted to this.

This is the before shot.
I found it at an estate sale, it had a price of $799.00 on it.
NO, I did not pay that much.
Lord, my husband would have killed me.

Antibes Green with Wax

 This was my first time using Antibes Green by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
 I really like the bright color of the green, it is a change of pace from the subdued colors I have been using.

These end tables were originally a vanity that had been cut down. The vanity top was removed, leaving just the drawers.

It needed a light sanding on the top because it had old furniture crud on it and I wanted a smoother finish.

Other than that all I did was give it two coats of Antibes Green.

I used a sanding block over the entire surface after I painted it and used a heavier hand on the edges to remove the paint down to the original surface.

When you read suggestions from the Annie Sloan web site about sanding it suggest sanding after you apply wax. This does work but what I have found is that it mucks up my sanding block and the sanding blocks can get expensive if you have to throw them away after one use. So I sand before I wax. It does generate a lot of dust so I do this outside in the driveway.

The wax I used this time was different from what I normally use. I used two parts clear wax and one part dark wax and combined with a stir stick. The difference is that is gave it a little color without overtaking the green. It also brought out the distressed edges.

The wheels are original but the drawer pulls are new. I tried using a brushed nickle finish but it did not look right. It needed the dark knobs to bring out the distressing.