February 12, 2013

How Many China Cabinets? Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Tutorial

 How many do you have?
This was my first. 
There is a matching buffet across the room.

Got more dishes? 
You know what that's like, right?
Need another cabinet.
Love the curve across the front of this one.

This is the one I am working on right now.
Pink inside!
Annie Sloans Old White and Scandanavian Pink mixed with old white inside.

This is my newest love! 
 What a treasure.

Love the chicken wire on the side doors.
Also nice that it comes in two pieces.
Makes it much easier to move.

OK, Back to the one I am working on right now.
Notice the difference in the color on the top and the bottom

This is a better shot.  The piece has already been waxed with ASCP Clear wax and left to dry, then buffed.   On the left I applied ASCP Dark wax lightly, with a brush and rubbed it off quickly.  On the right I have not used the dark wax yet.  The way I do it the wax just darkens the paint slightly.  Some gals use lots of wax and get an even darker finish.  All I want to do is darken it slightly.

You can see here that I mixed probably 1/3 cup of Clear wax with 1/2 tsp. of dark wax to get this color.  I never use the dark wax without mixing it first with clear.  It is just too dark for my taste.

I ever so slightly dip my waxing brush in in the dark mix.  Just a tiny bit on the tip of the brush.  Then I sort of dry brush it with the grain across the surface of the piece.

With a clean rag I wipe the dark wax off.
In the crevices on the right you can see bits of the dark wax.

This foot has not been waxed yet but above it has.
This is just the technique I use to get the finish I want for my pieces.

Here she is all finished.  She will sit for 24 hours then I will buff her and fill her with dishes!
She is sitting on the big wall in the sunroom.  This room is becoming an extension of my kitchen.
Wait till you see what I do with this room.
This is another pic of the top with the dark wax and the bottom still to do.
I remember before I started using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I was scared to start for fear of messing up a piece of furniture.  After a bit you get fearless, so don't delay, jump right in you will love the results.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~
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February 1, 2013

Large Embossed Metal Box?

 Hello Friends,
I went antiquing with my friend Joy on Thursday and this is one of the treasures I came home with.

 It's a large embossed box.  It is 20 X 13 X 16" deep.  It has a wonderful cottage on the top.  In the right hand corner it says "Ann Annaways Cottage.  Guess I'll have to do a little google research and see what I can find.

The ends are just hammered metal.  Nothing fancy.

It is very clean on the inside.  I wonder if it had a specific purpose or if it was just for decoration and storage.

It has a little chain on one corner so the lid stays opened.

 The back.
The front has an English street scene.  There is a pub on the left with a sign handing out front.
In my mind I am seeing it painted Annie Sloan Old White then rubbed with a little dark wax to bring out the pictures.  Then maybe a little rub of gold.  Any other suggestions?  I would love to hear your ideas.   What would you do with it?
Thanks for stopping by
~ ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~ ~ 
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