I have a couple small things to share with you today. First off is this cute little chair! My father-in-law found this chair for me a couple months back and I finally got around to working on it. It was in great condition when I got it, just needed a couple nails and a little wood filler.
I decided to try Antibes Green this time. It was my first time using it and I was a little scared to say the least. It is such a bright, strong color and I wasn’t sure I’d like it. Here is the first coat I put on the chair. I like to make my brush strokes go in all different directions when painting my first coat of paint.
I paint my second coat nicely and smooth out all the roughness and make it look pretty. The reason for a textured first coat is so that it helps you while you are distressing and waxing later. The high points in the paint will sand easier since that is what your sandpaper will hit first. Also, creating low and high points in your paint helps the wax – especially dark wax – to not go on evenly which helps give your piece a more authentic look. Here is the chair after two coats of paint.
Once, I was done painting, I did a coat of clear wax. Then I added a colored coat of wax. To do this technique (which you can find more about in Annie Sloan’s Quick and Easy Paint Transformations book) you dip your brush in wax and then in a little bit of whatever paint color you want. Then just go about waxing as usual. It can give a paint color a totally different look depending on how much or little pain you use.
|Mixing wax with paint to make a colored wax (I used clear wax and Duck Egg Blue here).|
As you can see, I only did one coat of colored wax and I didn’t use a ton of paint when I did it. I wasn’t super pleased with the results and still wanted to see how dark wax would look over the Antibes Green, so I did a third coat of wax, this time using dark wax. I love how the dark wax gives the piece just a little bit of a dirty, worn look without looking like it needs a good cleaning! 🙂 It just helps it look like the piece has been around for a long time and that it’s been loved!
So, finally, here is the final result after all of that! 🙂 I’m really pleased with how it turned out!
I must say, though, I’m starting to miss working on larger pieces like dressers and buffets! I’ll be back to those soon since some of these little projects are finally getting done.
So, you may wonder, what’s the other thing I was going to share? Well, here it is. My new price tag! I am loving how it turned out!
I used the Pages program on my Mac to create the design. The paintbrush graphic was FREE from The Graphics Fairy. She has SO MANY GRAPHICS! Definitely worth checking out if you’re ever in need of free graphics. Finally, I printed the tags on a wheat-colored card stock to give it a softer look. It took me a while to get the whole design just right, but it ended up turning out just how I wanted! I like the look it gives my “brand”.
Hope you all have a lovely week! I am loving the rain here lately, but it isn’t helping motivate me at all! Hoping we get some sun for at least a few days in a row soon! 🙂
I’m linking up with the following blogs to share my project:
Miss Mustard Seed – Furniture Feature Friday
The Shabby Nest – Frugal Friday
French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday
At the Picket Fence – Inspiration Friday