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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Adventures

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) Color Chart
I am continuing to experiment with ASCP.  Today I started two more chairs - both with nice woodwork that was tired and somewhat scarred.  In other words, perfect candidates for the various ASCP treatments.  See my recent adventure here - Chateau Grey Chair.  

I ordered another color (graphite) because my the chateau grey color actually turned out to be a green-gray - not the dark grey I was hoping for.  Graphite looks pretty black but I am planning to use a little off white to lighten it.  One of the great things about ASCP is that you can mix up the various paints to customize any look.  SO ... that is one experiment I will be doing with the following chair.

The woodwork on this chair is deeply carved and substantial.  I plan to paint an undercoat of the off white paint and two coats of graphite on top.  Then, I plan to lightly sand to bring out the white coat on the edges to enhance the carvings.  IF this doesn't work as well as I hope, I will just paint over it and leave the woodwork a grey-black.  

The other chair is a traditional smaller French style chair with cabriole legs and lightly carved legs and back.  The color of the wood was uneven (and not one I particularly like).  I plan to paint this chair off-white (two coats) and use the dark wax to create a more distressed finish.  I have only used the clear wax thus far and my research suggests that the dark wax is kind of tricky.

One lesson learned from my prior projects is the fact that any dings or splits in the wood are magnified by this paint.  Therefore, on these chairs, I used wood putty to fill in some gaps.  This looks like it might work well!

Both chairs have had one coat of ASCP applied - so far so good!  More on this project as I try to newer techniques (for me)!
After One Coat

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