|Annie Sloan Chalk Paints - I have Old White, Old Ochre, Duck Egg Blue, Cream, Paris Grey, Chateau Grey, Coco and Graphite.|
It has been some time since I have shown a "before" and "after" Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) link to her site. I have worked on just a few projects recently but am gearing up for quite a few more. This posting is about one of my favorites to date - a set of great French style settees manufactured by Henredon - a high-quality USA furniture maker.
I bought these two settees off of a craigslist add and was just lucky enough to be the first one to respond. The seller did get LOTS of inquiries but I encouraged him (barely) to stick with the first one here with the $$$ gets the pieces. He was getting offers for quite a bit more than he had listed them for but I was already at his doorstep by this time.
|The finish was pretty badly scuffed and scarred and the fabric frayed but the bones on these pieces were exceptional. Solid wood frame and hand-tied coil springs with a high quality seat cushion.|
Before I make a decision on which color and type of finish I want to use, I select my fabric. I want the fabric to complement the finish and visa-versa. In this case, I selected a creamish linen-blend and brass linen piping (mimics brass nail heads). I've done this combination before with a wood finish of old white with clear and dark wax over it - I knew it would look great on this set.
Once selected, I followed the following steps:
- Removed piping around all exposed wood surfaces so that I can get good coverage.
- Cleaned wood surfaces with Goof Off link to site which is a very strong product - I always use gloves and never use the product if I want to retain existing finish.
- Turned the pieces upside down to start the painting processes on the bottom side - this method insures that all areas area adequately covered.
Turning pieces upside down helps ensure good coverage - I generally only do this on the first coat.
5. Waited overnight to apply one coat of clear wax using clean t-shirt rag.
6. Waited overnight to apply one coat of dark wax. To apply this wax, I used a combination of rag and old stiff toothbrush to make sure the wax gets into all crevices. I used the rag, sometimes with extra clear wax, to moderate the coverage and make sure it is consistent throughout.
Two Settees after two coats of paint and one coat of clear wax. After reupholstering work by the great Lees at Sun's Upholstery in Norcross, GA, the pieces are ready for photographing.