This was quite a gorgeous find! I picked it up a few weeks ago and posted about it on Favorite Find Monday (post HERE). It was claimed pretty quickly by a reader of mine and she came by to discuss colors/finish for the piece. Her inspiration? This pic I took at the Annie Sloan Shop in Oxford (post HERE). The challenge had been thrown and I went to work!
I just planted a few pansies in my flower pots and am anxious for spring to arrive! I’m sharing these newly edited, previous spring themed posts – enjoy!
The temps are definitely warming up here in Maryland which means spring is here! Today’s paint colors are like those of a freshly dyed Easter egg!
I mentioned last week how I was working on the French End Tables. However, I was only able to share how beautifully the top had turned out in Minwax Early American stain.Honestly, I had used the little table as a test piece to try out a few paint colors/finishes for a dresser that I am working on. This is why I wasn’t able to share the full “before and after” with you last week as it was kind of a hot mess of a paint job!
Matthew and I had a wonderful time in England! Like a pilgrim to Mecca I made my way to Oxford and the original Annie Sloan shop! Annie was away (boo) but I was pleased that the woman working in the shop actually knew who I was once I introduced myself 🙂 We took many photos to share with you all so you can take a look and get a feel of the shop and Oxford itself, which is absolutely gorgeous.
I’ve had fun the past few days working on this great crackle finished dresser that I picked up a few weeks ago. I shared it on my Favorite Find Monday and here is its before pic:
The dresser was full of detail and I knew it would look amazing once it was painted. I went with a classic color combination – Annie Sloan Louis Blue with gold highlights. The gorgeous hardware is original and the dresser even has a working key for those keyhole drawers. Beautiful!
All of my painted white projects found their way home over the weekend!
The Pure White Bedroom set looked lovely when placed together. I took pics right before it was picked up to share with you.
I’ve been working on a bedroom set for a customer and shared the Pure White dresser makeover earlier in the week (LINK HERE). Part of the set is a very pretty French Provincial headboard. As in the dresser, my customer wanted it finished in Annie Sloan Pure White for a fresh look. Honestly, the transformation is quite spectacular!
My customer wanted a brighter white (without as much yellow as Annie Sloan Old White) for a very sweet vintage dresser makeover. I wrote a post last week on how to take the yellow out of Old White (HERE) but for this piece, I went with the clean and fresh Annie Sloan Pure White.
I didn’t take a proper “before” but you can see the dresser in the background here:
I am very close to finishing the Pure White dresser. It has taken four coats to cover, which is the issue with any Pure White. It looks so good and I’ll share soon 😊
I also have been really busy creating more sample boards for my customers. Each board takes a few coats and then wax. I plan on doing more with a wash or dark wax applied to show more options. They are time consuming but well worth it.
I have a great tip to share with all of my Annie Sloan chalk paint fans. I only just discovered this myself, after all of these years!
I have a new client and I’m working on a very pretty chest of drawers and headboard for her. She wants it in a bright white. Annie Sloan Old White has too much yellow in it for her taste. We are going instead with Annie Sloan Pure White. It actually – believe it or not – is my first time using Pure White. I went to my AS stockist to purchase it and we started chatting about whites. Anyhoo – she shared that if you take Old White and add a smidge of Old Violet it actually takes the yellow out of the Old White and creates a lovely, cool white.