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A Shabby Shelf in Old Ochre and Chairs Everywhere

A super easy and quick paint project was this great little shelf I found at a thrift store.  A quick wash of chalk paint in Annie Sloan Old Ochre gave it some style. A wash really maintains the look of the wood underneath while making the detail pop.  Shelf in a wash of Annie Sloan Old Ochre chalk paint

Shelf in a wash of Annie Sloan Old Ochre chalk paint Shelf in a wash of Annie Sloan Old Ochre chalk paint Shelf in a wash of Annie Sloan Old Ochre chalk paint This video was made a few weeks ago.  It’s on my YouTube channel and shows how to add a wash of chalk paint over an existing coat.  The same technique was used on the shelf above, except that the wash was added directly onto the raw wood.  I then took a rag and wiped it off to create the look above.

Quick update!  All of the vintage dining room chairs have had three coats of General Finishes Antique White applied and I’m down to the last two chairs.  I now need to lightly sand any places that need it, add the gold gilding wax to the detail and seal with Flat Out Flat topcoat.  I am far from done but am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel – whew!

Baxter is modeling what has been going on around here – staying warm surrounded by white dining room chairs 🙂

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Vintage Chest in Black Reveal & General Finishes Chalk Style Paint Full Review

What isn’t to love about classic black?  Honestly, I didn’t use a lot of black when I started my business almost four years ago.  I have always been a more lighter and brighter kind of girl with a true love of any hue of blue.  This was until I painted my first piece in General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black.  It was a old sideboard and I was astounded that a few coats of black could turn a very vintage piece into true glam.black

This week, I was lucky enough to try General Finish’s new chalk paint line.  I mixed half part Pepper Black to half part Empire Gray and created a gorgeous deep gray/almost black hue.  While drying, I dabbed the black onto my brush to basically streak it over the deep gray.  I only lightly brushed over the detailed sides to highlight the design and then used 220 grit sandpaper to distress it. The whole piece was easily sealed in General Finishes Flat Over Flat topcoat.  I used a simple sponge brush to apply it – nice 🙂  The top was left in its perfect shape with its gorgeous striations.

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The difference between this chalk style paint and my other favorite, Annie Sloan are minimal but there are a few.  I find Annie Sloan slightly easier to distress.  I also feel that the Annie Sloan wax (while tedious to apply) does give a piece more of an aged look versus the GF topcoat.  It depends on the look you are going for on what sealer to use.  The GF sealer is a liquid and needs to be evenly brushed over the piece or it can give a cloudy look where it settles unevenly.  Believe me though, brushing on a sealer as opposed to waxing a piece is a whole lot easier on your arm!

I am a fan of both types of chalk style paint and both types of sealers.  I love that there are now even more options and plan to mix both types with each other to create more interesting colors.  I also enjoy having a choice of sealer to use.  A win-win!

I must add a pic of my Christmas angel.  My girls found him broken in the trash at the Lucketts holiday market a few years ago when I had a space there.  He has lost part of his wing and you can still see the split where I glued him back together.  He also lost his trumpet somewhere along the way but he reminds me of that weekend I spent with my girls at Lucketts and I love him ♥

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A Vintage Chest in General Finishes Chalk Style Paint

I don’t know if you recall, but this sweet little chest was my favorite find Monday last month.  IMG_2675

General Finishes kindly sent me a sample package of their new product, Chalk Style Paint, a few weeks ago and I chose this piece to try it out on.  IMG_2852I mixed their Black Pepper with Empire Gray to create a gorgeous, deep gray.  Almost slate but it doesn’t have much blue in it.  I applied two coats and then lightly dipped my bristles into the black and brushed over the piece in places.  It almost gives it a glazed effect and is just gorgeous!

Here is a sneak peek 🙂Black Chest

To seal the chalk style paint, I used General Finishes Flat Out Flat Topcoat.  It is water based and easy to apply with a sponge brush.  No waxing needed over this paint which is a nice break.  However, it does not give the same look as a hand rubbed wax gives.  It is much more slick and refined.

I enjoyed working with the paint immensely.  It went on smoothly, mixed easily and distressed well.  I give it two thumbs up!

I’ll share more before and after pics tomorrow!

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