Friday, July 14, 2017

White Washing with Chalk Paint

The color scheme for this nursery was pink and taupe.
It was decidedly feminine with toile drapery and a crystal chandelier.
But the armoire was knotty pine, far to casual for the space.
Plus, it screamed orange and dominated the room. 
It just didn't "go" at all. 

a similar armoire via e-bay because I forgot to take a 'before' photo.....again!
I was asked to "do something" that would make the armoire fit into her nursery,
but the client didn't want it painted solid.
She wanted to see the knots and the wood grain showing through.
The only option for this was to white-wash the armoire.

Why did I choose chalk paint for this?
The mess factor.

Since I had to work on site, heavy sanding and spraying were out of the question.
I needed to avoid any mess.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was the solution because
1.  It can go over existing surfaces with minimal preparation.
(note: The cabinet was in great condition.  
I did scuff the surface with a medium-grit sanding block first, 
but didn't cause any dust to fly.) 

Here you can see how one coat of Chalk Paint covers the knotty pine.
White washing is a simple process.  Pour some paint into a tray, dilute with water and stir.
Then brush it on, and wipe it off with a terry cloth rag, leaving extra in the wood's profile.
As with any paint project, work in sections and follow the direction of the wood grain. 
So easy.
So lovely. 

 2.   Annie Sloan Chalk Paint dries quickly. 
I was able to apply a second coat of paint, add more paint in the molding profiles
and wax the armoire within two hours.
Which left time to paint the baby's monogram over the crib!
I love how the armoire has taken on a Shabby-Chic look.
The orange is gone and it doesn't doesn't overpower the room
but rather fades into the background.
Now it fits into the nursery beautifully.

Next week the drapery, and bedding arrive and the room will be complete.
When that happens, I hope to get another photo and share it with you.


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