Annie Sloan Tried & True

 

When you have a finish you know works every time, there’s no reason to reinvent the the wheel. I love to layer colors of the same color group to give my pieces depth, texture and a sense of movement. An easy technique that takes your paint from a flat one dimension color to a wow finish. A friend had admired my blue apothecary cabinet, and asked me to do something similar on her vintage sideboard.

bluesideboard

I chose to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on this project because I love her blues. Here’s how I did it. Mixing some Graphite into Napoleonic Blue to darken it, I painted a solid first layer. Once dry, I added shades of blue mixed with Graphite in light strokes to random areas, not so much as to change the color as to visual texture. For the drawer facings I did a mix of 3 different shades of Aubusson Blue, adding the darkest in a line around the edges.  I didn’t mask with tape but used a ruler to draw lines that I then painted in. To protect, I used Annie Sloan Clear Wax to finish (no Dark Wax this time). Ready just in time for the holidays:)

I’ ve used Annie’s blues on several projects. For more layering ideas check out these posts: Back  in Blue, where the emphasis is on Greek Blue, Napoleonic Blue and Graphite, and The Louis Blue Blues. You can purchase Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from your local stockist or online at Robyn Story Designs.

 

8 Comments

Laura

Leslie I would love to see a video of this process do you have one? This is a beautiful piece and I understand what you are saying in the description of how to accomplish this but a video would be helpful for me. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous work.

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Shari Roberts

I absolutely love the way you did this piece. I have a dresser that I would love to paint in these colors but I doubt I could make it look as beautiful as you did.

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Shari Roberts

I absolutely love the way you painted this piece ! I have a dresser that I would like to finish in the same way but I’m not sure I would be able to it. But anyway I admire the work you do :)

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vicky

This is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I agree with Laura above I would be incredibly interested in seeing a video of how the layering works. If you ever get time it would be very much appreciated. You have such a way with color great work. :)

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Emily Collins

Hi Leslie, It looks beautiful! I enjoyed reading your post but agree would love to learn how to accomplish this — if you could share the ratio of paints mixed with the Aubisson and Napoleonic blues that would be terrific. Thank you!

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Nancy

I LOVE the teal ocean color you created! I could dive into your sideboard and swim happily ever after. Thanks for sharing all of your posts blending the chalk paints, but this one is my fav!

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