Secretary Preview

 

 

Florence Secretary Preview

Whenever I paint something where the inside is more involved and labor intensive than the outer finish, I tell myself I will never paint another one……..But then I do. This mahogany secretary falls into that category.  I’m still working on the inside. All the little nooks, crannies, tiny drawers and shelves that give it its charm, are still in process. At some point, hopefully soon, I will do a complete post about it, inside included.

But I’m so pleased with the outside finish. The first coat was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Old White. Over that I layered mixes of Florence and Old White followed by mixes of Old White and French Linen. Layering is the key to getting a finish that is complex and subtle. No one color stands out and there are no clear delineations between the layers or colors. Clear Wax to seal and a little Dark Wax for accent.

You can see other color combinations for secretaries and desks in my January post, French Secretary, and a post from July, Secretaire Extraordinaire  and also Old White and Pastels.

13 Comments

Elaine

I so much appreciate your emails detailing your chalk paint projects. But would it be possible to show pictures of steps 2 and 3, the different layering and blending. Thanks so much for the creative ideas. Really loved the look of the modern chairs, Elaine

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Elaine,
I get so many questions about layering that I’m about to film another group of tutorials. Hopefully up in November.
Thanks, Leslie xxoo

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Anne

Please, please, please do a tutorial on layering and blending colors! I so want to try this but I need guidance.

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Anne,
I’m about to film a new group of videos, on layering, dry brush, and wash techniques. They should be up on the blog sometime in November.

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Mitzi Wall

Leslie, your work is so incredibly beautiful, but I do not understand how you layer. I have looked at every utube video known to man and it does not give the look that you show on your secretaries. When you layer, are you sanding back after each layer or are you shading and highlighting? Thank you for your guidance,

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Mitzi
I am going to do a tutorial about layering but until then…I did no sanding on this, and rarely do so. My style is to just keep adding paint until I like how it looks. Studying paint patterns on antiques has helped, where the natural wear would be. The best way I can describe my technique, after a first solid coat of one color, is putting all the colors on a paper plate and rotating through them with one brush in all the areas. Sometimes its almost a dry brush, other times I might add a little water to make the colors translucent. Sometimes adding a little more paint makes al the difference between hating it and loving it.Just give it a try, you will be surprised how easy it is and watch for my tutorial in November.
Cheers,
Leslie

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Mitzi Wall

Hi Leslie, I have been anxiously awaiting the tutorial on layering. I was just checking to see when that may be available. Thank you,

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Dana Geraghty

Hello Leslie, I saw you did a part 1 of the tutorial but it only had the the first layer. I am IN LOVE with you Secretary Preview color and layering. I have a itty bitty secretary desk I’d love to have this color and effect on it! THANK YOU!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Ahrisha

Beautiful. You have such talent. As I was reading your reply above I am wondering if you move your brush back and forth or do you swirl it as you apply the paint? I have a large china cabinet that I want to repaint. I did it with AS Old White a few years ago but I am feeling that it needs a bit more personality ;>) Wish I looked like yours.

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Tamera Scofield

Absolutely LOVE your color choices and the looks you achieved !!! I have read all of the comments, regarding your techniques. Did you do a tutorial on the layering ? I would really like to learn from you. Thank you again, for sharing your projects and especially your talent with us ! Always, Tamera

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