Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fancy and Rustic finish Chalk Paint® project

 Its official~I really do love Chalk Paint®. 
The more I use it, the more things I seem to be able to 
do with it, and it turns me on!! 
This french desk is the perfect example~
Here is the photo my picker sent me~I loved it!
(not the wooden knobs though of course)
 Colin painted it in two coats of Old Ochre Chalk Paint~
Then I painted the drawers in Versailles.
Old Ochre is a great color, like a bone white. 
 Then Colin crackled the top surface~
we teach you the correct way to do this in our Intro classes.
He kept the mood light (as is his custom and style)
 Then I did a wash of Versailles across the top of the desk.
 At this stage it looked like this~
We wanted a rustic yet fancy finish~so the crackled is the rustic part
as is the Dark wax which is next. 
We planned to add a wash of Versailles in the leg detail area too.
Colin added a coat of dark wax on top of the desk top
 over the clear wax to bring out the crackled details.
 Brush it on and around and then rub it off...done.
 Now for the last step~!!!
 I applied King Gold Gilding Wax along the edges for a luxe look.
 Boy, does it deliver!!
We hit the edges of the hardware too.
 This desk is so elegant now...I just have to get some
 hardware for the center draw and it will be finished.
So that's the latest on this project~
I actually have two others that I am holding the lid on
 and will share later as we have our pants on fire running into
 Boston and getting the store all set up!
Its SUPER exciting and NERVE wracking! 
I plan to have a big margarita tonight!! 
Have a great weekend everybody!


  1. With all the hard work you've been doing, you deserve a margarita! Enjoy your weekend!

    I really love that French desk. Oo la la!!!

  2. I cannot believe how much you are turning out there on a daily basis, and its all so STUNNING! I too love love love the Gustavian look.......I really need to get up there to see you!

  3. Both pieces look great, Amy. Beautiful!!!! xo Diana

  4. I love the colors and shape of that desk. I have a bunch of vintage clear glass pulls that would be perfect! Fun to see the actual work going into the paint jobs. Thanks for sharing and enjoy that margarita!!

  5. Love that sofa table! Love what the milk paint did on it. You sure figured out a way to get lots of family time in while working...didn't you?

  6. Success is doing what you love. You do that with passion and the blessing of working with the people you love! Lucky Girl! You are my inspiration! Wishing you luck and lots of fun with your new store...I cant wait to visit!

  7. Both pieces look so great. Thanks for taking us step-by-step through the process.

  8. Both pieces of furniture turned out so nice! My sister tried the milkpaint recently too and said it peels off easily. I do like that idea of "self distressing". It's nice to be able to offer different types of paints to your customers like that.

  9. Wow that Milk Paint looks really interesting! Enjoy your adult beverage ;) I think you've earned it.

  10. Love both pieces. Love how you did the crackle and then the wash and the dark wax. Lovely effect. I also really love the milk paint table. Love that chippy effect. I'm looking forward to trying some. So fun! Hope you're enjoying a huge margarita as I type this :)

  11. That milk paint looked really interesting. Love the Ironstone white color. I wasn't that interested in the milk paint til I saw your project. The self distressing is very cool!

  12. Just love the desk, Amy! It turned out beautifully!

    I have a post going up tonight and give you a shout out in it. : )

  13. Love both looks, Amy. Looking forward to seeing the rest.

  14. great pieces, both! love seeing your young men at work with you! yay....the milk paint arrived. looks fab.

  15. Such different looks, and I love both! I think I might start freaking out a little when the milk paint starts chipping, though I love the finished look. :)

  16. Love the tables...they both have such great finishes...Watch out Amy...Annie Sloan may be recruiting your "painting experts"...they certainly are doing a great they had a wonderful teacher!!
    I cannot wait to try the milk paint!

  17. Amy,
    What a beautiful transformation on that french desk!LOVE that color too! That table looks great with milk paint.I LOVE working with that!

  18. Amy - Patty from Classic Wall Finishes NJ sent me over to your blog. I am a new Retail Partner for Chalk Paint™ and have really enjoyed reading about your experience with the TTT and meeting Annie Sloan. I am so excited to start carrying this product in my store and reading your blog as got me even more so! Thanks for all the great info! ~ Angela from Phantastic Phinds in PA.

  19. Amy you are an expert at getting the finest detail perfectly distressed. I love both pieces of furniture, I can imagine that large table being a focal point for a beautiful white dining room its beautiful. I see you are training the boys up, you are very lucky to have the interest of your son on board. Its been a while I hope you are keeping well. Tracy

  20. That looks wonderful!! I can't wait to try Ironstone myself. I wonder if I would be able to whitewashed brick?

  21. Absolutely love them both Amy! Love them! I am going to have to get and try some Mustard Seed!

    Lou Cinda

  22. The milk paint is very interesting in how it self distresses, I will have to try it! They both came out great!


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