Annie Sloan Proucts

A Lazy Saturday Morning and Some Furniture Sleuthing

Good morning!! I can say this because I am currently sitting up in front of my laptop in my dressing gown with a steaming cup of hot tea and some shortbread, the sun is out and I have actually found some time to get typing 🙂

As per usual life has been very busy but I do have some great finds and pieces to share. I am actually very excited as I am about to embark on a bit of a furniture hunting adventure!! But before we get to that I just wanted to share some of my creative achievements over the last few weeks. A few weeks ago a good friend of mine came over for coffee and a browse of some of my completed furniture pieces. She had been looking at updating her bedroom furniture but couldn’t find anything that she liked and was a bit reluctant to let go of her current furniture as she has had for 18 years!! So we decided that she was going to bring her current furniture to me and I was going to give it a French makeover. Yikes, painting someone’s sentimentally valued furniture is a tad scary to say the least!! But once the pieces were delivered I could see that they were in desperate need of a makeover (the previous paint job was pretty bad haha :P)..

Here are some pictures of the furniture the day it arrived, I should have gotten some better before pictures but you will get the drift… I turned my back for one minute and the cats decided to claim the furniture as their own!

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Once I got over the fear of painting these pieces, I actually really enjoyed it. The look that we decided on was to be a layered and textured paint effect with a wash over it and then aged with dark wax.

This style of painting is really fun, it does take up quite a bit of paint and uses a lot of colours. For this set we used Annie Sloan French Linen, Old White, Country Grey and Paris Grey. The finished pieces looked soooooo good that I didn’t really want to give them back, I LURVE this style of paint technique, I think the aged finish is just soooo beautiful it really does grab attention and the colour combination is perfect. Here are the finished pieces, handles and all 🙂

Aged French Bedside Table Chalk Paint   aged french style chest of drawers chalk paint   aged French style bedroom furniture chalk paint

And here are some close ups

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I really love how they turned out and my good friend loved them to so that’s great!!  I have some more custom furniture makeovers coming up so I will post them once they are done, however in between I have also been painting some of my stock of furniture, currently I am working on a Queen Anne Dressing Table with Batwing mirrors and a matching chair, this piece is very parisienne inspired with French typography on the top, I cant wait to finish this piece!

Here is a sneak peak at the top 🙂

dressing table

Today I am heading off on a 4 day furniture hunting adventure, I am VERY exited to say the least and I cant wait to share what I find. Hopefully I come back with a van full of goodies 🙂 as I am determined to get painting when I get back as pieces are literally walking out the door and I need stock for my stall in October!!

I hope you all are having a great Saturday morning and stay tuned for updates on my Facebook page over the next few days!!! https://www.facebook.com/RusticBoutique

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