Good morning on this lovely day!!
Today I am sharing with you a project that I completed just under a year ago (slack I know) !!!
I picked up the wonderful piece pictured below one gorgeous and slightly freezing morning wondering through the Daylesford Sunday Market with my hubby. It was literally 5 minutes after we arrived that I spotted this little beauty sitting under a tree with various odds and ends for sale by the stall holder. I almost walked past thinking it would be out of my price range but plucked up the courage to ask and BAM!!! It was mine for an absolute steal 😀
I couldn’t wait to get this piece home and show it off to my family!! It was in awesome condition apart from one troublesome leg that was loose and had a dodgy repair job. But that was no trouble for my hubby to fix.
I knew that I wanted to make this piece look aged and authentic and of course very french …. So I grabbed out my Annie Sloan paints, threw down and drop cloth and got to work.
For this piece I chose to go with Country Grey and Paris grey. I painted the whole piece in a base coat of old white. Then I poured some Country Grey, Paris Grey and Old white out onto my paint tray and began to paint. I chose to stipple the paint with a shaggy brush and dob it on and work at it to get an aged and textured effect. I layered the colours making sure the country grey was the predominant colour. Then I brushed over the carved detailing with Paris grey as a highlight.
I let the piece dry and then got to sanding it lightly to even out the patina and lightly distress certain areas!!
Then I got to the fun part, ageing the piece with clear and dark wax. I waxed the whole piece in clear first then rubbed in the dark wax making sure to press it into the textured areas. After I let it cure for 15 mins I buffed it up to a lovely soft sheen and she was done!!
Here it is out in natural light …. Didn’t it turn out just awesome??
This piece was snapped up and my stall at the Buninyong Good Life Festival by wonderful client and friend (hi Lisa) and it is now looking wonderful in her lovely home.
I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂