Oct 17, 2014

Mixing a Custom Colour using Chalk Paint

I LOVE LOVE LOVE painting people's furniture for them.  Bringing an old piece back to life is awesome, especially when it's a sentimental piece... but 99% of the time, I'm painting the pieces either white or black.  Needless to say, it does get a tad boring every now and then...

Recently, I had a new customer bring me an old dresser she wanted done for her new baby girl's nursery... and she wanted it HOT PINK!!! Yea... a colour ;)  Annie Sloan doesn't make a hot pink, so I custom mixed a colour to acheive the look I was going for...

2 parts Old White to 1 part Emperor's Silk

The key to making a custom colour is lots of practice.  Grab a blank sheet of paper and start mixing, being sure to record your recipe along the way.


I had a hard time getting a good pic of the pink I mixed.  My house is dark and I don't get a lot of natural light, but you get the idea!!

Oct 10, 2014

Side Table Before & After

Another piece my neighbour brought over was this old, beat up side table.  I wanted to sand it down and stain it to match her beautiful sugar cane hall table but the top was just too stained.  So, I decided to give it a few coats of Annie Sloan French Linen, and aged it with the Annie Sloan dark wax.  I picked up the cute paris stencil from The Pained Bench in Hamilton.

This just goes to show that no piece of furniture should be tossed.  With just a bot of elbow grease, and it can look new and fabulous all over again!!

Oct 6, 2014

Mahogany Hall Table Before & After!

Recently, a friend of mine that lives just 2 doors down was moving, and rather than be burdened with moving her beat up and outdated furniture, she left it with me to refinish.... The best part, she says "Do whatever you want.  Work your magic!"... music to my ears.

The first piece I completed was this gorgeous sugar cane hall table.  I didn't want to change it too much, since it was a beauty on it's own, but it definitely needed some work.  You can see the table top was in rough shape.

I sanded the top down and gave it several coats of Minwax Jacobean stain (my favourite colour), and the bottom is finished with Annie Sloan Graphite.

Here's another "Before" pic of the roughed up top...

I'll post pics of the other projects I finished for my neighbour soon!!!