Just as I was beginning to whine about no free time, I found myself with a free weekend. No soccer games this weekend to attend as all the fields closed due to in-climate weather. Which meant out to the doll room I went for some much needed ME time. I knew instantly that I wanted to focus on repainting this piece of furniture that I’ve had laying around in a box since the day I received it from Ebay store Small World Minis (Kenneth Haseltine).
The original finish on this piece is just lovely. However, I much prefer painted furniture. I’ve had a jar of some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint laying around for literally two years. I’m strange like that. I buy stuff never knowing what I’m actually going to do with it, and then one day, I drag it out and use it. So was the case for this paint. I have noticed that in every antique store in the area, furniture is painted head to toe in chalk paint. I love that chalk painted effect. It seems warmer to me than varnished wood. I like the matte chalky finish. Naturally I was drawn to a lovely shade of blue called “Provence”. I am hopelessly predictable as well in that I had to add a shiny gold as the accent.
Here is the result of my efforts, quickly set in a make shift vignette:
What I did:
-Use a sponge brush to paint a base coat. I did not sand this piece prior to painting.
-Once it dried, I painted two to three more coats, alternating between the sponge and the brush as needed.
-I painted the accents in gold with a smaller brush and used three coats for that as well. I used a generic acrylic gold paint.
The chalk paint is SUPER easy to work with. It is thick. Dries quickly. Cleans up easily with soap and water.
Part of what makes collecting so special for me is customizing furniture and accessories. Having a one of a kind piece of customized furniture is a treasure within my collection. The furniture is fun to highlight in the vignettes throughout my doll room. Looking forward to finding just the right place for this new treasure!
Edited to add: I notice that in the closeup photo the camera detected brush lines in the paint. These lines are not noticeable in real life. Tricky! The finish is quite smooth in real life.