Sometime ago I decided my incredibly beige den needed an infusion of color. Tan walls, (Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore to be exact), brown leather furniture, a brick fireplace wall and wood floors. I almost put myself to sleep just typing that! I really didn’t want to repaint the walls, I just bought the couch in January, and the brick is staying! So, first I added blues in the pillows, then an afghan, then I found some cute chevron stripe drapes. Then I fell in love with a fun ikat fabric and upholstered this chair.
Everything was starting to look fresh and dare I say it, my room was getting trendy! Except for that eyesore in the corner there, see it? Here is a closer look-
It used to be a full hight armoire, but Mr.Fixit cut it down to better accommodate a flat screen. All those antennae, boxes and speakers, I have to live with them, because I love my husband, but I don’t want to live with the dry stained oak any more. What to do, but paint!
Ever feel like your late to the party? Well that’s kind of how I feel about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This paint has been around awhile and people LOVE it! Heck, I love it, I’ve even recommended it, but I’ve only used it once, on a small table base. The beauty of this paint is that you can layer the colors and distress it with very little effort. You don’t even have to sand or prime before you start. Try searching ASCP on Pinterest, I just drool, all over the keyboard, every time! The can even says this paint is for GIRLS, I just love it. This was my opportunity to join the painting party!
So I cracked open a can of Country Grey, it just sounds great right?
Now this is a cell phone pic, but even with my good camera, people, it was B.A.D! Now what? I jumped in the car and raced over to my local paint supplier, Budget ReDesign. I went for Old White, and ended up buying Louis Blue too! My plan was to dry brush a little blue in the crevices, then white wash, well somehow I ended up dry brushing the whole thing blue!
At this point my husband came home and I told him at least a dozen times not to ‘freak’ out, I was talking to ME! Why is this going so wrong!! The next morning I started the white wash.
Maybe for a baby nursery, or even a Calabash seafood hut, but this was not the look I was going for! I think maybe I don’t know what look I’m going for anymore! Next I phoned a friend, and texted photos. Not just ANY friend, my friend Kris, who has THE BEST taste of all the fabulous ladies I know. She agreed it was bad, and maybe I should try the dark wax. This paint is very flat and porous so it has to be sealed with wax. Mrs. Sloan makes a clear wax and a dark wax. The clear you use when you are happy with the color, the dark adds an aged, almost dirty look. I had the clear, and after another trip to Budget ReDesign I now have the dark wax. This wax is very scary! It goes on REALLY dark, I did lots of wiping and buffing and now it looks like this-
Close up it’s not bad, but on the whole piece, it’s just not quite right?
My crazy dog kept creeping into my shots 🙂
I cleaned up my mess and decided to take a break, and live with it awhile before I add any more layers. I left the top stained, should I paint it? Should I start over? Should I add a darker blue? Should I paint it a high gloss white? Black? Should I buy a new piece of furniture?
What do you think??
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