Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Playing with Paint: a tutorial for time-worn style

My daughter spend this past weekend with my parents which meant I had a little time to play around with my new Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

My first project was this easy sign redo.

This time I used it on a piece of furniture.  My dad gave me an old piano bench he had gotten at an auction several years ago.  I didn't take a before picture because I was just so sure that there was one of it already on the computer...well, there wasn't.  But it was your basic dark stained oak piano bench.

I broke out my Old White and Louis Blue Chalk Paint and decided to just play.  No rules, just experiments.  I'm now in love with this bench!  I had originally thought I was making it over to put in my new Antique Store Booth but now I'm too in love to part with it.

Look at her in all her time-worn style glory.

Here is how I got the look.  I'm sure it's not the "right" way but it's what I did.  It was easy and fun.

1.)  First I painted the whole thing in a sloppy coat of Old White and let dry.

2.)  Then I painted the whole thing in a sloppy coat of Louis Blue and let  dry.

3.)  Next I LIGHTLY sanded down the bench in spots so the Old White showed through in spots.

4.)  I don't yet have the Annie Sloan Wax so I used the Dark Brown Briwax I had on hand.  I brushed on a very thin coat {trying to paint in long smooth strokes} all over.  I did not wipe off the excess.

Instead I let the bench set outside and bake in the sun for about 4 hours.

5.)  Then I wiped off what little I could and just about had a panic attack thinking that I ruined the whole bench.  I just needed patience.  I sanded down the whole bench LIGHTLY with a medium grit sanding block...sanding more in some spots and less in others.

That's it.  Painting really doesn't take long because this paint goes on so smooth and covers so well.

before:  source


Again, If your thinking of trying out Annie Sloan Chalk Paint you need to head over to Di Lucca Designs.  Michelle is so sweet and will answer any questions you have.

Have a wonderful weekend and go play with some paint!

~Aaron {the girl with the boy's name}
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  1. Thanks so much for posting how you painted this great little bench. I almost had a panic attack too when I put the dark brown wax on my Old White dresser...I had mixed it about half and half with clear wax but it was still too dark. It has taken some work to "knock it down". I am following you and looking forward to more tutorials.

  2. Sooooooo dreamy! Love it and it looks so perfect with the grain sack pillows. So jealous!


  3. SO SO Pretty! Thanks for the tips :)

  4. This is an amazing transformation! Do you find yourself just staring lovingly at her for hours on end?? Chalk paint rocks. :)
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor

  5. Very nice!

    Would love to have you stop by and share at my Chalk Paint Link party


  6. Looks great! I had never even heard of chalk paint until today & now I MUST get some! I have a piano bench to shabby up soon.

  7. Looks great, you did a wonderful transformation. Thanks for dropping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  8. Beautifully done! So old and vintagey looking! Great job, Aaron! :)

    xoxo laurie

  9. Oh my, it's gorgeous. I would have panicked too. You did a wonderful job and those throw pillows are perfect with it. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  10. Beautiful transformation! Love what you've done with the bench! Visiting from WUW!!

  11. Nice finish! Experiments can bring about the best results. I love playing with finishes, and hardly ever play by the rules.

  12. This is great! Thanks for the info!
    I'm a follower of your blog now - everything looks great!

  13. I love the look of your bench, you did a great job. You betcha I will be playing with some paint this weekend, wish me luck.
    XXX Ido.

  14. Looks great. I've got to get on the chalk paint wagon. Everyone is sold on it!


  15. Love it!! The color is just perfect! Since you are an Annie Sloan fan be sure to stop by!

  16. Ooooh, this turned out so pretty! One day I will have the money to try Annie Sloan:)!

  17. So pretty. I love the time worn look. I need to just experiment more often.

  18. Wow - it certainly was 'right'. Great indeed. Thanks for sharing at Show and Tell Friday.

  19. Really wonderful! And I love your pillows on top, thanks for linking up with VIF! xo Debra

  20. This looks amazing!!! I love it. Thank you for letting us know how you did it. I can't wait to try it on something.

    Have a great weekend.

    God Bless,

  21. Looks great! I love all the pillows too. Nice work.

  22. Augh! Such a great job! I love this paint, I definitely want to try it. The "worn" look is so perfect. Great job!

  23. Wow...love how this turned out - great technique!

  24. Looks awesome! I think you've just inspired me to paint my piano bench!!!

  25. great looking bench wonderful how it turned out

  26. She is so pretty with the new paint and the pillows!

    Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Overstock.com Gift Card Giveaway!! If there are 500 entries, they will increase the Gift Card to $100.

  27. I am about to tackle an armoire using the chalk paint for the first time. I am reading everything out there about how to do it. Thanks for the tips.

  28. What a sweet little bench! You did a great job! I really appreciate the tips, too!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  29. LOVE this and your technique! That's why I love the chalk paint and waxes -- there really doesn't seem to be a wrong way to use them (except I DO recommend applying the clear wax and THEN the dark wax if you're using Annie Sloan's waxes as you'll never get the dark wax off at all if you don't do it this way.) My jaw dropped when I saw you mention Michelle -- she lives a few blocks from me so I get my supplies from her with no postage, etc. She is so sweet and she also just got back from A.S. training in CA so I can't wait to see what all she learned!

  30. Just beautiful... unfortunately we don`t have this paint over here in germany... :-(


  31. That is such a pretty color combination. I don't think I could take that to the booth either!

  32. Hi Aaron! I am a fellow St. Louis (well northern Jeff County) blogger and a new follower! Love what you did on this bench! It looks great.

    I have a decorating blog but haven't been able to keep up much with it this year. Trying to get back into the swing of it again. I do a lot of furniture makeovers and decorating on a budget.

    I made some of my own chalk paint and was pretty happy with the way it turned out. I like how easy it is to make it look like it has naturally distressed!

    I will stop by more often! Take care!