A super easy and quick paint project was this great little shelf I found at a thrift store. A quick wash of chalk paint in Annie Sloan Old Ochre gave it some style. A wash really maintains the look of the wood underneath while making the detail pop.
This video was made a few weeks ago. It’s on my YouTube channel and shows how to add a wash of chalk paint over an existing coat. The same technique was used on the shelf above, except that the wash was added directly onto the raw wood. I then took a rag and wiped it off to create the look above.
Quick update! All of the vintage dining room chairs have had three coats of General Finishes Antique White applied and I’m down to the last two chairs. I now need to lightly sand any places that need it, add the gold gilding wax to the detail and seal with Flat Out Flat topcoat. I am far from done but am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel – whew!
Baxter is modeling what has been going on around here – staying warm surrounded by white dining room chairs 🙂
Nancy F Lambert
Nice, I love it
Hi Suzanne, I feel bad for you having to paint all of those chairs!
I’m curious, do you enjoy doing custom work for your clients or would you prefer to paint a piece how you want and just let someone purchase it from you? Is the bulk of your business custom work? Do most of your clients give you the freedom to make the decisions about color and finishes?
Lots of questions! Love your blog!
Hi Sian – don’t feel bad! I actually am enjoying it and have lined the chairs up and it gives me pleasure to see them all together looking pretty! It is funny how my business has evolved. I began by only doing my own work and selling at a shop, online and the outdoor Lucketts market. Then I quit the shop and Lucketts. Now, I am doing more and more custom work via referral and my blog. So yes, now the bulk is custom work. I find it pushes me because and client has a vision and I need to recreate it. This means learning new skills and doing things that are a little “out of the box” for myself. I do still love to go to town on a piece and have fun! But, I must say that the custom work is really rewarding!