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Monday, June 25, 2012

Americana Collection Preview

We've been playing in the paint again...
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) to be exact!

 We typically turn to milk paint
when we want a very old, distressed finish

I wanted to demonstrate how well 
ASCP is suited to this look, as well

Although Annie's colors are inspired
by Europe and beyond,
they work equally well
on farmhouse pieces such as this

We had to do some moderate repairs on this piece
before painting it in a custom blended color

My husband and partner in crime, Kenny, 
is busy working on the studio, 
so I've been doing ALL the painting...

as you know, I'm partial to turquoise 
or any blue/green, for that matter..

So this piece started out painted entirely
 in the blue green you see peeking out

Kenny pointed out that I've been painting 
some variation on this color lately..
and suggested I repaint it

OK, so maybe he had a point...
I decided to work with the base color
and cover it in Old White

I applied the Old White quite thick
and let it dry in the sun

The paint crackles on it's own..
it's not as predictable as when I use
the Craqueleur, but in this case
I wanted rustic and random

I did a fair amount of distressing
using a variety of mediums
to achieve the finish I wanted

We do all our distressing by hand
as swirl marks from a mechanical sander
aren't the look we hope to achieve!

We prefer something a bit more organic
that COULD have happened naturally, over time

The hardware is original
and I left it untouched

I'm thrilled with the outcome
Every aspect works together
to create an eclectic yet classic
piece of furniture

You can find this item in our ETSY shop


  1. just fabulous, You are so talented. I have a lot to learn. thanks as always for the inspiration.

  2. I am a Chalk Paint™ decorative paint Stockist and work with Annie's paints everyday....They still continue to amaze me. The looks you can achieve can be so varied...I love it!!!

    Beautiful piece..well done.

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

    1. Hi Janet! The products are so enjoyable to use, aren't they? We LOVE them!

  3. I've done gobs of pieces with ASCP and have never had it crackle. What gives?

  4. Thanks for sharing that amazing piece of furniture that you painted! I saw it over at "Miss Mustard Seed's" blog party.

  5. I love the layered colour effect! great job!

  6. Love the flashes of dark blue. You did a terrific job on this piece.

    1. thanks so much, it was a fun project to work on!

  7. What a lovely piece made even more beautiful with you paint technique! What a lovely job. She is a charmer!
    I would be delighted for you to link to Potpourri Friday, in progress!