A few weeks ago. . . before I even knew I would have this brand new blog. . . I wrote about my love for painting furniture at Ellinée.com. I am going to share this post again, here on my new blog, as this is a subject dear to my heart. After recently discovering the incredible look of chalk painted furniture, and the simple process of creating it, I can’t wait to share this tidbit far and wide!
Painting furniture is a quick and easy way to make a “needs a little love” piece look fabulous. My friends who spend time at my loft (photos above) know that I have a thing for painted furniture. This “thing” happened a few years ago when I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I was shopping for two small tables at an antique store when I asked the shop owner her opinion on painting old pieces. She immediately directed me to Purple Pear, a local and online shop that sells British based Annie Sloan paint and wax. For those of you who have not seen chalk painted furniture pieces, I will have to tell you that there is something very European looking about it, similar to milk paint. The chalk paint is often distressed to give it a vintage feel, then finished by rubbing a soft wax over the painted surface. Not only does the wax finish look luxurious and velvety, but it is so simple to do, wears very well and you can paint over it any time you like. An extra perk is that this paint is low VOC and is manufactured in both Europe and US. My home now showcases 9 Annie Sloan chalk painted furniture pieces, each picked up at a flea market, second hand or antique store and every one needing some love. The above images are samples of those pieces, the photo of the nesting tables being that first antique shop find.
As you can see, go-to colors are the Old White and Graphite, which has a blue undertone. I even used the white chalk paint to cover the resin horse after I repaired his missing ears. I do have a can of Antibes Green and Provence teal that are waiting for the right project which I will share with you. For this tutorial below, I am going to repaint this little rattan and wood chair. I am using the Old White Chalk Paint, Clear Soft Wax, sand paper, a paint brush and an old rag. Get inspired then go give some love to your furniture! ~ Lia