Painting Trends 2012 have resurrected chalk paints. Enthusiastically embraced for their pastel aura and careless yet structured appeal of French Bohemian Style, what’s classic has become new, once again.
No where in 2012 painting trends is the move toward a chalk paint look more evident than in the contribution of the un-decorate movement to up-cycle and recycle that which we used to burden our next generation with, by dedicating to land fills that freckle the US.
If you love re-doing as much as I do, you will love Annie Sloan’s chalk paints. You can click the link (above) to order and the savings in prep time will make it worth the extra effort – we discussed viscosity on the main page, and this paint is a chemist’s dream.
Just a bit of credit to the chemist / artists / repentant / designer – Annie Sloan is a mainstay in the UK’s trend toward the up-cycled painted furniture trend, standing beside names better known on this side of the Atlantic, like Debbie Travers, Martha Stewart and the forerunner to all painted furniture Divas, Isabelle O’neil. Sloan had been painting for over 40 years as well as writing numerous books on the subject prior to creating Chalk Paint specifically, designed for furniture. Her alchemistic contribution is born of a knowledge of paint, pigments and art history.
In 1987 she wrote the phenomenally successful book ‘The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques‘ which was followed by over 20 other books on traditional paints, colors and techniques, resulting in total sales of well over 2 million books worldwide and in eleven languages. This led het to write ‘Creating the French Look’ which I love, and her latest instructional bible – ‘Quick & Easy Paint Transformations‘.
It was the creation of that Bohemian French look that I recognized straight away when I saw this DIY trash-to-treasure transformation on the Ruby Jean Blog. Ruby Jean did such a nice job at not only the paint, but incorporating the ancient technique of wax application that I thought I would just re-blog her article and in her own words for your edification….
Painting Trend 2012 – A FREE French Desk and Annie Sloan Paint & Wax
Here is the Desk before.
This is not how the Desk looked when we first got it several years back. It was in TERRIBLE condition when we received this Desk for FREE!!!! Yes, FREE!!!!
So I was not to picky about the condition. We had an exchange student from Taiwan just arrive and she would be staying with us for the School Year of 2003. Her bedroom was left only with a Bed, Dresser and Night Stand. We wanted her to feel at home so left her a blank slate to decorate as she so desired. Well wouldn’t you know it…?? This young girl was a girl after my own heart… She LOVED all things Vintage. Her favorite color was Red. So we painted her walls a soft creamy taupe and filled it with Red accents, so when a neighbor asked if I was interested in this desk I SERIOUSLY asked, “Are you Kidding, I would LOVE it”. It took us TWO weeks to strip it and sand it down to the original wood. At that time I had always wanted to work with GLAZE , so figured this was a good time to do just that. So I did Layer upon Layer of Glaze until I achieved the look you see. I then accented the Trim with RED!! For our Sweet Little… Miss Taiwan!!
She LOVED it and enjoyed writing her letters and doing her homework on it.
When I got the desk it only came with 3 pieces of the original hardware. I still have yet to find the other 4 that I need.
.We hauled this desk to this house when we moved here. Never using it in this house, leaving it only to have a lonely life in our Garage… But the moment I started on my new Sewing Room, I knew that this would be the perfect piece to finish the room off with. The only thing was, could I do it. I LITERALLY sat and stared at this desk for a Good 10 minutes. It held such wonderful and fond memories. All the hard work that Little Miss Taiwan and I put into it. So holding my Breathe I dipped my paint brush into my Annie Sloan Paint and took a Swipe at the desk with eyes closed. I was doing it… But only with half of my heart. What am I doing I thought…. I almost stopped and thought I could still salvage it and keep it as is… But then REASON set in.. It has been sitting in the Garage for years and it’s ready for a Fresh and Brand New beginning… So I kept painting and didn’t look back and actually the more I began to cover it the Happier I became about my decision. Because of my Deep emotional state… LOL!!! I forgot to get pictures of the progression. Probably because I was almost on the brink of tears when I started out.
So I do not consider myself an Expert by any stretch of the imagination.
So any or all of you Annie Sloan experts, will probably CRINGE when you see what I ended up doing… But then again maybe it has already been done and I just think I am working outside the Annie Sloan Box.
On the Desk I wanted a nice CREAMY tone to it. So I decided to make a Mix. Using a Baby spoon/fork I took a heaping spoon full of the Clear Wax and plopped that into a bowl.
And using just a SMALL amount of the dark wax
I blended the two together. The dark wax really goes along way.
I made sure that all the Dark Wax was mixed in well.
Using a Sponge I dipped it into my wax… I know I am probably breaking all the RULES here.
Only grabbing very little of the Wax.
I began applying it to the desk, working in small sections and using circular motions.
Though I probably BROKE all the Rules. I am so VERY happy with the way it turned out. I wanted a nice CREAMY texture and feel to the desk and I think, I got just that!!!
Now the chair has a different story.
By the time Little Miss Taiwan and I finished the desk, we were to wiped out to even begin working on the chair. We said that we would get to it later, but as you can see we NEVER did. Years later it finally had a Purpose and Reason to be paid attention to.
I was going to TACKLE this chair myself… Painting and Reupholstering it. That was until I found myself NECK deep in other projects. So I SMARTLY decided to send her away to get her new Seat done by a professional.
But first she was going to need to get a paint job. And that was something I could do …
Her hardware wasn’t put on yet!!!
More Painting Trends 2012 and Furniture painting to come….get busy and put those up-cycling hats on!