How to Shabby chic furniture – Enniskillen
In this case Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is used on a solid pine Bedroom Suite & distressed to great effect…
Across the Border…
For the first time, My Hand Painted Furniture was asked to complete a contract for a client across the border in Northern Ireland, technically my first International contract for Traditional Painter.
Via email correspondence the client & myself discussed & agreed all the details; price, colour & finish plus timescale & delivery. The internet has made it possible for businesses like mine to massively widen their service area. This month alone I will complete contracts for clients in Killybegs, Enniskillen & Maynooth, an area covering over 250km. This distance would have made the contracts unworkable in the past.
This is what the furniture looked like when it arrived in my workshop…
Shabby Chic Furniture
What the client asked for was a distressed look, off-white in colour. I recommended that we go with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint; distress it using a variety of methods & then use a matt varnish. The varnish would serve 2 purposes, first to discolor the paint adding to it’s aged look & second to protect the surface.
This is the process…
It’s not always necessary, because chalk paint is a highly versatile product & will adhere to the majority of surfaces without sanding or priming, but I like to clean the surface before applying the paint. I use a scouring pad for this, which keys the surface in the process.
Axus Decor Grey Pointed Precision brushes
I’ve been very impressed with the * Axus Decor Grey Pointed Precision brushes in chalk paint.
I used them to paint the mirror frames here and found them to be excellent for cutting in the small intricate moldings.
Once the 2 coats are fully dry, take a sanding pad, a solid one for flat areas & a soft one for moldings. Go softly at first until you judge how much paint is removed & start to rub off the paint back to bare timber in areas that would naturally wear over time.
Ronseal have a wide range of products, & not all of them do what it says on the tin. This one does. I’m a big fan of their Ultra Tough range. For this project I used the matt version, it also comes in Satin & Gloss.
It performed 2 functions when applied to this shabby chic furniture. First it gives the chalk paint a yellowed, aged look, just what I was after. Second it gives a much better protective coat than wax, the most common product for this application.
With all the fittings put back & the doors & drawers reassembled, I was very pleased with the results. I think the client will be as well…
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