I met Greg and his wife, Christine when I first opened my Purple Pear location here on Glisan Street. These are very talented people who have immense creativity. Christine makes beautiful historically accurate dolls and Greg is not only a writer but someone who loves to paint and age furniture. Greg was drawn to my store because of the Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. He experiments with lots of colors, and I had already sold one of his beautiful pieces some time ago. Recently Greg told be about another piece he had painted and brought it in to show me.
Greg was attracted to the cabinet because of its classic lines, its two-door front opening and its ample trim and embellishments. At one time it had been used to house a DVD player with a television set sitting on the top. It had also been painted bright green and later been given a “shabby” overcoat of white latex paint. Greg was clearly inspired one morning when he woke up and decided to use the color combination Antoinette and Arles.
Greg began painting it in rough splotches because he was trying to find the correct balance of the two colors. He then repainted the fine trim with Annie’s Old White because he wanted to finish the piece with the wax and knew that the Chalk Paint® was a better paint with the wax than the latex. He also felt the Old White was a much better shade of white than was the original latex white.
A signature of Greg’s style is to rework this type of furniture in order to intensely age it. He wants his pieces to look like they have been sitting in a drafty French chateau for about two hundred years. He feels this can best be achieved with the use of Annie’s special soft waxes.
After the base coat of the paint was dry, Greg covered the piece with a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax. Next, he applied Annie Sloan Dark Wax over much of the piece with heavier layers where the aging would be most prominenet – around the legs and the lower areas of the cabinet, as well as in the corners and crevices where grunge normally accumulates.
Immediately Greg went over the dark wax with more of the clear wax. He considers this the most important step in the aging. He applies enough of the clear wax to saturate the dark wax and then uses a clean cloth to remove and manipulate dark wax to achieve the aged appearance.
Greg also used Artisan Enhancements Crackle Tex® to further distress the top of the cabinet. He did this by applying a base coat of Old White, then a coat of Crackle Tex, and then another coat of Old White – letting each coat dry in between – and then using the wax technique so the dark wax would highlight the surface cracks.
This piece can be seen at my store, The Purple Pear. Come take a look at Greg’s great piece and see if you would like to buy this and place it in a special spot in your home!