I have asked Gregory LeFever, a friend and favorite customer of The Purple Pear to share the details of his most recent Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan makeover project with us. Greg is a very gifted writer and editor and also loves to work with his hands to create beautiful pieces with Chalk Paint®, so he couldn’t be better suited to write this guest post for us!
Greg shares his talents on his blog, Le Finials and has just opened a new Etsy shop where he is selling his exquisite hand crafted finials! We have been fortunate enough to have a few of these unique pieces at The Purple Pear. Greg has a gift for choosing the most inspiring color combinations and with great attention to detail, he ages these pieces to historic perfection.
Now, I will let Greg share in his words the details of his latest furniture makeover project, this delightful little radio cabinet. Thank you, Greg!
Refurbishing a Radio Cabinet
I found the old radio cabinet in a local antiques mall and was immediately attracted to its French lines, with cabriole legs and trim pieces. Someone had already “countrified” it by painting it stark white and sanding the edges. The little cabinet just shouted potential.
Using Annie Sloan Old White, I repainted the entire piece with chalk paint, toning down the original white to an eggshell shade. Then I selected the panels for painting with Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue, which is a color of chalk paint Phyllis at The Purple Pear had steered me toward. In my only departure from Annie Sloan paints, I lightly painted the two trim embellishments with regular gold acrylic paint I had in the workshop.
The result of the Old White and Duck Egg Blue was a great improvement over the original white. Next came the trickiest step, but also the one with the greatest potential reward – the waxing.
First I rubbed on a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax, working it well into the chalk paint and creating a richer tone of both the white and blue. Then – very, very delicately – I rubbed on some Annie Sloan Dark Wax, wiping most of it off immediately after applying it. I knew I wanted the cabinet to have an aged effect, but I wanted it to be aged realistically. Applying the dark wax cautiously enabled me to achieve the effect I was seeking. In places where the dark wax seemed too heavy, I immediately rubbed it away by using a cloth with clear wax until I got the effect I wanted.
Further distressing the piece with sandpaper and a small chisel also required caution and delicacy. For years I’ve studied how furniture actually ages, so I removed small amounts of paint only in those spots that realistically would receive high amounts of contact. Aging a piece like this one is definitely a case of “less is more.” A tiny bit of paint chipped away or rubbed with sandpaper goes a long way toward adding visual age to furniture.
Phyllis at The Purple Pear has been a real inspiration in my furniture art. She initially steered me toward the Annie Sloan chalk paints and waxes, and showed me Annie’s wonderful books on technique. Phyllis herself is a master of using the chalk paints and waxes, and the furniture she’s refurbished has tremendous appeal.
Many thanks to Greg for taking the time to share his beautiful Radio Cabient Project with us! Please take a moment to visit Greg’s Etsy Shop to see more of his wonderful creations!
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