After seeing Providence Ltd's Mona Thompson's beautiful sideboard in her DR and then from the pages of Suzanne Kasler's book
I found the courage to do some antiquing of my own. Of course Mr. MD couldn't believe I would paint it!
I chose to use chalk paint as my base.
I have never painted with this type of paint which I have since found out that chalk paint is actually equal parts of latex paint and plaster of paris. Next time I will mix my own as the marketed brand is pretty spendy.
I had no clue how to put the stuff on...heavy, light? So I went light and there were brush strokes which I was not too keen on. I used a mix of antique gold and metallic gold to embellish a bit.
The top...hmmmm, not sure. This is after a wash of 'raw umber', again not sure of what I am doing. Use a brush a rag? I didn't want a ragged effect, so I used a spongy brush.
Drawers didn't look too bad and really OK with the wash. Details are hard to tell with my ipad camera.
I wanted to wax the sideboard and did some investigating about this wax. Do you see how the can says CLEAR?
Uhhh, that doesn't look clear to me, but I thought maybe it dries clear.
I tested on the smaller drawers...nope not gonna do. So I went online and did some more investigating and found that 2 coats of the base is best - I did one.
Soooo, back to the drawing board. I started over. Gave everything a good second coat. Today I will 'embellish' and 'wash', wish me luck. I hate anything that looks 'homemade'!! That derned perfectionism, killer.
The great thing about the chalk paint is it will go right over varnish so no need to sand, strip or cuss!
More investigating on the right kind of wax and how to apply, think I have found the right kind.
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