I have been so blessed to inherit furniture from family, and my great grandmother’s dining set is one of my favorites…
But I confess that I was not a big fan of the colors she chose…
The cream was too warm for my taste, and the green wasn’t really me either. Plus, the finish had seen better days.
So when Annie Sloan Unfolded asked if I wanted to try their products, I decided it was time to paint this set. And I’m so glad I did. Oh, and can you guess what color I chose? Why gray, of course. 😉
To create this look, I used Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan in the colors Paris Grey and Old White, Clear Soft Wax, and Dark Soft Wax. I began with a coat of Paris Grey over the entire thing. The Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush was perfect for getting into the grooves of this piece.
I then applied a coat of clear wax over the entire piece. Next, I used the Annie Sloan Flat Brush to “whitewash” Old White over the Paris Grey. To create a wash, I dipped my brush in water first and then in the paint and painted the piece sections at a time. Immediately after painting, I took an old rag and dragged it across the Old White, creating a layered look.
Once happy with the look (you can rub it off in places with a wet rag if you get the white paint too heavy), I used the Annie Sloan Wax Brush to apply another coat of clear wax and then to accent the carvings with dark wax.
I also used dark wax along the edges and in the corners to give dimension to the door and drawer fronts.
I did not apply the Old White to the inside of the cabinet; I wanted a simpler backdrop for my dishes.
Although the piece didn’t end up with a smooth factory finish, it’s ok because I wanted an aged, layered, textured look.
And since I’m obsessed with gray (you can seem more of my gray projects here if you’re interested), this was the perfect makeover for me.
I’ve already had fun decorating it for Thanksgiving…
And for Christmas…
And I look forward to using it for years to come.
So what do you think? Did I ruin my family heirloom or manage to bring it gracefully into the 21st century?
Disclosure: I was given product by Annie Sloan Unfolded, but as always, opinions and obsessions with gray are 100% my own. To find your local Chalk Paint® Stockist, you can use their Stockist Locator…
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