5.02.2012

Ode to a Secretary // Duck Egg Blue

I have been so busy working on projects that I sometimes (well, most times) forget to take any pictures at all. I know it has been 6 months that I have been using the amazing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® line. But I am still blown away by how quick and easy it is to transform projects. I can paint inside with out the room smelling, (that is such a huge deal here in Arizona where the temperatures are already in the high 90's to 100's in April! Yuck!)


Here she is all dressed up!

This piece didn't have any personality, and immediately when I saw it I thought "you should be Duck Egg  with some dark wax" yes, I know what you are thinking. I do occasionally talk to my pieces. I think if you listen real hard they will talk to you as well! Well, since this piece was crying out for a European sophistication I went to my beloved Duck Egg and realized I didn't have enough to complete this piece, (sigh). My next choice was to use Provence and tone her down with a mixture of dark wax mixed with mineral spirits. I love this technique and to me is fool proof when applying dark wax. Here is a color card swatch of Provence so you can see what I started with... This is from an amazing blog ciruelo interiors who also uses Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

This is without the dark wax over the paint. Still a beautiful color, but not quite what I was going for. At this point she was sold. Our customer couldn't wait for her to be completed and bought her before we were finished. Since it wasn't 100% complete this gave her some room to customize this piece even further. She decided she wanted Graphite on the writing surface to tie in to a new day bed she was putting in her guest room. Oh, what a pretty room it will be with this jewel added in it.  I continued to finish her up and this is what she looks like close up.






What do you think? I was a little sad to part with her, but I know she was going to a great home with excellent style. I can't wait to show you my next piece. I will try harder to remember to take more pictures!

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