Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE all the versions of the Union Jack used on Furniture, accessories, etc. There are so many creative versions and interpretations of this fantastic flag with design greatness.
But…..je dois faire ma propre chose. I am just not one to follow the pack. Although, I did jump on that Chalk Paint Bandwagon, and I am so happy I did!Â
I was given this old Coffee Table by a good friend, another Broyhill cast-off.Â Yes ladies, we all have seen these somewhere in our design bag….
|Â It had been well loved, but was ready for a “redoux”.Â These pieces are made of lovely Pine, but why oh why did they put that fake-o stain on all this stuff?Â I think Honey Pine was the “regard dÃ©sirÃ©” of the late 80’s – early 90’s.|
I gave the piece a nice sanding, creating a smooth blank canvas to “redoux” it.Â
Next, I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk paint in “graphite”.Â It wasn’t quite black enough for me, so I mixed in a goodly amount of Black Acrylic Modern Masters paint.Â I happen to like the quality of Modern Master’s products, they are water based and mix really well with most paints.Â It mixed in beautifully, to create a smokey Black color.
After Painting the entire piece black, I measured and taped off three parts for the top design:
Can you guess where I am going here?
I used Chalk paint again on top.Â Mixed Old White with a lot of Red Acrylic (again MM), and Old White with “Solaria” (it is a bright blue, but only a little, to make the blue I was looking for), then one section done in just Old White.
Pas fini pourtant !
I used a 400 count sand paper to smooth the whole piece.Â Chalk Paint responds beautifully to fine sand paper, you can create a glass like surface, that feels perfectly soft at the same time. Â
Next, I went back over the piece with 220 grit to distress it.Â I recently just read Annie Sloan recommends waxing first, then distressing…(will post more on this on Wednesday).Â Â
I finished the piece with my favorite “Liberon” Dark Oak Antiquing Wax.Â Â
I am so thrilled with “la nouvelle table”
It suits my whimsical home perfectly and I love that it was free!
longtemps vivre la culture franÃ§aise!
au revoir – GTC