~A New Softer Look~
*Thank you to Annie Sloan Unfolded for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions are 100% mine.
Today I’m going to share something about myself.
I’m not really afraid of change.
In fact, I love a good makeover…especially when it comes to my hair. If you were to look through my photo albums from throughout the years, you would find my hair short, medium, long…blonde, red, brunette…straight, wavy and curly. My hair changes like the seasons.
So to be honest, I am really surprised that it took me almost 20 years to give this armoire a makeover!
You can see in the picture below that it was oak. I’ve always loved the lines of this piece, but it was so overdue for an upgrade.
My first step was to remove the doors, which was really a necessity because of the placement of this piece in the room. When I moved my furniture around for my master bedroom makeover, I discovered that the corner was the best place for the TV…and there’s no way my hubby was giving up a TV in the bedroom. So the corner it was…which meant removal of the armoire doors.
I used wood filler to fill the door screw holes and the shelf holes. Once the wood filler dried, I began painting the armoire with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in the color French Linen. It’s a very beautiful neutral khaki grey, which works well in my bedroom.
I have to say that I was very impressed with the Chalk Paint®. It was easy to apply and really only required one coat. I did touch up a few places after it was dry, but one coat really covered it well.
For me, the best part was no sanding required! Sanding a piece in preparation for painting is one task that I dread every time. This solves that problem!
I really loved the short-handled brush because it was perfect for the awkward spaces of the armoire. The bristles come to a point which helps to get into tight spaces. When it came time to wax the interior areas of the armoire and the drawer, it was perfect.
I applied the wax using a swirling motion and by working in small sections. Once I had applied the wax to an area, I immediately used a clean white cloth to buff it.
The wax is great because it not only gives protection to the painted piece, but also gives it a beautiful finish. I loved the paint even more after I applied the wax. It really adds to the overall beauty of the finish.
To give the piece a little extra sass, I decided to paint the inside of the drawer with the color Barcelona Orange. I love the vibrant color!
It’s the perfect accent color to coordinate with the existing orange that I’m using in the room. It looks beautiful with my geometric throw pillows.
Once I had the entire armoire painted and waxed, I then took a sanding block and lightly sanded a few edges. I wanted it to have a worn look, but not overly worn or chippy.
After I sanded a few areas, I went back and added a little more wax to those areas. Again, it helps give a lovely finish and protects the piece.
All that’s left is styling…
Believe it or not, this was my first time using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and hands-down, it is now my favorite paint for furniture. It’s such an easy paint to use, it dries fast and is very durable. I was afraid that when I began using the drawer of the armoire, the paint would chip and scratch away, but so far…it looks like the day I painted it.
Have you tried Chalk Paint®? If so, what color is your favorite?
If you haven’t, you can find a retailer or stockist here.
*I was provided with the Chalk Paint®, Wax and Brush for this project, but all opinions are mine…I love it!
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