Grandpa’s Gift

When Kyla contacted me about doing this cabinet, and I heard the story behind it, I absolutely had to do it for her!

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This was made by her grandfather from the crib she used to sleep in as a baby and he had made it for her when she was a young girl…what a wonderful gift from a grandfather to his granddaughter.  Kyla requested a grey/blue colour to update it so she could use it in her decor.  I used a custom colour mixed from ASCP Paris Grey, Old White and Duck Egg Blue.

While I was painting, I couldn’t stop thinking of how much joy he must have felt while building this, and how special it must be to her.  This is definitely a piece that will be passed down.

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I was so happy to do this for you Kyla!

Blah Brown to Beautiful Layering

I picked up this chair at a yard sale and could see it’s potential.  It has great lines and detailing, but the colour was dreadful.  Brown on brown…it needed a facelift!  I’ve painted a chair in the past with Annie Sloan chalk paint and knew it would work on this one as well.

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The entire chair was painted with Coco first and then the wood was done with layers of Paris Grey and Old White.
I also did a wash of Paris Grey over the Coco on the seat and back just to lighten it up a bit and it was distressed to give it that worn look.

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The entire piece was clear and dark waxed.

When it was done I thought it needed some more interest on the seat and back so I added the grain sack stripes in Paris Grey and Old White.  And it’s done!!

**I love creating something new from something old**

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I love this colour combination…Much better than the brown!

Annie Sloan Makeover

I have seen many makeovers on chairs using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so when I got this chair I knew it would be the perfect candidate!

She was shiny striped and a bit dirty from being in storage.
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I was really nervous when I started and thought “this will never work”…
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Well, wasn’t I surprised! I absolutely love it!!

Reading other posts from very talented people helped me do this. The one I followed was from Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes…I have their link on my facebook page.
You spray the material with water, go 50/50 with paint and water and paint the material. You do have to wait 24 hours between coats and also spray the material each time you paint a coat. Add your decorative finishes, wax and you are done! I also painted and dark waxed the wood. Who would have known you could paint a chair? Once it is waxed it feels a bit like leather.

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This chair was painted in Old White and the highlights are Paris Grey. The wood was also painted in Old White but then dark waxed for some contrast.

I would definitely try this again!