Back to the blog business…
After years of reading about the glories of chalk paint, I decided to take the plunge. I won some sample canisters of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint at a local craft show so I decided to give it a shot… This stuff is awesome. I'm tempted to do my entire dining room set! (Handy Hubby might murder me though…)
I started small. Here's my silver chest. Really traditional and just wasn't working for me any more. If the chalk paint couldn't save it, it was headed to the yard sale pile. It was a wedding gift though and it served its purpose so I didn't want to totally abandon it just yet.
First, I removed the never-engraved brass plate on top.
Next I taped off the edges of the velvet interior. I'm thankful the interior is brown instead of bright blue or red. Then I started painting the whole thing. I used a regular Purdy paint brush and brushed it on as I would any other paint. I did not sand the wood first.
Then I sanded mall of the edges down a big. I should also note that I painted the hardware since it would have required removing the interior velvet liner. No thanks. I just painted it. Then I waxed it all with some regular old furniture wax (not Annie Sloan's - sorry Annie, had to use what we had around already). And here's the result…
It's not perfect with the lamps but both are going to stay for now. Still a major improvement from the original!