Things We Love: Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, on a Plant Table -Feb 20, 2019
When I have a paintbrush in my hand and a project on the table, I go into a zone. It’s a creative place. There is colour and texture, and every project turns out a little bit differently than I expected (mostly in a good way). That’s my love affair with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. One project at a time, the house is becoming a collection of painted furniture and accessories that appeals to me. So far, all of the furniture I’ve used is found, upcycled, recycled or gifted, and that is both the challenge and the appeal.
One of the projects I did for our second season of At Home With Cathy, currently filming, is an oak plant table with years of marks on it from over-watered plants. It has been in the family for a long time and is a sturdy thing that doesn’t have room for the cat when a plant is on it (another plus). Perfect, except for the damage on the tabletop, and for the various dings and scratches of family life.
I started with a thorough wash of the stand, left it to dry and then painted a base coat in Old Ochre Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan®. This helps to block the orange tones in the wood as I then painted the entire thing again (once the Old Ochre dried) with Annie Sloan paint, Emperor’s Silk®. This is such a rich red and it provided the base for the final paint colour, Sloan’s Graphite®, painted over the red after it dried. Graphite is a very, very deep blue, so deep it looks like charcoal.
I’m referencing Annie Sloan’s book Quick and Easy Paint Transformations which features “50 step-by-step ways to makeover your home for next to nothing” for the second season of videos. One project in the book was a bookcase with cutouts that would create shadow and interest when painted. My plant table had similar features, and would do well with strongly contrasting paint tones. Inspired by the wall print hanging in the hall, the colour combination of black frame, dark trees and red/gold combination of light behind the trees was right in front of me. The print looks fabulous against the yellow wall paint. The little hall needed something else to complement the print colours and this plant table fit the need.
Once the final paint coat was dry, I used a damp cloth to gently remove some of the Graphite, highlighting the Emperor’s Silk underneath. The red glows from under this charcoal, much like a coal glows in a fireplace. I then used a damp wax method to seal the paint. This was the first time I’ve used this waxing method and it was very rewarding to see the incredible shine as I buffed the Dark Wax® several hours later.
The more I use Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan® and explore the many different textures and finishes, the more I am inspired. Follow along with me in the second season of At Home With Cathy and learn just how easy it is to transform your home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxCoDcnWM-E You will love the results!
Did you know? Colours are often symbolic, particularly in the Chinese culture. In Chinese art, red symbolizes joy and celebration.
Cathy and staff
- Catherine Reid