I've been working on a new piece that I have recently found in my search for European style furniture. This piece had the most amazing wood detail that it was a no brainer when I saw it posted I had to go check it out. I am ecstatic with the results and hope that you will find this post inspiring for your next chalk paint piece!
This is the original post. I was really not sure what to expect when I arrived. However I was pleasantly surprised to see that the piece was structurally in amazing condition for the age so I my boys loaded my SUV and I couldn't get the piece home fast enough to start chalking!
I started by cleaning the entire piece both inside and out with Mineral Spirits. I used a toothbrush for all of the detail areas. I usually don't do this, however this piece had a musty smell from sitting in a storage room and after the cleaning....the smell was gone!
I have a certain look I always do and the majority of my clients love. So we are going to start off by painting the entire piece both inside and out with Annie Sloan French Linen. French Linen is my absolute favorite to use when doing European style furniture. It has a wonderful warm grey tone that I love using as a base coat when painting furniture that have a lot of detail to the wood.
Next we are going to paint over the French Linen with Annie Sloan Pure White, allowing the French Linen to show through on all the areas we have detail.
After the piece is dry, I use a damp cloth to go over all areas I would normally sand. I like the French Linen to show through on areas that would normally show "ware" with age...so using a damp rag to rub these areas works best for me.
Next it was just sealing with Clear Wax, and repainting all of the hardware.
You can see how the French Linen shows through on the above picture.