Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chalk it Up (to good design)

*choices choices!*

Other than the pirate wallpaper, the most dramatic piece in our Show House room was this red built-in cabinet.

How were we going to turn this into a piece fit for a Sea Nymph?  After taking a class at Vera's Daughter Home, we decided Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was the answer.

This amazingly versatile paint not only comes in a wide range of gorgeous colors, but there is no need to prime or sand your piece before using it.

This was a huge selling point, because of the thick layer of bright red paint on the cabinet.

Another great feature of this paint is the countless ways you can use it to create different finishes.  We went with a three-color distressed finish.

We layered two colors; first Chateau Grey, and then Provence (don't you love the names?).

We decided to leave the doors off and paint the inside a contrasting color.

After it dried, we sanded the surface to bring out the the original red.

We finished the piece with a layer of soft wax to give it a little shine, and filled it with objects to create a mermaid's dream closet.

Special thanks to Vera's Daughter Home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to providing us with the training and materials necessary for this transformation. I highly encourage you to check them out and take a class if you're local!

cutest storefront!

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