If you’re like me you love Pinterest. A while back I pinned a picture of a beautiful dresser painted in an ASCP custom mixed color and have been dying to try it. I found the recipe on thepurplepaintedlady.com and it’s called Peacock Blue. I found the perfect piece to try this amazing color on.
This is my favorite piece to date! I absolutely love this color not to mention this amazing piece of furniture! I love this style but who doesn’t right. 😉
Ok here’s the recipe:
2 parts Napoleonic Blue 1 part Aubusson Blue and 1 part Antibes Green. There are so many possibilities with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Pinterest is the perfect place to find examples of what you are looking for.
I started refinishing this Dixie Federal Style Serpentine dresser by sanding the top and putting a wood conditioner on the exposed wood to prepare it for stain.
Minwax wood conditioner is easy to use. Wood condition helps to give a more even coverage to the stain. I chose MinWax Jacobean and I put 2 coats on. I followed the instructions on the can and sanded between coats and the second coat came out nice and even. Tip: always use gloves when applying and wiping off the excess stain or you will also stain your hands. 😉 When it was dry I applied 3 coats of Semi-gloss polyurethane to seal it. You can use a brush for this but I used a foam brush and it worked well.
Then it was ready to be prepped for painting. I always wipe each piece down and remove all dust as well as any stickers or dirt, sticky spots, etc. This helps the paint go on smoothly and keeps anything from bleeding through. Chalk paint is very porous so cleaning before painting will keep that from happening. If you do end up with some bleed through that’s causing the color of the paint to change color, use some spray shellac over the area and repaint over it. Works like a charm.
I removed all the hardware and used wood filler in the areas that needed it. Some trim along the bottom was broken in places and needed to be removed. I sanded any areas that were ruff or uneven.
Spending a little time prepping a piece is important. In the end you will be glad you did. Next taping. I don’t love this part. It’s time consuming especially on a piece with lots of curves like this one. But you get clean lines and less mess so it’s worth it.
I painted this piece with 3 coats and didn’t do any distressing. I wanted good coverage on this so 3 coats were needed. Then I sealed it with clear wax and added black wax for an amazing finish.
You can see the difference the black wax makes in theses pictures. I painted this in my garage under florencent lights so the paint color looks a bit lighter in these pictures.
Annie Sloan recently came out with a line of gilding waxes and I purchased the Bright Silver to use on this dresser. I accented some of the detail as well as the hardware. This product is easy to use. I squeezed a little out on a paper plate and used my finger to apply most of it. For some of the areas I couldn’t cover with my finger (small crevices and hard to get to areas) I used a brush. The brush works well but using your finger is faster.
Using a gilding wax really brings out the small details and adds to the overall look of a piece. The black wax really adds another demention to the paint color as well as giving it an aged look.
I love how this turned out. I spend some considerable time trying to find a place for this in my home. 😉 But this beauty so is currently for sale in my booth. I may ask for visitation rights. 😂
I really want to hear your thoughts on this piece. What do you think of this color? Do you like the bright silver accents? Leave a comment below! 😃
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