After I did the Annie Sloan beginner painting workshop, I immediately did my first project which was the Red Mantel Clock. I knew after I’ve done it, I have to do this table to match it. I finally had the time and additional idea to make it happen. Other than painting it, I decided to use some stencils and this is my first time doing it! I call this piece my “learning piece”. I disregard my fears, went with my gut and just learned so much. In the end, this piece has become really special to me.
A Bit of History
This table was from Ricky’s mom. We took it with us to use as a TV stand. She said she’d had it for a long time. This has quite of a sentimental value for us as this is one of our first little furnitures that we took with us when we moved to the new home, together with the rattan bench and the dining table (coming soon!). Although we don’t use it as a TV stand anymore, but rather a “filler” for our entertainment wall where we put all the electronics (you’ll see what I’m talking about on one of the photos below)
The Painting Process
I wanted to achieve the same look as the Red Mantel Clock since they will be put on the same wall. I wanted it in the colours, Emperor’s Silk on Graphite. 2 of the colours available in Annie Sloan’s decorative paint, Chalk Paint®. Emperor’s silk is a very rich and vibrant red and Graphite is almost black. I also used the Clear and Dark Soft Waxes to tone the red and protect the paint.
1) Painting in Graphite – I wanted to achieve the distressed look where the Graphite shows off once the top paint is distressed.
2) Then, I painted it in Emperor’s Silk
3) Now, I added the stencils. I first wanted a border style but the tables measurements are off for the stencil so I had to improvise the design.
4) Distressing. At first, I used the rough part of the sponge but then I grabbed the sand paper to make it easier. I sanded just the corners to give it a rustic look and for the Graphite to show.
5) Waxing. I remember when I did the clock, I used Dark Wax directly. So I did the same thing for the table. At first I find it too dark to my liking, so I tried toning it down with a clear wax afterwards and buffed it really well.
Voila! Red, Bold and Beautiful!
The TV Wall with the Clock and Table
So this is what I was talking about in the beginning..
What do you think? Would you paint your furniture red? Are you ready for that pop of colour? I am! I am drawn to red, actually. Our wedding motif was red and most of our photos in the living room, we were wearing red. It’s an easy choice for me.
So.. I dare you to be bold and beautiful! 🙂 You can always paint it again.
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