My client, Colleen, called me looking for a little Annie Sloan Chalk Paint help. She had some beautiful Queen Anne dining chairs, but she felt they were a little too dark for her taste now. She wanted to add some grey to her dining room while keeping her current dark cherry dining table.
|Queen Anne Chair (Before)|
Colleen decided to paint the wainscoting in her beautiful dining room Bunny Gray by Benjamin Moore and it is stunning:
|Bunny Gray Walls|
The molding really pops and makes such a statement, especially against the black and white wall paper. She really loved the deep red and gold fabric on her chairs and I thought it would go pefectly with a new paint job. The color in this photo makes it look lighter and more magenta but it is a rich red:
We selected Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey for the chairs. Paris Grey is a wonderful color because it is neutral but classy. Here’s how they were looking when I was working on them in my kitchen:
|Chairs in progress|
Doesn’t the grey show off the lovely curves and details of the chairs? I had all eight dining chairs in my studio (kitchen) and worked on small areas at a time. After thoroughly washing down the furniture and coating in clear shellac I applied two coats of Paris Grey. I did two coats of ASCP clear wax to seal the chairs and then applied dark wax mixed with clear wax and mineral spirits. I worked slowly in sections wiping away as I went:
The dark wax changed the color of the grey and gave the chairs a bit of an aged patina. The dark wax works so well with the dark wood dining table and the hutch.
I dropped off Colleen’s chairs on Saturday and she loved them! She said, “Walking down the stairs today, I was SO HAPPY seeing my chairs!” It is so magical for me to work on pieces for clients and have their vision transformed into reality. I guess you guys probably want to see how they came out, huh? Well, here’s how Queen Anne’s looking now:
|Queen Anne Chair (After)|