Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Story Of My Sideboard

In my recent post, Color Selector, I chose a color combination which I call Gray Sparrow, a mix of Behr Gray Morning and Sparrow Ratio to refinish my dining room sideboard. My goal was to achieve a Habersham effect and I DID IT!!!

Below is my story of my sideboard...

I mix my chalk board paint in a less conventional manner using a Ziploc Twist 'n Loc Containers container.  They are perfect for measuring purposes and the top twists on like a jar so it keeps my paint fresh and ready to use.  In this case I chose the 1000ml container which approximates 4.2 cups.

The faux Annie Sloan Chalk Paint recipe that I use comes from Jamielyn of          i heart Nap Time involves mixing 2 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris to 1 cup of flat paint.  So, in this case I added 8 tablespoons to LHD (Larissa Hill Designs) Gray Sparrow paint combination.

LHD Gray Sparrow

Step 1
Apply coat of LHD Gray Sparrow chalk paint over the current white chalk paint layer and lightly sand areas where you might expect normal wear and tear.

Step 2
I particularly like Deana's tutorial at Alchemy Fine Living on using MinWax to age furniture. I chose to use MinWax Classic Gray Wood Finish applied lightly over the entire sideboard leaving it to penetrate for 5 minutes before wiping it off with Cheese Cloth.

And, yes I was watching Ellen while completing this step!!!

Step 3
I chose to subtract the stain by wiping it in even strokes up and down and across the top until I was satisfied with the color. And below is my final painted sideboard finish....

Now, here in lies my dilemma!!! It is a great color which closely echoes the Habersham painted finish which I wanted to replicate however, I really don't like it.

My question for you is, "Have you ever been so unhappy with a paint finish, that you repaint it all over again?"

Let me know what you think....


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  1. As a matter of fact, I was working on a caned chair Saturday which was painted a sloppy white but distressed nicely. [free chair from friend] The caning was broken, so dispensed with that and made a new seat and cut new padding, choosing a taupe and cream herring bone fabric. I painted the chair a taupe-y chalk paint mix which I had planned to distress, and BLAH-it was terrible, had to go, no way I could leave it. I grabbed a little chip brush and started adding in every which way and I was liking the result, but it was still tone on tone. Stuck my brush in a a steely graphite dark taupe-y mix and muddled in the corners and bends. Added a little water to the brush as I went, just going off in all directions and feeling like an artist unleashed. Very pleased with the new result. Today will staple down the fabric, finish with a braid and hammered brass tacks.

    My caution to you, is, as long as you have already decided to with it first! Go with your wild inner spirit and just CREATE! Grab a color that is in no way connected and let the paint flow. A great technique with chalk paint is the washing off method. When the paint dries, scrub the edges with wet terry cloth and you will see a neat surprise. Best of luck.

    La Verne

    1. La Verne; Thx so much for sharing your painting, distressing and refinishing story and for the great advice. Stay tuned to see where my inner spirit takes me and my sideboard!

  2. In the above comment, a very important color-word is missing. "Sea foam green" belongs in the 7th line, between 'adding' and 'in'. Thank you and sorry about that.

    La Verne

  3. Can't wait to see the rest of your sideboard and yes, I have repainted over a piece of furniture I just finished because the shade was off. I think which ever way you go, it will be gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Kathryn; I'm on my way. Thx for the invite and for your comments. Heather