Est. 1998

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DECORATIVE  IDEAS

 

Interior Designer, Specialist Paint Techniques & Artist

 

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Hi my name is Denise Hardy and I love everything in connection with the home i.e. Interior Design, Hand Painting Furniture, Decorative Painting Techniques and Art.

 

I live in Alicante, Spain with my husband in a beautiful villa which we both love and work hard on making it our home.  I have been established in creating beautiful homes since 1998 and never get tired of doing what I do. 




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Chest of Drawers Painted in Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint - Paris Grey

with Silver Wax

I purchased this chest of drawers from a secondhand shop in Spain.  It's made in solid oak with 'dovetail' drawers and was in a good condition.  It was just needing some TLC and some updating.


I used 2 coats of my usual Zinsser 123 Primer and two coats of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Paris Grey.  I added some of Annie Sloan's Pure White to it - to make it a bit lighter, as I wanted a 'two tone' look for the chest.


TIP - when using Chalk Paint I personally like to add small amounts of water.  As all Chalk Paints I have used are rather thick and when it is watered down it flows much easier and personally it looks and feels better.  Just go sparingly with the water, as you don't want to go too overboard with the water so add little by little. You can always add but you can't take out!!  It is much preferable to have two thin coats than one thick!

The thing is with me I always like to add some depth and don't like to use clear wax to a piece of furniture, hence I make my own glazes and use some different colour waxes.  I used Liberon and purchased a silver colour.

I applied the wax all over the base of the chest - with a new wax brush I purchased the other week.  It is a great brush for applying waxes. I then buffed it up to give it a nice soft sheen and an 'antiquey' look.  I decided to use AS Paris 'as is' for the drawers so they were slightly darker than the rest of the chest, to give it a little more character.

The chest came with an old rusty key, which I cleaned up with White Vinegar.

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Please feel free to PIN the ready made 'collage' below

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