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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Small Table Painted in Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint - Versailles and Finishing with a Bronze Wax - Plain Jane to Glamour Model

This piece of furniture was painted for a customer's Lounge.  Don't you just love those cabriole legs? I love this style - it gives the table a very 'classic' look. 

She wanted it updating and given a new look.  When I asked her about what colour etc she would prefer - she said she didn't mind and she was going away on holiday and she said 'surprise me' - sometimes this can work out and sometimes not - although I've never done anything 'to-date' that a customer doesn't like.  Thank goodness.  But... then, I always think and say that, after all it's only paint and can easily be re-done.

I considered it for a while and thought I would use Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.  I have already used AS paint on some other projects and like to use it for certain items.  So I chose the colour of Versailles.

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!

I always like to add some depth to some pieces of furniture instead of just having it 'plain' and I don't like to use clear wax to a piece of furniture, hence I make my own glazes and use coloured waxes.  I had been shopping a few weeks ago and saw some coloured waxes, which was in Leroy Merlin's in Spain and thought perhaps I would try this and see how I go.  It was made by Liberon and I bought a bronze colour.

First of all I gave it a good clean with soapy water and gave it a slight sanding - there was no need to do a lot of sanding as the table was already in good condition. 

I then applied 2 coats of the Chalk Paint all over the table - let it dry overnight - not that it takes that long to dry, but I always tend to leave overnight and start the waxing the next day.  

So the next day I applied the bronze wax with a soft cloth, rubbing it on but then taking some off.  I then buffed the whole of the table with another clean soft cloth to give it a nice soft sheen.  This wax is enough protection for this type of table.

 

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