Monday, February 25, 2013

Beatiful Patina Bedroom Set

I finished painting a huge bedroom set!!

Whew, it felt like it took forever. I had some family come to town in the middle of the painting project.  It slowed me down a bit. Not that I don't love my family, I'd take them in at the drop of a hat.

Once I start a project I can't lose any momentum. Are any of you that way? I find if I take a break on my own projects, they will become those half finished projects.

Here it is: two dressers, one nightstand, lingerie chest, and headboard (not in this picture).

This was a custom painted piece. I used an equal mixture of Paris Grey and Louis Blue to get this beautiful color. I used Annie Sloan dark wax to achieve the look of patina and depth. I encountered some difficulties while painting, the chalk paint kept peeling and chipping off when I painted the lingerie chest. I've had this happen only once before. On the other piece I just went with it, I enjoy the chippy look so it wasn't a big deal. For the lingerie chest that wasn't going to cut it. I found that sanding it off and giving it a roughed up surface to grip on to did the trick.

It was so ironic. I had a friend just last week text me about this same problem. She was painting a dresser Old White and it was peeling. She had even sanded and shellacked it in some areas.

Chalk paint tip: Shellac is a great sealer and seals any areas that the old stain might bleed through the paint. Older mahogany pieces tend to have this bleed through.

This was my advice to her: sand it down again and clean with a tsp cleaner- this helps remove grease, dirt, and build up. I hope it worked for her. Have any of you has this happen? Did you find another way to get around this problem?

Well, I guess Chalk Paint can't always be perfect. In the 200 hundred or so pieces I have painted, only 2 have had any issues. Not bad.

The headboard in this set was going to be used in a young girl's room so it got a different look. It was painted using Henrietta, a fun lilac color amd girly but not too girly. It was given some light dark waxing to add some depth to the color.

My client is going to send me some pictures of the whole room set up. I can hardly wait. Until then my imagination will be painting me beautiful pictures of the finished look.


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  1. I love your work. Super awesome and what a mammoth task:) Your client must be very happy!:)


  2. Your work is amazing. I want EVERYTHING on your right sidebar!!! Found you through WUW, and I'm so impressed.

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  3. So beautiful! I need to tackle my own bedroom furniture. I have had dark wood bleed through before. Good tip about the shellac! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  4. Gorgeous! I love the style of the furniture and the paint color is fabulous! Thank you for sharing! What a huge undertaking! Hugs, Leena

  5. Gosh, you always do such huge pieces - it makes me tired just looking at the pics! Turned out SO GORGEOUS!

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  7. Love the bedroom set. Now that is a big job. Do you use a sprayer? Last week I was painting an old swivel wooden desk chair and it bled and crackled. Really odd and hasn't happened before. I'm going to sand and shellac it and hopefully that will take care of it. Sooner or later I knew it would happen. But I was really surprised at the crackling. Love your work.

  8. Love the job you did! That is a lot of furniture to paint! I always get stuck in the middle of projects and find it so hard to finish, but once it is done, it's so worth it!

    I recently had a problem with a dresser that kept bleeding through. My husband put two coats of shellac on it and some areas still bled through! We just decided that was the look it would have. Then with an old antique sewing desk, I had my first problem with crackling. I've looked all over the internet for other people who had the same problem with Annie Sloan paint and I didn't find anything. Glad I came across your post and see that I am not the only one. Im still trying to figure out what I want to do with the desk, since sanding didnt seem to solve it.