So I recently visited Laconia where (supposedly) there existed a stockist for Annie Sloan chalk paint. Well, that storefront was dark and empty, but it also just happened to be right next to the Laconia Antiques Center and I convinced my husband that there was no sense wasting the trip. We usually find interesting stuff in there, though most things seem a tad on the pricey side.
I’d just about declared the trip a wash when I spotted what looked like Jenny Lind spindles mixed in with the furniture on the second floor (I’ve been looking for a JL bed frame in any size bigger than twin). She looked like one of the robots from War of the Worlds with her long, knobby legs and big feet. Her drawer was sagging on one side, but that seemed an easy fix. And she was $24. The shop owner let us know she’s a local gal from an estate near Lake Winnipesaukee. We brought her home.
I cleaned her up and waited a few days while I tried to decide if she was going to look best in yellow or blue. I had a small container of ASCP in Arles, which looks more mustardy on the official color chart than I tend to like, but in person it strikes me as more of a buttery yellow. Even still, Aubusson Blue is in complete and shameless possession of my heart, so I hesitated to settle on yellow, but I started with a base coat of Arles and figured “hey, I can paint over it in 20 minutes.” amirite ;) ??
Those spindles. I am in no rush to refinish a Jenny Lind bed anytime soon.
Typically Annie Sloan paint is the only chalk paint I’ve used that really can get by on one coat, but Arles was not covering the natural walnut color of this table. I managed a streaky base coat using about 3 of the 4 ounces in the sample–which is a lot for a small table. I let it dry overnight and started in the next day with Aubusson Blue, which behaved wonderfully and coated the table top and legs with little to no transparency. Once dry, I sanded the top down to a chalkboard-smooth finish without revealing the yellow. Then I sanded and scraped the edges and usual wear spots until both Arles and the natural wood peeked through.
Then, another evening of admiring the color and wondering “too distressed?” and “not distressed enough?” I touched up the top in a place that would not have naturally worn down over time and let her dry overnight.
Saturday afternoon she got the full wax treatment–clear and dark. I LOVE how she turned out–sort of like a willowy blue robot. Aubusson remains (for now) my favorite color.