Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint®, Graphite Wash and Black Wax…Ooh La La!

WOWZA!  Yes, that is right.  That is all I (me…Trish…The Purple Painted Lady) thinks when I see this piece completed by our customer Carol Ann Bianchi who is from Rochester, NY!

 

Seriously, what a change from the BEFORE photo!

Carol Ann wrote,  “This was a beast, but I’m thrilled with the outcome. I bought this whole entertainment center at Salvation Army for $79! It’s a Broyhill and solid! Two coats of Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint®, (followed with a) Graphite wash, Annie Sloan’s clear wax, and then black wax around the raised areas. Gold gilding wax to finish it off!

I used one and a half quarts of Aubusson but used almost two full quarts of the Graphite to paint the inside and do the wash on the outside. The inside was a lot of work.

I get all my supplies from The Purple Painted Lady INC®! Tricia and her girls are wonderful to work with! They are always so helpful and accommodating! I HIGHLY suggest you order from her if you don’t have a local stockist.”

Aubusson Blue is very popular color!   Annie Sloan’s Aubusson Blue is named and designed after the beautiful deep grey blue found on the classic 18th and 19th century Aubusson rugs from France. It is an elegant color that works well with many colors as it is a dark neutral but in particular it works with Paris Grey. It is also a color found in Scandinavian painted furniture.

 

After painting Aubusson Blue, Carol Ann then did a wash using Annie Sloan’s Graphite.  A “wash” is just thinning the Chalk Paint® with water.  Never add a bunch of water to your actual quart of paint.  If you mistakenly add too much, you are past the point of no return and the only solution is to buy more paint to offset too much water.  So, always pour some paint into a separate container and mix your water in that.  Often the ratio will be 1 : 1 or a little less water to paint.  By adding water to your Chalk Paint®…it thins it…..which allows you to create a translucent “veil” of the color versus a heavy, opaque effect. (See steps below on how to do a wash)

Once done with the wash, Carol Ann used Annie Sloan’s Clear wax.

After removing the excess of the clear wax, Carol Ann finished with Annie Sloan’s Black wax…making sure to let some catch and stay in the crevices and grooves.

Annie’s Wax Brushes are wonderful for applying wax.   

 

And don’t forget to pick up a roll of Scott Shop towels.  They are lint free and really helpful and sometimes, you just run out of t-shirts to cut up!


And the cherry on top, was the thin accent of gold gilding that Carol Ann delicately placed to highlight some of the entertainment centers architecture.

GILDING: The Purple Painted Lady sells gilding in all metallic colors at her shops and on her on-line store HERE.   Gilding waxes are easy and fun to use. They add a little sparkle to any project, humble or grand. You can use a small brush but personally I prefer using my finger to apply the waxes. There is something about the way your finger can just glide across the surface of a bead or relief that looks natural and authentic. Gilding waxes are the closest thing to the look of real gold leaf but are infinitely easier to apply and come in stunningly beautiful colors.

By dipping a small 1″ or 2″ brush into mineral spirits wiping the excess on a paper towel, then dipping into the wax you can create a beautiful metallic glaze for your entire piece.

Like all wax, the gilding waxes clean up with mineral spirits. If you get a bit in an unwanted spot simply saturate a cotton swab with a dab of mineral spirits and wipe the area clean. OR- I PREFER to use a little of Annie’s Clear Wax on a rag and wipe off the extra gilding- this works like a charm!

In the sense of at what point do you apply Gilding Wax to your painted project piece….it is the very last step. Think of gilding wax as in roses on top of a wedding cake.  Once the roses are added- you do not go back and re-frost the cake!    : )

The Purple Painted Lady® INC was thrilled to see this transformation by Carol Ann!  

In fact, this color combination is something we are going to be doing in a home that is part of the property we host our annual art festival on and that Annie Sloan herself, will be staying in when she attends the 2018 Festival!

Here is our sample cabinet:

 

This what the kitchen currently looks like:

 

Since Carol Ann did a wash on the entertainment center, I thought it would be helpful to include some suggestions, tips, tricks and caveats about doing a wash.

Try this “wash” effect OR experiment with other color combinations like Duck Egg over Old White….or French Linen over Graphite, Provence over Old Ochre OR just Old White “washed” over natural wood! There are no rules- but I hope the following helpful hints make this project idea more do-able for you! Please keep in mind the following….

HOW TO DO A “WASH” USING CHALK PAINT®:

1. Always note the water to paint ratio in case you do not make enough to finish the whole project. (can I stress this any more? But I learned my lesson once and ended up goofing up a piece over this simple rule! Learn from my mistake!) Often a 1:1 ratio of paint to water is used.  

2. Never add the water directly to your actual quart of paint. If you mistakenly add too much, you are past the point of no return and the only solution is to buy more paint to offset too much water.

3. Brush on the wash in strategic brush strokes–meaning keep your lines straight and clean, not circular.

4. Be cautious not to drip on areas of the furniture you are not currently washing

5. Put a drop cloth down if doing this in your home…you will drip some on the floor.

6. Place your cup with the wash on a paper plate to keep work surface clean

7. WIPE OFF STRATEGICALLY.  Apply wash in small sections and wipe off – then move on to the next section. During the wiping off process- be careful to not have “rag blotch marks.” Start at the top and wipe off in clean, even pressured strokes all the way to the opposite side. Do not stop half way or go against the direction you want the streaks in. Never go in circles with the rag. If your rag becomes too saturated- get a new one.

8. I used a chip brush to apply- I like the streaky effect from the bristles.

9. Plan twice, “wash” once. Meaning- know your piece and your plan on how you are going to approach the project…top first, then sides.  Ithink starting at the top and working down to the floor is best.

10. If you are just trying a wash for the first time  – it is best to do this on a piece that is smooth across. Meaning- not raised panels, or with a lot of carved details.

11. Always wipe off your wash in the direction of the brush strokes. Never do it in circles- it will look a mess.

12. Never place your rag down in the middle of a wash. Gently wipe from one direction to the other- otherwise you run the risk of leaving an imprint of the rag in the middle of your painted surface.

13. If you get a wash in a spot that you did not want…don’t fret. Let it dry- then gently sand it off using some 400 grit sandpaper.

Well, we think that Carol Ann wins the 1st place award for the least money, largest piece transformation!  And we think it screams, “WOWZA!”

If interested in purchasing Annie Sloan products, please visit our website if interested in ordering Chalk Paint®. We have Chalk Paint® available for $34.95 per quart every day, we offer low/flat rate shipping and it always ships same day (as long as Pete, our UPS guy has not come already!)

In fact- there are many reasons we think buying through us is the best. Read THIS little post about what sets The Purple Painted Lady apart from the rest.

To visit our on-line store- click HERE.

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Thanks again,
Tricia Migliore Kuntz ~The Purple Painted Lady ~
Design/Consulting, Kitchen Cabinet Refurbishing, Custom Painted Furniture, Chalk Paint® & Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Retailer & herRochester Blogger

PHONE: 585-750-6056

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Little Gray House Update

#littlegrayhouse update!

Back in September of 2016, we purchased a property that had a little old house on it. The house was built around 1856.

Little Gray House The Purple Painted Lady

 

 It is a tiny little house- right around 1,000 sq ft.  It was in pretty poor condition and hadn’t had any work done since the 6th layer of linoleum went on the floor back in the 1950’s. 

Linoleum Little Gray House Old Flooring

The Purple Painted Lady® is getting ready to paint the upcycled wood cabinets in the kitchen.

We don’t plan on having any upper cabinets, instead we will have white tile with barn wood floating shelves and white counter tops.

This custom blue shown is made of 1 part Greek Blue to 1.5 parts to Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint®.

Aubusson Blue Greek Blue Cabinet Custom

Then we used clear wax and black wax. I love this sample cabinet!

 

 

Second Saturdays at Village Gate (January 14, 2017) hosted by The Purple Painted Lady®

Tomorrow, January 14th is …….. Second Saturdays at Village Gate (January 14, 2017) hosted by The Purple Painted Lady at 274 Goodman St North, Rochester between 10 and 5. We will line the hallways with artists, bakers and vendors.

SAVE THE DATE of Upcoming Second Saturdays!

January 14th

February 11th

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April 8th

May 13th

June 10th

July 8th

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**ALSO- we have a FREE KITCHEN CABINET Q&A at from NOON til 1pm on Saturday, January 14th!!! Bring a cabinet door from your kitchen and we can discuss options and techniques with you!

The Purple Painted Lady Maureen Gaffney LaFontaine Kitchen transformation Chalk Paint before after

Effects of Dry Winter Air on Painted Cabinets (& Humid Summers)

Winter is here and so are the days of static electricity and dryness. This not only causes us to get a shock when we slide our feet across a carpet, but we get that dry tight skin feeling…and also……. “I’ve painted my kitchen cabinets and now the paint has cracked around the center panel.” Here is a post to understand why this happens and how to help prevent it!

Hop on over to HERE to read my post about the effects of winter and humid summers on painted cabinets,.

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A Special Christmas Gift~ From an Old Dresser…to a Doll House (Henrietta Chalk Paint®)

The best type of gifts are those that come from the heart.  And this one is very special and for some very special girls!

Look what our customer Sophia transformed ……an old wood dresser into something magical for her nieces.  This is a super cool, one of a kind doll house!

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sophia-g-unfinished-dresser-the-purple-painted-ladySophia said it was a lot of work but she had so much fun doing this project and the reaction on her nieces faces was priceless!

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CLEAN:   First- the dresser required a real good cleaner.  The Purple Painted Lady always recommends to clean your piece with Mineral Spirits, and then give it a fresh water The Purple Painted Lady Mineral spiritsrinse. In this case- you may want to shopvac out the drawer cavities also.

 

 

 

PAINT:   The CHALK PAINT colors Sophia used  on the dresser  were Henrietta, Old White with a 1 to 4 mix of the two.

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This color chart will give you an idea of the different hues you can create when mixing Old White with Henrietta in different ratios:

 

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TOP COAT:  Sophia used Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax and some King Gold GIlding Wax to finish. 

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Sophia used General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut for the floors.

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Sophie wrote us, “I wish I were  a little girl again ! 😉”

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Do you have a project like Sophia that you need help or have questions about? Stop by one of our locations, call us or even email us! We would love to help you with your project!

Come visit one of our FOUR locations:

EAST SIDE OF ROCHESTER (Our MAIN store!)

Photo of 77 west Main Street shop store front photo

77 West Main Street in Macedon, NY 14502

OPEN Mon – Wed 10– 4, Thurs 11–7, Fri 10 –5 & Sat 10-4.…CLOSED SUNDAY

OR

CENTER OF ROCHESTER

Village Gate Outside The Purple Painted Lady

Village Gate ~ 274 Goodman Street North in Rochester, NY 14607

OPEN Mon – Wed 1-6, Fri & Sat 1–8 …CLOSED THURS & SUN

OR

WEST SIDE OF ROCHESTER

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3200 West Ridge Road in Rochester, NY 14626 (The Shops On West Ridge)

OPEN Thurs – Sunday 11–6 ……CLOSED MON, TUES, WEDNESDAY

OR

SYRACUSE (Baldwinsville, to be exact)

The Purple Painted Lady west genesee Baldwinsville Chalk Paint FRONT Savvy Chick

 

1 West Genesee Street in Baldwinsville, NY 13027

OPEN Tues – Sat 11-5 …CLOSED MONDAY & SUNDAY