Florence over Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

I saw this photo in a magazine and completely fell in love with the color combination. I know I wrote a post about this in the past, for the life of me- I cannot find it on my website. And since I just a call from a local customer asking about it- I thought I would repost it quickly!

What makes this piece so pretty is the color combination. First, the piece was painted in Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

After one or two solid coats of the Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan , I would recommend applying an application of Annie’s Clear Chalk Paint Wax. You want to put the wax on and then, immediately remove the excess. I like to use a wax brush and feel that it gives you a better application, but if you are on a budget or plan on only doing one project, use some Scott Shop Towels or lint free rags instead.

After you have applied the wax, I would wait till the following day and apply a coat (or two) of Florence Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. Florence is a beautiful color! According to Annie, Florence was ” inspired by the colors of the copper green mineral and semi-precious stone, malachite, and from the same family of stones as azurite and turquoise. In the 17th and 18th century it was used as a color made with verdigris but as it is a very fugitive color turning black with time so we are not aware of how it was used on woodwork in many houses. It is a classical color found in classical Italian furniture.”

After you have one or two thorough coats of the Florence Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan then take a lightly moisten wash cloth or baby wipe and squeeze to remove ALL EXCESS moisture! You do not want any water dripping down your piece. Use the moisten towel like you would sandpaper. Gently rub the surface in the direction you want to “distress.” Keep in mind, distressing is usually heaviest in the corner and lighter as you move away. Below is a close up of a buffet that I did this technique on.

Once you have it looking the way you want, then- seal it again using a coat or two of Annie’s Clear Chalk Paint Wax.

I hope you give this combination a try. It is really pretty when you have detail to show off.


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Emperor’s Silk and Dark Wax Buffet

When cleaning out a storage space in our Macedon store, we found an old buffet that had been neglected and was in desperate need of refinishing!

Previously it had just been used for storage, in the sense that things were stored in the drawers, forgotten about, and never seen again…we all have pieces like that. 

The first thing we did to this piece was clean it with Mineral Spirits, then we gave it a fresh water rinse (as you should before painting any piece).

With the holidays approaching, we were feeling festive, so we began painting the piece with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in the color Emperor’s Silk – a bright, fun red, reminiscent of holly berries used for Christmas decorating! 

Primer red Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Antoinette Emperor Silk Close up Chalk PaintThe Purple Painted Lady Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint Annie Sloan Black White Wax

The whole piece got 2 coats of Emperor’s Silk – everywhere except the top, that is. The top of the piece was left unpainted and would eventually be stained with General Finishes Gel Stain in the color Java.  





Unlike the CHALK PAINT, the stains require a bit of prep-work (other than just cleaning). In order to achieve a finish that is true to the intended color on the quart, you have to sand the piece down to raw wood (we love using Annie Sloan’s reusable Sanding Pads for this). If you stain right over the existing finish, the color will be altered.

When applying the gel stain, you brush the stain on liberally (I like to use a foam brush) and then wipe of the excess with any kind of lint free rag…Scott’s Shop Towels work great! On this piece we chose to do the entire surface at once, rather than breaking it up into sections since it isn’t an overwhelmingly large piece. 


Meanwhile, the rest of the piece that was painted was sealed in Clear Wax, then we added Dark Wax to give the Emperor’s Silk a nice, rich tone. 



Sometimes using Dark Wax can be intimidating, so if you’re feeling apprehensive, read our post that gives some tips and tricks for using Dark Wax HERE.

So what do you think of our festive transformation?


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