Painting over Mahogany by Janene Buchler

Lookie, lookie at what our customer Janene Buchler painted using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in the colors Old White and French Linen!
Janene Buchler The Purple Painted Lady AFTER Old White French Linen picmonkey
It is a 1950’s shield mirror dresser that she painted using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in the colors Old White and French Linen.
Old White is more of a soft cream color.  There is the slightest hue of yellow in it. This “top hat” dresser below shows the color nicely.  It does play well with almost every other color in Annie’s suite.  But in case you want to read a post that describes Annie’s other “whites” and light colors comparing them to Old White, click HERE.
Old White dresser close up on top Craigslist
French Linen in a sophisticated color!  To me it rivals a piece from Pottery Barn. It is a timeless & classic color. It is a taupe color with a bit of grey to it.  When compared to a similar Chalk Paint® color, Coco. I describe Coco as being more of a warmer color…a light brown. Almost like a latte color.   But French Linen is a slight cool color and it can appear grey in photos.  For kitchen cabinets – depending on your counter tops – I love painting French Linen on the base and Old White on the upper cabinets!
If you want to read a post comparing French Linen to other “greys” in Annie’s suite, click HERE.
French Linen with both Clear and Dark Wax Sample Board
Janene just used some water, but The Purple Painted Lady always recommends cleaning your piece using some Mineral Spirits and then doing, a clean water rinse.  Janene also likes to take all the drawers out of their cavities and then vacuum inside the body and the drawers of the piece.  She said she has found way too many spiders inside old pieces of furniture.
Janene Buchler The Purple Painted Lady BEFORE Old White French Linen
Janene began painting, but because the piece is Mahogany, she had a little bleed through that was only on the corners of the piece and the corners of each of the drawers.  She easily remedied that by applying a coat of Zinsser Bullseye Shellac over the entire dresser.  She already painted a coat of paint, but that is okay, since the shellac can go straight over the Chalk Paint®.  To read more about Shellac, click HERE.
I use painters tape anywhere I don’t want paint to get.   i.e. around the drawers any clean lines I want to create. Then I start painting the drawers then the body and then do a second coat on the drawers then body, then I lightly sand with a fine grit sanding block, wipe down the piece, then I (apply clear) wax.BRUSHES USED:
I use Annie Sloan paint brushes for painting.  Click HERE to see brush options.
Annies Brushes
I use the ultimate waxing brush for waxing.  I like the flat head of the brush better for waxing then the Annie Sloan waxing brush.  When I wax I found that going in one direction/section at a time then wipe with a lint free rag gives you a smoother consistent finished look.  I remove all of the residual wax with a lint free rag immediately after applying the wax)
Ultimate Wax Brush ruler The Purple Painted Lady
I also leave the piece to sit for 24 or more hours then use the buffing brush to give it more shine.

Buffing Brush in my hand large


The amount of paint I used for this project was about 1/4 maybe a little less of a quart of Old White and very little of the French Linen.

Janene also likes to make her pieces unique and always goes that extra mile.  For example- she lines her drawers with fabric. She lines the drawer after painting them but before she applies wax to them.  She uses adhesive spray to attached the fabric and a utility knife to cut the fabric overhang.

Janene Buchler Lined drawers The Purple Painted Lady
The hardware on the piece was original and was dirty and gold so I cleaned the hardware with a vinegar bath then I spray painted them metallic black then a light coat of metallic pearl. Once dry they are the last thing I put on the piece.
Janene Buchler Close up Drawer The Purple Painted Lady
Personally, I think Janene did a fantastic job!!!!!
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