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Sunday, June 22, 2014




Almost a year ago, I shared my kitchen china cabinet that I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old Violet.


And I also shared my AS Old Violet painted outdoor chair cushions.  It is probably a good thing that I am at the bottom of that can of Old Violet, or everything in my house would be Old Violet!


I’m sharing two more Old Violet projects today.  I didn’t take “before” photos of either of these pieces, because I was sure I had previously taken photos of them.  I should know that I can never be sure of anything when it comes to my memory.  The red arrow is pointing to this plate rack in the “before” picture.



This plate rack is in our sunroom.


You may remember (if your memory is better than mine) that I recently painted a plate rack that hangs on the opposite end of this room with A.S. Emporer’s Silk.  See, I do have another color of paint.  Of course, it is a tiny can.

chalk painted chairs

Three years ago, I painted the dining chairs in our sunroom in A.S. Old White.


See that big red arrow, pointing to the edge of a table?  That is the only “before” picture I could find of this little table in my kitchen.


I really did attempt to get a little bit of a different look on this piece by using a dry brush technique.  I had very little paint on my brush when I painted it.  I used A.S. Old White on the bright brass drawer pulls.


I have my eye on this chair and footstool for my next project.  Before you say, “enough already”,  I promise you they won’t be Old Violet. (There isn’t enough paint left in the can!)

I love Annie Sloan.  (No, I’m not being paid.)  I’ve never liked stripping furniture or waiting around for paint to dry.  (Do you think I’m impatient?) With chalk paint, I don’t have to strip anything, and by the time I finish the first coat, it’s dry enough to almost immediately apply the second coat.  (I only did one coat on the piece I dry-brushed – the other pieces have two coats.)  After painting, I used the Annie Sloan clear wax on the furniture pieces (no wax on the fabric).  I may attempt the dark wax on this chair and footstool. 

No, I’m not renaming my blog, “Old Violet”.  I’m too sensitive about my age to do that.  Thank you for coming to visit.  laurie

I’m partying with Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, Blue Monday at Smiling Sally, and Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life.



SmilingSally said...

Hi Laurie,

Beautiful blue. You could play Blue Monday!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, well you have been busy with chalk paint and every thing is lovely. The Old Violet is such a pretty shade and appears like a stone blue on the computer screen. It makes all your accents just pop.
Looking forward to seeing your chair and foot stool done. What a gorgeous set that it.
Have fun.

Cranberry Morning said...

Laurie, this is great inspiration to me! I have two old harp-back chairs that have been sitting around waiting for a makeover, two large wardrobes out of a hospital (demo job), and I love this look! Thank you so much. Now I just need to track down the Annie Sloan chalk paint. - Judy

Sarah said...

Laurie, you inspire me. I recently brought home a small bench from a thrift store because I thought it would be a good project to try out the chalk paint. I've still not jumped on the painting wagon. Wish me luck!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the old violet color. I've never tried it but what a difference! Enjoy your week my friend! Hugs, Diane

Annesphamily said...

Laurie, your taste for color is beautiful! I enjoyed seeing your projects. Lovely painting! Always nice to visit my crafty friends. Have a great week and Happy Blue Monday!

Charlene ♥ NC said...

I've got some re-doing in mind, too. Is that little table waxed? Are you familiar with ***My Desert Cottage blog? She has some pretty chalk painted pieces, too.

Debbie said...

OK, I'm trying to get caught up this morning after being out of town and then out of sorts. I probably won't comment on every post that I missed, and I don't know if you'll see this, but I LOVE this post with all the paint projects. You're really good at it, and they all look just wonderful. I think the little table at the end is my favorite one of all.