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Sunday, July 20, 2014


AS Old White Painted Chair

I painted this chair and footstool about a month ago.  I didn’t think it looked very blog-worthy, and I decided it would have to be re-done – AGAIN!


I’ve had this chair for a very long time, and it had definitely seen better days.  The tips of the feet had a little water damage, so I decided to give it a coat of Annie Sloan Old White.  I did keep the predominantly blue fabric on them.

ANNIE SLOAN PAINTED CHAIR In the past, I’ve only used the A.S. clear wax.  This time, after I applied the clear wax, I tried a coat of the dark wax. When I stood back and looked at it, I thought it looked dirty.

AS Old White Painted Chair 2

You see that dark smudge in the middle of the oval on the back of the chair?  That’s another thing that didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped.

Painted Chair-silhouette stamp

After I painted the chair, but before I waxed it, I applied a stamp with an image of two children.  After I stamped it, I thought I was the only person who would know that it wasn’t just a smudge on the chair.

AS Old White Painted Footstool

By the time I got to the footstool, I had figured out how to use a lighter hand with the dark wax. The funny thing is, I’ve had several guests compliment the chair and footstool.  It’s funny how much better something starts looking if someone else likes it!  So, I decided to live with it awhile.  Stay tuned to find out how long it stays this way.  (You may remember that I temporarily hung tablecloths on our bedroom windows over ten years ago.  They are still hanging there, so don’t hold your breath waiting for a re-do of the chair.)


I’m sharing another metamorphosis today.  The last time we went to the lake, this is the way the Lilly Pads looked.


When we went back to the lake this weekend, the Lilly Pads were showing off their pretty blooms.


God’s metamorphosis is so much pretty than mine, so I thought I’d close this post with some photos of those blooms.


Have you ever used the A.S. dark wax?  Did you have trouble with it, or is it just me?  Could you tell that the smudge on my chair is a silhouette of children?  Do you think I need to re-do my chair and footstool some time soon within the next ten years?  Thank you so much for stopping by.  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.


Lulu said...

I wouldn't rush into a redo when you probably have so many other projects on your mind. The water lilies are lovely but are those the kind that just choke the water?

Katherines Corner said...

You made me smile with your not blog worthy statement. I actually like the chair. Oh those lilies are lovely. Wow, there are so many! Wonderful photos. xo

ellen b. said...

I say enjoy the chair with the lovely antique smudge on it! :)

SmilingSally said...

Morning Laurie,

I like both your chair and your footstool. (The blue material is so cute!)

I did pick out two children on the chair's back, so you succeeded.

Isn’t it fun finding blue?

Happy Blue Monday!

Ann said...

Darling blue fabric.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

I think the chair looks quite perfect! We are our own worst critics- it's good to get other opinions. I've never use chalk paint or the waxing so I'm no help. The lily pads are so pretty. Looks like a nice place to visit.

Unknown said...

What beautiful chairs. You did an amazing job! I love the colour and the backs on them.
Exclusive Poise Chair

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, I love the chair and the antiquing with the dark wax. You can also see the little image and it is perfect. The fabric is so pretty. I would not change a thing.
I am not a fan of the waxes but I do use brush on sealers, clear or antiquing mediums and get the same effect.
Just finished redesigning my kitchen cabinets and used the clear.

Love the water lilies~

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Laurie!...

I actually like the chair... love the color of that delish fabric too...


Sarah said...

Don't be so hard on yourself. The charm and footstool are charming. I could see the children perfectly.
The water lilies are gorgeous!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love the chair transformation Laurie! And just keep it the way it is, it's darling!
And the Lily pads, oh my, they are truly gorgeous!
You have such a great sense of humor, why I still love getting over here to visit.
Hugs friend,

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I like the chair and footstool, Laurie. Did you use the clear wax first, then the dark wax? I use the clear wax first then the dark wax. You can then come back in with more clear wax to lighten up the dark wax. It actually works almost like an eraser on the dark wax, but the key is to have done the clear wax first.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I like the fun fabric and like the chair much better painted
of course you did a good job

Jacqueline said...

Painted is great and of course we always see our own flaws! Love the lilies also!