Fabulous Friday – French Arm Chairs

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It’s Fabulous Friday! One of my fabulous favorites is the French arm chair. My parents had a set in their formal living room and I was always fascinated with them. I loved all the attention to detail; the carving of the wood, the tapestry, and over all look of the chairs. Being a child of the 80’s, let’s face it, furniture was ugly.  At least it was to me, so…not…my taste! I’ve always had a “thang” for French style decorating, maybe due to these chairs, IDK?

I lost both of my parents to cancer (horrible disease and a future post) so in a way, these chairs comfort me.❤️ On Christmas morning we would open our presents in “The Formal Living Room” (yes, I used air quotes when talking about this room because it was reserved for formal/special events.) naturally, I always had to sit in one of the French chairs! Photos of dressing up with your BFF’s, dance recitals, Proms, you name it, were taken with these chairs – happy memories. I now own them and they proudly sit in my “formal living room”.

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I don’t think I could ever paint my parent’s chairs, for sentimental reasons. I like the memories I have when I look at them.

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Image via Houzz

A couple of weeks ago my BFF gave me a set to restyle (stay tuned for their transformation) finally finished this one yesterday. I’m quite pleased with the result and love how you can change the look with something as simple as a lumbar pillow…
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I can’t wait to share the transformation process with you…next week my friends, next week! Hint: I used ASCP French Linen and Old White.
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Have a Fabulous Friday!
– Sarah

 

Duck Egg!

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No finds from the weekend but I did get a new color for the paint shelf!  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Duck Egg blue!  I can’t wait to try this gorgeous color!  It’s a beautiful  greenish blue with gray undertones.  LOVE!

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Image from anniesloan.com  

Have you used ASCP Duck Egg before?  If so, what did you transform with this gorgeous color?

Have a fabulous day!

– Sarah

Annie Sloan vs. DIY Chalk Inspired Paint

My husband surprised me with Annie Sloan’s book, Color Recipes For Painted Furniture and more.  It’s a great book, if you get the chance, check it out!

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While flipping through the pages, my daughter fell in love with the “Painted and Gilded bed” pages 58-61.

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It is painted with ASCP Antibes Green with Dark Wax, so NOT my color choice. Remember, my color palette consists of gray, gray, and more gray?  I needed a little pick me up on Mother’s Day, so I decided to paint her bed.  Big problem…I didn’t have Antibes Green on my paint shelf, and why would I?  I’d have to make my own chalk-like paint if I was going to be painting that day.  If you peruse Pinterest you will see all sorts of  DIY recipes for chalk inspired paint.  I am using “chalk inspired” because Annie Sloan trademarked – Chalk Paint®.  I headed to Lowes and purchased a color match of Antibes Green and Plaster of Paris.  The paint mixed very nice, it was smooth and not at all chunky.  WARNING: Wear a mask, this is toxic stuff!

Here is her bed before:

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The first coat went on rather thin, not as much coverage as the ASCP.  Photo after first and starting with the second coat:

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Second coat:

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After third. UGH, three coats??

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I used a little gilding wax on the sides:

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I waxed with Clear Wax first, then started with Dark Wax.  You can see the difference – Dark vs. Clear.

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While waxing the paint rubbed off!!!! What?? I couldn’t believe it!

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I was able to peel the paint right off – beyond angry!

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This is what it looked like…

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Major clean up!

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Sweet Brown said it best:

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Some say they like the DIY paint because the cost is cheaper…Not from my experience! It took almost the entire quart of paint, and not to mention all of my time wasted!  (Quart of Annie Sloan – $38 vs. Lowes Valspar Flat – $17 plus Plaster of Paris – $6 = $23)  If you compare the cost, it does seem as if the DIY is a better deal, but not for me!

  • My ASCP quarts last a lot longer than the DIY inspired version
  • Not as many coats
  • I don’t have to wear a mask
  • No mixing
  • PLUS, I’ve never peeled the paint right off my project!!

No thank you, my health and my time are way more important to me than saving a couple dollars.  I also worry that the finish will not be durable.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® WINS!

Here is the finished bed and my daughter loves it!  We call it her “Fairy Tale” bed.💚

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Thanks for reading and again, if you have any questions feel free to ask!

*UPDATE* It’s not durable!  While moving the bed to my daughter’s room, more paint chipped off the headboard!

– Sarah

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