Sunday, April 24, 2016

Client Project: Entryway Dresser

Here at Bloom. we are always excited to learn new painting techniques and methods. When a client was referred to us through Vera's Daughter Home, one of our favorite local boutiques, the client mentioned speaking with store owner Beckie Kassner about a brand-new technique straight from the latest Annie Sloan paint book. This technique involved mixing wax and paint together to create a distressed finish, without actually having to physically distress the piece. We refer to it as "muddling" and we are loving the new look!

This project was quite a transformation. The dresser was originally finished in black lacquer with gold trim and oriental illustrations on the drawer fronts:

The client expressed the desire for a french-country look in a creamy white, with light distressing and dark wax for added drama. After speaking with Beckie about the new "muddling" technique, we decided to use two Annie Sloan colors, Old White and Coco. The process began by mixing equal parts of Old White and Coco for the base color. Then, working in small sections, we applied wax mixed with Old White in a "swishing" motion. Here's a close up pic after the wax/paint mixture was applied and had dried for a few hours:

The wax helps to create texture as the brush moves over the surface. After letting the dresser sit for 24 hours, we then went over the entire piece with a small amount of dark wax, concentrating on the corners and edges. The end result was dramatic elegance that fit in perfectly with the client's style and decor:

We hope you love the new technique as much as we do! If you are local to the Detroit area, be sure to stop by Vera's Daughter Home where you can shop gorgeous furniture and home decor, learn the latest tricks and tips from Beckie herself, and purchase Annie Sloan products.

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