I decided to paint the legs of the stool in Annie Sloan Chateau Grey. Grey and red would be nice together, right?
We should always test a color before committing to a large piece, so the step stool was a good trial. Notice how closely the Chateau Grey matches my kitchen wall, which is Sherwin Williams Sprout (and green).
When the paint was dry, I sanded the handles and placed the unfinished stool on the buffet while I set my Valentine tablescape.
After taking pictures, I usually leave table settings in place to use and enjoy for a while. Not this time…painting projects trumped all forms of pretty at the time.
Before nightfall, the table was cleared, newspapers spread again, and work resumed. I sanded the Chateau Grey step stool to rough it up and give it age.
Coatings of Annie Sloan clear wax followed by dark wax gave it the desired patina..
I buffed it with an old t-shirt cutting, which make the best buffing cloths. I occasionally go through what we call the rag box (a classy name, I know) and cut or rip t-shirts into smaller pieces.
Dark wax transformed the Chateau Grey to an army green. I like how it looks aged now, well-used and loved. (Trust this short person – the step stool has been well-used and loved!)
Are you surprised by all the paint projects I’m into lately? (Someone, please snatch that brush out of my hand!) Yes, it’s an addiction.
But…I promise, promise, promise to have some recipes for you soon. I’ve also made my way into the project studio here and there over the past month to chip away at a window treatment project. No promises on that one, though, for the timing of it.
Wait…did I say month? It’s more like several months, in reality. Do you find that if you sew when you’re not in the mood, everything goes awry? Total frustration! That’s why I’ve done so many paint projects lately. No frustration there, since I’m in the mood. It’s completely therapeutic.
Can we say, self-imposed stall for the sewing project? (I should review my post about tackling tasks in a timely way, particularly Tip #5!) Do you know how to break a certain mood and force a mood transfer to another project type? Have you found a quick remedy for the self-imposed stall?