It reminds me of a Red Delicious Apple. So, why not pair it with an apple green?
Isn’t this a nice surprise when you open the drawers? I love colors that remind me of food. Do you?
These colors are from Annie Sloan’s line of paint, but they are actually Valspar Super Flat with primer included. The super flat looks chalkie, like chalk paint. After using the actual Annie Sloan paint for the Aging Porch Table Reno the Medicine Cabinet Transformed, and finally, the Chair Rescue in 3 Easy Steps, I decided to check out a substitute.
After painting the dresser with one coat and sanding a few edges, I rubbed clear wax (Annie Sloan) all over the outside of the dresser. Then, I gave it a coat of dark wax (also Annie Sloan).
Look how dull and orangey the paint looked after one coat. The wood grain shows through well, almost like milk paint.
The wax really brought out the depth of color I wanted, and it eliminated the orangey color. I know orangey isn’t a word, y’all, but I like to make up new ones.
After painting over the hardware, as Annie Sloan demonstrates in a video on her website, I felt it needed a little bling. So, I sanded a little paint off of each pull and back plate.
Better. Much better.
Now, for my review of the Valspar substitute. The next time I use this paint, I will apply two coats. This piece looks OK with the wood grain showing through, but I wouldn’t like it that way normally. Since the wood grain showed through the paint so clearly, I was less aggressive in sanding.
I also would try using the dark wax without applying the clear wax first. I did it that way because that’s the way you do with Annie Sloan paints. But with the Valspar, the dark wax didn’t change the look much more than the clear wax.
Do you like to experiment? Have you experimented with chalk paints lately? What did you discover?
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