She’s got style, she’s got grace…
After baring my
soul paint failures to you last week, here’s the big ta-da. Yay, it’s finished!
The paint color road was a long one. But in the end, the shelf turned out exactly like my vision (after nearly tossing in the towel).
Remember how I decided to sleep on it after paint try #4 (and in complete frustration)? When I went to sleep, the #1 solution in my mind was Annie Sloan Old White.
Surprise (to even me), the following morning God gave me a vision that wasn’t white…but exactly this.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Arles, finished with dark wax. Here’s the color of Arles before treating with clear wax and with dark wax.
I painted a strip of white along the front side edges and sanded them really well – for a hint of highlight and to tie in the white hooks.
This color is much more soothing than before. With the dark wax, it takes on a neutral tone.
In case you don’t remember, here’s the original…before all the fails you saw in ADHD with Painting Excursions in My Kitchen.
The old color was too dark, I always thought.
Notice the new color tone is in the valance. It’s also in the rug, but you probably can’t tell by the picture.
I found these faucet knob hooks while junkin’ with Mom 2 and snatched them up.
I painted three with ASCP in Pure White. Here you see I sanded one, and later all three, for the worn look.
This old rolling pin caught my eye last year with this idea in mind. 🙂
Bob, Snow and Egg (White) began my rooster and hen collection. Mom 2 gave them to me after having them in her kitchen for all the time I’ve known her (42 years).
Since I’d brought down the White family for my Rise and Shine! tablescape, they were within easy reach. (Saved me from getting the tall ladder to put them back over the cabinets again.)
They’ll have this new spot for a while.
I don’t think I’ve shown you this one before. It was something fun from Hobby Lobby, and totally worth the price ($6 or something astounding like that).
A rooster tassel is sort of unexpected, don’t you think?
I like to add the unexpected.
You may have noticed I made a couple of changes to the shelf, other than the color. Follow this link for the details of how to Give Your Shelf That French Country Style.
I hope to encourage you to keep at it when a project gets frustrating. Paint colors can be tricky, so try again and again (and again!) until you find what you like. You’ll get there.
So, what do you think? Do you like the Arles color as much as I do?
I’m sharing the new look at Metamorphosis Monday.