I found this shelf last summer at a roadside junk shop in Alabama called The Mud Hole. They had no mud, but they had lots of treasures – cheap prices, too.
This shelf was filled with trinkets, and I bought it for $15. (Minus the trinkets.)
I realize this shelf is supposed to sit on top of a dresser – not hung on the wall. I even have the dresser that matches it upstairs in the Craft Cave.
But, I went ahead with the plan to hang it. First, it needed a little paint. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, in the color of Primer Red was the first coat. Yes, I was doing a painting project in the kitchen again – my favorite place to paint, y’all. I can’t help it.
This was pre-puppy days, so I will be painting in the garage from now on. Except, I can always drag some saw horses into the kitchen. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, as they say.
I roughed it up a little with sandpaper and painted a second coat with Valspar Super-Flat (a chalk paint substitute) in the Annie Sloan color of Emperor’s Silk.
You can see the contrast better here between the two paint colors, except the Valspar paint is wet. It’s shiny here, but it dries flat.
The Valspar paint color looks much more vibrant, so I thought the shelf would turn out a brighter color. I painted it the Annie Sloan way – with brush strokes in all directions. It’s a fun way to paint!
I expected to see the strokes when it dried, as well as a lot of the Primer Red color peaking through. But it looks fairly smooth, with little color variation.
You can barely see my sanded areas along the edges.
Although the color matches my chairs and window treatments well, it does have that country look.
It’s not exactly the look I was going for. This picture from Annie Sloan’s book, Creating The French Look, is something I would like much better.
Isn’t it lovely? My shelf has no drawers, but I think I could achieve a similar look. What do you think?
Keep in mind, things are getting pretty busy in the room, especially with my recent Home Jewelry addition – the stained glass door.
With a love of color, I can go a little crazy with it. So, for now, I’m leaving well enough alone.
Sometimes we have to let things settle – in our minds, if nothing else. There’s a shock factor after you add something new, and you don’t always like it at first. If you grow into it, you’ll know it’s what you want. If you don’t grow into it within a few weeks, it’s time to change it.
I’ll keep you posted if I decide to repaint the shelf using the Annie Sloan shelf as inspiration. At the moment, I’m waiting to grow into it, but the Annie Sloan shelf is calling me. So, we’ll see…
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