Allen -The Story Of An Armoire

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Finally!  It seems that I have been working on Allen forever.  Though not being able to do it consistently,  has been a big part of the issue.  

Allen has been sitting in my garage for a few months.  He came from Mississauga, Ontario from an auction.  I don’t think anyone wanted him because he is so cumbersome.  At the time the Mayor and I wondered how we were going to get him home but I found it difficult not to bid on him.  I won him and the Mayor squeezed him into the Mayor-mobile.   At that time we did not have the Mayor-truck-mobile.  Having him home I was presented with another problem.   He is very daunting and I didn’t know how to paint him.  After many months of changing my mind this is how he ended up.

First, I lightly sanded inside and out.  I know they say you don’t have to with chalk paint but I have had some problems in the past when I didn’t soooo, I find it’s always a good thing to do especially on such a large piece of furniture.

I decided to completely paint and seal the inside first.  It had so many hard to reach places that I wanted to get it out of the way first.  I painted the inside with Rustoleum Chalk Paint -Sensible Sage – 2 coats.  Then applied 3 coats of General Finishes Gel Top Coat, on most of the surfaces but the ones that would have more wear received 5 or 6 coats.

Now came the outside.  I knew I wanted something that was shaded but a bit rustic without distressing.  Not wanting everything straight and even was a challenge.  What I did was I took some AS Black Wax on a styrofoam plate along with ASCP Paris Grey, in two separate spots, then I would bring the two together and mix as I went along.  It was a process like using a pallet with all the different colours placed on it. Not using any particular colour formula, I just would mix the paint and the wax until I liked the colour.  It worked out rather well.  Using a chip brush made it quite a different application method then what I was use to but it achieved the look I wanted. Allen seems  to have different shading and colour, depending on how the light hits.  When I see the pictures, they don’t do him justice.  He looks so much nicer in person.  It was quite the process but I finally finished.

Now he is nestled into his little corner, where we can and do enjoy him.

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8 Comments

    • Baba says:

      Thank you for commenting. Yes the detail does pop and the method was fun to do and then to see the final result. It is so much different then the norma transformations on painted furniture.

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  1. acraftymix says:

    Oh my Allen looks gorgeous with his new coat of paint. I love the colors you used and how the chalk paint picks up the details in the doors. It give it so much dimension. Beautifully done

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