When painting furniture to sell, it’s common to err on the side of caution and do what will likely appeal to the widest audience. This lends itself to using Annie Sloan’s more neutral colors, Paris Grey, French Linen, Graphite, Old White, etc. At least that’s what I find myself using most of. That’s not to say we don’t experiment with fun colors, too. As we speak, the store has pieces painted in Emperor’s Silk (bright red) and Provence (sort of turquoise). A color I hadn’t yet used on anything was Aubusson Blue. My girlfriend Madison is an avid Pinterest user, and a recent search of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® turned up some inspirational results, including the aforementioned and under-used Aubusson Blue. I agreed it was a beautiful color, and it was high time to pop open a can and put it to use.
Now that I spend two days a week with my mom up at our Malden store, it’s given us the ability to really get busy turning out painting projects. We don’t fuss over what to do too much, we usually just bounce around color ideas and quickly come up with our next scheme. It’s not to say we are being frivolous, it’s just that at this point, we really trust our instincts, and we are always pleased with what come up with.
Having recently sold a painted antique church pew in Boston, we knew we wanted to replace it with another similar bench. There was a set (two smaller benches and a table) we had acquired months ago in our back stock at Malden, and now was the time to bust one out. This would be my first foray into the great (Aubusson) blue yonder.
This post isn’t really intended to be much of a how-to* as it is a little bit of inspiration in the same way the picture I saw on Pinterest inspired me. Sometimes all it takes is to see something through a different lens for you to break outside of you box. I hope you like it.
*For of those of you wondering how I achieved this look, I just wet distressed the bench to reveal some of the original white, and then used a lot of dark wax after I clear waxed it.
The bench was in pretty rough shape and the seat was actually formica! Not a problem with Chalk Paint®.
Here’s the first coat, with the trusty Annie Sloan Work Book close by for color inspiration.
I obviously couldn’t distress the formica seat, so I just wanted to hit some of the edges, where it likely would have naturally distressed.
The finished product.