I want to start by sharing something very personal. Last Sunday (25th Sept. 2011) I celebrated 4 years of motherhood. No doubt the best thing that has ever happened to me. It´s been a beautiful journey. Not only have I felt love at an inexplicable dimension, but I have also experienced endless moments of contemplation and intimacy between my children and I, in which I have discovered sides of my own personality I was totally unaware off. In short, motherhood has been the greatest opportunity to get to know myself better, to learn what is truly important for me as a woman and to realize how I wanted to live my life. I don’t mean motherhood is a turning point for every single woman. But it was for me and I am thankful for that.
What does all this sentimental stuff have to do with this post? Well, the joy in painting furniture is one of those things I have learned about myself in the last four years!! For many years I have wondered why I differ almost from anyone else in not having a hobby, not playing an instrument or not being good at sports. Finally I don’t wonder anymore!! I have had a hobby for a long time, I just haven’t acknowledged it. I love painting and transforming furniture! One of the very few things I definitely see myself doing forever.
Now down to the important matter. Today’s makeover is about a beautiful mahogany display cabinet I bought from a neighbour who has recently moved to Thailand for good.
There is something in particular I want to share with you. The waxing technique I used on the inside of the furniture. Did you know you can actually colour Annie Sloan clear wax by mixing it with a bit of her chalk paint? The options are endless!!
In this occasion I chose to paint the inside in Aubusson Blue. I then applied one coat of clear wax, sand it and now here is the trick, for the second coat I mixed a bid of Old White paint with clear wax and I used my fingers instead of the brush to apply it.
This allows you to control the amount of wax and paint to blend together in your fingers before applying it over the surface. The proportion of wax and paint I followed was 1/3 of paint and 2/3 of wax. Yet again the options are many. This is just my experience. Let your creativity take you anywhere and see what happens.
As for the outside, I chose to paint in Country Gray. Gray has never been even close to be my favourite colour, but since I got plenty of this paint on my shelf due to a mixed up order, I kind of didn’t have many options. On top of that Miss Mustard Seed has been talking so much about this colour, so I had to give it a go. The result is a very elegant, light and smooth piece of furniture.
I am not sure the pictures make it justice! This piece is really beautiful.
Until next post!!