One of the first pieces of furniture we owned as a new married couple was this sofa table. I have always liked it, particularly it’s pretty lines. But it was a little tired and needed some chalk paint.
I started with Annie’s French Linen just because I like the name. I painted the entire surface with a quick coat of this color. Next, I left the lid off of the paint can forcing the paint to thicken. I wanted the paint thick enough that I could use a palette knife to apply the next layer of French Linen.
See how thick this paint is in this layer? This is where the texture in my finish comes from.
The underneath texture is immediately visible, but in order to reveal the underneath color, you have to start sanding away the topcoat. I sanded just enough to show just a touch of the French Linen underneath.
You can of course seal the surface with Annie Sloan’s wax (which I almost always do), but this time I went with a high gloss water-based sealer. I wanted a high sheen for a dressier look.And just for added fun today and completely unrelated, let’s talk about one of my all time favorite pictures that is sitting on this new sofa table of mine. Here are my three children, with all 4 of my sister’s children, having ice cream in Yvoire, France.
And while we are on the subject, my big sister returns home this week from her 2 year stay in Geneva, Switzerland. I am missing this view of hers (on her behalf) already. They saw about as much of Europe as any young mother can see, while having four little ones tethered behind her. Well done Mary. You ignored fear, stepped one foot out in faith, and set your foot down on dry land in the middle of your Jordan River. Well done, and welcome home.
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