My first year

Painting furniture has been the perfect hobby/obsession for me.  I retired from teaching at the end of January 2013 and plunged right into painting. I had first read about Annie Sloan chalk paint in a newspaper article that featured Katrina Barclay who owns Malenka Originals.  Here is a look back, more or less in order, at the things that I have painted.  It’s pretty obvious that I like colour.

Mahogany dresser painted in Provence with dark wax:


French Provincial coffee table painted in French Linen with a blue wash and gilding:


Pine dresser in a lightened Napoleon Blue and stained top:


Waterfall Dressers: The first one is Barcelona Orange, the second is a peacock blue that was a mix of Napoleon Blue and Aubusson.  I later repainted it in the 3rd photo.

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Mahogany end tables painted in a lightened Provence with Old White and German Silver gilding:

Mahogany End tables.

Mahogany End tables.

Art Deco mahogany dresser in Provence with an Aubusson wash:


Mahogany Desk in Old White and Emile in the drawers:


Smaller Mahogany desk in French Linen, Old White and copper gilding:IMG_0605

Small dresser in Chateau Grey and Old White:


Two incarnations of a Mid-Century table:


Miss Mustard Seed Typewriter and Old White:


Coffee table in Graphite and Old White:


End table in Graphite and Silver Craft paint:

Drum table in Old White, with Graphite, Paloma and Gilding on the edges:


French Provincial Dresser in Pure White with Old Violet and Gilding:

French Provincial dresser with Old Violet and gilding

French Provincial dresser with Old Violet and gilding

Teak coffee table in Graphite and Florence:


Washstand in MMS Tricycle and dark wax:


End table that was painted first in Tricycle then changed to a Provence/Florence mix:


Provence mixed with Florence to make a true turquoise.

Provence mixed with Florence to make a true turquoise.

Pine dining table refinished top and Pure White:


Round table with Provence and Old White base:


French Provincial table in Old White with walnut top:


Antique table in Chateau Grey with a white wash:

Table painted with Chateau Grey and a white wash

Table painted with Chateau Grey and a white wash

Vintage rocking chair in a Provence/Florence mix:


Maple dresser in Emperor’s Silk, Tricycle and Old White:


Antique mahogany dresser in Cream:


Oak desk in Graphite:


Antique dresser in Emperor’s Silk:

Antique dresser painted with Emperor's Silk

Antique dresser painted with Emperor’s Silk

Mid-century table in Provence/ Florence mix with MMS Typewriter and Emperor’s Silk feet:


Nesting tables in lightened Provence with Graphite and gilding on the edges:


I have also done a few custom pieces and various chairs and small tables which I haven’t included in this post.  It has been a very busy retirement so far.

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Starship Enterprise?


This mid-century modern table had a reddish stain in its previous life.  It was pretty unattractive and totally forgettable. Now it could fit in on Star Trek according to my Annie Sloan retailer, Katrina, from Malenka Originals.  She’s right-the ’60’s colours and the atomic design of the table really give it a retro feeling.  I must have been channeling the trek tos I do know that  when I decided to paint the feet red that I was actually thinking of Yves Saint Laurent’s classic Mondrian dresses.  I even owned one like this:


Of course, Saint Laurent was influenced by Piet Mondrian whose grid-based paintings from the 1920’s and 30’s are classics of modern art.


I painted the table in an AS mix of Provence and Florence, the legs are MMS Typewriter ( a true black) and the red socks are AS Emperor’s Silk.  There are all kinds of step end tables available, many of them with French Provincial styling but most of them seem to have that mid-century streamlined look.


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