I have been excited to share this Paris gray chalk paint how to. First I would like to welcome you to our second Thrifted & Relifted Blog Hop. Make sure to check out what all of your hosts have created. We shared a thrifty find that got a makeover.
Weathered Paris Gray Chalk Paint How To:
So when I found this coat rack at a local thrift store for $25 I knew it would love to try a weathered gray finish. It was late at night and there wasn’t time to go out for supplies. So I mixed my own chalk paint for the gray which was a match to the Annie Sloan Paris Gray. I also used Annie Sloan in Antique White.
To be honest this project was my first official chalk paint experience.
It was stained a drab green that blended in with my tile and the beautiful brass hooks.
It came out exactly as I was hoping. The hooks stand out and it contrasts with my tile. It took some trial and error because I am so inexperienced with chalk paint. But I kept adding layers until I loved it. Here are some close ups of the finish:
- Gray chalk paint..I used a homemade mix similar to Paris Gray by Annie Sloan
- Antique White chalk paint…I used Annie Sloan
- A medium tone stain…I used Pecan
- Paste Finish Wax…I used Minwax
- Brushes, paper towels, 220 grit sand paper, clean cloth
The 5 Step Process:
- After surface is cleaned, paint a solid coat of Paris Gray.
- Then dry brush the antique white over the Paris Gray….you do this by wiping the paint off of your brush and then brushing over the base coat in different directions to create a subtle contrast and texture.
- Sand the edges to expose some wood.
- Dry brush some stain on next. This darkens the Paris gray and adds an extra layer of patina.
- After stain is dry (this took 24 hours) and you have achieved the desired color and texture, finish with wax and buff.
This is the what it should look like before step 4
The stain really made it come to life. This is a layered finish, as tempting as it is to skip ahead you really can’t skip a step. Be patient and take your time and I promise you will love the final result!!!
I have mentioned in my One Room Challenge Reveal that I hate how I am forced to have the TV in my entry way. This is real life and it’s what works best in my house. So I am filling it with things that I absolutely love and it helps to distract me from the design flaw. My next project is a gallery wall that will fill this wall and bring interest.
I need everything I fill my home with to be practical. So this we actually use. The market basket holds the dog’s leash and the umbrellas. We use it to hang actual jackets and purses when company comes. It’s very handy.
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