Provence and Java Desk


I'm working on a little collaboration right now, and it involves Annie Sloane Chalk Paint.  I'll be honest and just say, in my opinion, there is no real advantage to this original "chalk paint", I think homemade chalk paint is just as good (and cheaper!).  But, for this project, ASCP it was, and it did turn out beautifully!

I started with this sweet (and blessedly HEAVY) maple desk.

 Desk "before"

Desk "before"

I chose Provence, as it's bright and happy for spring.  And I also wanted to darken the top to give it a more modern appearance.  Java Gel to the rescue.  I'm working on a Java Gel tutorial for you (so stay tuned!), the stuff is magic, and once you get the hang of it, not hard to use!

 Desk after

Desk after

I love how painting furniture makes all those little details pop - curvy legs on one side and turned legs on the other. 

This was two coats of ASCP in Provence, sealed with General Finishes new Flat out Flat Topcoat. I'm way over waxing, and this topcoat give it the waxed feel but it's just like poly, brush it on and let dry!  Smooth and velvety finish!

The top had two coats of Java Gel and two coats of High Performance Poly in Flat finish.  Flat isn't entirely flat as you can see, so just know that going in...

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I changed the pulls and touched these up using Antique Gold Rub n' Buff for just the right amount of shine.

Loving how this piece turned out! There is a good chance it will be coming with me to the Spring Furniture Sale coming up May 21st. 8am - 2pm 109 Beacon Hill Drive, Cranberry Twp PA. If you are local, I'd love to see you there!!

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