Thursday, August 16, 2012

Florence French Chair

I picked up this little french-inspired cane chair at a thrift store a few weeks ago...


 and knew that I wanted to try out my new can of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Florence on it...
It's a super-saturated color, but reminds me of a latex color that I've used quite a bit for painting furniture for the last several years so it was a no-brainer for me to try it in chalk-paint form.
Since it is such a saturated color, I decided to tone it down with a wash that I already had mixed up from this project.  I simply brushed on the glaze and wiped off the excess with a damp rag leaving behind a softer, antiqued look...
I decided to leave the white on the caning for contrast, but since it's a wash you can still see a peek of the Florence paint underneath.
After applying the wash, I simply added some silver metallic acrylic paint along the details of the chair...
 It's a really fun color to use, especially on smaller pieces like chairs and occasional tables to provide that pop of color without being completely overwhelming. 

I can't wait to use it on some more projects with dark wax or glaze!

Kristen


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33 comments:

Rita said...

Hi,
I'm visiting from The Charm of Home.
Your frenchy chair transformation is amazing. Great color choice: it definitely makes a big statement now.
rita

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is just gorgeous.

Sherry said...

Absolutely beautiful. The detailing you did with the silver really gives it that extra special touch.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Kristen..the chair is gorgeous...love the color!! You did a magnificent job as always!!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that color is meant for that chair! :)

Andrea said...

what a pretty colour! I'll need to try that one out =)

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Oh, she really is just perfect! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Redoux. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-10.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Scribbler said...

I am totally in love1 I have been dying to try this new color. Have you gotten any of the gilding wax? I tried the silver the other day, and love the effect.

Honey at 2805 said...

Your chair is absolutely charming! Beautiful in every detail! Thank you for sharing your lovely project at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

You certainly have transformed that chair into a masterpiece!

Tammy of {Tattered and Timeless} said...

Beautiful as always Kristen. I just booked two tickets to the conference. My best friend is flying in to visit from Texas and I thought this would be big fun for us..Can't wait to see you there. I'll be looking forward to a break after having my last Cameron Show the previous weekend.
tammy

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

Absolutely love the color that you chose to redo the chair with. I've been using a lot of a similar color lately. So bold and fresh!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a beautiful cane chair transformation--I love the little touches of silver on the trim areas, and that blue is such a wonderful color--a favorite with me!

Cynthia said...

How fun! That chair turned out too cute.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Absolutely stunning! Love the finish!

Vintage Street Designs said...

Just beautiful. Love the bright vibrant color. I haven't tried this color before but it looks gorgeous! Great job on all the details. I just painted two chairs similar to this today. Found you at Feature Furniture Friday and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy @ www.vintagestreetdesigns.com

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I've not tried this color, but I love it on your chair! ...will have to try it soon! Great transformation!

Heaven's Walk said...

You are so right about using pops of color like that in smaller items, Kristen! I adore this chair, and the silvery trim really adds alot of personality to it! :) Great job!

xoxo laurie

AngiLovesBlue said...

Ooooh the chair looks wonderful!
Angi

Shabby chic Sandy said...

This is the first thing I have seen painted in Florence that I really like. The color is a bit bright for me..but toned down it is a favorite color for me! I love that chair--want a find! I am always looking for that style of chair. Really great job!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

just beautiful, Kristen!! I love bright color in small doses, and this is perfect to bring in that wonderful blue. such a pretty chair!!

Jackie said...

Makes me want one of my own! Beautiful color and great pictures

Rooms by Ann said...

Gorgeous chair I love the color.

The Shabby Chicas said...

Love it! I like the way you toned down Florence using the wash. It's a great combination!
--The Shabby Chicas

Jenny@thelavendermagnolia said...

My first time visiting (from Stuff and Nonsense). Wow, you have great style! From the white wash to the silver detail. Great eye for what works! I would have never thought to do the wash on the caned seat.

So glad I found your blog! I will be back.

Jenny

Danielle Andrew said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!!

chateau chic said...

This chair is so adorable and I love the color you used. It will give the perfect pop of color to a room.
Mary Alice

Dina said...

Your beautiful chair redo helped me out on the decision to order Florence! Thank you!
Great work!

Donna Wilkes said...

Came over from Primp. I love this style of chair It turned out beautiful. Besides the color which is a favorite of mine, the silver details are the perfect touch!

Distressed Donna Down Home

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Ahhhhh....so very PRETTY!!! LOVE her new color. I have an awesome GIVEAWAY going on…like to shop? If you do…hop over and enter my $100 SHOPPING SPREE GIVEAWAY.

Blessings,
Linda

arrielle_p said...

I really love chairs like this and the colors are beautiful, perfect for my condo philippines. :)

Sherry said...

Thank you for joining me at HSH!
Sherry

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Lovely! Great job!
Besos from Argentina,
Silvina

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