Remember my mini project from the Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop the other day? The one I couldn’t quite finish because the paint hadn’t fully dried? If you missed that post you can read about it here.
Anyway, I was given a faux wood tray made of hard plastic to paint, and then distress. But I couldn’t do the distressing part with the paint still tacky, so that’s what was left for me to do at home.
I didn’t get a ‘before’ photo of the tray, but it was somewhat similar to this one.
Remember, this is faux wood.
Here is the actual tray with it’s coat of paint.
I opted to go with ASCP ‘Aubusson Blue’.
This is the paint chip colour from the Annie Sloan website.
And we all know how colours vary when they’re on the computer…
But did you know Aubusson Blue was named after the grey blue found in classic 18th and 19th century Aubusson rugs from France? And that it’s also a traditional Swedish farmhouse colour? I find the stories behind the colour names as fascinating as the colours themselves.
To distress the tray I went with the water and scrubby method instead of scuffing it with sandpaper.
Here are the first few scuffs.
I wanted to go easy to get the feel of it.
I know one of the bonuses with this paint is how easy it is to touch up ambitious distress marks…
Like some of the ones you see here. Oops. I think because this is plastic and not wood, the paint peeled rather than scuffed when I used a little too much pressure. Oh well, I’ll get the hang of it. But for now I don’t have this paint, so I can’t fix those spots.
So I moved on to the clear wax to protect the paint, and give the tray a more finished look.
But I used a dry cloth to rub the wax on to the tray, not a brush.
Gives it a little bit of shine, but not too much.
So, the tray went from this…
What do you think?
Who knows, I might touch the tray up in time… once I have my own paint. But for now I have given the paint a test run, and with this mini project have a little something to look back on.
I’m looking forward to my bigger project, but have to discipline myself to finish up a few waiting in line before moving on to that one.
How about you? Got any projects on the go? Any you are dying to tackle, too?
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