Faded Vintage Grandeur


 I have recently found inspiration from a very talented Englishman Jonathon Marc Mendes who does amazing work using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

I could never hope to aspire to his creative genius but in my own little way I wanted to try to create the faded elegance of furniture that could be found in a French Chateau. Slightly dusty and worn around the edges..... a bit like me really!! 

 I found the sideboard on eBay and could see it had good bones and the original appliques on the doors would lend themselves perfectly to the look I wanted to create. 

I used Made By Paint Chalk and clay  paint in Black Ash, just one coat gave it enough coverage for the faded vintage look.


 I gave the piece a good sand down and distressed back to the wood along the appliques and around the edges. I used our own Vintage border stencil for the ledge along the top of the sideboard. This stencil is a set of four so very versatile. I didn't want the stencilled image to be perfect I rather like the iggledy piggledy look. 


 I had heard that Annie Sloan had brought out a new white wax and couldn't wait to try it. My good friend Jules at Gisborne French Provincial shop had stock of the wax so I called in and immediately got to work giving this old gal some faded elegance. I applied the wax all over the sideboard and then applied more around the edges of the doors and drawers to create the look of faded and worn paint. I know its an acquired taste but I hope someone will love its eclectic vintagey look as much as I do.