On the weekend I decided it was time to start a project. I was supposed to head to the Barossa Valley to the lovely Brocante in the Barossa for an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint workshop on Saturday, but my type 1 diabetes had other ideas. I had a terrible night and so was very washed out and did not want to make the drive out there. Instead I took it fairly easy although I did manage to get a garage sale in!
On Sunday I decided that as I had not worked with decoupage for a while I would have a trial run of using the chalk paint with decoupage on our deck table, which has seen better days. It used to be our inside table and eventually was too small so we moved it outdoors. It has been exposed to weather, kids, cats and paint! As it is our outdoor table, I was not too fussed how it turned out and used the project as a way to get back into the work.
Here it is before!
With Annie Sloan, there really is no need to do any preparation. I would usually sand back any rough areas if painting furniture but with this paint there really is no need, so I dived straight in with the Old White to start with.
I am a painter of pictures as well and love to work with pastel, oils and acrylics. I have also done my fair share of painting furniture, kitchen cupboards and a variety of other objects over my life and I can agree with many, that this Chalk Paint is beautiful to work with. For an impatient person like myself it is so easy but even more importantly, it is smooth and creamy to work with and can be used for so many purposes.
Next I decided that I wanted to decoupage the top – it is something I used to love to do and took classes with one of my best friends the lovely Denice, who passed away this year, so I thought it was time I got back into it. I found some lovely pieces of paper art which were sent to me by some artists I supported earlier this year from Tassie. I laid them out to look at pattern initially looking at this square cross idea to start with.
I was still not sure of the layout but got started with the paint. I decided to add some Duckegg Blue as I love this colour tone. I mixed some Old White, to make it a bit lighter than the original colour.
I then saw that some of the old acrylic paint splashes on the table had come through in a cracked way (which I kinda liked as part of the aged look!) but decided to sand back a bit.
I deliberately left the edges rough, to give that shabby feel. If I was just doing the chalk paint, this it the point at which I would use the wax. If you have not used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint before this is an important step and you can use the wax in a variety of ways to create different finishes. As I was planning to decoupage and varnish over that I left the waxing at this stage.
I was not happy with the squares alone and with this being a circular table decided to take a different approach. I have a stack of pictures and you can use card, magazines, anything really that you can lay your hands on, for decoupage pieces. I decided on this beautiful piece from one of my Frankie Mags as the centrepiece of the table and wanted to create a fun talking piece for the kids when we are sitting eating dinner on the deck.
Decoupage basically means to cut out—it is a craft or art form that involves pasting cut-outs (usually paper) to an object and then covering them with several coats of varnish or lacquer. It leaves the flat images looking like they have more depth and makes patterns and pictures look as though they are actually painted on the decoupaged object. Decoupage is a fun and easy way to decorate just about any object, including household items from small vases to large pieces of furniture–the possibilities are endless. Best of all, decoupage can be learned fairly quickly in just a few steps.
The next step is to glue the pieces on. I remembered that when I used to do a lot of decoupage, I had a small rubber roller I used to ensure no air bubbles without damaging the delicate paper cut outs but I could not lay my hands on it, so went without it. You can use just about any materials for decoupage, including cards, tissue paper, wrapping paper, paper shopping bags, magazine clippings, rice paper, thin fabric pieces, or (of course) specially made decoupage paper.
There are a range of glues you could use. I am going to head to a craft store to get some supplies as I am planning to do a lot more of this work again, but I just went to Mitre 10 and grabbed some craft glue.
Next I laid out the pretty squares to work out a kind of placemat, flag effect. I wanted it to be fairly even without seeming overly “perfect”.
Now comes the varnish. Again you can buy specially made decoupage varnish but as I couldn’t be bothered finding a craft store open, I went with a couple of types of varnish from Mitre 10. You need to apply at least 3 – 5 coats depending on how thick the pieces are underneath and what you are using the object for. Once the coat is dry, apply the next. After a couple of layers give it a light sand. I have to do another coat or two yet.
Now I was ready to add paint to the base, legs and rim and decided to take a rustic approach, using very little paint on the brush so as to give that shabby chic feel and the wood was showing through. I liked that the feet on the legs had the original stain rubbing off and took advantage of that.
Finally I used the soft wax now on the legs, base and rim. Once dry I buffed this and it is pretty much all done! I may still add a couple more coats of varnish this weekend as I would like a little more depth. But it is feeling pretty smooth and durable at the moment.
Oh and while waiting for coats to dry and to use the left over paint, I decided to whip a coat onto this ladder for an inside piece. 🙂 I have also started on the chairs on the deck, which I will follow up with later.
Have you tried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and/or Decoupage? I would love to hear from you and see some of what you are doing too!