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Suitcase makeovers 2 days ago

Antique Trunk/Coffee Table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I have been asking about readers opinions about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint lately. I am not a huge fan of chalk paint but the reason is because I don't find it a good paint to do "fine" painting in. By "fine" painting, I mean a smooth finish with an even sheen and minimal brush marks. However, rather than sound like a hater of Annie Sloan, I decided I would do a piece with her red emperor's silk. I tinted the clear wax with my own tints to get it the exact colour I wanted. And, yes, I really did obsessively paint around all that brass hardware. The legs are painted black with my custom red glaze on them. Hubbie says its finished and to leave it alone. I'm not so sure. The only question I have is: should I add brass or bronze paint to the bottom of the feet to tie them in with the top? Or would you leave it as is?

Jacqui

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  • Eleanor G
    Eleanor G Littleton, CO
    Now I know what I'll do with an old trunk I've had for ages! Never could decide what to do with it. Thanks for the info!
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  • Porta Verde Studio
    No worries! Good luck Eleanor.
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  • Jo Anne
    Jo Anne Sacramento, CA
    I'm trying to locate Antique Annie. Does anybody have any information on how to locate her?

    Thank you so much----

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  • Jo Anne
    Jo Anne Sacramento, CA
    I have an antique table and sewing machine that I would like her to look at and give me a ballpark figure of their value
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  • MariaH
    MariaH Oklahoma City, OK
    oops sorry I see now where you already explained about the legs. thank you
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  • Gilda Marconi
    Gilda Marconi Inverness, FL
    love it just the way it is. Good work
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  • Andi Cacciatore
    Andi Cacciatore Fort Lauderdale, FL
    I love the way the red turned out and I think you made the legs just right by adding that tint of red to them. Hubbie's right - it's done!
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  • Shannon Huber
    Shannon Huber Bellingham, WA
    This is a fabulous piece. If I had done this, I would have left the trim on the trunk original or used a brown paint to match the legs.
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  • Nicki Parrish @ Sweet Parrish Place
    I have a trunk just like this up in my attic! Bought it in the 80's. Now I know what to do with it!
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  • Anna Erishkigal
    Anna Erishkigal East Sandwich, MA
    Just a safety tip on these ... I converted one into a coffee table ... and then heard screams one day when my daughter locked her little brother into it and couldn't figure out how to get him out. I had to break the lock to get him out and ended up
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  • Cyndie Shevlin
    Cyndie Shevlin Rochester, NY
    Drill air holes in the bottom for safety, too.
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  • Vicki
    Vicki Smyrna, GA
    awesome. I love it with legs. I had it for years from university. good idea to use it as coffee table with storage like blankets, pillows for bed sofa, recliners, etc...... ty for sharing.
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