Antique Trunk/Coffee Table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

6 days ago
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?


  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    It turned out beautiful as usual with your projects. I believe different paints for different pieces. And I always go the grunt work before in use any paint because it helps ensure a prefect finish. But in this case this is beautiful and prefect!
  • Marion Nesbitt
    Let it be. It is finished.
  • Marianne
    Marianne Wilmington, NC
    It's Done. Love it.
  • Tesoromio
    I have one like this... I like to give some of this look. How did you paint it? can I get the steps to do it myself ?

    Your looks

    • Porta Verde Studio
      Teso yes, you can do it yourself. Tape around all the hardware on the trunk or handpaint around them and then just roll or brush out the chalk paint. It took several coats of red though so be patient ;)
  • Shaun Cotnam
    Beautiful! I have one to do as well. What should you do if the brass is rusty??
    • Porta Verde Studio
      Shaun Cotnam if you have rust on the brass, you can use a commercial rust remover or a bit of WD-40 and very fine steel wood. If it's a brass coating, rubbing it hard will remove the brass and show the metall underneath. Good luck.
    • Nita Chicit-Up
      Nita Chicit-Up Pearland, TX
      @ Shaun Cotnam

      I would leave it rusty. Rust adds character. Here is the one I painted. It is a matter of preference.

  • Mariae Acosta Westbrook
    Mariae Acosta Westbrook Pottsville, AR
    What type of paint did you used? Is it chalk paint?
  • Stormie Remus
    Stormie Remus Villard, MN
    My Father was in WW11 and I have had his trunk since he passed. It is out in the brooder house because It is not @ all attractive, but couldn't part with it because it was my dads'. I'm so thrilled to see what can be done. They are beautiful. Thank you
  • Liz
    Liz La Puente, CA
    I'd love to see the legs bronzed or burnished in some way. I have an old trunk like this one, inherited from by great grandparents, to my grandmother to my mother to me. I didn't know what to do with it since it has to be in the house, so I used black
  • Kim Lesher
    I'm painting one this weekend... Do you have a paint that you would suggest? I'm going from a Blue trunk to an espresso.
    • Porta Verde Studio
      Kim Lesher I tend to like oil or good quality latex. Benjamin Moores new Advance paint is very good and has a longer drying to so there are not so many brush marks.
  • Kimberly Bowie
    Kimberly Bowie Hanston, KS
    Where do you buy Annie Sloan paints I'm having trouble finding them
  • Kathy
    Kathy West Point, MS
    I love the color of the legs. They look stained rather than painted. What is the glaze?
  • Nicki Parrish @ Sweet Parrish Place
    This is lovely!!
  • DeMarie I
    DeMarie I Benkelman, NE
    Wonderful job. I love it. To answer your question, yes, I would tie the legs to the trunk. Perhaps in the grooves of the legs I'd experiment with painting a bronze or just a hint of gilding, to "connect" the legs to trunk's brass hardware.
  • Linda M
    Linda M Virginia Beach, VA
    How do you make your custom red glaze? Mine would be fir personal use only. Thanks
  • Lorry V
    Lorry V Denver, CO
    I think it's beautiful, as is :)
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