Leo and I have been really busy since we got back from the Haven conference. The garden is producing a multitude of tomatoes right now so we’ve had lots of picking and canning to do. But we did take a little time to do this project because we have company coming to the Crossroads this weekend. It’s all part of the lightening and summerizing the guest bedroom that I’ve been meaning to do for a month now. Nothing like a little company coming to spur you on to finish something on your to-do list. And since Leo won a quart of Duck Egg Blue Annie Sloan chalk paint at the conference, I decided to paint my perfume bottle cabinet with it.
I have a pretty good collection of perfume bottles. I started the collection over 20 years ago right after I met Leo. I have always had an interest in perfume and bottles because I worked in cosmetics before I started teaching school, and I’ve even had a part-time job selling women’s fragrances while teaching.
And this antique green bottle is another favorite because it was a gift from a parent of a student of mine. She took the time to find out what I collected and gifted me with this bottle at the end of the school year. What an extraordinary gift which I shall always treasure.
I told Leo that I had always wanted a cabinet to display the bottles, and he bought me one years ago. He bought the cabinet at Bombay (what happened to those stores?), and it had a dark finish which I have always liked, but I decided to give it a little update by painting it.
Here’s the cabinet all taped up and ready to be painted. If you are unfamiliar with Annie Sloan chalk paint, the main advantage of using it is that you don’t have to sand or remove the finish before you paint.
While I was waiting for the first coat to dry, I thought I would try the chalk paint on a canvas lampshade that I had picked up at the auction. I actually picked up a stack of them because no one wanted them. That means they were FREE people! (Now you know why we go to the auction every Monday.)
After the paint was dry, I was ready to wax the cabinet. I pulled out my Annie Sloan waxes that I won in a giveaway months ago on the blog Coastal Charm.
It is the wax that gives the chalk paint a beautiful, lustrous sheen and a protective finish. I use an old Lancome facial cleaning brush to apply my wax. First I waxed the cabinet with the clear wax. The brush helps me to “push” the wax into the paint. After letting the clear wax dry a bit, I started applying the dark wax. I have learned to NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use the dark wax unless you’ve applied the clear wax first. If you’ve never used the dark wax, that is what gives the piece the “antiquey” look and adds depth to the color.
The next day I buffed the wax with a soft cloth and cleaned the glass with some of that awesome Fish Foam Window Cleaner that we got at the conference. Leo hung it back on the wall for me, and I’ll have to say that the soft blue “aged” color looks fabulous with the wall color, which is coffee by Valspar.