I am finally finished with the Louis XVI secretary I found on Craigslist!
This is the original Craigslist photo. I cannot believe I found this before anyone else did!
This is a truer representation of the finish. It had a shiny topcoat, identifying it as a newer reproduction. The manufacturer is Henredon, from the Villandry Collection.
I took this photo first thing this morning. The secretary is in the Music Room. It covers the opening between the Music Room and the Family Room. The tapestry panels cover the "window" openings. Everything in this room is from Craigslist except the grotto stool and a few accessories!
The finish took a long time. It required many coats of paint and distressing.
A closer view shows the grey patina...
This is also a reenactment of what I was doing during the whole process.
The interior is painted with Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue, including the glass shelves.
It seems to be a different color depending on the light. A most desirable characteristic!
This is my favorite project so far! The exterior is Annie Sloan Old White, followed by sanding, then more Old White, a random wash of pure white acrylic, then more Old White, Clear Wax, then Miss Mustard Seed Linen Milk Paint, followed by distressing using a hammer, scraper, chains and finally, a mix of Miss Mustard Seed Linen and Typewriter Milk Paint as a "glaze".
The Aubusson also takes on different tones in the light. The Clear Wax brings it to life!
I painted the interior glass shelves as well. Be certain to allow at least a day between coats when you are painting glass! That is why this project took so long! There are three coats of paint on the interior!
I may glaze the interior with Annie Sloan Duck Egg and Dark Wax but I am going to wait at last a month to allow the glass shelves to cure!
First step: Annie Sloan Old White, two coats...
Sand and distress...then paint with Old White again, random pure white acrylic, followed by Miss Mustard Seed Linen. It gives the appearance of paint wearing down, rather than being abraded by a sander. The more random the better. However, be sure to distress the areas of higher use, such as around handles, at the feet, door corners...any place that tends to get more use. The feet would have been abraded over time by brooms, mops, contact with shoes, etc.
I took a hammer and pounded, scraped and dragged it in the surface of the paint. I used a scraper and a length of chain to distress it further.
As I pounded and banged I soothed the dogs and cats...
"BANG,! BANG! BANG!!!!"
"Sorry guys. It's okay. It's just Mommy."
"BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!"
"No, no, no...come back, Atticus, it's me...it's okay sweetie."
I would hold the hammer in front of their noses.
"Look! It's a hammer. It's just a hammer".
Then I would pick up each pet individually, soothe them and ply them with treats.
Needless to say, that part took a long time.
I then applied a mixture of three parts Miss Mustard Seed Linen to one part Typewriter and five parts water to make a "glaze". I brushed on the glaze and wiped it with a dry cloth.
I call this my "What have I done?" moment. It passed!
As an aside, when I ordered the Milk Paint, I rushed. I thought Curio was grey. It isn't. It's brown. However, the Linen and Typewriter did the trick. If I did this again I would buy the Trophy.
I went over the area with a wet cloth to give a random, time-worn patina. This shows the door before I went over it with the wet cloth.
Sorry for the poor lighting. I did this at night.
The finished result is a finish that moves with the light.
I love it when things go my way!
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section and I will answer them there!
Kathleen at The Dedicated House, Anything Blue Friday!