I mentioned that the only thing I purchased while garage saling in Vegas was a little oil painting. It had to be small to fit into my suitcase. Here it is.
Before you recoil in horror, let me explain. There were a couple of things that drew me to this painting. First was the frame. Ugly as is, but I thought it would be a fun one to paint. Second, the painting itself, which I thought was rather sweet. Finally, the size, a mere 4.5″ by 6.5″. I like either things that are smaller than usual, or things that a bigger than usual. Why is that?
Anyway, I knew I could change up the look of this little painting by … well … painting it.
I also thought this would be a good way to try out the Annie Sloan chalk paint that I picked up at Bloom. I took everything apart, and painted a coat of Provence on both the mat and the frame. I have to say, the Annie Sloan paint went on smoothly. It didn’t dry as fast as the milk paint does though. Really, in the end, the main thing that I like about it is the color, and I can reproduce that in a much cheaper homemade version of chalk paint (latex paint mixed with plaster of paris). So, will I go out of my way to find more Annie Sloan paint? I doubt it. Will I pick it up once in a while for a special project? More testing required to answer that one.
Anyway, I knew that my final coat of paint on the frame would be Miss Mustard Seed’s Linen, so I decided to leave the mat in Provence. I originally planned to just use the MMS white wax over the Provence, and that is where I started, but I didn’t love it. I added some clear wax to tone it down, but still didn’t love it. So, I broke out the MMS antique wax and that did the trick. I think having all 3 waxes gives the mat an aged appearance that works for me.
As for the frame, I added two coats of MMS milk paint in Linen. I was hoping for a lot of chipping, but got very little. I added more distressing by sanding it lightly, and then finished with a combination of clear and antique wax.
Here is a close up of the end result.
I like how the aqua of the Provence shows through the Linen.
In the end, I can’t decide about this guy. Is he kind of fabulous? Or just kind of not fabulous.
So, you tell me. What do you think? Go ahead, be honest. I really want to know. Love it? Hate it? Indifferent?