Okay so I’m going to let you in on a little secret, here at Stencil Library we really really love using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, especially in the old white and simply because it gives such great coverage and a super finish! So, you may have already put 2 and 2 together and yes, guilty, I used it once again to provide the base colour of my latest stencil venture for the willow pattern room (I’m not sorry).
So what is this latest stencil venture I hear you ask? Well now that the walls have been stencilled its time to decorate some furniture, so I have been stencilling yet another table. Now, I decided it didn’t really need heavy decoration so I thought I’d keep a fairly basic colour scheme too, so I used a dark blue to stencil the Japanese coach line using our handy Coach Corner stencil, I measured equal distance from the edges and marked it with tape, it’s so important that this coach line follows a straight line or it won’t match up and that’s just an irritating inconvenience really. So once I’d completed the coach line I measured a rectangle within it in order to fill with the crosshatch weave pattern, I found the centre point of the rectangle so I could stencil the pattern symmetrically and took it from there. To carry on with the colour schemes within the room I decided that a gold coach line would be the best to outline the crosshatch weave pattern (that and gold coach lines are always acceptable). (The rest of the stencilling is done with elements from F10 China)
So that’s the top of the table done, it took me around 45 minutes to complete that part, nice and simple but really effective.
The table has 2 drawers at the front, so instead of trying to squeeze a stencil within the space and around the handles I made things easier for myself and neatly hand painted round the edge of the drawers using the same dark blue as used on the table top, it can either be done with a steady hand or low tack tape can be put along the edge to create a neat straight line.
Again, this table is remaining permanently decorated like this so a coat of varnish was put on without worry of smudging the dark blue as it wasn’t the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Now some times less is more, and the decoration is so simple but it looks great in the willow pattern room because the walls are so patterned, I don’t want make the room too busy and take focus away from the walls. It was so quick but it looks so good, especially teamed with the gold mirror hung above it. So all in all this little project took around an hour and a half and was a great way to end the week!
Since decorating the walls and painting the bed frames the room is really starting to come together all of a sudden, there is light at the end of the tunnel but thats for another chapter :)