I recently bought a matching bedroom stool and bedside table that were in need of painting or restoration but were solid and had very pretty details. I decided to paint them in ASCP Paris Grey which is one of my favourite colours. To add interest and highlight the details I painted them in ASCP Pure White and antiqued with dark wax.
I painted the handle to as I didn't want it as an obvious detail. When you paint hardware make sure you wax it also to cure the paint. Someone wrote to me today saying they had painted a metal bed but not used a top coat and after two days they were still able to scratch off the paint with their finger nails. My first thought is don't try and scratch your paint work. Treat your paint work gently. Paint takes weeks to cure properly and ASCP Chalk Paint need as a top coat to fully cure. Once you have waxed or sealed your piece and it's had time to harden (at least a week but often longer) then you won't be able to scratch it off with your finger nails and it will be able to withstand gentle wear and tear.
On these pieces I waxed with ASCP clear wax then used ASCP Dark wax to antique the details. I also lightly sanded the paint for a gentle distressed look.
I was pleased to be able to keep the original turquoise velvet on the stool. It had a small mark so initially I thought I'd need to recover it but it cleaned right out so that was great as the colour is so pretty.
Painting your furniture is such a great way to give your home a new look. I forgot to take a before photo but these pieces are totally refreshed and will hopefully bring someone else much joy and a little prettiness to their bedroom.
These pieces are for sale at Meshea Lifestyle in Leichhardt or contact me to purchase.